High-Risk Countries for Rabies Include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Pakistan

Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and 107 other nations have been designated as high-risk areas for dog imports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US.

As a result, in order to combat rabies, the US has temporarily banned the entry of dogs. The prohibition will last until July 31, 2023.

The CDC has listed the necessary documentation for all vaccinated canines from high-risk nations to enter the US on its website. This comprises a current CDC rabies vaccine record, a microchip record, a CDC dog import authorization, and a reservation at an animal care facility that has received CDC approval.

The CDC will not recognise pet passports or other credentials for overseas rabies vaccinations.

On the CDC website, a comprehensive list of high-risk nations is presented. The CDC mandates permission, a reservation at an authorised animal care facility, or a US-issued rabies vaccination certificate in order to import the dog into the US from a high-risk country.

This also applies to dogs that have spent the previous six months in a nation with a high risk of disease. During the temporary suspension, the CDC may grant permission for up to two foreign-vaccinated dogs per applicant. However, no appeals will be accepted if the CDC rejects the application for a dog import permission.

The CDC emphasised that before bringing a dog into the United States, importers should examine other federal rules as well as state and local rabies vaccination requirements.

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