State-By-State Guide to Moving with Pets

BY GoodCall

State-By-State Guide to Moving with Pets

Introduction

When you’re busy packing boxes and booking a moving company, reading up on the laws in your new state is probably not anywhere near the top of your to-do list. But when moving with pets, it’s worth taking the time to make sure you aren’t breaking the law.
Regulations vary greatly by state; West Virginia has none, while several states in the Northeast have many restrictions. Most states require some form of a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection for at least some animals. The CVI helps ensure that only healthy animals are transported across state lines.
Failing to meet these requirements could result in a fine or other penalties.
GoodCall® researchers have simplified the process with the map below, which offers a listing of the laws by state for moving with dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets, and horses. The data comes from information from the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Some certificates and diseases below might be abbreviated:
CVI: Certificate of Veterinary Inspection
OHC: Official Health Certificate
HC: Health Certificate
EIA: Equine Infectious Anemia
VS: Vesicular Stomatitis
CEM: Contagious Equine Metritis
EVA: Equine Viral Arteritis

Alabama

Dogs: CVI required. Must show official vaccination against rabies, vaccination certificates and rabies tags. Puppies younger than 3 months old may be admitted without vaccination.

Cats: CVI required. Must show official vaccination against rabies, vaccination certificates and rabies tags.Domesticated kittens younger than 3 months old may be admitted without vaccination.

Ferrets: N/A

Pet Birds: N/A

Rabbits: N/A

Horses (and other equidae): CVI required. Must state they are free of contagious, infectious or communicable disease. Must contain documented negative EIA test within 12 months prior to entry.

Special Notes: Dogs and cats imported into the state for exhibition purposes and that do not remain in the state for more than 21 days are exempt. Horses and mules of the U.S. Army are exempt.

Alaska

Dogs: Official Health Certificate required, as is certification that a dog has not been exposed to rabies and has been vaccinated against rabies.

Cats: Official Health Certificate required, as is certification that a cat has not been exposed to rabies and has been vaccinated against rabies.

Ferrets: N/A

Pet Birds: N/A

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: Official Health Certificate and Import Permit required. For equine older than 6 months, the OHC must include certification of a negative EIA test within 60 days before importation.

Special Notes: Dogs and cats imported from a rabies quarantine area must have an import permit. Equine EIA test must be performed by laboratory approved by USDA.

Arizona

Dogs: N/A

Cats: N/A

Ferrets: N/A

Pet Birds: N/A

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: CVI required. Horses 6 months and older require a negative EIA test within a year prior to importation. Test result, date of test, lab name and lab accession are required.

Special Notes: Horses may not enter the state with a pending EIA test result.

Arkansas

Dogs: CVI required. Must be vaccinated against rabies not more than 12 months prior to entry. Dogs younger than 3 months old are exempt.

Cats: CVI required. Must be vaccinated against rabies not more than 12 months prior to entry. Cats younger than 3 months old are exempt

Ferrets: N/A

Pet Birds: CVI and entry permit required. CVI must be issued within 30 days of entry

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: CVI required. CVI must contain ID and temperature of the horse. All equidae older than 6 months must have a negative EIA test within 12 months prior to entry. CVI must show EIA test’s case number and laboratory.

Special Notes: Weanlings or foals younger than 6 months that the status of dam is unknown or dam is positive for EIA must show a negative EIA test. Foals under 6 months old may enter with or without dam if dam has a negative test within 12 months of entry. CVI and permit rule for pet birds applies to psittacine birds, passerine birds, and all other non-poultry avian species.

California

Dogs: CVI not required. Dogs older than 4 months must have a certificate of current rabies vaccination, but no CVI.

Cats: CVI not required. Domestic cats must be apparently healthy, but no CVI is required.

Ferrets: N/A

Pet Birds: N/A

Rabbits: CVI not required. Must be apparently healthy. CVI is recommended, not required.

Horses: CVI from state of origin required. CVI must state that they are free from evidence of any communicable disease. Must have a negative EIA test in a USDA-approved laboratory within 6 months prior to entry. Nursing foals younger than 6 months accompanied by EIA negative dam are exempt from EIA test

Special Notes: Pending EIA test results are not accepted. Other horses exempt from EIA test requirement are: (1) CA “working horses” used for seasonal ranching purposes outside CA if prior permit is obtained; (2) equidae consigned for immediate slaughter; and (3) equidae moved from CA to another state (continental U.S. only) for a period of not more than 14 days.

Colorado

Dogs: CVI required. CVI must be issued by accredited veterinarian within 30 days prior to entry. Must indicate dog is free from rabies exposure. Dogs older than 3 months must be vaccinated for rabies within 12 months prior to entry. Type of vaccination and date of administration must be listed on CVI.

Cats: CVI required. CVI must be issued by accredited veterinarian within 30 days prior to entry. Must indicate cat is free from rabies exposure. Cats older than 3 months must be vaccinated for rabies within 12 months prior to entry. Type of vaccination and date of administration must be listed on CVI.

Ferrets: N/A

Pet Birds: CVI required. CVI must be issued by accredited veterinarian within 30 days prior to entry. No testing required.

Rabbits: CVI required. CVI must be issued by accredited veterinarian within 30 days prior to entry. No vaccination s required.

Horses: CVI required. CVI must be issued by accredited veterinarian within 30 days prior to entry. Official animal ID numbers must be listed. Negative EIA test within 12 months prior to entry required. Date of EIA test, results, laboratory, and accession number must be listed on CVI.

Special Notes: All psittacine birds to be sold or transferred to a new owner shall be banded with an approved bird band prior to entry. All blood samples for EIA testing shall be collected by a state, federal, or accredited veterinarian except for foals younger than 6 months that are nursing and accompanied by EIA negative dam. If dam does not accompany foal, then foal must test negative prior to entry.

Connecticut

Dogs: Certificate of Health required. COH must be issued no more than 30 days prior to entry by a licensed veterinarian and approved by proper livestock sanitary official of state of origin. Must state that dog is free from clinical signs of infectious, contagious or communicable disease and is not from an area under rabies quarantine. Any dog older than 3 months must have proof of current rabies vaccination given by veterinarian prior to date of importation and must have no exposure to rabies within previous 100 days.

Cats: Certificate of Health required. COH must be issued no more than 30 days prior to entry by a licensed veterinarian and approved by proper livestock sanitary official of state of origin. Must state that cat is free from clinical signs of infectious, contagious or communicable disease and is not from an area under rabies quarantine. Any cat older than 3 months must have proof of current rabies vaccination given by veterinarian prior to date of importation and must have no exposure to rabies within previous 100 days.

Ferrets: N/A

Pet Birds: N/A

Rabbits: Official Interstate Health Certificate required.

Horses: Official Interstate Health Certificate required within 30 days prior to entry. Official negative EIA test within period of 12 months prior to entry required. Equine without EIA certificate or a positive EIA test may be shipped into the state for research or immediate slaughter with special permit. All equines present for public auction must have health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian and cosigned by the State Veterinarian within 10 days prior to auction along with negative EIA test within 60 days prior to auction.

Special Notes: Any person may import from another state any licensed dog with a collar and tag, and keep the dog in the state for not more than 30 days without complying with COH or rabies requirements. No person firm or corporation may import or export for purposes of sale or offering for sale, or sell within the state, any dog younger than 8 weeks unless transported with its dam. 2011 legislation established licensure requirements for persons who engage in the business of importing dogs and cats into the state, including annual registration, 10 – day advance notice of events, veterinary examinations, maintenance of veterinary records for 3 years, and no sale or offer for adoption or transfer of a dog or cat under the age of 8 weeks.

Delaware

Dogs: Official Health Certificate required. Dogs older than 4 months must be vaccinated for rabies. Type of rabies vaccine and date of administration must be included on the OHC. Dogs may not originate in a rabies quarantine area.

Cats: Official Health Certificate required. OHC must state that cats are free of any infectious or contagious disease or exposure thereto. All cats 6 months and older must be vaccinated for rabies.

