Temporary Suspension of Dogs Entering the United States from Mongolia Effective July 14

As of July 14, 2021, entry of dogs from Mongolia to the United States will temporarily be suspended.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this action on June 14, in order to protect the health and safety of dogs imported into the United States and to protect the public’s health against the reintroduction of canine rabies virus into the United States.  The CDC classifies Mongolia as high risk for rabies and therefore as of July 14, dogs may not be imported from Mongolia to the United States without advanced written approval of the CDC in the form of a CDC Dog Import Permit.  All dogs from high-risk countries granted advance written approval (CDC Dog Import Permit) must enter the United States at a port of entry with a live animal care facility with a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP)-issued Facilities Information and Resource Management System (FIRMS) code. At the time of publication of the FRN, the only approved facility is located at the John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York City.  Travelers should visit the CDC’s website for more information about the importation ban and the process for requesting a Dog Import Permit: https://www.cdc.gov/importation/bringing-an-animal-into-the-united-states/high-risk-dog-ban-frn.html.