Gibbon mother with infant Importation of Pets and Other Animal & Animal Products into the United States

CDC. National Center for Infectious Diseases. Division of Global Migration and Quarantine.

Information on the importation of dogs, cats, turtles, monkeys and other animals and animal products capable of causing human disease. Pets taken out of the United States are subject, upon return, to the same regulations as those entering for the first time. The US government does not require general certificates of health for pets. However, because airlines sometimes require health certificates for pets traveling with them, you should check with your airline prior to your travel date.

Also see Frequently Asked Questions about Importation of Animals. It provides answers and links to pertinent regulations and documents governing such importation.

How Can I Obtain a Permit?

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Information on CITES International Import/Export permits, migratory bird permits, special permits for research, Endangered Species Act & Wild Bird Conservation Act.

List of State Veterinarians

United States Animal Health Association.

Provided is a nation listing of state veterinarians and their contact information.

National Center for Import and Export (NCIE)

USDA. APHIS. Veterinary Services.

Provides information on bringing animals into or out of the United States.

GAO Report: Live Animal Imports. Agencies Need Better Collaboration to Reduce the Risk of Animal-Related Diseases. (PDF | 1.68MB)

Government Accountability Office.

GAO recommends that the Secretaries of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and the Interior develop a strategy to address barriers to agency collaboration that may allow potentially risky imported animals into the United States and jointly determine data needs to effectively oversee imported animals. In commenting on a draft of this report, the Departments of Agriculture, Interior and Homeland Security generally agreed with GAO's findings and recommendations. The Department of Health and Human Services provided technical comments only.

International Animal Export Regulations

USDA. APHIS. Veterinary Services.

Regulations governing the export of animals to other countries.