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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.
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Accredited Veterinarians can submit health certificates for USDA APHIS endorsement electronically through VEHCS (Veterinary Export Health Certification System).
However, this country requires USDA APHIS to ink-sign and emboss the health certificate. This means the final, endorsed health certificate that travels with the animal(s) must be mailed back to you.
Before going to VEHCS: Scroll below this banner to view animal-specific requirements.
To process some health certificates, VEHCS may need the Accredited Veterinarian to upload the completed fillable PDF version found in the requirements section of this page. Either save a copy of the PDF below, or return to this page for the health certificate, if prompted by VEHCS.
Accredited Veterinarians, log in here if you wish to use VEHCS.
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 endorsed health certificate (paper, not electronic) must accompany the shipment. The endorsed health certificate will be returned by mail (a pre-paid, pre-addressed return label must be provided during certificate submission).
Saudi Arabia - Summary of Requirements for Live Animals
Note: Effective November 7, 2021, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has confirmed that in addition to virus isolation, either real-time PCR or conventional PCR test method is acceptable for the testing of equine semen for Equine Viral Arteritis. The test method used must be noted on the health certificate.
Note: Effective July 1, 2019, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has placed a temporary ban on Oreochromisniloticus (Nile tilapia) originating from the states of Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado, due to the infections of the Tilapia Lake Virus (TiLV). Consignments of Oreochromisniloticus originating from all other States must be accompanied by an export health certificate stating the consignments are free of TiLV.
Note: U.S. origin falcons for export are required to have an import permit issued by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture. That import permit must accompany the consignment.
Note: Effective April 22, 2022, Saudi Arabia has banned live poultry from the entire United States due to HPAI. Saudi Arabia will allow day-old chicks and hatching eggs according to the attached regulations. It is APHIS's understanding that Saudi Arabia will allow day-old chicks and hatching eggs from a region (State) or a compartment that is free from HPAI (in poultry as defined by the OIE) since hatching, with additional requirements listed in the attached document.
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.