Change to Regulations Regarding Importation of Dogs into the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that beginning July 14, 2021, there will be a temporary suspension prohibiting the entry of dogs into the United States arriving from Vietnam.

On an extremely limited basis, the CDC has the authority to issue advance written approval—a CDC Dog Import Permit—to bring a dog into the United States from Vietnam.

If you wish to import a dog from Vietnam, you must request advance written approval in the form of a CDC Dog Import Permit from the CDC by emailing CDCanimalimports@cdc.gov at least 30 business days before you intend to enter the United States.

CDC Dog Import Permits will not be issued upon arrival.  Dogs that arrive from Vietnam without advance written approval from the CDC will be denied entry and returned to the country of departure at the importer’s expense.

More information and the latest updates on CDC guidance regarding importation of pets to the United States please are available at the CDC’s website.

We recommend U.S. citizens check the Embassy’s COVID-19 page daily for information, and register or update their information in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).