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Pet travel from the U.S. to Israel

This country allows USDA Accredited Veterinarians to use USDA’s online Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS) to complete health certificates.

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Before going to VEHCS: Scroll below this banner to view animal-specific requirements.

To process some health certificates, VEHCS may need the USDA Accredited Veterinarian to upload the completed fillable PDF version found below. Either save a copy of the PDF below, or return to this page for the health certificate, if prompted by VEHCS.
USDA Accredited Veterinarians, log in here if you wish to use VEHCS.
USDA 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 printed paper endorsed health certificate must accompany each shipment. USDA Accredited Veterinarians can print the health certificate from VEHCS once it is endorsed.

Health certificates for pet travel to Israel can also be generated by the pet's veterinarian through the Veterinary Export Health Certification System (https://pcit.aphis.usda.gov/pcit/). First, the pet's veterinarian will complete the fillable PDF health certificate found on this page. Then they will log on to VEHCS and enter the destination country and commodity to upload the certificate. 

For optimal quality resolution, it is preferred that the pet's veterinarian sign the document using the ADOBE signature options, rather than printing, signing and scanning the certificate.

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

Quick Reference Guides for the pet's veterinarian can be found HERE

NOTE: Click here to read restrictions on entry of pets to Israel during COVID-19. This applies to all dogs and cats entering Israel, effective June 4, 2020, and until further notice.

The requirements and fillable health certificate for travel of dogs and cats to Israel can be found in the below link to the health certificate. Please note that the pet's microchip must be implanted before or on the same date as the rabies vaccination documented on the health certificate. ​

The health certificate must be endorsed by APHIS after it has been issued by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian.

NOTE: For mixed breed dogs, the USDA Accredited Veterinarian must specify the type of mixed breed on the export health certificate.

Israel prohibits the import of dogs belonging to the following dangerous breeds, as well as mixed breed dogs that are mixed with the following dangerous breeds:

  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Amstaff)
  • Bull Terrier
  • Argentinean Dogo
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier (English Staff)
  • Pitt Bull Terrier
  • Brazilian Fila
  • Rottweiler 

USDA Accredited Veterinarians must not issue export health certificates for these dogs, unless the owner has a valid translated import license from Israel which is specific for dangerous dogs.

Veterinary Health Certificate for Dogs and Cats

  • A Veterinary Health Certificate is required for pet birds (parrots, psittacine and passerine) entering Israel. 
  • No more than 2 pet birds are allowed.
  • An import permit is not required for pet birds accompanied by owner for non-commercial purposes.

Veterinary Health Certificate for Pet Birds

A pre-import/entrance permit from the national wildlife authority in Israel is required. Please contact: Eti.sabag@npa.org.il

A Veterinary Health Certificate is required for chinchilla entering Israel. Requirements and instructions are available on the Health Certificate.

The health certificate must be endorsed by APHIS after it has been issued by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian.

Veterinary Health Certificate for Pet Chinchillas

A Veterinary Health Certificate is required for rabbits entering Israel.  Requirements and instructions are available on the Health Certificate.

Veterinary Health Certificate for Rabbits

For pet travel requirements not listed, APHIS has not been officially informed by the foreign country about the requirements for your pet’s travel. We recommended that you contact a government official of the country you are traveling to for more information.

Country of destination contact information:  

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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