Requirements for Taking Cats and Dogs from Chile to the United States
The Public Health Service is the U.S. Government agency that regulates the entry of non-working dogs (pets, show dogs, etc.) and cats into the United States. The Public Health Service currently lists Chile as a country that has rabies. As a result, the following requirements must be met when exporting cats and dogs to the United States.
Cats — Animals must appear in good health. Rabies vaccination is not required.
Dogs — Non-working dogs, as opposed to working dogs (cattle and sheep herding animals), being shipped from Chile to the United States may be admitted if they are:
1. At least three months old.
2. Free of infectious disease.
3. Accompanied by a valid certificate of vaccination against rabies signed by a licensed veterinarian that:
(a) Identifies the dog.
(b) Specifies the expiration date for the vaccination not earlier than the date of the dog’s arrival in the United States. If the expiration date is not indicated on the certificate, it will be valid for only one year from the date of issue.
(c) Specifies the date of vaccination not less than 30 days prior to the date of arrival.
Working dogs are required to meet the same requirements as non-working dogs. However, additional requirements must be met before entry is allowed into the United States. These requirements are handled on a case by case basis. Inquires should be referred to APHIS, Veterinary Services at (301) 734-4357 .
The United States Customs Service is the agency responsible for implementing and enforcing these regulations at the United States Port of Entry. For additional information, please contact the nearest office of the United States Customs Service.