Ferrets: N/A

Pet Birds: N/A

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: Official Health Certificate required. OHC must state they are free from any infectious or contagious diseases and have not been exposed thereto. Must have negative EIA test within 12 months prior to entry. All horses assembled at show, fair, race meet, or other function must have negative EIA test within 12 months prior to the event.

Special Notes: OHC must include horses’ temperature readings taken not more than 10 days prior to entry. Horses with temperatures above 102 degrees Fahrenheit are not permitted entry. All horses consigned to auction or sale in DE must have a negative EIA test conducted within 6 months prior to event.

Florida

Dogs: CVI required. CVI must state the dog is free from signs of infectious or communicable disease, did not originate within a rabies quarantine area, and are not known to have a history or exposure to a rabies-infected animal prior to importation. Dogs 3 months and older must have current rabies vaccination.

Cats: CVI required. CVI must state the cat is free from signs of infectious or communicable disease, did not originate within a rabies quarantine area, and are not known to have a history or exposure to a rabies-infected animal prior to importation. Cats 3 months and older must have current rabies vaccination.

Ferrets: N/A

Pet Birds: N/A

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: CVI required. Must have negative EIA test within 12 months prior to importation, except foals younger than 6 months accompanied by their EIA-negative dam. Equidae consigned directly to a veterinary medical treatment facility for emergency medical care and placed under quarantine at the facility until recovery and departure from the state are exempt.

Special Notes: Dogs or cats originating from areas under quarantine for rabies must have prior permission from the Department of Agriculture for entry. Equidae accompanied by an Equine Event Extension, Equine Interstate Passport Card or equivalent from the state of origin, signed by the state veterinarian or chief animal health official are exempt from the CVI requirement.

Georgia

Dogs: CVI not required. Dogs must comply with the health requirements of the USDA, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the state Department of Agriculture, the state Department of Human Resources and/or the state Department of Natural Resources. Dogs 12 weeks or older must have proof of a current rabies vaccination. Both 1- and 3-year vaccinations are recognized.

Cats: CVI not required. Cats must comply with the health requirements of the USDA, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the GA Department of Agriculture, the GA Department of Human Resources and/or the GA Department of Natural Resources. Cats 12 weeks or older must have proof of a current rabies vaccination. Both 1- and 3-year vaccinations are recognized.

Ferrets: CVI not required. Ferrets 12 weeks or older must have proof of current rabies vaccination. Ferrets 7 months or older must be sexually altered prior to entry except those exempted by license or permit.

Pet Birds: CVI not required. Exotic and pet birds require a permit. All exotic and pet bird exhibitions and sales are required to obtain a permit at least 21 days prior to the opening of the exhibition or sale. The Java Rice Bird and the Quaker or Monk Parakeet are restricted from entry without special permit. It is unlawful to bring into Georgia any psittacine bird or other exotic bird coming directly or indirectly from outside the U.S. unless the bird was brought into the U.S. in conformity with USDA quarantine regulations.

Rabbits: CVI required.

Horses: CVI required. All equine must have a negative EIA test within 12 months prior to importation. Negative EIA test must be recorded on the CVI along with the date of test, name and address of the testing laboratory and the accession number. Suckling foals younger than 6 months traveling with a EIA-negative dam are exempt from EIA testing. Equine from quarantined herd or areas may not move except under permit obtained from the state veterinarian.

Special Notes: All pets, except fish and rodents, entering Georgia for sale, trade, or exchange for a fee or other type of compensation must be accompanied by a CVI issued within the previous 30 days. The CVI must record proof of the health requirements for each species. Companion animals traveling by commercial carrier require a CVI issued within 10 days of shipment, showing proof of required vaccinations. Equine imported for exhibition and consigned to petting zoos must have an EIA negative test within 12 months prior to entry regardless of age.

Hawaii

Dogs: Health Certificate required. Health certificate must be accompanied by a dog import form, two rabies vaccination certificates and prepayment no less than 10 days before arrival to qualify for the 5-Day-or-Less Quarantine Program or Airport Release Program. Those dogs meeting the requirements qualify for the 5-Day-or-Less Program with a provision for direct release at the Honolulu Airport after inspection. Dogs not meeting the requirements may be quarantined for up to 120 days upon arrival.

Cats: Health Certificate required. Health certificate must be accompanied by a cat import form, two rabies vaccination certificates and prepayment no less than 10 days before arrival in order to qualify for the 5 -Day -or -Less Quarantine Program or Airport Release Program. Those cats meeting the requirements qualify for the 5-Day-or-Less Program with a provision for direct release at the Honolulu Airport after inspection. Cats not meeting the requirements may be quarantined for up to 120 days upon arrival.

Ferrets: N/A

Pet Birds: N/A

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: N/A

Special Notes: Puppies and kittens unable to meet the requirements of the 5 – Day -or -Less Program will be quarantined for 120 days.

Idaho

Dogs: CVI required. All dogs at least 3 months or older require a current rabies vaccination.

Cats: CVI required. All cats 3 months or older require a current rabies vaccination.

Ferrets: N/A

Pet Birds: CVI required. All psittacine birds moving into Idaho for purpose of commercial sale also require an entry permit.

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: CVI required. Idaho State Department of Agriculture will accept the 6-month equine health certificate from CA, MT, NV, OR and WA. All equidae require a negative EIA test within 12 months prior to arrival.

Special Notes: All intact male equines will require one of the following statements on their CVI: (1) “Vaccinated for EVA” (a copy of the animal’s test and vaccination certificate must be attached), (2) “Seropositive Carrier of EVA” (test date required on CVI), (3) “Seropositive Non – Shedder of EVA” (a copy of negative semen EVA virus isolation result must be attached to CVI, or (4) “Unknown EVA Status.” Equine semen may be imported with one of the above statements, regarding the stallion it came from.

Illinois

Dogs: CVI required. CVI must be issued within 30 days of arrival and show freedom from disease. Dogs must originate in a non-rabies quarantine area. Dogs 16 weeks and older must be vaccinated against rabies.

Cats: CVI not required. No entry requirements provided.

Ferrets: N/A

Pet Birds: CVI required. All psittacine birds must be accompanied by an entry permit and CVI.

Rabbits: CVI not required. No entry requirements provided.

Horses: CVI required. All equidae over 12 months of age entering for any reason other than immediate slaughter must have an entry permit and CVI issued by accredited veterinarian of the state of origin within 30 days prior to entry. Must have a negative EIA test within 12 months prior to entry

Special Notes: Dogs consigned to hospitals, pharmaceutical companies or licensed research institutions for research or teaching are exempt from CVI and rabies requirements. Equidae entering the state for immediate slaughter shall be accompanied by a consignment direct to slaughter at an approved equine slaughtering establishment.

Indiana

Dogs: CVI required. CVI must be completed by licensed veterinarian within 30 days prior to entry. Entry permits not required unless the dog originates from a rabies quarantine area. Every dog at least 3 months old must be vaccinated for rabies within the 12 months or 36 months prior to entry (depending on whether 1- or 3-year vaccine was used).

Cats: CVI required. CVI must be completed by licensed veterinarian within 30 days immediately prior to entry. Entry permits not required unless the cat originates from a rabies quarantine area. Every cat at least 3 months old must be vaccinated for rabies within the 12 months or 36 months prior to entry (depending on whether 1- or 3-year vaccine was used).

Ferrets: CVI required. CVI must be completed by licensed veterinarian within 30 days immediately prior to entry. Entry permits not required unless the ferret originates from a rabies quarantine area. Every ferret must be vaccinated for rabies within 12 months prior to entry.

Pet Birds: N/A

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: CVI required. CVI must be completed by a licensed veterinarian within 30 days prior to entry. Must have a negative EIA test within 12 months prior to entry. Animals that test positive may not enter. Suckling foals accompanied by a dam that has tested negative for EIA within the past 12 months and equine delivered directly to an IN-licensed auction market and sold for slaughter are exempt from the EIA testing requirements.

