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Revised CDC Dog Importation Rules (November 30, 2021)
November 30, 2021

Message for U.S. Citizens in Vietnam
November 30, 2021  

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has revised regulations for the import of dogs into the United States.

Effective December 1, 2021, all dogs that have been in Vietnam in the past 6 months must enter at an approved port of entry. Dogs vaccinated in the United States by a U.S.-licensed veterinarian may re-enter the United States from Vietnam without a CDC Dog Import Permit if the dog has a valid U.S.-issued rabies vaccination certificate from a U.S.-licensed veterinarian, has proof of a microchip, is at least 6 months old, is healthy upon arrival, and arrives at an approved port of entry.

The 18 approved ports of entry airports with a CDC quarantine station are 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 Dulles (IAD).  No other ports of entry are approved.

Expired U.S.-issued rabies vaccination certificates will not be accepted.  If the U.S.-issued rabies vaccination certificate has expired, you must apply for a CDC Dog Import Permit, if eligible.

More information and the latest updates on CDC guidance regarding importation of pets to the United States is available on 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).