As of July 14, 2021, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has temporary suspension for dogs entering the United States from high-risk countries for dog rabies. This includes dogs arriving from countries not at high risk if the dogs have been in a high-risk country in the past 6 months.
Lucky, Japan is a rabies-free country, you do not need a rabies certificate or CDC Dog Import Permit. You can easily import a puppy from Japan to the US without any problems.
But in case you travel and your dog has been in a high-risk country before coming to Japan within 6 months, your dog will not be allowed to enter the US even though your dog is in Japan now.
For example, your adult dog lives in Japan (not a high-risk country) but visited China (high-risk country) within the past 6 months and is moving to the United States from Japan. This dog is not eligible for entry without advance written approval (CDC Dog Import Permit) because it visited a high-risk country.
The dog be imported to US must be at least 8 weeks old.
For puppies older than 3 months (12 weeks or 84 days), rabies vaccination should be given 30 days before entry.
For puppies up to 91 days of age, only the combination vaccine and microchip is require. Rabies vaccination certificate is not require.
Adult dogs (15 months and older) must show a history of at least one vaccination after 3 months of age and previous rabies vaccination with the current one additional rabies vaccination.
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