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Dr. Woolf Responds to CDC Dog Import Suspension

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Map of high risk rabies countries named by U.S. CDC

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention temporarily suspended dog importation from countries with high risk of canine rabies in July 2021 and updated its rules in December 2021. The CDC action protects public health and ensures against reintroducing dog rabies in the United States.


Dogs with U.S.-issued Rabies Certificates

"The December update allows dogs to re-enter the United States from a high risk country without an import permit if the dog has been vaccinated by a U.S.-licensed veterinarian and has met five criteria," according to Walter M. Woolf, veterinarian founder of Air Animal Pet Movers. The dog

        1. has a valid U.S.-issued rabies vaccination certificate;
        2. has proof of a microchip;
        3. is at least 6 months old;
        4. is healthy upon arrival; and
        5. arrives at an approved port of entry 
All dogs entering the United States from a high-risk county must enter through one of 18 approved ports of entry, which includes all airports with a CDC quarantine station: Anchorage (ANC), Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Detroit (DTW), Honolulu (HNL), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), Minneapolis (MSP), New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), Philadelphia (PHL), San Francisco (SFO), San Juan (SJU), Seattle (SEA), and Washington DC (IAD).

    Dogs with Foreign-issued Rabies Certificates

    Dogs with foreign-issued rabies vaccination certificates must still apply for an import permit. Import permits from high-risk countries will be extremely limited and granted case-by-case. Travel is not a valid reason. Criteria:

    • A U.S. government employee with permanent change of station or temporary duty orders.
    • A U.S. citizen or lawful U.S. resident relocating to the United States for employment or education.
    • An owner of a service dog trained to assist a person with a disability.
      • Emotional support animals, comfort animals, companionship animals, and service animals in training are not service animals.
    • Importers wishing to import dogs for science, education, or exhibition, or for bona fide law enforcement

    "Pet parents are personally responsible for requesting a pet import permit. This also applies to pet parents who have visited high risk countries with their dogs in the past six months,“ Woolf said.

    “Before applying for a permit, eligible pet parents should make sure they gather documents required. Make sure you submit all documents. Then follow these steps in order,” he advised.

    1. At least four months before planning to return to the U.S., check IPATA.org and find a local professional pet shipper to advise you. Watch the Air Animal website for updates.
    2. Assure your dog is microchipped. If the rabies vaccinations and the accompanying certificates expire in less than six months, assure the dog receives a rabies booster before expiration.
    3. Have a rabies antibody test (FAVN-OIE) run by an accredited lab.
    4. Wait at least 45 days before applying for the U.S. pet import permit.
    5. Plan another 45 day wait to hear if the permit has been approved. If the permit is approved schedule pet transport. All dogs must arrive at the live animal care facility at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City.

    Permits will not be given at arrival. Dogs without a permit will be denied entry and returned to the country of departure at the owner’s expense.

    There is no appeal for denied applications. Application does not guarantee approval.

    Click these links for further requirements and more information


    The CDC will periodically review the suspension.


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    Pet Moves to Caribbean Halted During Holidays

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    (December 13, 2021)-- Today StratAir and Amerijet airlines temporarily stopped all pet air cargo transports for the holidays. This affects pet air cargo moves to and from the United States and the Caribbean Islands. Amerijet announced they will re-start pet cargo shipments Jan. 3, 3022. StratAir announced pet shipments will begin again Jan. 10, 2022. Read More...

    Holiday Pet Travel—a Dog and Cat Advisory

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    Pet Travel Info Sheet


    Hello, I am Dr. Walter Woolf, the veterinarian founder and CEO of Air Animal Pet Movers. Thank you for your time and interest in Air Animal. If you are searching for pet travel options  this article is for you. 

    Please remember that for holiday, leisure travel and vacations you are responsible for booking your own and your pet’s travel with your chosen airline. 

    If you are relocating for job opportunities, career advancement, military PCS or returning to your home county, Air Animal is at your service. We relocate pets moving with their families anywhere in the U.S.—by ground, by air or a combination of the two. If you’re moving overseas, we understand the destination requirements to get your pet to your new home with the least amount of stress for you and your pet. Our Air Animal team fields a sizable number of phone calls, LiveChat website inquiries and online requests for pet move proposals every day.

    Flight Options, Traveling with Pets

    If you’re traveling instead of relocating and you have a few more minutes I will share some pet travel airline flight options. My tips focus on North, Central and South American travel. 

    Be aware the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has suspended dog import and travel from countries with a high-rick of rabies. That includes many countries in South America. The process to return to the U.S. with a dog from any of these countries is difficult and extensive. Our blog about the CDC Dog Import Suspension has links you should read thoroughly before traveling with your dog.

    Our staff has posted information and links to commercial passenger airline pet travel programs below. Pet travel health documents required vary between airlines and from one destination to another. For example, Hawaii’s protocol requires a rabies antibody test before entry and no quarantine.

    Before you purchase your non-refundable passenger ticket for fall or winter leisure travel, use our list. Find the airline with the pet travel and acceptance policy that allows you to take your pet as “cabin baggage” in the passenger compartment. Every passenger airline defines the number of pets eligible to fly as cabin baggage, their weight and size, and the permitted breeds and species. You’ll also find that airline passenger cabin policies differ—especially when it comes to the number of pets allowed in the passenger compartment.

    The pet travel scenario includes families in the USA who take their pets with them to visit relatives overseas for special life cycle events, weddings, graduations and religious holidays. The common requirements for international pet leisure travel are:

    1. An implanted microchip for pet verification
    2. A rabies vaccination at least 30 days old but not more than one year old
    3. An international health certificate issued by a USDA-accredited veterinarian and validated by the USDA within 10 days of flight.

    Please note: Canada, the Bahamas and Mexico do not require USDA endorsement for entry.