Special Notes: An animal suspected of having rabies may not be transported into IN. An animal that has been exposed to an animal infected with rabies may not be brought into IN for one year from the date of exposure. Additional vaccines are required for the exhibition of dogs and cats in IN. CVI is not required for equine consigned for immediate slaughter or that are delivered directly to a slaughter establishment.

Iowa

Dogs: CVI required. CVI must indicate apparent freedom from disease or exposure to infectious or contagious disease. All dogs 4 months and older must have a current rabies vaccination.

Cats: CVI required. CVI must indicate apparent freedom from disease or exposure to infectious or contagious disease. No cats from a rabies quarantined area will be admitted. No rabies vaccination is required.

Ferrets: N/A

Pet Birds: N/A

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: CVI required. CVI must indicate that each animal 6 months and older in the shipment has been tested negative for EIA within 12 months of importation. Foals younger than 6 months accompanied by their dams that meet EIA test requirements are exempt from the EIA test requirement. The name of the testing laboratory, accession number and date of the test must be included on the CVI.

Special Notes: Dogs entering for exhibition and performing dogs entering for a limited period of time are exempt from the CVI requirement.

Kansas

Dogs: CVI required. Dogs older than 3 months must have proof of a current rabies vaccination.

Cats: CVI required. Cats older than 3 months must have proof of a current rabies vaccination.

Ferrets: CVI required.

Pet Birds: CVI required.

Rabbits: CVI required.

Horses: CVI required. Horses, asses and zebras must have a negative EIA test within 12 months prior to entry. Foals younger than 6 months, nursing their negative dams are not required to be tested.

Special Notes: N/A

Kentucky

Dogs: CVI required. All dogs older than 4 months imported for sale, exhibition or any other purpose shall be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian.

Cats: CVI required. All cats older than 4 months imported for sale, exhibition or any other purpose shall be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian.

Ferrets: CVI required. All ferrets older than 4 months imported for sale, exhibition or any other purpose shall be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian.

Pet Birds: CVI required. All imported psittacine or pet birds shall be accompanied by a CVI and be inspected and found free of infectious and communicable diseases within 15 days immediately prior to entry.

Rabbits: CVI required.

Horses: CVI required. All horses or other equidae, except un-weaned foals accompanied by their dam shall be negative to an EIA test within 12 months prior to entry or shall be tested for EIA within two weeks of entry.

Special Notes: Service dogs are exempt from CVI requirement, but must have a current rabies vaccination certificate. An Equine Interstate Event Permit from states participating with Kentucky shall be accepted for exhibition purposes in lieu of the CVI and EIA test report if they are within 6 months of the issue date and there has been no change of ownership.

Louisiana

Dogs: Official Health Certificate required. OHC must be issued by an accredited veterinarian and must show immunization against rabies within 12 months prior to entry. OHC must state the dogs are healthy, free from signs of infectious or contagious diseases and signs of internal and/or external parasites.

Cats: Official Health Certificate required. OHC must be issued by an accredited veterinarian and must show immunization against rabies within 12 months prior to entry. OHC must state the cats are healthy, free from signs of infectious or contagious diseases and signs of internal and/or external parasites.

Ferrets: N/A

Rabbits: Official Health Certificate required.

Pet Birds: Entry Permit required. Psittacine birds and mynah birds may be imported into Louisiana under permit by the state veterinarian. All birds imported into Louisiana will be quarantined at destination for 90 days.

Horses: Official Health Certificate required. OHC must state the animals are healthy, free from signs of infectious or contagious diseases and signs of internal and/or external parasites. OHC is valid for 30 days only. All horses must be accompanied by a record of a negative EIA test within the 12 months prior to entry. The laboratory name, case number, results, and date of test must appear on the health certificate.

Special Notes: Dogs and cats 3 months and younger are exempt from the rabies vaccination requirement.

Maine

Dogs: CVI not required. Dogs not imported for resale, older than 3 months, must have a current rabies vaccination. Dogs imported for exhibition must have a CVI and an entry permit. Dogs imported for exhibition may only reside at the place of exhibition and may not be moved to any private place or farm in Maine.

Cats: CVI not required. Cats not imported for resale, older than 3 months, must have a current rabies vaccination. Cats imported for exhibition must have a CVI and an entry permit. Cats imported for exhibition may only reside at the place of exhibition and may not be moved to any private place or farm in Maine.

Ferrets: CVI not required. Ferrets not imported for resale do not require a CVI. A person importing ferrets for resale may only obtain ferrets from suppliers who have obtained a permit for shipping ferrets into Maine. Ferrets imported for resale must have a CVI issued within the 30 days preceding importation. Ferrets imported for exhibition must have a CVI and an entry permit. Ferrets imported for exhibition may only reside at the place of exhibition and may not be moved to any private place or farm in Maine.

Pet Birds: CVI not required. Pet birds without a change of ownership do not require a CVI. Pet birds imported for resale require a CVI within 30 days prior to importation. Any person importing pet birds for resale may only obtain pet birds from suppliers that have obtained a permit from the Maine Department of Agriculture.

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: CVI required. CVI must have been issued within the 30 days preceding importation. Must have a negative EIA test within 180 days prior to the date of importation for all horses, ponies, mules and other equidae 180 days of age and older. The date of the EIA test must be included on the CVI.

Special Notes: Dogs, cats and ferrets exposed to any contagious or infectious disease or originating from a location under quarantine may not be imported into Maine.

Maryland

Dogs: CVI required. CVI must include statement that the dog (1) did not originate in an area under quarantine for rabies, (2) has not been exposed to rabies within 6 months prior to importation, (3) has been vaccinated for rabies. Puppies younger than 4 months are exempt from the rabies vaccination requirement

Cats: CVI required. CVI must include statement that the cat (1) did not originate in an area under quarantine for rabies, (2) has not been exposed to rabies within 6 months prior to importation, (3) has been vaccinated for rabies. Kittens younger than 4 months are exempt from the rabies vaccination requirement.

Ferrets: CVI required. CVI must include statement that the ferret (1) did not originate in an area under quarantine for rabies, (2) has not been exposed to rabies within 6 months prior to importation, (3) has been vaccinated for rabies.

Pet Birds: N/A

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: CVI required. All horses older than 9 months must have a negative EIA test within 12 months prior to entry.

Special Notes: Dogs entering the state temporarily for exhibition purposes are exempt from the CVI requirement. Dogs and cats consigned directly to research facilities or licensed dealers are exempt from the CVI requirement.

Massachusetts

Dogs: Official Health Certificate required. OHC must state animals are healthy, free of symptoms of infectious or transmissible disease and internal and/or external parasites and exposure to any infectious, contagious disease, and internal or external parasites. Dogs older than 6 months must be vaccinated against rabies within 12 months of importation.

Cats: Official Health Certificate required. OHC must state animals are healthy, free of symptoms of infectious or transmissible disease and internal and/or external parasites and exposure to any infectious, contagious disease, and internal or external parasites. Cats older than 6 months must be vaccinated against rabies within 12 months of importation.

Ferrets: Official Health Certificate required. OHC must state animals are healthy, free of symptoms of infectious or transmissible disease and internal and/or external parasites and exposure to any infectious, contagious disease, and internal or external parasites.

Pet Birds: Official Health Certificate required. OHC must state animals are healthy, free of symptoms of infectious or transmissible disease and internal and/or external parasites and exposure to any infectious, contagious disease, and internal or external parasites.

Rabbits: Official Health Certificate required. OHC must state animals are healthy, free of symptoms of infectious or transmissible disease and internal and/or external parasites and exposure to any infectious, contagious disease, and internal or external parasites.

Horses: Official Health Certificate required. OHC must declare the animal free from all contagious or infectious diseases and must state that equines are negative to an EIA test performed at an approved laboratory within the previous 12 months. No pending EIA tests will be accepted. Foals 6 months and younger are exempt from EIA test requirements provided they are accompanied by their dams and the dam has the approved negative test.

