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.
Costa Rica - Summary of Requirements for Live Animals
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.
Importers in Costa Rica must apply for an import permit. Importers may obtain an import permit at the following address:
Ministerio Agricultura y Ganaderia Chief, Animal Quarantine Apartado 10094 Barrial Heredia San Jose - 1000 Costa Rica Telephone: 011-506-238-2371 Facsimile: 011-506-237-7697