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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).
Plus, this country accepts USDA APHIS 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. 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. It can be printed out directly from VEHCS.
Israel - Summary of Requirements for Live Animals
Health certificates for export of live animals to Israel can also be generated through the Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS). First, complete the fillable PDF health certificate found on this page. Then log on to VEHCS and enter the destination country and commodity to upload the certificate. For optimal quality resolution, it is preferred that the issuing USDA Accredited Veterinarian sign the document using the ADOBE signature options, rather than printing, signing, and scanning the certificate.
A printed paper copy of the completed health certificate must accompany each shipment.
Note: The health certificate includes an addendum page which must be signed by the USDA Accredited Veterinarian. Day-old chicks and hatching eggs exported to Israel must have an import permit issued by the Israeli Veterinary Services and Animal Health (IVSAH). In addition, prior to shipment, the U.S. exporter must work with their Israeli importer to receive pre-approval from the Israeli border veterinary inspection team approximately 24-48 hours before the flight.
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.