Pet Travel Question: Moving a Dog from India to the US


I have a list of documents required for my dog's move from India to the United States. I have a kennel club registered dog. Does my dog need to be neutered? What if I do not wish to neuter? We have all the records of his rabies vaccination and other vaccinations and can obtain the required certificates from his vet. What are the quarantine laws in the United States?

Thank you,



Hi Neha,

Thanks for your questions. Pet transport to the United States is relatively simple, and you can see the United States pet import requirements here. You'll notice that there are no regulations regarding neutering your pet, and your dog will be allowed in the United States even if he is not neutered.

It's great that you have your dog's certificates in order, just be sure that your International Health Certificate is issued within 10 days of your departure. Additionally, because India is listed as a country affected by screwworm, your dog will need to be inspected within 5 days of departure and declared free of screwworm on his health certificate.

The United States (with the exception of Hawaii) does not require a quarantine, so as long as your dog arrives in good health with all the necessary documentation, he will not need to be quarantined.

For a few additional tips, we recommend taking a look at these common pet travel questions as well as these travel kennel training tips for dogs. Hopefully this helps to make your journey a little easier. 

Thanks again for your questions, and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any more or if you think you'd like some help arranging your dog's travel. Good luck with your move to the United States!


Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Neha
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Labrador Retriever
From: Pune, India
To: Columbus, USA


Editor's Note: This post was originally published in July 2013 and has been updated with new information. 


PetRelocation Team




United States, India


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By Nathan on October 4, 2017 at 11:39 am

My dogs are in India I have a German shepherd and a Saint Bernard I need them to ship to USA is it possible ?

By on October 4, 2017 at 1:44 pm

Hello Nathan, thanks for your question!

Yes, it is absolutely possible to move your dogs from India to the United States. Here are the rules and requirements for importing pets into the US to get things started.

If you need further helps, please reach out to us here and one of our consultants will be happy to speak with you about your options and the costs.

We hope this helps!

By Mrs.. Vasanthi on September 14, 2017 at 8:39 am

I want to go to US (Boston) to stay with my son along with my pet dog Raiden (lassappso) from Chennai (India). I want to know what are the rules I should follow and also I want know how to arrange my dog during long distance travel. I need your valuable suggestions.

By on September 14, 2017 at 9:30 am

Hi Mrs. Vasanthi, thanks for the question.

Please review the pet import requirements for the United States as well as our tips for crate training dogs to help alleviate the stress of Raiden's travels.

Hope this helps! Let us know if you're interested in hiring a pet transport service like ours and good luck with everything!

By Pratik Patel on September 9, 2017 at 12:23 am

Hello, My wife has a 3-year-old Pomeranian. We wanted to bring her over here from Ahmedabad, India to Dallas, USA. She is not trained. How can we bring her over here? which airline is best recommended for the pet travelling alone?

By on September 11, 2017 at 10:23 am

Hello Pratik,

Thank you for reaching out to us! If you're planning on flying your dog as cargo, we highly recommend looking into crate training her. This is the best way to ensure she will handle the journey well.

Also, we tend to work mostly with British Airways and Lufthansa out of India, as both offer pet-friendly accommodations for traveling pets. If you would like some help with moving your wife's dog, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

You can give us a call at 1-877-Pet-Move (738-6683) or fill out our online form to speak with one of our specialists about your move options and the costs. We hope this helps and wish you the best of luck!

By kruti gandhi on August 17, 2017 at 12:15 pm

My dog is 14 years old Pomeranian, I want to get her from India to US. Can someone please let me know whom to contact. I need someone who can handle the entire process.

By on August 17, 2017 at 1:39 pm

Hello Kruti, we are able to manage the entire process from India to the US for you. If you would like to get a quote or speak with a consultant about your Pomeranian's move, please contact us here for a consultation.Hope this helps! We look forward to hearing from you.

By Kruti on August 31, 2017 at 10:44 am

Sorry for late reply and I cannot find you email too. Can i call you? Can you give me a number and a time for this weekend on my email. I would be calling from California but i can manage whatever time you want me to call. Thank you and looking forward to speaking with you.Kruti

By on August 31, 2017 at 11:49 am

Hello again Kruti!

Our offices are unfortunately closed over the weekends. However, you are welcome to leave a voicemail or contact us during weekday business hours at 1-877-Pet-Move (738-6683). Keep in mind we are located in Austin, TX so we are CST.

We hope to hear from you soon!


By Shikha on August 12, 2017 at 2:27 pm

I need that person who transferred dogs overseas to other rescue groups...and also want to know about the process of moving dogs in other country like US...Reply me as soon as possible. Thanks...

By on August 14, 2017 at 8:34 am

Hi Shikha, thanks for reaching out to us. If you're interested in learning about our services and possibly hiring our assistance, you're welcome to contact us here for a consultation.

Another option is to search for a local pet shipper via Finally, here is a link to the import requirements for the United States for your reference.

Hope this helps! Just let us know if we can be of assistance and good luck with everything.


By on June 23, 2017 at 8:31 am

Hi Sunita, thanks for the question.

Please review the pet import requirements for the United States as well as our tips for traveling with snub-nosed breeds.

Hope this helps! Let us know if you're interested in learning more about our pet transport services and good luck with everything!


By Sunita Rani on June 23, 2017 at 4:37 am

Hi. We are shifting to orlando in near months. We want to take our pet dog breed named pug with us. Could it will be possible to relocate our pet to orlando and what will be the cost for same?Thanks Sunita

By on June 21, 2017 at 10:12 am

Hi Meenakshi, thank you for your question.

Yes, unfortunately India has strict rules when it comes to importing animals, and you can't bring a pet into the country unless you have proof it's a transfer of residence.

Sorry to be the bearer of this news! This doesn't mean it's impossible to ever bring your pet to India, but you'd probably have to send them with a friend or relative who was in fact moving.

Good luck with everything and please let us know if we can be of assistance.


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