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If you have any questions or concerns regarding the procedures and requirements for exporting animals, animal products, or to obtain a zoosanitary certificate for an animal product, you should contact the VS Field Office covering the area from where the product will be exported (or the area in which your office is located).

Animal Products

Live Animals

Finland - Summary of Requirements for Animals

Finland is a Member State of the European Union. Finland accepts English-only health certificate. Health certificates are available for some commodities/species (see below). If the certificate for that species or commodity is not listed below, please refer to the European Union page.


Bovine Embryos

  • Bovine embryos, Annex II - Health certificate for in vivo-derived embryos collected in accordance with Council Directive 89/556/EEC - August 2013 (pdf 62kb)
  • Bovine embryos Annex III - In vitro-derived embryos, conceived using semen complying with Council Directive 88/407/EEC, eligible for intra-Community trade. - August 2013 (pdf 53kb)
  • Bovine embryos Annex IV - In vitro-derived embryos, conceived using semen coming from an approved semen collection/storage center, excluded from intra-Community trade. - August 2013(pdf 50kb)

Bovine Semen

  • Bovine semen, Model 1 - Health certificate for imports and transits of bovine semen collected, processed, and stored in accordance with Council Directive 88/407/EEC, as amended by Directive 2003/43/EC, dispatched from a collection center where the semen was collected - January 2013 (pdf 79kb)
  • Bovine semen, Model 2 - Bilingual health certificate for bovine semen collected, processed and stored before 31 December 2004 and dispatched from a collection center where the semen was collected - November 2011 (pdf 71kb)
  • Bovine semen, Model 3 - Bilingual health certificate for bovine semen dispatched from a semen storage center. - November 2011 (pdf 58kb)


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.

Pet Passports: Dogs, cats, and ferrets returning to Finland after traveling to the United States may be accompanied by an EU Pet Passport issued prior to leaving the EU.  An EU health certificate is not required, and APHIS should not endorse the Passport.  Information about echinococcus treatment may be added to the Passport by an accredited veterinarian. However, if an animal needs a rabies booster while in the United States, this information cannot be entered into the EU Passport by a US accredited veterinarian. A regular EU health certificate must be issued by the accredited veterinarian and endorsed by APHIS.

Young animals less than 3 months of age that are unvaccinated for rabies may not be imported into Finland from the United States.

Additional information for exporting non-commercial pet dogs, cats, and ferrets to Finland.

  • Dogs/Cats/Ferrets - Health certificate (Movement of commercial or more than 5 non-commercial animals) (Finland will accept an English-only certificate.)

Additional information for exporting commercial dogs, cats, and ferrets to Finland.


Additional transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE) requirements for swine exported to Finland.

Additional Information