Pet Travel Question: Microchips for US Import?

Name: Tony
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Maltese and Yorky
From: South Korea
To: Seattle, Washington, USA


We have heard several rumors that all pet dogs entering the USA must be microchipped. I have searched the web but can not confim. Our dogs are very small house pets that are never left unattended. I would rather not chip them but if rules are in place I have no choice. Could this also be an airline requirement? Can you help me?




Hi Tony,

Though not technically required to enter the United States, we do recommend that you have your pets microchipped. It's a good way to plan for uncertainty (we all hope they're unnecessary, of course, but sometimes they come in handy). Also, even for small pets, inserting a microchip is a safe and minor procedure (you can read more about microchips on our blog). It's also a good idea to check with the airline before you go to find out about any preferences or rules they may have.

Hopefully this helps; please let us know if you have any more questions, and good luck with the trip!


PetRelocation Team




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