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 byju on December 2, 2017 at 3:56 pm

Hi I have a dachshund and I need to bring it from India to Canada in May. Are you providing any service in India to bring the dog from India to Canada.

By on December 4, 2017 at 10:56 am

Hello and thanks for reaching out!

We can certainly provide services from India into Canada for your dog. Please fill out our online consultation form here and one of our dedicated consultants will reach out to you to begin planning your dog's move.

Thanks again for commenting and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

By meet patel on December 29, 2017 at 12:51 am

I am in usa and i want my pet from india to be shipped to me. Is it possible how?

By on December 29, 2017 at 10:58 am

Hi Meet,

Thanks for your question!

The steps for bringing a pet to the US from India depend on the species. If you want to import a dog or cat to the US, it should be a fairly straightforward process. If your pet is a bird, it is still possible, but it complicates things, especially if the bird is a CITES listed species. You can read more about bird shipping and CITES requirements here. If you would like PetRelocation to assist with this move, we would be happy to speak with you. Just fill out our Arrange a Move form and one of our pet relocation consultants will be in touch to discuss everything with you!

By Suhail zaidi on January 3, 2018 at 6:03 am

Hi team, Please let me know as my cousin is living in USA only although he don’t have any plans of moving to India however I want his pitbull terrier to be transferred here in India. So please guide me with thisThanks

By on January 3, 2018 at 9:57 am

Hi Suhail, thank you for your question!

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 in the future.

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