Traveling with pets


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Before you take your pet across the border, or back, please be aware of requirements and regulations that may affect you and your pet.

Before Traveling with Your Pet
Before taking a pet to another country, contact that country's consulate or embassy for information about their requirements.

Travelers are advised to also contact the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for additional information and advice.

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Traveling with pets

  1. 1. EducationHealth TopicsTraveling with pets
  2. 2. 1OverviewBefore you take your pet across the border, orback, please be aware of requirements andregulations that may affect you and your pet.
  3. 3. 2Overview**Before Traveling with Your Pet**Before taking a pet to another country, contactthat countrys consulate or embassy forinformation about their requirements.Travelers are advised to also contact the UnitedStates Department of Agriculture (USDA) foradditional information and advice .
  4. 4. 3Driving or flying**Driving over the U.S. Border**The regulations about bringing a pet into theUnited States are the same whether you drive overthe U.S. border with your pet in your car, fly, ortravel by other means. All animals entering (orreentering) the United States are subject to thesame laws, regardless of the port or method ofentry.
  5. 5. 4Driving or flying**Traveling by Air**Many pet owners wonder whether they pick uptheir pet at the international airport or only attheir final destination.
  6. 6. 5Driving or flying**Traveling by Air**Since pets are generally transported asbaggage, they go through the same procedures asbaggage. If a pet does not require quarantine atthe port of entry, then an international travelerwould pick up both luggage and the pet atinternational baggage claim. They would then gothrough customs and re-check both luggage andthe pet for the domestic flight to their finaldestination.
  7. 7. 6Government Issues**Customs and Declaring Pets**When travelers fill out their customs declarationcards, they must declare any animals traveling withthem on the card.
  8. 8. 7Government Issues**Interstate and Intrastate Movement of Animals**The USDA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, andvarious states may impose restrictions, dependingon the animal. The U.S. Food and DrugAdministration, working in concert with CDC, hasenacted regulations restricting the movement ofAfrican rodents. For the full text, please read the.
  9. 9. 8Government Issues**Interstate and Intrastate Movement of Animals**Otherwise, there are no CDC regulations oninterstate and intrastate transportation of animals.
  10. 10. 9Pet healthThe Pet Travel page on the USDA Animal and PlantHealth Inspection Service website is an very usefulresource in making sure your pet stays healthyduring transit. It includes information on knownscams, traveling containers and sedation.