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Russian Federation

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.

Animal Products

Live Animals


USDA Accredited Veterinarian Signature Original Ink
APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer Signature Original Ink

Details: Health certificates require original ink signatures from the issuing USDA Accredited Veterinarian and the endorsing APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer with the application of the APHIS embossed seal. Submissions through the online Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS) cannot be accepted at this time.

Russian Federation - Summary of Requirements for Live Animals

ALERT:  At Russia’s request, USDA is negotiating new certification statements regarding bluetongue disease (BT) for cattle and small ruminants.  Russia has requested quarantine in manners that control exposure to the BT competent vector and has also asked for BT testing.  APHIS is developing a counter proposal.  APHIS expects to use the current bilingual veterinary health certificates posted below with an addendum for the additional BT requirements.

Until negotiations are complete, it is not clear to USDA what Russia will require.  U.S. exporters wishing to pursue trade in the interim should contact  the USDA APHIS VS National Import and Export Services.”

Effective August 27, 2014, there is a temporary restriction on animals from CO and TX due to the ongoing outbreak of vesicular stomatitis.  Russia has prohibited the US export of horses or other single-hoofed ungulates, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and semen and embryos of these species. Also included in the restriction are wild, zoo and circus animals susceptible to vesicular stomatitis

Effective September 5, 2012, Russia has banned US export of horses, cattle, sheep, swine and semen and embryos from donors in Mora Country, NM.




  • Mink - Health Certificate- January 2013 



Effective July 17, 2014, all exports of hatching eggs to the Russian Federation must be pre-notified by APHIS.  Ask your APHIS VS service center to send scanned copies of the endorsed veterinary health certificates to from an e-mail account that ends in “”  This information must be sent on-line to the e-mail address above before the shipment arrives in Russia.  Starting on July 17, 2014, shipments arriving at Russian Federation entry points without the electronic pre-notification by APHIS will be returned, by Russia, to the sender.

Sheep and Goats


Effective 5/30/14, Russia has banned import of live pigs from the United States due to the detection of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED).


The pet import information has been moved to the pet travel website click here


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