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Notice: 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 which the animal or product will be exported, the area in which your office is located, or the area in which the product is manufactured.


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USDA Accredited Veterinarian Signature Electronic Signature Accepted
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.

India - Summary of Requirements for Live Animals

Health certificates for export of live animals to India can also be generated through the Veterinary Export Health Certification System ( Once you log on to VEHCS and enter the destination country and commodity, VEHCS will walk you through each step to generate the certificate.

A printed paper copy of the completed health certificate must accompany each shipment.

VEHCS Quick Reference Guides can be found at:


Note: When using VEHCS to generate a health certificate for export of horses and other equidae to India, you must complete this silhouette page and upload it on the Attachments screen in VEHCS.




For more information about exporting your pets click here

For species not listed, the requirements are not known. However, exporters wanting to ship livestock or germplasm whose requirements are not listed in the IREGS, 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.

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