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 Pia on November 19, 2018 at 10:37 am

Hi,I have a pug, I would like to take her with me to USA. Can you please share the process and required documents for the same.Thanks in advance

By Maegan at PetRelocation on November 27, 2018 at 3:27 pm

Hi Pia! Here are the requirements for importing pets into the US, and some tips on traveling with a pug internationally. If we can be of assistance, please let us know!

By kotla on November 14, 2018 at 9:38 am

Hello,My parents are planning to visit me next summer for two months. I am asking them to bring our pet(lab retriever) along with them. Is it easy to get him here? If yes, can I know the process?

By Maegan at PetRelocation on November 27, 2018 at 3:32 pm

Hi Kotla! When moving pets to India, please consider there is a lot of red tape and paperwork involved. Here are the rules & requirements for moving pets to India. You or your parents will need to prove they have been out of the country for over 2 years (if they are Indian citizens). If foreign, you must be moving to India for work aka "Transfer of Residence". If you do or your parents do not have transfer of residency permit, you cannot bring your dog to India. Hope this helps clarify the rules a bit.

By Manmeet on September 5, 2018 at 12:03 am

Hi... If I go to America for studies.. Am I allowed to bring my female pug from india to America??? What are the requirements ??? Must answer !!

By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 7, 2018 at 1:23 pm

Hi Manmeet! Yes, pets from India are allowed entry into the US, however, if you are returning to India with your pet, India will require Indian citizens to be out of the country of India for at least 2 years. Here are the requirements for moving pets to the US. Also, pugs are considered snub-nosed breeds so there are some extra precautions we must take when relocating them internationally. If you'd like our assistance with your move, please fill out our Arrange A Move form here and a consultant will reach out to you soon. Thanks!

By Ankit Dhawan on August 12, 2018 at 9:39 pm

Hello I have a female Rottweiler and wanted to move her to US from India,Punjab. Can someone please tell me the process and cost for relocation? Also please let me know if i need to fill any form to start the process and how soon i can move her here.Thanks Ankit Dhawan

By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 7, 2018 at 1:21 pm

Hi Ankit! The process of moving a pet to the US takes at least 30 days. Here are the requirements for moving pets to the US. If you'd like our assistance, please fill out our Arrange A Move form here and a consultant will reach out to you soon. Thanks!

By Sam V on June 16, 2018 at 9:13 am

I have a boxer and would like to bring him to the US as we have shifted here. Want to know how much it would cost to relocate him?

By Maegan at PetRelocation on June 18, 2018 at 9:48 am

Hi Sam! We'd love to help. There are a number of variables that impact the final cost of a pet relocation. These consist of distances from the home addresses to the airports, travel crate size, airline being used, routing and travel date to name a few. Please fill out our Arrange A Move form and one of our consultants will reach out to you. Looking forward to speaking with you soon!

By mahima kalra on June 8, 2018 at 10:36 pm

heyy i have to move to new york, usa for my masters and all my admission procedure is done. i want to take my dog along with me. is there any procedure or formalities i need to complete? i cannot leave my dog here as i am very emotionally attached to my dog. please help me out.

By Maegan at PetRelocation on June 11, 2018 at 10:57 am

Hi Mahima! We'd be happy to help! Here are the requirements for importing pets to the US. Please fill out our Arrange A Move form here and a representative will contact you. Thanks!

By tenzin pasang on May 25, 2018 at 5:49 am

hello i have a question can u tell me how i can get the permit of dog travelling india to usa... coz m leaving to usa so i dont want to leave my labradog here coz i love dogs n he is my part of my family,...... as i always vaccinate on time , n i check his health every month.. plz let me know wht i can do coz its my first dog in my life n i want to take him with me.

By Maegan at PetRelocation on May 29, 2018 at 12:11 pm

Hi Tenzin! Thanks for reaching out regarding your pup’s move to the US. Here are the requirements for import. We can facilitate the export paperwork & flight booking on your behalf as well. If you'd like to get a quote for our services, please fill out our Arrange A Move Form Here. Looking forward to hearing from 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 Christina at PetRelocation 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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