Customs Requirements for People and
Entering The U.S. Mainland or Alaska
Travel Between the U.S.,
Canada and Mexico
This Page is for Travel Between the U.S., Canada
and Mexico Only.
For information concerning travel to or between other countries, please
Also Including US Virgin Islands (St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas) and Puerto Rico
Pets taken out of the United States are subject upon return to the same regulations as those entering for the first time. General certificates of health are not required by the CDC for US entry, but they may be required by state or airlines; confirm prior to travel date.
In most cases, proof of rabies vaccine is required, however, an
unvaccinated dog may be allowed under certain conditions. These
include puppies, which must then be confined until vaccinated. Additional information can be found at:
The following websites detail questions and answers regarding animal importation, APHIS VS requirements, updates regarding pet travel, health and scam alerts, and inoculation regulations:
Please be aware that for travel from Canada or Mexico
or any other country to the U.S. People (including children) must have a
passport now. If you are crossing the Canadian border by car, you may
use a passport card but if you are traveling by air a regular passport
Entering Hawaii from Mainland US or Elsewhere
Department of Agriculture
Rabies Quarantine Branch
99-951 Halawa Valley Street
Aiea, Hawaii 96701-5602
Telephone Number:(808) 483-7151
Hawaii has much stricter pet admissions procedures than the continental
U.S. This is due to the fact that Hawaii is a rabies-free territory and
wants to remain as such. People traveling with pets to Hawaii from the
mainland U.S. or Alaska must have their pets meet the requirements as
well. With the exception of exemptions from the rabies-free countries of New Zealand, Australia, Guam and the British Isles, all dogs entering Hawaii must complete either the 120-day or 5-day-or-less rabies quarantine.
Through the 5 day or less quarantine program it is possible to take your
dog directly out of the airport with you if all steps are properly
followed. http://hawaii.gov/hdoa/ai/aqs/faq answers a number of questions regarding quarantine regulations.
http://hawaii.gov/hdoa/ai/aqs/aqsbrochure.pdf is the official brochure regarding Hawaii Rabies Quarantine, and covers fees, pertinent procedural information for pets coming into Hawaii, pet admissions upon arrival, and care for your pet before/during and after quarantine.
Pets coming into Hawaii are required to have a micro-chip implant, a health certificate issued by an accredited veterinarian within 14 days prior to arrival, be vaccinated for common infectious agents, and have their rabies vaccination completed with an approved inactivated rabies vaccine. Dogs over 90 days of age at the time of arrival must be vaccinated not less then 10 days—nor more than the manufacturer’s recommended booster interval before arrival against: Canine distemper virus, canine infectious hepatitis virus or canine adenovirus-2, canine
parvovirus, canine parainfluenza virus, leptospirosis, bordetella bronchiseptica (kennel cough). Canine coronavirus is recommended but optional. Puppies between 2-3 months are to be vaccinated according to AVMA guidelines.
Honolulu is the only port of entry for ALL animals. Your pet must first come to the Animal Quarantine Station on Oahu for positive identification and examination. Inspection hours for dog and cats
at Honolulu International Airport (HNL) are between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m. daily, including weekends and holidays. This is very important
information for visitors who are qualifying their pets for direct release.
Flights should be arranged to arrive by 3:30 pm to assure they can be seen that
day or they may have to stay overnight, and if they are not picked up by 10 am
the following day a $59 charge may be added. Further important information
regarding the 120 day quarantine laws, advisory updates, their “5 day or less
quarantine program, contact information, reentry requirements, forms, facts, and
more can be found at the following website: http://hawaii.gov/hdoa/ai/aqs/info
. The owner, consignee, handler, or carrier shall pay all expenses including private veterinary examinations and returned shipments to shipper or consignor for animals failing to meet pre-arrival requirements.
Please note that people (including children) must now
have a passport to enter Canada from the United States. If flying to
Canada, a regular passport is needed. If driving, either a regular
passport or a passport card is allowed.
For pets entering Canada with their owners with them: Dogs must
be accompanied by proof of a rabies shot that has not expired. Dogs
under 3 months of age do not require a rabies vaccine.
For pets entering Canada without their owners with them: There is an inspection fee, but no quarantine period for pets coming into the country. Within 10 days of departure to Canada a current Canada Veterinary Certificate must accompany pets. Vaccination proof must include vaccination date, trade name/serial number of the vaccine, proof the vaccine was licensed by the dog’s country of origin, and signed by the veterinarian.
A veterinary health certificate is usually only available by contacting CFIA's Export Contacts; however, a model veterinary health certificate may be provided under certain circumstances.
Import pet polices are at this site: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/terrestrial-animals/imports/policies/live-animals/pet-imports/dogs/eng/1331876172009/1331876307796
Export pet polices are at this site:
The following provides a list of International Health Certificate requirements for entry into Canada.
Visitors are allowed to bring up to 2 dogs into the country. A Health Certificate, issued not more than 72 hours before the animal enters Mexico, must be obtained (in duplicate) by a licensed veterinarian or other official authority with the name, address of pet’s owner, the animal’s stats (breed, sex, age), and confirmation of a clean bill of health. Proof of inoculations against rabies and distemper at least 15 days before arriving in Mexico is also required.
It is also very important to confirm your country’s reentry procedures for your pet. Exit permits for pets are also required and can be obtained via SAGAPRA at:
http://www.sagarpa.gob.mx/english/Pages/Introduction.aspx; this is a free service.