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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.

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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 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.
Learn how to issue a health certificate using VEHCS (A Step-by-step Guide).
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).

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: Vesicular stomatitis should be tested negative for both Indiana and New Jersey strains.

Note: Vesicular stomatitis should be tested negative for both Indiana and New Jersey strains.

Sheep and Goats


Note: As of November 2018, during the pre-export quarantine all pigs shall require oral swabs for Senecavirus A (SVA ) RT-PCR testing with negative results prior to shipment to Taiwan.

Note: This health certificate is available to be completed in VEHCS.


Note: A VS Form 17-6 should also accompany shipments of day-old chicks and hatching eggs.  

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

Aquatic Animals

Note: The crustaceans species:

-Procambarus clarkii

-Cherax quadricarinatus

-Macrobrachium nipponense

-Macrobrachium rosenbergii

-Penaeus vannamei

are susceptible for Decapod iridescent virus 1 (DIV1) and are required to comply with the importation requirements of Taiwan.

APHIS Registered Aquaculture Export Facility approval is required.

Note: For endorsement of health certificates of aquatic animals intended for human consumption, please contact National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Seafood inspection Program at 800-422-2750 or for more information visit their web-site at 

Research / Laboratory Animals

Other Animals

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.     


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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