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Upcoming Border Entry Requirements for Dogs Traveling to the U.S. Starting August 1, 2024

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Edmonton, AB — Updated: July 18, 2024 - Dog owners planning to travel to the United States with their pets need to be aware of significant changes to entry requirements starting August 1, 2024. These updates, announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and facilitated in coordination with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), require closer attention to the health documentation and processes involved in crossing the border with a dog.

Starting August 1, 2024, all dogs entering the U.S. must meet several specific Centre for Disease Control (CDC) criteria in order to travel from Canada to the USA. We strongly recommend that all dog owners planning to cross the border on or after August 1, 2024, remain vigilant and regularly check verified and reliable resources. Staying informed is vital, as it will help you ensure that your travel with your pets is smooth and compliant with the latest regulatory requirements.

Pet owners should keep themselves informed of rules around travelling with pets by visiting the following pages regularly for updates:

CFIA’s Website: CFIA Advice for Dog Exporters

CDC’s Website: CDC Dog Import Information, Frequently Asked Questions on Dog Importation

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