Special Notes: Dogs and cats imported for exhibition purposes are exempt from OHC requirement. Dogs or cats imported into MA that are not currently vaccinated for rabies will be required to be vaccinated within 90 days of entry or acquisition, or upon reaching 6 months of age.

Michigan

Dogs: CVI or Official Interstate Health Certificate required. Certificate is valid for 30 days. Airline health certificates are valid for 10 days. Dogs are required to have a rabies vaccination by a licensed veterinarian within 1 or 3 years (depending on the type of vaccination used). Puppies younger than 12 weeks from a rabies quarantined area are not allowed entry.

Cats: CVI or Official Interstate Health Certificate not required. CVIs or OIHCs are recommended. Rabies vaccinations are recommended but not required.

Ferrets: CVI or Official Interstate Health Certificate required. All ferrets 12 weeks or older must have a current rabies vaccination. All ferrets 6 weeks or older must have a current distemper vaccination. Ferrets younger than 6 weeks shall not be allowed entry unless their natural mother accompanies them.

Pet Birds: N/A

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: CVI or Official Interstate Health Certificate required. Certificate is valid for 30 days. All equidae must test negative to an official EIA test within the current calendar year. Equidae that are both nursing and are 6 months of age or younger are exempt from the EIA testing requirement. The EIA test results, date, name of the laboratory, and accession number of the test must be provided on the Certificate.

Special Notes: Equidae coming from any state in which there has been a diagnosed case of vesicular stomatitis in the past 12 months, must have on their Certificate the following statement: “I have examined the animal/s listed on this certificate and have found no clinical signs of vesicular stomatitis. To the best of my knowledge, these animals have not been exposed to vesicular stomatitis within the previous 30 days, nor have they been vaccinated with a vesicular stomatitis vaccine.”

Minnesota

Dogs: CVI required. CVI must show that all dogs older than 3 months have been vaccinated or re – vaccinated for rabies, and must include the name of the vaccine, the serial number and the date of vaccination.

Cats: CVI required. CVI must show that all cats older than 3 months have been vaccinated or re – vaccinated for rabies, and must include the name of the vaccine, the serial number and the date of vaccination.

Ferrets: N/A

Pet Birds: CVI required. All non-poultry birds, including pet birds must have a CVI.

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: CVI required. CVI must include (1) complete description including age, sex, breed, color markings, and registration name and number if registered, (2) a negative EIA test within 12 months, and (3) the name and address of the laboratory, test results, and ate or permit number if the EIA test is pending. EIA test is not required for (1) horses and other equidae moving to federally inspected slaughtering plants, (2) suckling foals accompanying their negative dam, and (3) horses and other equidae with pending results of an EIA test at a state of origin laboratory if a permit is secured.

Special Notes: CVI is not required for (1) performing dogs and cats in professional animal acts, (2) dogs and cats for exhibition (however, all dogs older than 6 months must be accompanied by a certificate of rabies vaccination), (3) dogs and cats used for research at educational or scientific institutions, or (4) dogs or cats coming to a veterinary clinic for diagnosis, surgery or treatment.

Mississippi

Dogs: Official Health Certificate required. OHC must show the dog is free from all contagious and infectious diseases and recent exposure thereto. Dog must not have originated in an area under quarantine for rabies, or exposed to rabies. Dogs must be properly vaccinated against rabies within six months prior to entry.

Cats: Official Health Certificate required. OHC must show the cats are free from all contagious and infectious diseases and recent exposure thereto. Cats must not have originated in an area under quarantine for rabies, or exposed to rabies. Cats must be properly vaccinated against rabies within six months prior to entry.

Ferrets: Official Health Certificate required.

Pet Birds: Official Health Certificate required.

Rabbits: Official Health Certificate required.

Horses: Official Health Certificate required. OHC must show the name, breed, registration number (if any), tattoo or brand (if any), sex, age, color and markings of each horse listed. Equines must also be accompanied by (1) a record of physical examination of each animal, verifying the animal to be free of symptoms of any infectious, contagious, or communicable disease, and (2) an official copy of the official laboratory EIA test certifying the animal to be negative to a test within the past 12 months.

Special Notes: Official Health Certificates are required for all animals entering MS except livestock consigned to federally approved slaughter establishments. Dogs and cats younger than 3 months may be admitted without a rabies vaccination. For equines, the name of the laboratory, the laboratory number, the date of the test and the test results for each horse must be recorded on the OHC. An officially recognized Equine Passport may be used in lieu of an OHC.

Missouri

Dogs: CVI required. CVI must be signed by an approved, accredited, licensed veterinarian stating that the animals are free of any sign of contagious or infectious disease and are in compliance with Missouri importation rules.

Cats: CVI required. CVI must be signed by an approved, accredited, licensed veterinarian stating that the animals are free of any sign of contagious or infectious disease and are in compliance with Missouri importation rules.

Ferrets: CVI required. CVI must be signed by an approved, accredited, licensed veterinarian stating that the animals are free of any sign of contagious or infectious disease and are in compliance with Missouri importation rules.

Pet Birds: CVI required. CVI must be signed by an approved, accredited, licensed veterinarian stating that the animals are free of any sign of contagious or infectious disease and are in compliance with Missouri importation rules.

Rabbits: CVI required. CVI must be signed by an approved, accredited, licensed veterinarian stating that the animals are free of any sign of contagious or infectious disease and are in compliance with Missouri importation rules.

Horses: CVI required. CVI must be signed by an approved, accredited, licensed veterinarian stating that the animals are free of any sign of contagious or infectious disease and are in compliance with Missouri importation rules. All equidae (except nursing foals accompanied by their dams) sold, traded, exchanged, leased, gifted, donated, relinquished or otherwise involved in a change of ownership must have an official negative EIA test within 12 months prior to change of ownership or lease.

Special Notes: All test-eligible animals exchanged, bartered, leased or sold within Missouri must be accompanied by an official intrastate CVI, except for animals consigned to a federal- or state-supervised market or slaughter establishment, if a waybill or bill of lading, backtag or owner/shipper statement accompanies the shipment showing origin and destination.

Montana

Dogs: CVI not required. Dogs traveling with their owners and not destined for a pet store or change of ownership require only proof of a current rabies vaccination. Dogs on a change of ownership or destined for a pet store must have a CVI, a current rabies vaccination (if the dog is old enough to meet vaccination eligibility), and an import permit number for U.S. travelers.

Cats: CVI not required. Cats traveling with their owners and not destined for a pet store or change of ownership require only proof of a current rabies vaccination. Cats on a change of ownership or destined for a pet store must have a CVI, a current rabies vaccination (if the cat is old enough to meet vaccination eligibility), and an import permit number for U.S. travelers.

Ferrets: CVI not required. Ferrets traveling with their owners and not destined for a pet store or change of ownership require only proof of a current rabies vaccination. Ferrets on a change of ownership or destined for a pet store must have a CVI, a current rabies vaccination (if the ferret is old enough to meet vaccination eligibility), and an import permit number for U.S. travelers.

Pet Birds: CVI required. Import permit is also required. Pet birds traveling with their owners and not destined for a pet store or change of ownership do not require any additional tests prior to importation.

Rabbits: CVI required. Import permit is also required. This rule applies to rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, mice and chinchillas.

Horses: CVI required. Must also have a negative EIA test within 12 months of entry. An Equine Viral Arteritis order from May 18, 2009, requires (1) for stallions that are known carriers (shedders) of EVA in semen, the State Veterinarian must be officially notified prior to importation, and (2) for stallions testing positive on a serum diagnostic for EVA with no certified proof of prior vaccination against the disease must fax a copy of the laboratory report confirming the absence of EVA in its semen to the Department of Livestock, Animal Health Division.

Special Notes: Dogs, cats and ferrets require CVIs if they are international imports or arrive from a rabies quarantine or Foot and Mouth Disease area.

