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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
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.
This country allows USDA Accredited Veterinarians to use USDA’s online Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS) to complete health certificates.
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USDA Accredited Veterinarian Signature
Electronic Signature Accepted
USDA APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer Signature
Digital Endorsement Accepted The health certificate bears digital signature/seal
Before going to VEHCS: Scroll below this banner to view animal-specific requirements.
To process some health certificates, VEHCS may need the USDA Accredited Veterinarian to upload the completed fillable PDF version found below. Either save a copy of the PDF below, or return to this page for the health certificate, if prompted by VEHCS.
USDA Accredited Veterinarians, log in here if you wish to use VEHCS.
USDA Accredited Veterinarians, help with using VEHCS is available on the VEHCS Help Page. To walk yourself through issuing a health certificate in VEHCS, click here.
NOTE: The printed paper endorsed health certificate must accompany each shipment. USDA Accredited Veterinarians can print the health certificate from VEHCS once it is endorsed.
Costa Rica - Summary of Requirements for Live Animals
Note: Only those U.S. origin ornamental aquatic animal species listed in the PDF posted below (including marine fish, inland fish, invertebrates, coral and live food species) have market access and are approved for export from the United States to Costa Rica. Those who wish to export U.S. origin ornamental aquatic animal species that are not included on these posted lists will need to have their Costa Rican importer contact the National Animal Health Service of the Ministry of Agriculture of Costa Rica to request a special import permit.
For species not listed, the requirements are not known. However, exporters wanting to ship livestock and/or germplasm, 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.