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Pet travel from the U.S. to the Philippines

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.

Note: As of August 20, 2020 the Philippines does not allow entry of wild or pet rabbits from the United States.

Philippines Requirements Memo A summary of the requirements are as follows;

  • Pet dogs and cats must first obtain an import permit from the Philippine Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI). 

A Users Guide for the registration process 

  • For personal pets, please select “one-time importer” when applying for your SPSIC via the above website. 
  • Up to three animals total (dogs or cats, or combination thereof) can be listed on one SPSIC. 
  • The SPSIC will specify the animal health import requirements for the pet dogs and/or cats that must be met prior to travel to the Philippines. 
  • Your private USDA accredited veterinarian will then issue an export health certificate in accordance with the criteria listed in the SPSIC.  Your USDA accredited veterinarian can use the APHIS Form 7001, the “United States Interstate and International Certificate of Health Examination for Small Animals”  [https:///www.aphis.usda.gov/library/forms/pdf/APHIS7001.pdf] OR use the Veterinarian Export Health Certification System USDA APHIS Application Access - Home to PCIT and VEHCS.
  • If your animal’s SPSIC is issued for one animal, then the corresponding export health certificate may be issued for ONLY that one animal.  However, if your animals’ SPSIC is issued for two or three animals, the corresponding export health certificate may be issued for the same two or three animals that are listed on the SPSIC.  The number of animals listed on the SPSIC must match the number of animals listed on the health certificate.
  • All health certificates for pet dogs and cats to the Philippines must be issued by a USDA accredited veterinarian, and then endorsed by USDA-APHIS prior to travel.
  • The issuing USDA accredited veterinarian can upload the completed health certificate and submit the from electronically to APHIS for endorsement, through the Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS).
  • APHIS endorsement may occur digitally in the VEHCS, and a paper copy of the final health certificate must accompany the shipment.

Philippines Requirements Memo A summary of the requirements are as follows;

  • Commercial U.S. exporters of dogs and cats should first ensure that their Philippine importer is registered with the Philippine Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and approved by BAI to import commercial shipments of pet dogs and cats. If the Philippine importer is not registered with BAI, he/she can apply to be registered via the following web address: https://www.intercommerce.com.ph.

A Users Guide for the registration process

  • The registered Philippine importer will obtain the required Philippine import permit (known by the acronym “SPSIC”) from BAI and provide a copy of the SPSIC to the U.S. exporter.  There are no BAI restrictions on the number of dogs and/or cats that can be listed on a commercial SPSIC.   
  • The SPSIC will specify the animal health import requirements for the commercial U.S. origin dogs and/or cats that must be met prior to travel to the Philippines. 
  • Your private USDA accredited veterinarian will then issue an export health certificate in accordance with the criteria listed in the SPSIC.  The USDA accredited veterinarian can use the APHIS Form 7001, the “United States Interstate and International Certificate of Health Examination for Small Animals”  [https:///www.aphis.usda.gov/library/forms/pdf/APHIS7001.pdf] OR use the Veterinarian Export Health Certification System USDA APHIS Application Access - Home to PCIT and VEHCS.
  • The corresponding export health certificate can only list the same number animals that are identified on the SPSIC.  The number of animals listed on the SPSIC should match the number of animals listed on the APHIS export health certificate.  
  • All health certificates for commercial U.S. origin dogs and cats to the Philippines must be issued by a USDA accredited veterinarian, and then endorsed by USDA-APHIS prior to travel.
  • The issuing USDA accredited veterinarian can upload the completed health certificate and submit the from electronically to APHIS for endorsement, through the Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS).
  • APHIS endorsement may occur digitally in the VEHCS, and a paper copy of the final health certificate must accompany the shipment.


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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