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 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 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 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 Sheena Tyagi on October 10, 2017 at 4:11 am

I have a golden retriever.i have to take me pet to US along with me.Kindly provide the help over following per my knowledge following documents are certificate mentioning rabbies vaccinated and nt affected with screw wormB.noc from quarantine department.Kindly mention if any other certificate/document is required?because at airport if authorities ask for any other documents it will be a troublesome situation.2.Importance of it because of the NOC issuance ?how long before the travel should this be there any labelling on travelling crate is required.Waiting for the response.have a good day.

By on October 10, 2017 at 10:05 am

Hi Sheena!

To successfully export your dog from India, you will need a health certificate from a vet within 10 days of travel (with the screwworm statement) and a rabies certificate. These two documents will help you obtain the export certificate from the necessary officials. You will also need to show your own boarding pass or e-ticket to prove you are leaving the country with your dog.

While not necessarily required for travel to the US, microchips are important in easily keeping the paperwork linked to your dog. If all paperwork has the microchip listed, it is easier for customs officials to check. We would recommend getting the microchip as soon as possible to have it listed on all of the export paperwork.

As far as labeling the crate goes, typically only "Live Animal" stickers are required but you'll need to check with the specific airline you will be using for your dog's travels since they may have their own requirements for the crate.

Thanks for reaching out and best of luck with everything! If you need further help, please let us know here and one of our consultants would be happy to put together a move plan for your dog.

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