Known as the land of the free and the home of the brave, the U.S continues to attract droves of people to its shores, be it for a change in lifestyle or newer employment opportunities. The preparations required for international travel to the U.S are numerous, which means they must begin ahead of time. Here are the guidelines for international pet transportation in the United states, so you don’t have to rush at the last minute.

Rabies Titer Test

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) strictly prohibits the entry of rabid animals into the country, which is why a titer test is crucial. A rabies titer test determines whether your pet’s vaccination against has worked, and whether they have developed enough antibodies to ward off any future infections. Your pet must have a blood sample taken for a titer test, 30 days after the date of vaccination, and at least 45 days before the date of entry into the U.S. This sample must then be sent to a CDC approved

blood-testing lab. You must wait 28 days after your pet’s vaccination to enter the U.S. The results of the blood test must show that the vaccination was successful, with a rabies antibody level of at least 0.5 IU/ml.

The vaccination certificate that you eventually receive should be signed by a vet, and have the following information on it:

  • Name of owner

  • Address of owner

  • Animal breed

  • Animal sex

  • Animal date of birth

  • Animal Colour

  • Animal microchip number

  • Date of rabies vaccination

  • Vaccine product information

  • Vaccine expiration date

Basic vaccinations

Along with the vaccination against rabies and a titer test, there are a few other basic vaccines which are recommended before international pet travel to the U.S.A:

For Dogs

  • Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus and Bordetella

For Cats

  • rabies, Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus,

Pet Microchip

An ISO-compatible microchip is necessary to enter the U.S. An ISO-11784/11785 microchip is the standard microchip used in countries the world over, and is accepted as the only form of identification your pet can have. India uses ISO-11784/11785 microchips as well, so you just need to remember to get your pet microchipped in a timely manner. Remember, you must get your pet microchipped before their rabies vaccination, or at the same time. Failing to do so, your pet will be denied access to the U.S by the CDC.

Parasite Inspection To Enter U.S.A (Dogs Only)

The U.S requires parasite inspection and treatment for international pet transport into the country. Your dog must be checked for Screwworm no earlier than five days before entering the U.S. Your vet can then sign off on the results, and verify that your pup was checked for screwworm and returned with a negative result. Tapeworm treatment is also prescribed before entering the U.S. Your dog must be checked and treated for tapeworm no earlier than five days prior to entering the U.S, with a vet providing the treatment and signing the result. Failing to do so, your pup will be held under inspection and quarantine according to the CDC.

Documentation & Permits to Enter U.S.A

As of July 14, 2021, there is a temporary suspension in place for dogs entering the U.S. Hence, all dogs entering the United States from countries classified as high rabies must apply for an import permit. The USDA will not permit any international pet transportation from a high rabies country in the absence of an import permit. As India falls under this category, so you will need an import permit for your pooch. You must apply for a CDC dog import permit at least six weeks before your estimated date of departure.

Note : CDC Dog Import Permits are not issued upon arrival. Dogs that were vaccinated against rabies outside of the U.S and arrive from high-risk countries without an import permit will be denied entry and returned to the country of departure.

A veterinary health certificate is also required to enter the U.S. This health certificate is signed and stamped on by your veterinarian professional, and should be in English/have it translated to English. A copy of your passport, airline ticket, and visa are important, as the Indian Government will not allow your pet to travel anywhere abroad without their pet parent.

The process to relocate your pet internationally can be cumbersome, especially when you must take care of your own paperwork and packing at the same time. Carry My Pet offers international pet relocation services to and from the U.S.A, taking care of the process so you don’t face any inconvenience. Contact us at to begin planning your American adventure today.



Explore queries and frequent doubts about pet travel.

How can I bring my pet from India to USA?

You can bring your pet from India to USA via flight, provided you have a USDA health certificate, rabies titer test results, and fulfil other import requirements.

How much does it cost to fly a dog from India to USA?

The cost of pet travel depends on factors like your point of origin and varies from location to location. On average, such a journey can cost between 2 and 5 lakh INR.

Can I take my Cat with me from India to the USA?

Yes, you can take your cat from India to the USA provided you comply with the import requirements.

Can I take my dog from USA to India in flight?

Yes, flying is the fastest and most efficient way to take your dog from USA to India.

How do I take my dog to the USA?

You will need to comply with the import regulations, get a USDA dog health certificate, a rabies titer test, and a microchip to take your dog to the USA.



Explore queries and frequent doubts about pet travel.

How to Immigrate to The Us with Your Pet?

You can immigrate to the U.S after acquiring an import permit, procuring the necessary documents, and ensuring your pet is properly vaccinated. If you’re unsure about your international pet relocation to the U.S, you can contact a professional relocator.

How Much Does It Cost to Ship a Dog To USA?

The cost of internationally shipping a dog to the United States depends on a few factors, such as the age, breed, size of your pet, crate, etc. You can get a quote for your specific relocation once you get in touch and provide us with the details of your pup.

Why Is the U.S. Banning the Import of Dogs?

The U.S banned the import of dogs for a short period after a few rabies-positive dogs entered the country. You will now require an import permit from the CDC to import your dog to the United States.

How Long Are Dogs Quarantined in USA?

Dog quarantine generally lasts for 30 days home quarantine or until their rabies vaccination takes effect. Other instances are dealt with on a case-by-case basis by the CDC.

What Documents Do You Need for your Dog to Travel to USA?

- You will need a CDC dog import permit, a veterinary health certificate, a rabies titer test result, and the documents your respective country of export requires you to submit.

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