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.
The Member States of the European Union are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia,Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Bilingual health certificates are available for some species/commodities. Please refer to the link for the individual Member State for available bilingual health certificates. It is the responsibility of the exporter to obtain a bilingual certificate if it is not available on the Member State link.
SPECIES - MOST RECENT UPDATE
Additional information about exporting bovine embryos to the EU
List of EU-approved bovine embryo collection and production teams (click on "United States" at bottom of the page)
Additional information about exporting bovine semen to EU.
List of EU-approved bovine semen collection centers and bovine semen storage centers (click on "United States" at bottom of the page)
Effective June 24, 2013, horses and equine semen/embryos donors are no longer requried to be tested for vesicular stomatitis.
Additional information about exporting live horses to the EU.
Additional information about export of equine semen to the EU
List of EU-approved equine semen collection and storage centers (click on "United States" at bottom of page)
Additional information about export of equine embryos to the EU.
Additional information about export of ovine/caprine semen to the EU.
- Ovine and Caprine Semen - Health certificate - January 2013 (pdf 61kb)
- Ovine and Caprine Semen Collection Center - Certificate of Approval - February 2010 (pdf 23kb)
- Ovine and Caprine Semen Checklist/Questionnaire - September 2010 (pdf 51kb)
- Ovine and Caprine Embryos - Health Certificate - January 2013 (pdf 55kb)
- Ovine and Caprine Embryos - Certificate of Approval - September 2010 (pdf 8kb)
- Ovine and Caprine Embryos - Checklist/questionnaire - September 2010 (pdf 56kb)
Additional information about export of ovine/caprine semen and embryos to the EU.
Live SwineBreeding swine - Health certificate - February 2013 (pdf 141kb)
Additional information about export of porcine semen to the EU.
List of EU-approved porcine semen collection centers (click on "United States" at bottom of page)
Part II of the day-old chick certificate must be issued by an accredited veterinarian within 10 days prior to export and must be endorsed by APHIS. Part III of the certificate must be issued on the day of hatch and does not need APHIS endorsement. The accredited veterinarian must apply a stamp to Part III containing his/her name, company name, and accreditation number. The original copy of Part III must be attached to Part II of the certificate
Defined as "birds that have not been caught in the wild but have been born and bred in captivity from parents that mated or had gametes otherwise transferred in captivity." This does not apply to poultry (fowl, turkeys, guinea fowl, ducks, geese, quail, pheasants, partridges), pigeons, ratites, birds for conservation programs, pets, or birds intended for zoos
Raptors (such as falcons) may be exported to the EU according to the following three scenarios:
(Pet raptors must accompany the owner during transit. The owner must sign a declaration attesting that the bird is not intended to be sold or transferred to another owner.)
This applies to raptors which do not fall into these categories:
- pet birds accompanying their owner
- birds imported for conservation programs approved by the competent authority of the Member State of destination
- birds intended for zoos, circuses, amusement parks
- research birds
Captive bred raptors must originate from an approved breeding bird establishment meeting these conditions.
The import conditions for these birds are determined by the importing country. The importer should request this information from the government of the Member State of destination.
Pet dogs, cats, and ferrets must be identified with a microchip compatible with ISO standard 11784 or 11785 or the appropriate microchip reader must be provided along with the pet. Microchip implantation must occur PRIOR to rabies vaccination. Any rabies vaccination that occurs prior to microchip implantation is not considered valid regardless of whether the animal was up-to-date on its previous rabies vaccines. In this case, the animal must be revaccinated. 21 days must have elapsed after the first (primary) vaccination after implantation of the microchip before the animal is eligible to enter the European Union. A rabies vaccination is considered primary if either: (1) an animal was up-to-date on its rabies vaccination but vaccination occurred prior to microchip implantation, (2) vaccination was not carried out within the period of validity of a previous vaccination, or (3) the animal was vaccinated for the first time.
Rabies vaccination is not required for pet dogs, cats and ferrets under 3 months of age, but not all EU Member States allow import of such animals. Import of unvaccinated animals must be authorized by the EU Member State. The exporter should contact the animal health authorities in the Member State for authorization, and documentation of authorization should be attached to the export certificate.
Pet Passports: Dogs, cats, and ferrets returning to the European Union (EU) after traveling to the United States may be accompanied by an EU Pet Passport issued prior to leaving the EU. If an animal requires echinococcus treatment for travel to the UK, Ireland, Finland or Malta, the treatment may be entered in the Passport by an accredited veterinarian. An EU health certificate is not required, and APHIS should not endorse the Passport.
If an animal needs a rabies booster while in the United States, this information cannot be entered into the EU Passport by a US veterinarian. A regular EU health certificate must be issued by the accredited veterinarian and endorsed by APHIS.
NOTE: Effective March 1, 2013, new health certificates are required for live aquatic animal exports. The significant change is the removal of epizootic ulcerative syndrome (EUS) from the European Union’s regulated disease list.
NOTE: Effective July 6, 2007, exports of mollusks and their eggs and gametes (*with the exception of manila clams, see below) to the European Union for further growth, fattening, or relaying are suspended.
*Export of manila clams may be authorized by individual EU Member States. Exporters should confirm with the government of the individual EU Member State.
EU Member States’ Health Status
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.