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Interstate Travel within the United States
Each state has its own requirements for pet entry. Most states require a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection and current rabies vaccination. The AVMA has compiled a list of requirements by state. PDF
For more information, consult the ODA's travel requirements summary and your veterinarian.
- A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection is required, issued no more than 30 days prior to entry. This certificate must state: "This animal has not been exposed to rabies nor has rabies been diagnosed within a radius of 50 miles within the past six months."
- For animals four months and older, current rabies vaccination required according to manufacturer´s instructions (1 or 3 year vaccine).
- California does not require CVIs for dogs or cats.
CVI must identify each animal and certify the rabies vaccination is current and the animal does not originate from an area under quarantine. Dogs 6 months of age or older may be required to be tested negative for heartworm. Dogs that are family pets, have been owned more than one month, and are not going to be sold or have a change of ownership and are traveling by private conveyance with their owner or handler are exempt from the heartworm test requirement. Dogs, cats or ferrets less than 90 days of age do not require a rabies vaccination. Dogs, cats or ferrets that are family pets and have current rabies vaccination certificates
and are traveling by private conveyance with their owners are exempt from the CVI requirement.
- A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection and current rabies vaccination is required to enter Alaska. Read their requirements here.
- Hawaii has quarantine and health requirements for arriving pets that you should plan well in advance for.