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Pets to Bring into Washington
 
 
 

Pets do not need passports to enter the US. However, in many cases you will need special import permits. However, all birds require a 30 day quarantine on arrival in the US. For other animals you should enquire at a US Embassy, but your travel agent may also be able to assist.

Every imported container of pets, or package of animal parts or products, must be plainly marked, labeled or tagged on the outside with the names and addresses of the shipper and consignee, along with an accurate invoice specifying the number of each species contained in the shipment. Microchipping is a new way of identifying your pet. It consists of inserting a microchip with relevant names and addresses just under the skin of your pet. If you have already had your pet microchipped, simply contact the service provider to give them the updated address for you and your pet. This new system is proving popular and the most convenient way of identifying a pet as it cannot fall off, as tags can, and it is also inexpensive.

The US Public Health Service requires that pet dogs and cats brought into this country be examined at the first port of entry for evidence of diseases that can be transmitted to humans. Turtles are subject to certain restrictions, and monkeys may not be imported as pets under any circumstances. Endangered and threatened animal and plant wildlife, migratory birds, marine mammals, and certain injurious wildlife may not be imported without special federal permits.

All domestic cats and dogs must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry. If the animal is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at the owner's expense. Dogs must be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days before entering the US. This requirement does not apply, however, to puppies less than three months of age or to dogs originating or located for at least six months in areas designated by the US Public Health Service as being rabies-free.

Documentation and procedures pertaining to dogs arriving from areas that are not free of rabies are:

• a valid rabies vaccination certificate should accompany the animal. This certificate should be in English or be accompanied by a translation. It should identify the animal, the dates of vaccination and expiration, and be signed by a licensed veterinarian. If no expiration date is specified, the certificate is acceptable if the date of vaccination is no more than 12 months before the date of arrival;

• if a vaccination has not been performed, or if the certificate is not valid, the animal may be admitted if it is confined immediately upon arrival at a place of the owner's choosing. The dog must be vaccinated within four days after arrival at the final destination, but no more than 10 days after arrival at the port of entry. The animal must remain in confinement for at least 30 days after being vaccinated;

• if the vaccination was performed less than 30 days before arrival, the animal may be admitted but must be confined at a place of the owner's choosing until at least 30 days have passed since the vaccination;

• young puppies must be confined at a place of the owner's choosing until they are three months old, then they must be vaccinated. They must remain in confinement for 30 days.

Dogs, cats and turtles are free of import duty. Other pets imported into the US, if subject to a customs duty, may be included in your customs exemption if they accompany you and are imported for your personal use and not for sale.

 

 
 


 



 


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