Shipping your pets to the USA

As USA Pet Shippers we provide the following information and requirements for the importation of cats, dogs, rats, rabbits, hamsters into the USA.

There is no quarantine for cats and dogs entering the USA from the United Kingdom with residency of at least 6 months prior to departure. The entry requirements vary from State to State - some do require Dogs to be vaccinated against Rabies, 30 days prior to departure.

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  • Fit to fly within 10 days of departure
  • Microchip
  • Rabies is most states – highly recommend
  • Dogs now need to be over 6 months old from 1st August 2024 and MUST have rabies shot


Rules and regulations can be found on the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) Website: USA Pet Imports

As well as the CDC general rules it is advisable to contact the relevant State Veterinarian or the US Department of Agriculture for the actual State you are travelling to.

We can advise you of the relevant state Veterinary fax number or other contact details - please get in touch.

Official Export Health certificates from DEFRA in the UK and Import permits are not required except in the cases of Hawaii and Alaska.HOWEVER, MOST AIRLINES REQUIRE A GENERAL PET HEALTH CERTIFICATE (FITNESS TO FLY) FROM YOUR VET WITHIN 7 DAYS (or less) OF YOUR PET'S DEPARTURE DATE.

Animals must be shipped in containers built to IATA specifications which are the correct size for them i.e. they must be large enough for the animal to stand up without touching the top of the box, lie down comfortably and be able to turn round within the box. There must also be a fixed water container inside the container with a means of filling it from the outside (funnel).

With information on the measurements of the animal(s) we can build Kennels (wood frame, plywood sides, wire mesh front) to fit. This can be either picked up from us or delivered to any U.K. Airport to coincide with your check in time or be delivered to your home.

During the hotter summer months and colder winter months trans-shipments of cats and dogs to non-international airports are generally not permitted because of temperature restrictions at various Airports. Also some airlines operate a total embargo on excess livestock during the summer (American Airlines for example).

If you want to know the cost of shipping a dog or cat to the USA from the UK, or perhaps from the USA to the UK, please do get in touch and we'll be pleased to help. Pet travel to USA is quite common, but it is vital that you have the correct paperwork for the trip.

If you are planning to take your pet abroad then please do get in touch and our friendly, knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer all your questions.

As our 5* reviews attest, we will work with you every step of the way to make sure your pet arrives at your destination, safely and in good health.

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