CDC TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF DOGS ENTERING THE U.S. FROM RABIES HIGH-RISK COUNTRIES
CDC TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF DOGS ENTERING THE U.S.
FROM RABIES HIGH-RISK COUNTRIES
Starting August 01, 2023, the temporary suspension for dogs entering the United States from high-risk countries for dog rabies has been extended. This includes dogs arriving from countries without high risk of rabies if the dogs have been in a high-risk country in the past 6 months.
The Philippines is included in the list of high-risk for rabies. These rules apply to all dogs, including puppies, and service dogs.
UPDATE: Beginning March 1, 2023, a valid CDC Rabies Vaccination and Microchip Record is needed to obtain a permit or make a reservation. CDC will NOT accept foreign-issued pet passports or any other certificates for foreign rabies vaccinations.
Note: Use of this record is also encouraged for US-vaccinated dogs, though not required. Dogs entering the United States from high-risk countries are still required to meet all requirements of the temporary suspension (see www.cdc.gov/dogtravel).
All dogs that have been in a high-risk country in the past 6 months may only enter arrive at one of the 18 airports in the US with a CDC quarantine station:
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 (JFK), Newark (EWR), Philadelphia (PHL), San Francisco (SFO), San Juan (SJU), Seattle (SEA), and Washington DC (IAD).
Dogs from high-risk countries may be imported only with CDC’s advance written approval (CDC Dog Import Permit), a reservation at a CDC-approved animal care facility, or a US-issued rabies vaccination certificate. This includes dogs imported from a country NOT at high risk if the dogs have been in a high-risk country during the previous 6 months. CDC Dog Import Permit approvals may be granted for up to two foreign-vaccinated dogs per applicant during the temporary suspension. If your request for a CDC Dog Import Permit is denied, CDC’s written denial will constitute final agency action. No appeals will be allowed.
To request advance written approval, you must follow the instructions at How to Apply for a CDC Dog Import Permit at least 40 business days (8 weeks) before you intend for your dog to enter the United States. Requests cannot be made at the port of entry upon the dog’s arrival into the United States.
Dogs that arrive from high-risk countries without a valid US-issued rabies vaccination certificate, a CDC Dog Import Permit, or a reservation at a CDC-approved animal care facility will be denied entry and returned to the country of departure at the importer’s expense.
Learn more on Frequently Asked Questions on CDC Suspending Dogs from High-Risk Countries for Dog Rabies: https://www.cdc.gov/importation/bringing-an-animal-into-the-united-states/faqs-about-high-risk-dog-ban.html
The US Air Carrier Access Act (US ACAA) limits Service Animals to dogs only. Philippine Airlines does not accept any other service animal except for dogs. PAL shall not accommodate miniature horses, cats, rabbits, birds, and other non-dog animals.
A Service Dog, regardless of breed or type, is a service animal that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks (task-trained) for the benefit of a qualified individual with disability.
Only Service Dogs accompanying an individual with disability are accepted onboard our flights:
a) to and from the United States;
b) to and from other International flights; and
c) in Domestic flights
NOTE: However, Psychiatric Service Dogs are not allowed in all Non-US International Flights and Domestic Flights.
Passengers traveling with a service dog must complete the following forms for the service dog/s to be accepted onboard a flight.
For flights to/from the United States, passengers must complete the:
1. US DOT Service Animal Health Behavior Training Form and the
2. US DOT Service Animal Relief Attestation Form
3. Approved CDC Dog Import Permit. You must apply online for a CDC Dog Import Permit. It is recommended to apply at least 8 weeks (40 business days) before intended travel. Before beginning the process, your dog must:
- be at least 6 months old
- have an ISO-compatible microchip
- Have a valid CDC Rabies Vaccination and Microchip Record [PDF – 1 page]
- Have a valid rabies serologic titer from an approved laboratory. For dogs older than 15 months with booster vaccinations, make sure the CDC Rabies Vaccination and Microchip Record [PDF – 1 page]shows the current rabies vaccination and at least one previous rabies vaccination given when the dog was 12 weeks old or older if your dog’s titer was collected less than 30 days from the date of the current rabies vaccination.
- Owners of foreign-vaccinated dogs may apply for and obtain a valid CDC Dog Import Permit before arrival. CDC will only issue permits for up to 2 dogs per person during the suspension.
- For dogs vaccinated in the United States (by a US-licensed veterinarian), they may re-enter the United States from a high-risk country without:
- a CDC Dog Import Permit;
- the use of theCDC Rabies Vaccination and Microchip Record [PDF – 1 page] .
This is encouraged, but not required.
- If the microchip cannot be scanned on arrival, your dog may be denied entry and returned to the country of departure at your expense.
- No CDC Dog Import Permits are issued upon arrival. Dogs that arrive from high-risk countries without advance written approval from CDC will be denied entry and returned to the country of departure at the importer’s expense.
- Dogs without a permit will be denied entry to the United States and shall be returned to the country of departure at the owner’s expense. During the temporary suspension, dogs arriving from a high-risk country with a CDC Dog Import Permit can only enter the United States through the 18 approved airports with a CDC quarantine station. If you don’t follow these instructions, your dog will be denied entry and returned to the country of departure at your expense.
- Learn more about how to apply for a CDC Dog Import Permit.
For reservations made more than 48 hours in advance of the first originally scheduled departure time and the flight duration is 8 hours or more, the passenger must provide Philippine Airlines 48 hours advanced notice by contacting us through our Reservations Hotline or through any of our PAL Ticket Offices. You shall be provided with instructions on the submission of the required documents and forms.
NOTE: You must accomplish the US DOT forms on or after the date you purchased your ticket, and submit the same not later than 48 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Forms accomplished prior to said dates shall not be accepted as valid.
If the reservation was made 48 hours or less in advance of the first originally scheduled departure time, passenger is no longer required to submit the forms in advance but will be required to submit the forms at the departure gate on the date of travel.
For other Non-US International flights and Domestic flights, passengers must complete the following forms:
1. Service Dog Air Transportation Form; and
2. Service Dog Relief Attestation Form (for flights with duration of 8 hours or more)
Passengers must provide Philippine Airlines 48 hours advance notice by contacting us through our Reservations Hotline or through any of our PAL Ticket Offices. You shall be provided with instructions on the submission of the required documents and forms.
You may download the forms by clicking on the highlighted links above. You may also get copies of the forms from our PAL Ticket Offices or have them emailed upon request through our PAL Reservations Hotline.
NOTE: You must accomplish the forms on or after the date you purchased your ticket, and submit the same not later than 48 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Forms accomplished prior to said dates shall not be accepted as valid.
Passengers traveling with a service dog, who check-in online and were unable to submit the required forms prior to the date of travel shall be made to submit the required forms at the check-in counter or departure gate.
NOTE: PAL reserves the right to charge passengers for damage caused by their service dogs, and to require additional documentation or deny the acceptance of service dogs onboard if required by safety requirements set by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or by the Philippine government and/or other applicable foreign governments.
Learn more about U.S. Department of Transportation Rules on Traveling by Air with Service Animals.