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NEW REQUIREMENTS for TRAVELING WITH YOUR DOG THROUGH the U.S.

STARTING AUGUST 1, 2024!!!



Dogs entering or returning to the United States must meet NEW SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS -

• Depending on where they have been in the 6 months before entering the U.S. & where they received their rabies vaccines.

• All dogs must be at least 6 months of age.

• Have an implanted International Organization for Standardization (ISO)-compatible microchip (this MUST have been implanted before any required rabies vaccination. Microchip number must be documented on all required forms and in all accompanying veterinary records).

• Appear healthy upon arrival

• In addition to other mandatory documentation.

(see those additional things in the link below including "Travel Checklist for U.S.-vaccinated dogs" • )

"Requirements for foreign-vaccinated dogs that have been in a country with high risk of dog rabies within 6 months before entry" - THIS SEEMS NOT AS EASY AS BEFORE SO SERIOUSLY READ IT as I believe Nicaragua is STILL a country the U.S. deems a High Risk for Rabies country:


For official information, please see the CDC news release:


Dogs that do not meet all entry requirements or do not have accurate & valid forms will be denied entry to the U.S. & returned to the country of departure at the importer’s expense.


These requirements apply to all dogs, including service dogs & dogs that were born in the U.S.


If you plan on taking your dog to the U.S. on or after August 1, 2024, you are encouraged to become familiar with the new requirements & make plans to meet them WELL IN ADVANCE.

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