Nebraska

Dogs: CVI required. CVI must certify that the dog is currently immunized against rabies. Dogs over 3 months of age, not vaccinated for rabies who are imported into the state shall be vaccinated within 30 days of entry.

Cats: CVI required. CVI must certify that the cat is currently immunized against rabies. Cats over 3 months of age, not vaccinated for rabies who are imported into the state shall be vaccinated within 30 days of entry.

Ferrets: CVI required.

Pet Birds: CVI required.

Rabbits: CVI required.

Horses: CVI required. CVI must certify that equidae originating from states other than South Dakota, have been tested and found negative for EIA within 1 year of shipment into Nebraska. Foals under 6 months of age accompanying their dam shall be exempt from this requirement. The name of the laboratory performing the EIA test and date of the test must be stated on the CVI. Horses going directly to a federally recognized slaughter establishment or through an approved livestock facility to a federally recognized slaughter establishment shall be exempt from the EIA testing requirement.

Special Notes: No animal infected with, exposed to, or suspected of having been exposed to any infectious, contagious, or otherwise transmissible disease, or originating from a quarantined area, herd, or flock, shall be transported into Nebraska, except those animals consigned directly to slaughter or those specifically allowed entry by a permit from the Bureau of Animal Industry. All animals brought into the state shall be accompanied by a complete and legible CVI. Animals not required to be accompanied by a CVI are: (a) animals brought directly to a federally recognized slaughter establishment, (b) cattle, swine, horses, sheep, and goats brought from the farm or ranch of origin directly to an establishment; (c) poultry under eight weeks of age, and classified prior to movement into Nebraska as pullorum and typhoid clean or equivalent status; and (d) animals moving directly to a veterinary clinic for diagnosis, treatment, or health examination.

Nevada

Dogs: CVI required. A current rabies vaccination at 3 months of age is required.

Cats: CVI required. A current rabies vaccination at 3 months of age is required.

Ferrets: CVI required. A current rabies vaccination at 3 months of age is required.

Pet Birds: CVI required.

Rabbits: CVI required.

Horses: CVI required. A negative EIA test within 6 months of entry is required. Nursing foals under 6 months of age accompanied by their dam if the dam has reacted negatively to an EIA test, are exempt from the EIA test requirement.

Special Notes: All animals require a CVI issued within 30 days prior to entry. Health documents must accompany each animal transport. Horses from Nevada that are used outside the state for seasonal ranching purposes are exempt from the EIA test requirement.

New Hampshire

Dogs: CVI required. Entry permit is not required. Dogs brought into the state for resale shall be inoculated against common canine viral diseases within one year, but not less than 7 days, before entry. CVI must certify that the dogs are free from visual evidence of contagious and infectious diseases. Dogs shall not enter the state from an area under quarantine for rabies. Every dog 3 months of age and older shall be vaccinated against rabies. Dogs under 3 months of age shall be vaccinated within 30 days after they have reached 3 months of age.

Cats: CVI required. Entry permit is not required. Cats brought into the state for resale shall be inoculated against common feline viral diseases within one year, but not less than 7 days, before entry. CVI must certify that the cats are free from visual evidence of contagious and infectious diseases. Cats shall not enter the state from an area under quarantine for rabies. Every cat 3 months of age and older shall be vaccinated against rabies. Cats under 3 months of age shall be vaccinated within 30 days after they have reached 3 months of age.

Ferrets: CVI required. CVI must be issued prior to shipment. CVI must certify that the ferrets are (1) free of infectious and contagious diseases and exposure thereof; (2) a minimum of 6 weeks of age; (3) immunized for canine distemper; and (4) immunized for rabies if 3 months of age or older.

Pet Birds: CVI required. Birds customarily used as a household pet require both a CVI and a permit prior to importation. CVI must certify (1) that birds and flock of origin have been inspected and are free from all contagious and infectious diseases and did not originate from a quarantined area for any contagious and infectious diseases of the species; and (2) the number and species of birds in each lot or shipment. CVI is valid for 30 days.

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: CVI required. CVI must state that the animals listed are (1) free of contagious and infectious diseases, (2) the animals do not originate from a quarantined area, or an area where a contagious and infectious disease has been officially diagnosed, and (3) the date of the last valid negative EIA test listed with accession number and test laboratory. CVI is valid for 30 days. Must have a negative EIA test within 6 months prior to entry. A nursing foal in the company of a dam is not required to be tested prior to entry, but the foal’s presence must be noted on the dam’s CVI.

Special Notes: All domestic animals and poultry entering New Hampshire must be in compliance with federal regulations and not known to be infected with or exposed to any contagious or infectious disease or from a quarantined area. No person shall ship into the state or offer for sale or resale in the state any cat or dog less than 8 weeks of age. All equine species shall be prohibited from importation if they are from states that have quarantined facilities due to the infection of vesicular stomatitis.

New Jersey

Dogs: N/A

Cats: N/A

Ferrets: N/A

Pet Birds: N/A

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: CVI required. All equidae must have a negative EIA test within the past 12 months. Equidae younger than 6 months and accompanied by a dam that has a negative EIA test within the past 12 months are exempt from the EIA testing requirement.

Special Notes: CVI for equidae must be approved by the livestock disease control agency of the state of origin. The EIA test for equidae must be conducted in a jointly approved USDA/New Jersey Department of Agriculture laboratory.

New Mexico

Dogs: Official Health Certificate required. No entry permit is required. OHC must show a rabies vaccination within 12 months of entry for dogs 3 months of age or older.

Cats: Official Health Certificate required. No entry permit is required. OHC must show a rabies vaccination within 12 months of entry for dogs 3 months of age or older

Ferrets: Official Health Certificate required.

Pet Birds: Official Health Certificate required.

Rabbits: Official Health Certificate required.

Horses: Official Health Certificate required. OHC must show the breed, registration number (if any), tattoo number (if any), sex, age, colors and markings of each animal listed. A negative EIA test within 12 months prior to entry is required for all equidae 6 months of age or older.

Special Notes: An Official Health Certificate is required for all animals entering the state. For horses and other equidae, no entry permit is required unless an EIA test is still pending. For horses and other equidae, the OHC must show EIA test results, test date, and the name of the testing laboratory.

New York

Dogs: Health Certificate required. HC must state that the examination revealed no clinical evidence of infectious or communicable disease, including external parasites and fungi, and that to the best of the veterinarian’s knowledge, the dog has not recently been exposed to such infectious or communicable disease. Must be vaccinated against rabies within 12 months prior to date of importation. The 3-year vaccine is acceptable but must be noted as such on the HC. The rabies immunization requirement for dogs does not apply if the is under 3 months of age or if the veterinarian certifies that the life of the dog would be endangered by the vaccination.

Cats: Health Certificate required. HC must state that the examination revealed no clinical evidence of infectious or communicable disease, including external parasites and fungi, and that to the best of the veterinarian’s knowledge, the cat has not recently been exposed to such infectious or communicable disease. Must be vaccinated against rabies within 12 months prior to date of importation. The 3-year vaccine is acceptable but must be noted as such on the HC. The rabies immunization requirement for cats does not apply if the cat is under 3 months of age or if the veterinarian certifies that the life of the cat would be endangered by the vaccination.

Ferrets: N/A

Pet Birds: N/A

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: Health Certificate required. HC must include (1) the signature of the accredited veterinarian and chief veterinarian of the state of origin; (2) names and addresses of the owner or trainer of the animal and consignee and destination in New York; (3) date of examination and number of animals on premises where examined; (4) complete identification of each horse including names, registration number, tattoo, breed, sex, age, color and markings; and (5) a negative EIA test within the previous 12 months for each horse or equidae 6 months of age or older. HCs are valid for 30 days following the date of examination. May move without EIA tests directly to slaughter or an approved market authorized to handle slaughter if accompanied by a VS 1-27 or an equine waybill listing the name of the consignor, name of market or slaughter facility, individual identification of horses present, and number of horses in the shipment.

