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Importation and Exportation of Pet Animals

Who is this information for?

​This information is for people with pets who are traveling with their pets in California, either to or from another U.S. state/territory, or to or from another country.

Why is this information important?

Different states, territories, and countries have legal health requirements for animals, including pets, entering their borders to help make sure that these animals do not carry serious diseases across or between states, territories, or countries. These requirements are different depending on the type of animal and its places of origin and destination (where the animal is coming from or going to). Animals entering California are required by state and federal laws to have certain documents stating that the animal is not carrying serious diseases, such as rabies.

Note:

Anyone transporting animals via commercial airline flights should call the airline company for any additional requirements they may have.


Interstate Movement

Documents required for pets entering California from another U.S. state or territory  

Pet transport at airport


Pet owners who are moving their permanent residence to California should check with the local animal control agency about the requirements for pets (including pet licenses) for the specific city or county in California.

Certificate

*An electronic CVI from a private company or independent provider, or the United States Interstate and International Certificate of Health Examination for Small Animals (APHIS Form 7001 (PDF)), must be completed, dated, and signed by an accredited, licensed veterinarian. Because some U.S. states do not accept the APHIS Form 7001, people transporting an animal to another state outside of California should check with the state of destination in advance.


Documents required for pets leaving California and entering another U.S. state or territory

Contact the state or territory of destination (the state or territory you are traveling to or entering) to determine what documents, if any, are required for a pet entering from another state or territory:

Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas (PDF), Colorado, Connecticut (PDF), Delaware (PDF), District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam (PDF), Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana (PDF), Maine (.doc), Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri (PDF), Montana, Nebraska (PDF), Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey (PDF), New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma (PDF), Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico (PDF), Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia (PDF), Wisconsin, Wyoming (PDF)


International Movement

Documents required for pets entering California from another country


Documents required for pets leaving the United States and entering another country

Please visit the USDA website for detailed information about the requirements for pets leaving the United States and entering another country.

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