Importation in to New York State:
Please note: the following table of import requirements does not reflect any emergency regulations that may be in place. Be sure to check our Division of Animal Industry homepage under the section called “Emergency Import Regulations” to see any additional emergency importation requirements.
For information on HORSES being imported being into New York, please click here.
*For information on large animals/livestock (cattle, sheep, goats, bison, antelope, buffalo, duikers, gazelle and other exotic bovidae, swine, llamas, alpacas, guanacos, vicunas), please click on the state of origin:
*Fairs: For information about animals coming to NY State and county fairs there may be other fair requirements in addition to what is required for entry into NY State….
See “Interstate Health Requirements for Fairs”
Cervids (deer of all species, elk, and moose):
- Currently the only non-exotic animal group which requires movement permits to be obtained prior to live animal movement is cervids (deer, elk and moose).
- ALL MOVEMENTS (INTERSTATE AND INTRASTATE) OF LIVE CERVIDS FOR ANY REASON REQUIRE NUMBERED MOVEMENT PERMITS TO BE ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT BEFORE ANY ANIMAL MOVEMENT OCCURS. This includes movement of live animals for:
- temporary exhibition,
- movement of animals from one herd to another on the same farm
- movement to other breeding herds, hunting preserves and slaughter facilities regardless of the location of the premises of origin or destination.
- Contact the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Division of Animal Industry at 518-457-3971 to obtain a permit.
- Please allow at least 3 business days to process intrastate movement permits and interstate export permits and longer for interstate importation permits.
*For information about companion animals (traveling with a pet).
Dog and Cat Importation into NY State
“New York State accepts a 3 year rabies vaccination for dogs and cats on interstate health certificates. It must be noted on the health certificate that it is a 3 year rabies vaccine. The health certificate must also have the vaccine product name, date of vaccination and whether it is a killed or live vaccine recorded on it.”
*State Status List for Animal Disease Programs: May be subject to change for some programs, please check back often.
*Wild/Endangered: The following animals on the list are not under the jurisdiction of New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets for import requirements. Please call the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation at (518) 402-8919 for more information.
*For licensing information about animal exhibition or commercial/wholesale animal dealers, please go to USDA’s Animal Care Program.
*For livestock (cattle, sheep, goats and cervids) moving into New York State for immediate slaughter.
*For information about animals going to NYC for any reason, you need to visit the NYC Dept of Health website or call (212) 676-2112. New York City has their own regulations regarding animals coming into city limits.
*New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Division of Animal Industry, Import / Export Clerk:
Phone (518) 457-3971 | Fax (518) 485-0839
Exportation out of New York State:
*Interstate – For import and export phone numbers by listed by state.
For import and export requirements for other states.
*International – USDA is the agency with jurisdiction for international movement of animals. Any questions about international movement of animals or animal products should be directed to a USDA office. The NY USDA office phone number is (518) 218-7540. For Animals | For Animal Products