Special Notes: For dogs and cats, the Health Certificate shall show that the dog or cat was examined by a veterinarian within 30 days of entry into New York. In addition, the Health Certificate must list the date of examination, breed, sex, and age of the dog or cat, state or country of origin, and full name and complete address of the consignee and consignor. Dogs and cats (1) passing through the state to points beyond, (2) brought into the state for temporary residence for exhibition, and (3) which enter the state for delivery to research institutions, dealers or other persons registered or licensed and regulated by the USDA are exempt from the Health Certificate requirement as long as they are properly restrained at all times and under the immediate control of the owner or custodian, and are accompanied by proof of rabies vaccination.

North Carolina

Dogs: Health Certificate required. HC must be issued within 30 days of entry. For dogs 3 months of age or older, a rabies vaccine within 12 months of entry is required. If not vaccinated for rabies upon entry, a dog shall be immediately securely confined and be vaccinated for rabies within one week after entry. The animal shall remain confined for two weeks after vaccination.

Cats: Health Certificate required. HC must be issued within 30 days of entry. For cats 3 months of age or older, a rabies vaccine within 12 months of entry is required. If not vaccinated for rabies upon entry, a cat shall be immediately securely confined and be vaccinated for rabies within one week after entry. The animal shall remain confined for two weeks after vaccination.

Ferrets: N/A

Pet Birds: N/A

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: Health Certificate required. Required within 30 days of shipment. HC must give an accurate physical description of the animal and must certify as determined by physical examination that they are free from any evidence of an infectious or transmissible disease and have not been exposed recently to any infectious or transmissible disease. HC must attest that any animal over 6 months of age has passed a negative official EIA test within 12 months prior to entry. Horses and other equidae brought in for exhibition require a negative EIA test, but a Health Certificate is not required.

Special Notes: The HC requirements do not apply to (1) a dog or cat brought into North Carolina for exhibition purposes if the animal is confined and not permitted to run at large; or (2) a dog or cat brought into North Carolina accompanied by a certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian showing that the dog or cat is apparently free from and has not been exposed to rabies and that the dog or cat has received the rabies vaccine within the past year. All equine over 6 months of age moved for the purpose of change of ownership must be accompanied by an official certificate verifying a negative EIA test within 12 months prior to sale or movement. Equine may have tests conducted at pre-approved markets at the seller’s expense for reasons of sale and transfer if they move with an owner-shipper statement and if they are restricted until the EIA test has been conducted. They must be held in isolation until negative test results have been received.

North Dakota

Dogs: CVI required. CVI required for dogs entering the state for longer than 30 days. Dogs older than 3 months shall have been vaccinated in accordance with the specifications of the vaccine used. No dogs younger than 3 months old are accepted from areas quarantined for rabies.

Cats: CVI required. CVI required for cats entering the state for longer than 30 days. Cats older than 3 months of age shall have been vaccinated in accordance with the specifications of the vaccine used. No cats younger than 3 months old are accepted from areas quarantined for rabies

Ferrets: N/A

Pet Birds: N/A

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: CVI required. Negative EIA test required within 12 months prior to import unless they originate from South Dakota. CVI is not required for horses entering the state for less than 7 days if an official copy of a negative EIA test within the last 12 months accompanies the horse or unless the state veterinarian determines that it is necessary based on disease information for a time period not to exceed the term of the threat.

Special Notes: Rodeo stock are not exempted from EIA test requirements even if they originate from South Dakota.

Ohio

Dogs: CVI required. CVI must indicate freedom from disease. Dogs must be currently vaccinated against rabies. Dogs in transit must be accompanied by a currently valid rabies vaccination certificate.

Cats: CVI required. CVI must indicate freedom from disease. Cats must be currently vaccinated against rabies. Cats in transit must be accompanied by a currently valid rabies vaccination certificate.

Ferrets: CVI required.

Pet Birds: CVI required.

Rabbits: CVI required.

Horses: CVI required. Must be accompanied by a CVI issued at the point of origin immediately prior to entry. CVI must certify that the animal has been given a careful, clinical inspection and has been found to be free of symptoms of any dangerously infectious or contagious or communicable disease or known exposure thereto. Rectal temperature at time of examination must be recorded on the CVI. CVI not required for equine to be slaughtered within 72 hours of entry. If 12 months of age or more, must be accompanied by a negative EIA test conducted within the 12-month period preceding importation.

Special Notes: No domestic animal or poultry shall be imported, except for immediate slaughter, unless accompanied by a CVI, USDA Veterinary Service 9-3 Form, and/or permit. CVI is void 30 days after inspection and issuance unless specifically waived under exhibition rules or extended time is granted by a permit from the Division of Animal Industry. Equine consigned to a livestock market with an Ohio Department of Agriculture Veterinary Inspector Permit are exempt from the EIA test requirement. All horses, mules, asses, and ponies imported from a state where Venezuelan equine encephalitis has been confirmed within the preceding 12 months prior to importation shall have been vaccinated against VEE not less than 14 days and not more than 12 months prior to importation, and shall be subject to inspection and quarantine upon arrival at destination.

Oklahoma

Dogs: CVI required. CVI required within 30 days of entry into Oklahoma. Dogs 4 months and older must have had a rabies vaccination within 12 months prior to entry. The type of vaccine and the vaccination date must be included on the CVI.

Cats: CVI required. CVI required within 30 days of entry into Oklahoma. Cats 4 months and older must have had a rabies vaccination within 12 months prior to entry. The type of vaccine and the vaccination date must be included on the CVI.

Ferrets: CVI required. CVI required within 30 days of entry into Oklahoma. Ferrets 4 months and older must have had a rabies vaccination within 12 months prior to entry. The type of vaccine and the vaccination date must be included on the CVI.

Pet Birds: N/A

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: CVI required. CVI required within 30 days of entry. Must have a negative EIA test within 12 months of entry. EIA test results, test date, test laboratory, and accession number must be provided on the CVI. Foals younger than 6 months of age accompanied by their negative-tested dam are exempt from testing requirements.

Special Notes: 3-year rabies vaccines will be recognized for dogs, cats, and ferrets if the primary vaccination and subsequent boosters are documented on the CVI. An approved current equine passport may serve as a CVI.

Oregon

Dogs: CVI required. Must have a CVI issued less than 30 days prior to entry. For all dogs 4 months and older, the rabies vaccination must be current. 3-Year vaccines are accepted. If animal is from an area or state under rabies quarantine, the rabies vaccine must have been given within the previous 12 months.

Cats: CVI required. Must have a CVI issued less than 30 days prior to entry. For all cats 4 months and older, the rabies vaccination must be current. 3-Year vaccines are accepted. If animal is from an area or state under rabies quarantine, the rabies vaccine must have been given within the previous 12 months.

Ferrets: N/A

Pet Birds: CVI not required. No CVI is required for family pet birds (parakeets, parrots, pigeons, doves, raptors) if traveling with the family or moving to a new home with the same family. All birds, except poultry, transported into Oregon for exhibition or to pet stores or other retail outlets must have a CVI issued no more than 30 days prior to entry and an import number.

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: CVI required. CVI must be issued less than 30 days prior to entry along with an import permit issued by the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Must have a negative EIA test less than 6 months prior to entry. EIA tests with “pending” results will not be accepted. Nursing foals younger than 6 months of age, traveling with a negative tested dam and all Washington resident horses are exempt from the EIA test requirement.

Special Notes: To enter Oregon, most vertebrate animals must have a CVI issued less than 30 days prior to entry and an import permit. 6-month equine certificates are valid for travel in California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

Pennsylvania

Dogs: CVI required. All dogs, must have a CVI with a statement that there has been no known exposure to rabies within the last 100 days and the dog does not originate from an area under quarantine for rabies. All imported dogs 3 months and older need proof of a current rabies vaccination on the CVI.

Cats: CVI not required. All imported cats 3 months or older need proof of a current rabies vaccination, but a CVI is not required.