    Thanks for your time and be safe out there!

    Walter Woolf, VMD, Air Animal Founder and Veterinarian


    Click the table to print or download basic airline pet travel requirements





    2021 Holiday Pet Travel Links

    Airline

    Toll Free

    Website

    Aeromexico

    (800) 237-6639

    https://aeromexico.com/petpolicy

    Air Canada

    (888) 247-2262

    https://www.aircanada.com/petpolicy

    Alaska Airlines

    (800) 252-7522

    https://www.alaskaair.com/petpolicy

    American

    (800) 433-7300

    https://www.aa.com/petpolicy

    Avianca

    +57 018000-953-434

    https://www.avianca.com/petpolicy

    Cayman

    (305) 949 8200

    https://www.caymanairways.com/petpolicy

    Copa

    (305) 371-2672

    https://www.copaair.com/petpolicy

    Delta

    (800) 221-1212 

    https://www.delta.com/petpolicy

    Frontier

    (801) 401-9000 

    https://www.flyfrontier.com/petpolicy

    Hawaiian *Flights leaving Hawaii or inter-island flights

    (800) 367 5320

    https://www.hawaiianairlines.com/petpolicy

    JetBlue

    (800) 538-2583

    https://www.jetblue.com/petpolicy

    Latam

    (866) 435-9526

    https://www.latam.com/petpolicy

    Southwest

    (800) 435-9792

    https://www.southwest.com/petpolicy

    Spirit

    (855) 728-3555

    https://customersupport.spirit.com/petpolicy

    United

    (800) 864-8331

    https://www.united.com/petpolicy



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    Hot and Cold Weather Travel Embargo Update

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    Your pet’s health and safety are our first concern. Two United States laws mandate airlines follow temperature restrictions protecting animal safety during transport.

    U.S. passenger airlines that transport pets overseas limit pet transportation in the Northern Hemisphere May through mid-September. Airlines based in other countries may also follow these policies. Generally, pets may travel air cargo only when the air temperature is between 45 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit (7 to 27 degrees Celsius) at origin, all transit points and destination.

    Air Animal offers this backgrounder for more information about moving your precious mushy-faced dog or cat.


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    Moving Pet to the UK? Read this!

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    Oscar, Shih Tzu, moved from San Francisco, CA to the UK

    Moving your pet to the UK requires four to six weeks pre-planning at this time.

    • Pets immigrating to the UK must travel air cargo. Airline choices and space are limited.
    • The Animal Reception Center (ARC) at Heathrow Airport in London is booked four to six weeks out. All animals entering the UK through Heathrow must go through the ARC.
    There are options to flying into Heathrow. Options add travel time, planning time and may increase cost.

    • We can book air cargo into Manchester or another major European airport. Pet import requirements in that destination will apply. 
    • We can arrange ground transport from major airports to your new UK home.
    • If you are booked to fly before your pet can relocate, we can work with your pet's designated caregiver or can recommend a pet hotel. We will then arrange pick-up and drop-off at air cargo when your pet is booked to fly.
    To get started, tell us more about your pet move. A pet mover will be assigned on our next business day. Your pet move manager will email you with their contact and more information about next steps. All of our UK move specialists know the challenges surrounding a UK pet move and they are creative about moving your pet safely to your new home.


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    CDC Suspends Dog Imports from High-Risk Rabies Countries

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    CDC Dog Import Ban Map

    The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention temporarily suspended dog importation from countries with high risk of canine rabies effective July 14, 2021.

    This includes dogs that have visited a high-risk country any time in past six months -- even if the dog is arriving from a country not on the list.

    The action:

    1. Ensures safety of dogs imported into the United States
    2. Protects public health against reintroduction of canine rabies
    3. Decreases attempts to import inadequately vaccinated dogs

    Dog import permits from high-risk countries will be extremely limited and granted case-by-case.

    Only specific pet owner types may apply for an import permit.

    If you leave the U.S. with your dog, your pet may not be approved for re-entry. Travel is not a valid reason to request an import permit. 

    Permits will not be given at arrival. Dogs without a permit will be denied entry and returned to the country of departure at the owner’s expense.

    There is no appeal for denied applications. Application does not guarantee approval.

    At this time, all dogs granted import permits must enter the United States through the live animal care facility at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City.

    Click these links for further requirements and more information.



    The CDC will periodically review the suspension.


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    Why Airlines Don’t Accept Mushy-faced Pets

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    Sir Winston, English bulldog

    Many airlines around the world do not accept brachycephalic breeds for pet travel or pet shipping. The bans include bulldogs, pugs, Pekingese, Boston terriers, French bulldogs and other “mushy-faced” breeds. This applies to mushy-faced cats, too.

    “Why? They are adorable. But their narrowed and pinched nostrils, shortened airways and narrowed windpipes cause life-threatening breathing difficulties during transport,” said Air Animal Pet Movers founder and veterinarian, Walter M. Woolf, VMD.

    “Dogs only have sweat glands on the tips of their noses and the pads of their feet. “Mushy faced” dogs are only able to cool their bodies by moving large volumes of air across their narrowed throats and extended tongues,” Woolf explained. “Extended and engorged tongues are dog radiators expelling body heat. On the other hand, cats don’t pant—at all.”

    Some U.S. and international airlines accept brachycephalic breeds for transport but ONLY when the air temperature is than 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius) at origin, all transit points and destination. For up-to-date information about heat embargoes, please review the blog post.

    “Ground transport is a safe alternative for all pets restricted by the airlines,” added Woolf. “Air Animal offers a network of trusted ground transport service partners throughout the USA. We also suggest pet parents of brachycephalic breeds check the airline websites for information.”

    Please bookmark this page for up-to-date information.




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