Be prepared with your paperwork when coming through customs. The more proof you have to justify your visit/move to the United States, the easier it will be to expedite the process and answer any questions. The most important of these documents are your passport, visa, any employment contracts, and proof of insurance.
Foreign visitors to the U.S. arriving via air or sea no longer need to complete papers as "Customs and Border Protection Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record" or "Form I-94W Non-immigrant Visa Waiver Arrival/Departure Record". Those who need to prove their legal-visitor status—to employers, schools/universities or government agencies—can access their CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) arrival/departure record information online.
CBP now gathers traveller's arrival/departure information automatically from their electronic travel records. Because advance information is only transmitted for air and sea travellers, CBP will still issue a paper form I-94 at land border ports of entry.
For a complete list of custom requirements and to search for particular information, go to United States Customs. The free pamphlet "Know Before You Go" at www.cbp.gov (Click on "Travel" and then click on "Know Before You Go! Online Brochure") is a helpful guide. For further questions, you can contact:
U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP)
1300 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20229
The importation of pets into the USA has always been strictly controlled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure that diseases such as rabies are not introduced. Therefore, animals require a rigorous medical exam no more than 30 days before departure, must appear healthy upon arrival, and may require a valid rabies or other vaccination certificate depending on country of origin. Quarantine is not required by most U.S. states and territories; however, Hawaii and Guam do have quarantine requirements. Pets excluded from entry into the United States must be sent back to the country of origin.
Whether returning or coming to the United States, all dogs must appear healthy. And if your dogs are coming from a high-risk country for rabies, they must have valid rabies vaccination certificates to enter the United States. Other requirements:
Some states may require other vaccinations and health certificates. Check with your destination state's health department External before traveling.
The US Department of Agriculture External has additional restrictions for some dogs arriving in the United States, such as working dogs.
Cats generally don't need rabies vaccinations to enter the United States. However, some states require vaccination of cats for rabies, so it is a good idea to check with state and local health authorities at your final destination. Other requirements;
Pets besides cats or dogs are allowed for import, although there are different requirements depending on the pet.
Some animals, such as primates (monkeys and apes) or rodents, won't be allowed back into the United States even if they originally came from the United States.
For a complete list of custom requirements and to search for particular information, go to Centre of control, disease and prevention webpage. Also refer to the article on Expat Pets for guidelines and requirements.
Find continued information related to traveling with pets to/from the USA in the following links:
Crate size, preparing pets for flight, feeding, shipping, and dealing with airlines:
Laws for importing pets into the United States:
Questions about traveling with your pet:
Get detailed information from your preferred airlines before purchasing a cage or kennel. Most airlines allow pets to travel in the cabin if their carrier is small enough to fit under your seat. Small birds may also be able to travel in the cabin, but tropical birds such as parrots are usually not allowed. Also note that some airlines, cities, or states can restrict certain breeds, so check before you travel.
If your pet's cage does not fit under your seat, you will have to ship it as checked baggage. Since the outside air temperature also affects the temperature in the cargo bay, airlines may restrict the transportation of pets during certain times of the year. For example, some US carriers don't allow pets to be shipped between May and September, the hottest months for animals to travel in the Northern Hemisphere.
However, each airline has distinct requirements. Check with your airline to determine what requirements they may have.
As noted above, quarantine is not usually required. However, the CDC is authorized to detain and medically examine any persons/animals arriving into the United States and traveling between states who are suspected of carrying communicable diseases.
U.S. Quarantine Stations, located at ports of entry and land border crossings, use these public health practices as part of a comprehensive Quarantine System that serves to limit the introduction of infectious diseases into the United States and to prevent their spread.
Additional Quarantine Information:
Download the application form required for entry into United States with a domestic pet.
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