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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.

"Green Banner" Country

Accredited Veterinarians can submit health certificates for USDA endorsement electronically through VEHCS (Veterinary Export Health Certification System).

This country accepts USDA digital endorsement. This means the final, endorsed health certificate that travels with the animal(s) can be printed out directly from VEHCS and does NOT have to be mailed back to you.

IMPORTANT: The endorsed health certificate (paper, not electronic) must accompany the shipment. The health certificate can be printed directly from VEHCS.

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Colombia requires that all animal shipments, except pet dogs and cats, be accompanied by an import permit issued in advance by Instituto Colombiano Agropecuario (ICA).

Colombia will reject animal shipments without import permits.

Please note: Colombia requires prior approval of installations or farms before the importation of animals into Colombia, except pet dogs and cats.  Below are the forms to be completed and submitted prior to the exportation.  The questionnaires must be signed by a veterinarian accredited by USDA.  Interested party must obtain a certification from USDA that such veterinarian is accredited, and submit it to ICA.


Note: Effective immediately, Colombia will not accept mares transported in the last third of pregnancy.

Note: Effective immediately, due to the presence of contagious equine metritis (CEM) in the state of Arizona, Colombia is suspending the importation of horses from that state.  APHIS will not endorse health certificates for horse exported from Arizona.


Note: Colombia has informed us they will be testing animals for bluetongue on arrival in country. Animals testing positive will be rejected for import.

Sheep and Goats

Note: Effective December 24, 2003, sheep from the United States are banned due to a risk of BSE.



Aquatic Animals

APHIS Registered Aquaculture Export Facility approval is required for aquatic animals, aquatic worms, and tilapia.

Research / Laboratory Animals

Other Animals


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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