2. Contact your state’s State's NVAP Coordinator
If the pet’s destination country does not appear in the list, it is the owner/exporter’s responsibility to contact the pertinent government official in the destination country to obtain those requirements. You will need to review the requirements and ensure the pet meets them prior to issuing the health certificate. If you have any questions about this process or need further guidance, contact your USDA Endorsement Office.
Your USDA Endorsement Office accepts health certificates for endorsement by either submission through:
There are fees for USDA to endorse your health certificate. Learn more about USDA fees for endorsing a health certificate.
USDA accepts health certificates electronically signed by USDA-accredited veterinarians for animals eligible to travel to another country. The health certificate must be issued and submitted through the Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS).
Some destination countries also accept health certificates that are digitally endorsed by USDA in VEHCS. In those cases, the health certificate can be issued (signed by the USDA-accredited veterinarian) and endorsed (counter-signed and embossed/stamped by USDA) entirely online. Access VEHCS to submit an electronic health certificate.
Please visit the destination country’s page to determine the extent to which VEHCS can be used for your health certificate.
If the destination country is not on the list, find out what to do when country requirements are not known.
Although a country-specific health certificate may be required by the destination country, you may also need to complete an APHIS Form 7001 for the pet to board the airplane in the United States. This form may be used to demonstrate vaccinations, treatments, and examinations in the timeframe required by the airline. Note: If you issue two health certificates for the pet, USDA can only endorse the health certificate required by the destination country. Do not submit the APHIS Form 7001 to USDA if it’s not required by the destination country.
If the airline does not recognize the digital signature and seal on the electronically issued health certificate as official, provide this letter to the airline to resolve any concerns.