Ferrets: N/A

Pet Birds: N/A

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: CVI required. CVI must be issued within 30 days of entry into the state. Must have a negative EIA test within 1 year of coming to Pennsylvania. Foals younger than 6 months of age are exempt from the EIA test requirement if they accompany the test-negative dam.

Special Notes: Show dogs in the state for 30 days or less are exempt from CVI requirements. CVI for horses, mules, asses, and equidae must specify the date and results of the EIA test along with the date of administration of the test and the product used for any vaccines administered.

Rhode Island

Dogs: CVI required. Dogs 3 months and older must be accompanied by proof of a rabies vaccination administered by a licensed veterinarian. Adults 6 months or older that have received only an initial, first time documented vaccination must have been vaccinated at least 30 days prior to entry. Puppies 3 to 6 months of age that have received the initial rabies vaccine are exempt from a 30-day waiting period.

Cats: CVI required. Cats 3 months and older must be accompanied by proof of a rabies vaccination administered by a licensed veterinarian. Adults 6 months or older that have received only an initial, first time documented vaccination must have been vaccinated at least 30 days prior to entry. Kittens 3 to 6 months of age that have received the initial rabies vaccine are exempt from a 30-day waiting period.

Ferrets: N/A

Pet Birds: N/A

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: CVI required. Identification is required along with CVI. Must have a negative EIA test within 12 months prior to importation. Foals 6 months of age when accompanied by test-negative dam are exempt from EIA test requirement. State veterinarian, at his/her discretion may allow an equid of unknown EIA status to enter if ID and location of quarantine facility is recorded. Quarantine is required until EIA test status is known. EIA results must be recorded on CVI along with date, result, laboratory name, and accession number.

Special Notes: CVI is required for all dogs and cats imported, including, but not limited to, all animals for commercial, research, wholesale, retail, animal rescue, adoption, foster, exhibition, and education. No person shall import, or cause to be imported, any domestic animal, including but not limited to goats, cattle, swine, sheep, equine, camelids, poultry, ratites, and farmed cervidae, unless the animal is accompanied by a CVI and an Import Permit, or a waybill. All equidae older than 3 months imported for exhibition or show purposes must be accompanied by proof of a rabies vaccination not more than 1 year nor less than 30 days prior to entry into Rhode Island. Foals 6 months of age or younger receiving an initial vaccination will be exempt from the 30-day waiting period. Animal brokers and any persons or entities involved in the transfer of animals in the state must register with the Department of Environmental Management and is subject to requirements such as a valid health certificate from the place of origin, isolation for five days upon arrival into the state in an approved facility, and an examination by a Rhode Island licensed veterinarian.

South Carolina

Dogs: CVI required. CVI will be valid for 30 days. Rabies vaccination is required for dogs 4 months or older. A 1-year booster vaccine is required for puppies.

Cats: CVI required. CVI will be valid for 30 days. Rabies vaccination is required for cats 4 months or older. A 1-year booster vaccine is required for kittens.

Ferrets: CVI required. CVI is valid for 30 days. Must have an approved rabies vaccine if 3 months or older. Must have a rabies vaccine within 1 year of entry, accompanied by a rabies certificate. Must have subsequent yearly vaccinations.

Pet Birds: CVI required. CVI is valid for 30 days

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: CVI required. CVI is valid for 30 days and must include description of the equine. Must have a negative EIA test within 12 months if older than 6 months. Equine younger than 6 months, weaned, and traveling alone without a mare require a negative EIA test. CVI must include a description of the animal, date of negative EIA test, EIA test results, and laboratory and accession number.

Special Notes: Dogs and cats require a rabies vaccination within 3 years of entry and a rabies certificate on adult (1 year or older) dogs or cats. No dog or cat may be imported from an area under quarantine for rabies. Horses infected with contagious equine metritis must be quarantined and treated with disinfectants and antibiotics over a period of several weeks. Following treatment and re-evaluation, the animals may be certified CEM-negative and released from quarantine.

South Dakota

Dogs: Health Certificate required. Dogs 3 months or older must have current rabies vaccination with expiration date listed on HC. Dogs must be free from any signs of communicable, infectious or contagious diseases.

Cats: Health Certificate required. Cats 3 months or older must have current rabies vaccination with expiration date listed on HC. Cats must be free from any signs of communicable, infectious or contagious diseases.

Ferrets: N/A

Pet Birds: Health Certificate required. Permit number also required. A permanent ID (tattoo, leg band or microchip), must be listed on the health certificate. Pet birds must be free of infectious, contagious diseases.

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: Health Certificate required. Negative EIA test within 12 months of entry is required. Suckling colts traveling with the mare do not need a negative EIA test; they can travel on the mare’s negative test. Colts traveling without the mare must have a negative EIA test regardless of age.

Special Notes: Pet birds must be pullorum tested (within 30 days of entry), or in a pullorum-free state or a pullorum-free flock. Native horses from North Dakota, Nebraska and Montana are exempt from the EIA test requirement.

Tennessee

Dogs: Official Health Certificate required. Dogs entering Tennessee temporarily for less than 15 days, provided that the animal is at all times under leash or otherwise confined, are exempt from OHC requirement. Dogs older than 3 months shall be vaccinated against rabies not more than 12 months prior to entry. Date of rabies vaccination must be provided on OHC.

Cats: Official Health Certificate required. Cats entering TN temporarily for less than 15 days, provided that the animal is at all times under leash or otherwise confined, are exempt from OHC requirement. Cats older than 6 months shall be vaccinated against rabies not more than 12 months prior to entry. Date of rabies vaccination must be provided on OHC.

Ferrets: N/A

Pet Birds: N/A

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: Official Health Certificate required. Horses, mules, and other equidae transported into or through the state must have an OHC or Equine Interstate Event Permit (Equine Passport). Horses or other equidae 6 months or older must have a negative EIA test conducted not more than 6 months prior to entry for sale, or not more than 12 months prior to entry for any other purpose. Equidae consigned to an approved livestock market sale may enter without a current EIA test provided they are shipped directly to such market with a transportation document.

Special Notes: All domestic animals imported, except poultry, or those expressly exempted, must have an Official Health Certificate or other transportation document recognized by the state veterinarian. No animal including poultry and birds of any species affected with or exposed to any infectious, contagious or communicable disease, or that originates from a quarantined area, shall be in any manner transported or moved into Tennessee, except as permitted by the state veterinarian. OHC requirement for equines may be waived for equine shipped to an approved equine market or slaughter establishment provided they are accompanied by a “transportation document.”

Texas

Dogs: CVI not required. If coming into the state via airline, owner must comply with any health certificate requirements provided by the airline. Must have current rabies vaccination and vaccination certificate issued within the last 12 – 36 months, depending on whether it was a 1 or 3 -year vaccine.

Cats: CVI not required. If coming into the state via airline, owner must comply with any health certificate requirements provided by the airline. Must have current rabies vaccination and vaccination certificate issued within the last 12 -36 months, depending on whether it was a 1 or 3 -year vaccine.

Ferrets: N/A

Pet Birds: N/A

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: CVI required. Must have negative EIA test within previous 12 months prior to entry. Negative EIA results and name of test laboratory must be provided on CVI. Foals under 8 months of age accompanying a nursing dam with a negative test within the last 12 months are exempt from EIA test requirement. Equine may enter for shows, fairs, exhibitions or assembly purposes when accompanied by a valid equine interstate passport or equine ID card and completed VS CVI required. Form 10 -11 showing negative EIA test within previous 6 months. VS Form 10 -11 may be attached to CVI in the alternative to a negative EIA test.

Special Notes: Equine may enter without an EIA test when consigned directly to a veterinary hospital or clinic for treatment or for usual veterinary procedures when accompanied by a permit number. Following veterinary release, equine must be returned immediately to state of origin by the most direct route. Equine entering Texas for sale at a livestock market may first be consigned directly to a veterinary hospital or clinic for issuance of a CVI and EIA testing if they have a prior entry permit. Owners, shippers or exporters of Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA) carrier stallions to be imported into TX, shall notify the buyer or receiver of the stallion in writing prior to shipment, that the stallion is an EVA carrier. CVI must indicate carrier status of stallion imported.

