Travelling with pet Cats and Dogs from

Sri Lanka to the United States of America (USA)

Taking Pet Cats and Dogs from Sri Lanka to the United States of America (USA)

Travelling with Pet Cats & Dogs from Sri Lanka to the United States of America (USA)

When transporting pets from Sri Lanka to the United States of America (USA), we at Pet Express can handle the complete relocation process and safely transport your precious pet child from Sri Lanka to anywhere in the USA.

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We work with excellent partner offices all across the USA in all states and cities which enables us to handle any complicated pet move.

If requested, we can also handle destination import Customs clearances at any major airport in the USA.

We can also arrange a door delivery to the door-step of your residence anywhere in the USA.

Our expert pet relocation specialist team will handle the complete relocation process until the pets safely arrive in the USA.

Experts in Moving Pets from Sri Lanka to the United States of America (USA)

Our valued customers are assigned their dedicated pet travel consultant who helps you through each stage of the procedure. So when you are interested in relocating your precious pets from Colombo, Sri Lanka in to USA, our expert team will hold your hand from start to finish.

Information about the import conditions could be discussed directly with your assigned pet relocation consultant at PET EXPRESS team.

Our Services when moving pets from Sri Lanka to USA includes

Dedicated Pet Travel Specialist for your needs

Collection & Ground transportation in Sri Lanka

Pre-flight pet boarding services

All types of veterinary services including ISO 15 digit microchipping, vaccinations, blood tests, health certificates

Official Endorsement stating that the pet is free from Screwworm infestation

Official Export International Health Certificate issued by the Government of Sri Lanka with the Vaccination records

Export Customs Approvals / Export permits

IATA Compliant International Pet Travel Containers (Pet Travel Boxes, Sky Kennels, Vari Kennels)

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Flight Booking for pets travelling as manifested air freight cargo under an Air Waybill (AWB) using approved airlines

Import Services at the destination airport through our partner network in the USA

Customs Clearance in USA

Door Delivery to your door-step anywhere in the USA

Customized Pet Travel Services

Information about the import requirements could be discussed directly with the PET EXPRESS – Sri Lanka Team. To set up your free consultation please contact us.

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Import Regulations
when moving pets to USA

Entry Regulations for Pet Dogs travelling from Sri Lanka to the USA

All dogs must appear healthy to enter the United States. Any pet dogs travelling from High Risk Rabies Countries such as Sri Lanka to the USA must have a valid rabies vaccine certificate to enter the United States.

These rules apply to all dogs, including puppies, service animals, and emotional support dogs. These rules also apply whether you are

(1) Just visiting the United States with your dog,

(2) Importing dogs into the United States, or

(3) Traveling out of the United States and returning with your dog after a temporary visit, such as a vacation or holiday, or for shopping or visiting friends and relatives.

If you do not follow CDC’s rules, your dog may not be allowed to enter the United States.

All dogs travelling from Sri Lanka to USA must have a valid rabies certificate showing they are vaccinated for rabies and fully immunized. It takes 28 days for the rabies vaccine to fully immunize and protect your dog.

  • All dogs vaccinated against rabies for the first time must be vaccinated at least 4 weeks (28 days) before traveling.
  • Puppies must NOT be vaccinated against rabies before they are 3 months (12 weeks or 84 days) old. The rabies certificate must include the puppy’s age or date of birth.
  • Adult dogs (15 months or older) must show a history of previous rabies vaccinations (with the first given after 3 months old) and have a record of all booster rabies vaccinations. With this record, adult dogs don’t need to wait 4 weeks before traveling.

Like your passport, your dog’s rabies certificate should not expire during your trip. Please check with us to make sure it will be current for the duration of your pet relocation.

The rabies vaccination certificate must include all of the following information:

  • Name and address of owner
  • Breed, sex, date of birth (approximate age if date of birth unknown), color, markings, and other identifying information for the dog
  • Date of rabies vaccination and vaccine product information such as the batch number
  • Date the vaccination expires
  • Name, license number, address, and signature of veterinarian who administered the vaccination

CDC does NOT accept these items as proof of rabies vaccination

  • Rabies titer values or serology
  • Veterinarian exemption letter
  • Health certificate or pet passport with no proof of rabies vaccination

USDA APHIS Veterinary Services (VS) requirement for Screwworm Infestation

Dogs traveling to the U.S. from countries or regions where screwworm is known to exist (such as Sri Lanka), may enter the U.S. if they meet the following requirements:

  • The dog must be accompanied by a certificate signed by a full-time salaried veterinary official of the region of origin stating:
  • The dog has been inspected for screwworm within 5 days prior to shipment to the United States; and
  • The dog is either free from screwworm OR was found to be infested with screwworm, was held in quarantine, and was treated until free from screwworm prior to leaving the region.

How to Bring Dogs into the United States for Commercial Sale or Adoption

Importing dogs into the United States for resale, whether through commercial sale or adoption, is now covered under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).  Congress added this section to the AWA in 2008 and APHIS published specific regulations in 2014.

To import a dog into the U.S. for resale purposes, the animal must be:

  • in good health;
  • vaccinated for rabies and distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza virus (DHLPP);
  • at least 6 months of age;

Specific paperwork must accompany the dog on its trip to the U.S.  This includes:

  • a health certificate and rabies vaccination certificate, issued in English by a veterinarian with a valid license to practice veterinary medicine in the country of export; and
  • an import permit issued by APHIS.

Apart from the above mentioned entry regulations, most international pet friendly airlines require the pets to be micro-chipped for identification purposes. Therefore, depending on the circumstances, we would require the pets to be micro-chipped with a ISO 15 digit transponder.

Bringing a Pet Cat from Sri Lanka into the United States

Pet cats are subject to inspection at ports of entry. A general certificate of health is not required by CDC for entry of pet cats into the United States, although some airlines or states may require them. However, pet cats are subject to inspection at ports of entry and may be denied entry into the United States if they have evidence of an infectious disease that can be transmitted to humans. If a cat appears to be ill, further examination by a licensed veterinarian at the owner’s expense might be required at the port of entry.

Cats are not required to have proof of rabies vaccination for importation into the United States. However, most states in the USA require vaccination of cats for rabies not more than 12 months and not less than 30 days at the time of travel.

Most international airlines also requires the pet cats to be vaccinated for rabies in order for the pets to fly with them.

Also most international pet friendly airlines, require all pet cats to be microchipped as well.

Update on requirements for commercial imports of dogs into the USA – Permits Required for Commercial Imports of Dogs into the USA? 

Actually, it’s not a new requirement. It’s been around since 2014 but with the huge influx of imports into the USA, it’s now becoming a priority to educate the pet shipping industry about the requirement for an import permit on commercial shipments of dogs into the USA. 

IPATA has been working closely with the USDA/Animal Care team, who would like our help in spreading the word within our industry and to pet owners, rescue groups and others that might be involved in imports of dogs into the USA. When is an import permit required? If a dog will be sold or adopted for a fee or donation after it arrives in the USA, then an import permit is required. Apply at least 5 business days prior to importation and it’s free!

When you are working on an import of a dog that will be sold AFTER it arrives in the USA, make sure that it has an import permit. Don’t risk the dog being detained or returned. If you are the importer, you can be held liable for the fees assessed for a dog that is refused entry!