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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

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.



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 January 28, 2019, Russia has imposed temporary restrictions on imports and transits of live birds, poultry, day-old chicks and hatching eggs originating from the state of California, due to Newcastle disease.  

For all other U.S. origin shipments of live birds, poultry, day-old chicks and hatching eggs originating from states other than California, the following statement must be added under the specific requirements for NDv freedom in the corresponding veterinary certificates: “Except from the state of California.”  The statement must validated by a signature of the issuing USDA-accredited veterinarian.  An updated model certificate has been posted below for use in trade, until such time as the temporary restrictions are lifted.

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).


Chapter 17 of the Uniform Veterinary Requirements" Reference document


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


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