To travel from India to the USA with a pet, there are several steps and requirements to follow. First, all pets must be cleared through India’s Animal Quarantine Office in Kapashera no more than 48 hours and no less than 24 hours before departure. For dogs, a Rabies Titre Test is required, and they can enter the USA a minimum of 45 days after the test. However, cats do not need to have a titre test and have a waiting period of 90 days. It is important to note that not all airlines accept pets, and many require an agent in the USA to fulfill import clearances. The following are the steps and requirements to travel from the USA to India with a pet:
- Obtain a DGFT License (for pets not permanently moving to India) from India’s Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) before obtaining a No Objection Certificate (NOC) and traveling.
- Complete the ANF-2M form and submit it to India’s Regional Authorities.
- Obtain a health certificate from a veterinarian that fulfills sanitary conditions.
- Furnish details of the temporary location, phone number, etc., during the stay in India, so that the quarantine officer may visit the place for verification if required.
- Be present at the time of entry into India and during the return.
- Ensure that the International Health Certificate is issued within 10 days of departure.
It is important to note that bringing a dog into the United States depends on where the dog is coming from, especially if from a high-risk country for dog rabies. Dogs that have not been in a high-risk country in the past six months can enter at any port of entry with a 6-month travel history statement and healthy appearance. If the dog is coming from a high-risk country, it must meet specific criteria and obtain a CDC Dog Import Permit.