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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 some health certificates.
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USDA Accredited Veterinarian Signature
Electronic Signature Accepted
USDA APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer Signature
Digital endorsement varies by species — see below for more information The health certificate either bears the original ink signature and embossed seal or 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. For digitally endorsed health certificates, USDA Accredited Veterinarians can print the health certificate from VEHCS once it is endorsed. For non-digitally endorsed health certificates, you can arrange to have your endorsed health certificate returned via pick-up or by mail (a pre-paid, pre-addressed return label must be provided during certificate submission).
Hong Kong - Summary of Requirements for Live Animals
For Hong Kong importation information, please go to the following website.
For all health certificates submitted through VEHCS for shipments of U.S. origin animals and germplasm that are only transiting Hong Kong, select the Hong Kong (Transit) option from the “Country of Destination” drop down menu.
For animals and germplasm that are destined for export to Hong Kong, first you must first select Country Not Listed from “Country of Destination” drop down menu, then select Hong Kong from the full list of destination countries.
ALL health certificates for
export of livestock, poultry, and birds must be issued by a USDA Accredited
Veterinarian and endorsed by an APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer within 14 days
Note: Laboratory test reports/results are required for equine entry.
Note: This certificate will be accepted with the use of digital signatures. A health certificate for this commodity can also be generated through the Veterinary Export Health Certificate System (VEHCS) (https://pcit.aphis.usda.gov/pcit/). Once you log on to VECHS and enter the destination country and commodity, VECHS will walk you through each step to generate the certificate.
The APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer Signature will also be digital with no wet signature or embossed seal; however, a printed paper copy of the endorsed health certificate must accompany each shipment.
Health certificates for animals for research and laboratory purposes must be issued by the USDA Accredited Veterinarian that is in charge of the research animal colony of origin and endorsed by an APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer within 14 days of departure.
Note: Health certificates for the export of commercial shipments of U.S. origin animals must be issued by a private USDA Accredited Veterinarian and endorsed by an APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer within 14 days of departure.
Note: Hong Kong does not have any import requirements for aquatic animals, except for endangered species under CITES. The importation requirements for endangered species, including those aquatic animals, can be found here, and an import license is required.
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.