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CDC - Temporary Suspension of Dogs Entering the United States from Egypt

09 May 2019 1:29 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

Effective date: May 10, 2019

RE: Temporary Suspension of Dogs Entering the United States from Egypt

Dear Airline Station Manager or Carrier Representative:

This letter is to notify you that CDC is temporarily suspending the importation of all dogs from Egypt. Please share this letter and our contact information with your airline’s policy and procedures unit. On May 10, 2019, CDC published a notice of this suspension in the Federal Register (

Egypt-dogs-temp-suspension.html). This is in addition to (does not replace) the CDC carrier letter dated December 6, 2018, RE: Compliance with CDC’s Dog Importation Regulations.

Effective immediately, CDC is temporarily suspending the importation of dogs from Egypt. This includes dogs originating in Egypt trying to be imported to the United States via third-party countries where dogs have lived for less than 6 months.

CDC is taking this action in response to three imported cases of rabid dogs from Egypt in 4 years. This action is needed to prevent the reintroduction of dog rabies, which has been eliminated from the United States since 2007.

This suspension will remain in place until appropriate veterinary controls to prevent the export of rabid dogs have been established in Egypt. At that time, CDC will coordinate with other federal agencies and entities to reverse the suspension and will inform you of the updated protocol for dogs entering the United States from Egypt.

Airlines deny boarding: In keeping with current practice, CDC recommends airlines deny boarding to any dogs that appear sick. Airline staff should verify the dog’s country of origin. At this time, CDC also advises against boarding any dogs from

  • Egypt, OR from
  • Third-party countries if the dogs originated in Egypt and lived in the third-party country for less than 6 months, OR from
  • High-risk countries without a valid rabies vaccination certificate.

This applies whether dogs are hand-carried, checked in as passenger baggage, or transported as cargo on flights to the United States.

Rare occurrences: On an extremely limited basis, CDC may grant advance written approvals permitting the importation of a dog from Egypt. CDC will give the importer/owner three documents: 1) permit, 2) email granting approval, and 3) CDC Quarantine Station contact information. The carrier should request these three items. If the importer/owner does not have these three pieces of information, do not board the dog, and have the importer/owner contact CDC.

Responsibility: If the dog is denied entry upon arrival to the United States, the importer/owner is responsible for all costs related to the dog’s care, evaluation, or return to country of origin. If the importer/owner abandons the dog, the airline becomes financially responsible for the dog.

If you have any questions about this letter or CDC’s importation regulations, please contact us at or call your regional CDC Quarantine Station (found at


Clive Brown, MBBS, MPH, MSc, DTM&H

Chief, Quarantine and Border Health Services Branch

Division of Global Migration and Quarantine

National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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