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Dogs & Cats

Virginia regulations govern the entry of animals into the Commonwealth. If you are bringing an animal into Virginia, please click on the appropriate link below to find out what is required.

  • Poultry (chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, ratites, & game birds such as quail or partridge)
  • Primates (monkeys & apes)
  • Swine (including pet pigs)
  • Other Animals (such as reptiles, large cats, bears)


Virginia regulations govern the entry of animals into the Commonwealth. Details are available in Virginia’s Companion Animal Entry Requirements.

If you are a resident of Virginia, or are moving to Virginia, there are no entry requirements for you to bring in your personal pet dogs and cats. Please note, however, that you will need to ensure that any dog or cat over four months of age is currently vaccinated for rabies. In addition, county or city licenses may be required.

If the dog or cat is intended to be used for any purpose other than being a personal pet (such as offering it for sale or adoption, breeding it, or using it for promotional purposes) the dog or cat must be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) issued within 10 days prior to entry into Virginia. If you are passing through Virginia to another state, you are exempt from these requirements.

If you have questions about Virginia’s animal admission requirements, please contact the Office of Veterinary Services.

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