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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).
Taiwan - Summary of Requirements for Live Animals
All live animals, semen, and embryos that are required to undergo testing for specific animal diseases prior to export may be required by Taiwan law to have both a sample and test date listed on the health certificate.
Note: This health certificate is available to be completed in VEHCS.
Note: Please check Taiwan's website to verify if your state has been removed from the list of Avian Influenza free states and therefore may not currently send pet birds to Taiwan: https://www.baphiq.gov.tw/en/ws.php?id=21841
Interim Measures for the Importation of Day-Old Poultry, Hatching Eggs, and Fertilized Chicken Eggs for Research Purposes or Vaccine Production from Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Free Zones within a state restricted by Taiwan
Note: Sample health certificates are required to be used for the following species: Stigmochelys pardalis, Geochelone sulcata, Kinixys belliana or their sub-species. Other tortoise species do not require a health certificate.
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.