Travelers with Pets

Bringing a Pet into the United States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies may regulate animals entering the United States. Please refer to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for information on bringing your pet into the United States.   

Taking a Pet Overseas 

Lots of countries have strict rules or bans on bringing pets into their country. If you want to take your pet abroad, check the rules of the foreign country on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website. Airlines and shipping lines have their own policies for transporting pets, as well as the rules from the government. Ask your airline or ship representative about their requirements.

Make Plans for a Crisis

During a crisis, it may be difficult to find transportation for your pets. Expect that you won't be able to bring them with you on a U.S. government evacuation. If you travel or live outside the United States with your pet, make plans for someone to care for them if you have to leave them behind.

  • Working (service) animals such as guide dogs, will be accommodated if possible. 
  • To learn more about traveling with animals, visit the U.S. Department of Transportation webpage called "Plane Talk: Traveling with Animals." To find out about health requirements for traveling animals and bringing your pet to the United States, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture webpage called "Pet Travel."

Last Updated: February 8, 2024