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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.

This country allows USDA Accredited Veterinarians to use USDA’s online Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS) to complete some health certificates.

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USDA Accredited Veterinarian Signature Electronic Signature Accepted
USDA APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer Signature Digital endorsement varies by species see below for more information
The health certificate either bears the original ink signature and embossed seal or digital signature/seal
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.
Learn how to issue a health certificate using VEHCS (A Step-by-step Guide).
NOTE: The printed paper endorsed health certificate must accompany each shipment. For digitally endorsed health certificates, USDA Accredited Veterinarians can print the health certificate from VEHCS once it is endorsed. For non-digitally endorsed health certificates, you can arrange to have your endorsed health certificate returned via pick-up or by mail (a pre-paid, pre-addressed return label must be provided during certificate submission).

For all commodities other than Aquaculture / Aquatic Animals* to Chile, USDA Accredited Veterinarians may issue health certificates electronically through the online Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS). These certificates will be digitally endorsed by APHIS once received in the system and available for printing by the USDA Accredited Veterinarian once the endorsement is completed by APHIS.

Chile requires that health certificates and annexes must be signed and stamped by a Veterinary Services veterinarian. The certificates must be written in Spanish and English. The health certificates cannot be amended, initialed, crossed-out or erased, and they must be legible.

NOTE: An APHIS-endorsed, printed paper copy must accompany the shipment.

*Health certificates for all Aquaculture / Aquatic Animals may be submitted by the USDA Accredited Veterinarian through VEHCS; however, the APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer's ink (wet) signature with the application of the APHIS embossed seal must appear on the health certificate. To accomplish this, aquatic certificates received by APHIS through the VEHCS system will be printed and endorsed in our offices, and the hard copy will be returned when complete. This APHIS-endorsed paper copy must accompany the shipment.





Birds (non-Poultry)

Laboratory Animals

Note: This health certificate may also be used for species Rattus norvegicus.

Other Animals

Consular Offices for Chile


Los Angeles
6100 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1240,
Los Angeles, CA 90048 
Telephone: (323) 933-3697

San Francisco
870 Market Street, Suite 1058
San Francisco, CA 94102
Telephone: (415) 982-7662 / (415) 982-7665 

1734 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.
Washington, DC 20036
Telephones: (202) 530-4104 / (202) 530-4107 


800 Brickell Avenue, Suite 1200
Miami, FL 33131 
Telephones: (305) 373-8623 / (305) 373-8624


1415 North Dayton Street, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60642
Telephone: (312) 654-8780 / (312) 654-8946
E-mail address:;


New York City
866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 601
New York, NY, 10017
Telephones: (212) 980-3504 / (212) 980-3366 / (980) 355-5288
E-mail address:;


1300 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 1130,
Houston, TX 77056
Telephones: (713) 621-5853 / (713) 963-9066
E-mail address:


Visit the APHIS Pet Travel Website for information about exporting your pets.

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.

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