If you have any questions or concerns regarding the procedures and requirements for exporting animals, animal products, or to obtain a zoosanitary certificate for an animal product, you should contact the VS Field Office covering the area from where the product will be exported (or the area in which your office is located).

Animal Products

Live Animals

Switzerland - Summary of Requirements for Animals

Switzerland is not part of European Union (EU), but has adopted EU legislation for import of most species of live animals, semen, and embryos. Switzerland will accept an English-only health certificate. For species/commodities not listed below, please refer to the European Union website.


Live Animals

Information regarding imports of live animals into Switzerland can be found on the Swiss Federal Veterinary Office website.

Bovine Semen

  • Bovine Semen Model 1 - Health certificate for imports into and transits through the EU of bovine semen dispatched from a semen collection center where the semen was collected - April 2015 (pdf 49k)
  • Bovine Semen Model 2 - Health certificate for bovine semen collected, processed and stored before 31 December 2004 and dispatched from a collection center where the semen was collected - November 2011 (pdf 42kb)
  • Bovine Semen Model 3 - Health certificate for bovine semen dispatched from a semen storage center - November 2011 (pdf 47kb)

Equine Semen


Additional information about exporting pets to Switzerland.

Unaccompanied pets:  Animals that are kept as household companions, were cared for by the owner in the United States prior to export, and are not intended to be sold or passed on to new owners after the import may use the “non-commercial” health certificate above.  The owner or owner’s representative should sign the “Declaration” in point II.7 of the certificate. When picking up the animal at the port of entry in Switzerland, the owner or owner’s representative will be required to sign the Declaration of ownership for unaccompanied pets

Additional information about bringing an unaccompanied pet to Switzerland.


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