Notice: If you have any questions or concerns regarding the procedures and requirements for exporting animals, you should contact the VS Field Office covering the area from which the animal will be exported, the area in which your office is located.
ONLINE CERTIFICATE INFORMATION (VEHCS) = DIGITAL SIGNATURE ACCEPTED
USDA Accredited Veterinarian Signature
APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer Signature
Digital Signature Accepted
Details: Health certificates may be issued electronically by the USDA Accredited Veterinarian and endorsed by the APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer through the online Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS). The APHIS embossed seal is not required.
NOTE: A printed paper copy of the completed health certificate must accompany each shipment.
New to VEHCS? USDA Accredited Veterinarians can create an account by clicking HERE.
Need Assistance or Additional Information? Visit the VEHCS Help Page to view step-by-step guides for using VEHCS, or contact the dedicated VEHCS Help Line.
Colombia - Summary of Requirements for Live Animals
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).
Colombia will reject animal shipments without import permits.
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.
Note: Effective immediately, Colombia will not accept mares transported in the last third of pregnancy
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.
For species not listed, the requirements are not known. However, exporters wanting to ship livestock whose requirements are not listed above, 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.