The CDC has always had these guidelines, but made many more exceptions for pets entering the US that were younger than 16 weeks. Well it seems now, they have changed their minds about this with very little warning to the general public. We have had some very upset calls from people wanting to import puppies to the US from non rabies free countries only to find out they can’t do this until the puppy is 4 months old. Why? They can’ t be vaccinated until they are 12 weeks of age and the requirements state you must wait 30 days from vaccination to import them. Now, if they are coming from a rabies free country, they can be imported as young as 8 weeks. All this despite the fact that all the research shows puppies and kittens born of vaccinated mothers inherit their mothers titer levels for up to their first 4 to 5 months of life.
The CDC is receiving many complaints about this newly enforced regulation, so we will see if they start to bend the rules, but as of now all pet transportation companies including airlines will not allow pets into the US without a rabies vaccination. For more details about the CDC regulation, please click here http://www.cdc.gov/animalimportation/dogs.html
A listing of rabies free Countries
- Global surveillance efforts and reporting standards differ dramatically, conditions may change rapidly because of animal translocation, and bat rabies may exist in some areas that are reportedly “free” of rabies in other mammals.
- Bat lyssaviruses have been reported throughout Europe, including areas that are reportedly free of rabies in other wild mammals.
- Most of Pacific Oceania is reportedly “rabies-free”, with the exception of Australia, where lyssaviruses in bats have been reported, as well as fatal human rabies cases.
|Africa||Cape Verde, Mauritius, Réunion, São Tomé and Príncipe, Seychelles|
|Americas||North: Bermuda, Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Saint Kitts (Saint Christopher) and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Turks and Caicos, Virgin Islands (UK and US)
|Asia and the Middle East||Hong Kong, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia (Sabah), Qatar, Singapore, United Arab Emirates|
|Europe2||Albania, Austria, Belgium, Corsica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway (except Svalbard), Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (except Ceuta and Melilla), Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom|
|Oceania3||Australia3, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawaii, Kiribati, Micronesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Vanuatu|