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Rabies-Free Countries and Political Units

Unvaccinated dogs may be imported without proof of rabies vaccination if they have spent the previous 6 months in a country that is free of rabies, as listed below.

Following importation, all dogs are subject to state and local vaccination or health certificate requirements. All pet dogs arriving in the state of Hawaii and the territory of Guam, even from the US mainland, are subject to locally imposed quarantine requirements. Additional information can be found in the Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control [PDF - 20 pages].

Countries and political units considered rabies-free for the importation of dogs into the United States1
AfricaCape Verde, Mauritius, Réunion, São Tomé and Príncipe, Seychelles
AmericasNorth: Bermuda, Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Saint Kitts (Saint Christopher) and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Turks and Caicos, Virgin Islands (UK and US)
Asia and the Middle EastHong Kong, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia (Sabah), Qatar, Singapore, United Arab Emirates
Europe2Albania, Austria, Belgium, Corsica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway (except Svalbard), Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (except Ceuta and Melilla), Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
Oceania3Australia3, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawaii, Kiribati, Micronesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Vanuatu
  1. Global surveillance efforts and reporting standards differ dramatically, conditions may change rapidly because of animal translocation, and bat rabies may exist in some areas that are reportedly "free" of rabies in other mammals.
  2. Bat lyssaviruses have been reported throughout Europe, including areas that are reportedly free of rabies in other wild mammals.
  3. Most of Pacific Oceania is reportedly "rabies-free", with the exception of Australia, where lyssaviruses in bats have been reported, as well as fatal human rabies cases.
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