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 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.


By Meenakshi on June 21, 2017 at 9:43 am

I would like to send my pet from USA to India to live with my parents. is that possible, which airline carriers allow for pet travel? I read on blogs that customs will clear my pet only if i am able to produce proof of transfer in residency. is that true?Thanks,

By i want to send my labrador to usa.. help me with i on May 7, 2017 at 3:04 am

eagerly waiting

By on May 8, 2017 at 8:38 am

If you've yet to do so, please fill out our online consultation form or you can give us a call at 1-877-PET-MOVE. Hope this helps!

By Paramvir on April 9, 2017 at 3:39 am

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

By Ekta on December 15, 2017 at 12:59 pm

Hello ,Were you able to get your pet? where from India? Please advise me at ektasethi11@yahoo.comThanks

By on December 18, 2017 at 9:29 am

Hello Ekta,

Thanks for reaching out! As mentioned above by Caitlin, it is possible to move pets from India to the United States. You'll just need to follow the US import requirements here.

If you would like further help with this process, please feel free to contact us here and one of our specialists would be happy to speak with you.

Good luck and we hope to hear from you!

By on April 10, 2017 at 8:54 am

Hi Paramvir, Yes, it's possible! Moving pets to the United States is a fairly straightforward process in terms of the import requirements -- please review them here: If you'd like some assistance arranging your move, you can contact us here: Hope this helps and we hope to hear from you!

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