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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.

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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Note: All health certificates for U.S. origin animals and animal genetics destined to Turkey (with the exceptions of bovine semen* and day-old poultry**) must be endorsed by APHIS no more than two (2) days prior to export. Exporters are advised to schedule health certificate endorsement with their local USDA APHIS Endorsement Office accordingly.



*Note: Effective February 28, 2018, an APHIS endorsed U.S. origin bovine semen certificate is considered valid for 30 days from the date of issuance by the USDA-accredited veterinarian.

Sheep and Goats


Note: The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of the Republic of Turkey has imposed trade restrictions on U.S. origin poultry, day-old chicks, and hatching eggs from the states of Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin, due to HPAI.

**Note: Day-old poultry certificates must be issued by the USDA accredited veterinarian and endorsed by APHIS on page 6 within 10 days of departure. The USDA accredited veterinarian must issue Part III. Supplementary health information addendum (page 7) no more than two (2) days prior to export.

Aquatic Animals

APHIS Registered Aquaculture Export Facility approval is required for the Aquaculture Animals for Farming, Relaying, or Put and Take Fisheries, and/or Intended for Open Ornamental Facilities health certificate.

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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