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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.

"Orange Banner" Country

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

However, this country requires USDA 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.

IMPORTANT: 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).

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The posted health certificate templates/formats are required to be used. 

Note: Multiple animals may be recorded on one health certificate.


Note: For horses that are not microchipped

Note: Facility approval is required by Korean government. 


Note: Bovine Embryo Facilities/Teams must be APHIS approved and notified to Korea prior to export.

Note: * A health certificate for this commodity can also be generated through the Veterinary Export Health Certificate System (or VEHCS).


Note: After arrival in the Republic of Korea, the swine will undergo a 15 day quarantine and novel influenza A (H1N1 and H3N2v) antigen testing.  The sample health certificate posted below is required to be used.


HPAI Guidance and Restrictions

Note: VS Form 17-6 is not required.

Birds (non-Poultry) 

Aquatic Animals

Note: According to the National Fishery Products Quarantine Management Service (NFQS) of the Republic of Korea, aquatic animals not included in the Disease List for Aquaculture Health Certificate below are not designated quarantine commodities and can be imported into Korea without health certificates. 

Note: The National Fishery Products Quality Management Service (NFQS) of the Republic of Korea has informed APHIS that no species of living-modified (e.g., genetically modified) ornamental fish and salmonid fish (including eyed eggs) are permitted for import to Korea. Should imported U.S. origin aquatic animals be identified as LMOs through import quarantine procedure, the animals in question may be destroyed.

Note: As of March 1, 2021, mollusks are no longer allowed entry into Korea from the United States. Those wishing to export U.S. origin mollusks to Korea should contact their VS Endorsement Office.

Research / Laboratory Animals

Other Animals

Note: No requirements for importation of reptiles, unless the species to be exported requires a CITES permit. If a CITES permit is needed, the importer should acquire an import permit from Korea’s Ministry of Environment.

Note: A health certificate for this commodity can also be generated through the Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS). Commercial ferrets facilities must be APHIS approved and notified to Korea prior to export.


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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