Santa’s reindeer issued permit from USDA to enter the U.S.

Santa's Reindeer

The US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service issued a movement permit to Mr. S. Nicholas Claus of the North Pole according to a press release by the USDA. The permit will allow the reindeer to enter and exit the United States between the hours of 7 p.m. December 25th, and 7 a.m. December 25th.

“With a growing world population, Mr. Claus will have his busiest Christmas yet. At USDA, we want to ensure we are not hindering Mr. Claus’s important work of spreading Christmas Cheer for all to hear,” said Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “Ease of access into the United States for Mr. Claus and his nine reindeer will ensure that children all over the country – including my own fourteen grandchildren – will wake up on Christmas morning with joy and filled with the spirit of the season. USDA issued this permit in advance and waived all applicable fees to help ensure a smooth trip on Christmas Eve night.”

This comes after an accredited veterinarian gave the reindeer their yearly check-up and gave them the OK to fly.

At the request of Mr. and Mrs. Claus, APHIS also completed a courtesy welfare and humane treatment check of the reindeer facility. Mr. Claus and his staff passed with flying colors.