Utah

Dogs: CVI required. CVI required for animals over 3 months of age. Dogs over 3 months of age must have a rabies vaccination. Rabies vaccination date, vaccination name, and expiration date must be provided on CVI.

Cats: CVI required. CVI required for animals over 3 months of age. Cats over 3 months of age must have a rabies vaccination. Rabies vaccination date, vaccination name, and expiration date must be provided on CVI.

Ferrets: CVI required. CVI required for animals over 3 months of age. Ferrets over 3 months of age must have a rabies vaccination. Rabies vaccination date, vaccination name, and expiration date must be provided on CVI.

Pet Birds: N/A

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: CVI required. Negative EIA test within 1 year prior to issuance of CVI is required. Breeding stallions and semen infected with EVA must obtain a prior import permit and be handled only in an approved facility.

Special Notes: Utah horses returning to Utah as part of a commuter livestock shipment are exempted from the CVI requirements; however, a valid Utah horse travel permit is required for re -entering Utah.

Vermont

Dogs: Official Health Certificate required or similar certificate required. Certificate must be issued by a veterinarian licensed in the state or country of origin. Must certify that dog has been inspected and is free of visible signs of infections or contagious or communicable disease. If the dog is over 3 months of age, it must have a current rabies vaccination or is a specific breed for which a rabies vaccination is not age -appropriate.

Cats: Official Health Certificate required or similar certificate required. Certificate must be issued by a veterinarian licensed in the state or country of origin. Must certify that the cat has been inspected and is free of visible signs of infections or contagious or communicable disease. If the cat is over 3 months of age, it must have a current rabies vaccination or is a specific breed for which a rabies vaccination is not age – appropriate.

Ferrets: Official Health Certificate required or similar certificate required. Certificate must be issued by a veterinarian licensed in the state or country of origin. Must certify that the ferret has been inspected and is free of visible signs of infections or contagious or communicable disease. If the ferret is over 3 months of age, it must have a current rabies vaccination or is a specific breed for which a rabies vaccination is not age – appropriate.

Pet Birds: N/A

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: CVI required. CVI must be issued within 30 days prior to importation. Negative EIA test within 12 months of entry is required. CVI must contain date of EIA test and testing laboratory name. Vermont licensed livestock dealers may import equine of unknown EIA status. Unknown status equine must be identified by a backtag number assigned to the dealer and taken directly to an approved equine quarantine facility for testing prior to resale or to an approved holding area for equine prior to shipment for slaughter.

Special Notes: Equine originating from a state with a case positive premises for vesicular stomatitis within the previous 30 days or from a state adjacent to a state with a case positive premises within the previous 30 days must have the following information on the CVI: (1) The equine listed on this certificate has not been on a case positive premises during the previous 30 days; (2) the equine showed no clinical signs of vesicular stomatitis at the time of examination; and (3) the equine has not been knowingly exposed to vesicular stomatitis. A wolf-hybrid imported into the state for sale, resale, exchange or donation shall be accompanied by an official health certificate or similar certificate of inspection issued by a veterinarian licensed in the state or country of origin.

Virginia

Dogs: Official Health Certificate required. Dogs over 4 months old must have a current rabies vaccination. Both 1 and 3 year vaccinations are accepted. OHC must certify that the issuing veterinarian has personally examined the animal within 10 days prior to issuance and date of shipment and that the examination indicated the animal was in apparent good health at the time. OHC must indicate that the animal did not originate in an area under quarantine for rabies, has not been exposed to rabies, and have been vaccinated against rabies 1 or 3 years prior to shipment.

Cats: Official Health Certificate required. Dogs over 4 months old must have a current rabies vaccination. Both 1 and 3 year vaccinations are accepted.

Ferrets: N/A

Pet Birds: N/A

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: Official Health Certificate required. OHC must provide accurate description of each animal and a copy of the OHC must be forwarded to and received by the State Veterinarian prior to the arrival at a destination in VA. An interstate health certificate on all horses imported into VA must indicate a negative EIA test within the past 12 months. Horses originating from infected premises in other states are not eligible for entry unless a written permit is obtained from the State Veterinarian. No stallion or mare older than 731 days, which either originates in or has passed through a country where CEM is known to exist may enter except by special permit

Special Notes: Rabies vaccination requirement does not apply to puppies less than 4 months of age. OHC and rabies vaccination requirements do not apply to (1) any dog passing directly through Virginia in interstate commerce; (2) any dog consigned directly to a laboratory or institution authorized by law to conduct research, teaching, or clinical studies within Virginia; or (3) any dog brought Virginia by a person who intends to reside in Virginia. Horses may be shipped into Virginia for research purposes and for immediate slaughter to approved slaughter establishments after first obtaining a permit from the State Veterinarian, if the horses are satisfactorily identified and the origin and destination are clearly stated on the permit.

Washington

Dogs: CVI required. 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 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.

Cats: CVI required. CVI must identify each animal and certify the rabies vaccination is current and the animal does not originate from an area under quarantine.

Ferrets: CVI required. CVI must identify each animal and certify the rabies vaccination is current and the animal does not originate from an area under quarantine.

Pet Birds: N/A

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: CVI required. Equine vaccinated against EVA must be accompanied by a vaccination certificate. All domestic equine, except foals under 6 months accompanying negative EIA tested dams must have a negative EIA test within 12 months prior to entry. Domestic equine from Oregon, Idaho, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico may enter for shows, rides, or other events either with a CVI or with a document similar to a CVI and Movement Permit; but individual trips may not exceed 90 days. An itinerary of interstate travel must be filed within 14 days of the expiration of the movement permit.

Special Notes: Dogs, cats or ferrets less than 90 days of age do not require a rabies vaccination. Dogs and cats that originate in Washington and visit Canada for 30 days or less are exempt from a CVI. 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. Reproductive products from donors that test positive for EVA must be accompanied by an application and entry permit. Domestic equine moving to Washington from Oregon are excluded from the EIA test requirements.

West Virginia

Dogs: N/A

Cats: N/A

Ferrets: N/A

Pet Birds: N/A

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: N/A

Special Notes: N/A

Wisconsin

Dogs: CVI required. CVI must include date of last rabies vaccination and due date for revaccination. Rabies vaccine must have been administered by a licensed veterinarian.

Cats: CVI required. CVI must include date of last rabies vaccination and due date for re-vaccination. Rabies vaccine must have been administered by a licensed veterinarian.

Ferrets: N/A

Pet Birds: N/A

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: CVI required. CVI must include official ID (breed registration lip tattoo number, microchip number if a reader accompanies the animal or a written or graphic description). Negative EIA test conducted since January 1 of the year of import is required. CVI must state that requirements for vesicular stomatitis are met if originating from a VS positive region.

Special Notes: For other companion animals (any household or domestic pet other than cats, dogs, ferrets, rabbit or pet birds), a CVI is required and must include official identification. An import permit is also required for these animals. Pending EIA test results for horses and other equines are not accepted. Import permits are required for circus or rodeo horses or horses from regions with VS.

Wyoming

Dogs: CVI required. All dogs 3 months of age and over must be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian and must be accompanied by a current rabies vaccination certificate.

Cats: CVI required. All cats 3 months of age and over must be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian and must be accompanied by a current rabies vaccination certificate.

Ferrets: N/A

Pet Birds: N/A

Rabbits: N/A

Horses: CVI required. Must have a negative EIA test performed in the prior 12 months. Foals 6 months of age and under not yet weaned from birth mothers are exempt from EIA test requirements.

Special Notes: EIA test results for horses and other equidae must be recorded on the CVI. Equine consigned for direct movement from a premise of origin within the U.S. for immediate slaughter at a recognized slaughter establishment are exempt from the CVI requirement.