Flying with a Dog from South Africa to the United States

Name: A.
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Jack Russell
From: Cape Town, South Africa
To: Kansas, USA

Dear PetRelocation,

Can I travel with my pet to visit my sister in USA? Will there be a quarantine?



Hi A.,

Thanks for the question. Many people believe that flying internationally with a pet automatically requires a quarantine, but when it comes to the United States, that's not the case. Unless you're going to Hawaii, there is no quarantine to work around when coming here.

Here are the pet import requirements for the US. Your dog will need to have an updated rabies vaccine and an international health certificate. You'll want to be sure to choose a pet friendly airline with established pet policies, also, and another tip we offer is to help your dog feel comfortable in his travel crate in the days and weeks before the trip if he's not already. (This cuts down on stress for both of you.)

Be aware that if you're just visiting the US and plan to return to South Africa, you'll need to meet the pet import requirements for South Africa upon your return.

Please contact us if you'd like further assistance with your move, and good luck with everything!


PetRelocation Team




United States, South Africa


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By Nadine Ludick on November 6, 2018 at 2:54 am

Hi , we are looking at relocating from South Africa to Chicago in the future. would my doggy have to be held in quarentine? And what are the costs involved?

By Maegan at PetRelocation on November 14, 2018 at 11:10 am

Hi Nadine! The US does not require quarantine for pets importing into the country. Here are our rules & requirements for importing to the US.

Each of our moves are customized to fit the needs of our clients and their pets, and costs vary for each relocation. If you'd like to get an estimate for your relocation, please fill out our Arrange A Move form and a consultant will reach out to you soon. Thanks!

By Julie A Bounds on March 4, 2018 at 6:52 pm

I have a niece that lives in South Africa. She and her husband have a dog, that is from south Africa. How much will it cost to bring her dog and will that dog be on quarantine since the dog is from Africa?

By Christina at PetRelocation on March 5, 2018 at 2:36 pm

Hi Julie, and thanks for your question! As long as the requirements (listed and linked above) for import are met for the United States, their dog will not be quarantined. Cost can vary depending on a variety of factors, which we discuss in a recent blog post. If you would like a quote for our service, please fill out this form at your convenience and one of our relocation consultants will be in touch soon! Hope this helps!

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