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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
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Pet travel from the U.S. to Nicaragua

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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USDA Accredited Veterinarian Signature Electronic Signature Accepted
USDA APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer Signature Digital Endorsement NOT Acccepted
The health certificate bears the original ink signature and embossed seal
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. You can arrange to have your endorsed health certificate returned via pick-up or by mail (a pre-paid, pre-addressed return label must be provided during certificate submission).


The requirements for traveling with your pet are described in the provided health certificate./ Los requisitios para viajar con su mascota(s) estan descrito en el certifiicado de salud. 

International Health Certificate for Dogs from the U.S. to Nicaragua

Additional Information/ Informacion Adicional

  1. The health certificate does NOT need to be signed by a Notary Public, nor does it need to be stamped by the Nicaraguan Consular office./ El certificado zoosanitario no necesita la firma de un notario público ni necesita el endoso del Consulado de Nicaragua.

  2. Animals exported in commercial lot numbers must be accompanied by an import permit. Personal pet dogs or cats do not need an import permit, but a quarantine permit which must be obtained at the Nicaraguan ports of entry upon arrival./ Exportaciones comerciales de animales deben llegar acompañadas de un permiso de importación. Perros y gatos personales no necesitan un permiso de importación pero si de un permiso de cuarentena que puede ser adquirido en los puertos de entrada a Nicaragua.

  3. The rabies vaccination certificate should accompany the health documents./ El certificado de vacunación de la rabia debe acompañar a los documentos sanitarios originales.

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.

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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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