From: CDC Animal Imports (CDC)

Sent: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 5:12 PM
Subject: Updates to CDC's dog suspension policy

Dear Airline and Travel Industry Partners:

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated the requirements and eligibility guidelines for people applying for a CDC Dog Import Permit to bring their dog into the United States from a country at high-risk for canine rabies (dog rabies).

The following requirements will be in place until January 7, 2022:

  • Dogs with a CDC Dog Import Permit may enter the U.S. at one of these 18 airports:
    • Anchorage (ANC), Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Detroit (DTW), Honolulu (HNL), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), Minneapolis (MSP), New York (JKF), Newark (EWR), Philadelphia (PHL), San Francisco (SFO), San Juan (SJU), Seattle (SEA), and Washington DC (IAD).
  • Starting January 7, 2022, people with a CDC Dog Import Permit will need to enter the U.S. at an approved port of entry.

Individuals who meet the eligibility requirements must apply for a CDC Dog Import Permit at least 6 weeks in advance. CDC Dog Import Permits are not issued upon arrival to the United States and dogs arriving from high-risk countries without a CDC Dog Import Permit will be denied entry and returned to the county of departure at the importer’s expense.

For more information about the types of importers that are eligible for a CDC Dog Import Permit during the suspension, visit  

Please see the attached guidance documents to help airline and travel industry partners review CDC Dog Import Permits.

Let us know if you have any questions.

Kind regards,


Emily Pieracci, DVM, MPH, DACVPM

Zoonoses Team Lead, Quarantine and Border Health Services Branch

Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ)

National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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