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International Animal Export Regulations



If you have any questions or concerns regarding these regulations for exporting animals or animal products to a foreign country, you should contact the APHIS-VS Area Office in the State from which the animals or products will be exported.

Colombia - Summary of Requirements

Colombia requires that all animal shipments, except pet dogs and cats, be accompanied by an import permit issued in advance by Instituto Colombiano Agropecuario (ICA).

Please note: Colombia requires prior approval of installations or farms before the importation of animals into Colombia, except pet dogs and cats. Below are the forms to be completed and submitted prior to the exportation.

The questionnaires must be signed by a veterinarian accredited by USDA. Interested party must obtain a certification from USDA that such veterinarian is accredited, and submit it to ICA



Effective December 24, 2003, bovines from the United States are banned due to a risk of BSE



Effective December 24, 2003, sheep from the United States are banned due to a risk of BSE


Effective December 24, 2003, caprines from the United States are banned due to a risk of BSE

  • Caprines - goat semen - protocol - June 2014 (pdf 29kb)


Effective immediately, due to the presence of contagious equine metritis (CEM) in the State of Arizona, Colombia is suspending the importation of horses from that State. APHIS will not endorse health certificates for horse exported from Arizona.



: Colombia has lifted the ban on importing cats. (June 2004)

Other Animals

For species not listed, the requirements are not known. However, exporters wanting to ship livestock or germplasm whose requirements are not listed in the IREGS, should have the interested party (importer/buyer) in the country of destination apply for an Import Permit at the appropriate ministry. This Import Permit will most likely outline the specific requirements.


Last Modified: June 24, 2014