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Pet travel from the U.S. to Colombia

ONLINE CERTIFICATE INFORMATION (VEHCS) = DIGITAL SIGNATURE ACCEPTED

USDA Accredited Veterinarian Signature Electronic Signature Accepted
APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer Signature Digital Signature Accepted

Details: Health certificates may be issued electronically by the USDA Accredited Veterinarian and endorsed by the APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer through the online Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS).  The APHIS embossed seal is not required.

NOTE: A printed paper copy of the completed health certificate must accompany each shipment.

New and Returning Users, Access VEHCS HERE

Need Help? Click HERE to view step-by-step guides for using VEHCS, or contact the dedicated VEHCS Help Line

Colombia will reject pets that do not meet the requirements of the posted health certificate. Personal pet dogs or cats do not need an import permit.

Dogs and cats must be accompanied by a health certificate issued by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian and endorsed by USDA APHIS Veterinary Services within 10 days of travel. The rabies vaccination certificate must accompany your pet and the health certificate to Colombia.

Your pet must travel with at least one photocopy of the original health certificate.

The health certificate does NOT need to be signed by a Notary Public, nor does it need to be stamped by the Colombian Consular office.

International Health Certificate

NOTE: AS OF MARCH 9, 2017, COLOMBIA HAS BANNED THE IMPORTATION OF ALL BIRDS FROM LINCOLN COUNTY, TENNESSEE.  

Pet birds must be accompanied by an import permit issued in advance by Instituto Colombiano Agropecuario (ICA).

Upon arrival into Colombia, the birds will undergo home quarantine for at least 21 days under the supervision of a veterinarian from ICA.

International Health Certificate

An import permit is required for the importation of all pets into Columbia. Colombia requires that all animal shipments, except pet dogs and cats, be accompanied by an import permit issued in advance by Instituto Colombiano Agropecuario (ICA).

Contact Information:
INSTITUTO COLOMBIANO AGROPECUARIO 
Ica · Carrera 41 No. 17 – 43 · Phone  (57 1) 3323700 / 2884800 
BOGOTA – COLOMBIA 
http://www.ica.gov.co/?lang=en-US


Considerations for airline travel:

Airlines may have separate and additional requirements. Check with your airline to determine what requirements they may have, if any. 

Additional information for pet owners, airlines, and others about APHIS endorsement of international health certificates.

View requirements for returning to the US with your pet



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