Domestic or pet dogs and cats can enter Canada for any period of time (permanent stays, temporary visits, or in transit visits) without quarantine. Because rabies is a federally regulated disease affecting dogs and cats, Canada’s import requirements take into consideration the rabies status of the country of export. The United States is not considered a rabies-free country, therefore the following restrictions will apply:
Domestic or pet dogs and cats may enter Canada if accompanied by an original valid rabies vaccination certificate which is issued by a licensed veterinarian, in either English or French, and which clearly identifies the animal and states that they are currently vaccinated against rabies. This certificate should identify the animal as in breed, color, weight, etc., and indicate the name of the licensed rabies vaccine used (trade name), including serial number and duration of validity (up to three years). Please note that if the duration of validity is not indicated on the certificate, the vaccine will be considered to be valid for one year. There is no waiting period imposed between the time the animal is vaccinated for rabies and the time the animal is imported into Canada.
If the animal arrives at a Canadian port of entry and does not meet the requirements above, an inspector will order the owner (at the owner’s expense) to have the animal vaccinated against rabies within a specified period of time and to provide the vaccination certificate to an inspector.
Rabies vaccination or certification is not required if the animal is less than three months of age.
For additional information on animals other than dogs and cats, go to
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