Updated – July 2022
Good news! The United States CDC has reduced the restrictions of allowing dogs who have been to Guatemala to enter the United States.
Guatemala is still considered High Risk, however if your furry friend meets the following criteria, it will be allowed into the United States.
New Criteria For Dogs Who Have Been to Guatemala
If your dog has had a rabies vaccine/booster administered by a US-licensed veterinarian then it will be allowed into the United States if it meets the following criteria:
- Has a valid US-issued rabies vaccination certificate
- Has proof of a microchip;
- Is at least 6 months old
- Is healthy upon arrival
- Arrives at an approved port of entry
Unfortunately, if you are trying to adopt a dog from Guatemala, they are still not allowed into the U.S.
What is the reason?
The CDC is concerned about dogs entering from countries that have let their rabies vaccine policy lapse due to the pandemic and not enough resources to control dog rabies in their country.
CDC’s list of High Risk countries.
When flying into the U.S. from Guatemala with a dog, make sure to use one of the following 18 airports with a CDC quarantine station:
Los Angeles (LAX)
New York (JFK)
San Francisco (SFO)
San Juan (SJU)
Washington DC (IAD)
CDC Dog Import Permit
On an extremely limited basis, CDC has the authority to issue advance written approval (CDC Dog Import Permit) to import a dog vaccinated outside the United States from a high-risk country.
CDC Dog Import Permits will NOT be issued for:
- Dogs intended for other purposes, such as adoption, resale, or transfer of ownership.
- US citizens and lawful residents traveling temporarily out of the United States with their dogs that were vaccinated outside the United States. CDC highly recommends getting your dogs vaccinated and microchipped in the United States before traveling.
- Non-US residents traveling temporarily to the United States with their dogs (such as for vacation or to visit friends and family).
- Dogs with rabies vaccination certificates issued outside of the United States who are participating in conformation shows (dog shows), obedience trials, dog sporting shows, or other types of exhibition
The bottom line for now… only dogs from the United States who had their rabies vaccine done in the United States can travel to Guatemala and back into the United States.