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If you have any questions or concerns regarding the procedures and requirements for exporting animals, animal products, or to obtain a zoosanitary certificate for an animal product, you should contact the VS Field Office covering the area from where the product will be exported (or the area in which your office is located).

Animal Products

Live Animals

Colombia - Summary of Requirements for Animals

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).

Colombia will reject animal shipments without import permits.

Please note: Colombia requires prior approval of installations or farms before the importation of animals into Colombia, except pet dogs and cats. Below are the forms to be completed and submitted prior to the exportation.

The questionnaires must be signed by a veterinarian accredited by USDA. Interested party must obtain a certification from USDA that such veterinarian is accredited, and submit it to ICA



Effective December 24, 2003, bovines from the United States are banned due to a risk of BSE


Effective immediately, Colombia prohibits the importation of live poultry and bird eggs from Stanislaus County, California.


Effective December 24, 2003, sheep from the United States are banned due to a risk of BSE


Effective December 24, 2003, caprines from the United States are banned due to a risk of BSE

  • Caprines - goat semen - protocol - June 2014 (pdf 29kb)


“Effective immediately, Colombia will not accept mares transported in the last third of pregnancy”

Effective immediately, due to the presence of contagious equine metritis (CEM) in the State of Arizona, Colombia is suspending the importation of horses from that State. APHIS will not endorse health certificates for horse exported from Arizona.



Regarding highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) Colombia has lifted the ban on the States of Oregon, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, California, North Dakota, Washington, Montana, and Arkansas. Hatching eggs and day-old chicks can be exported from those States.(10/21/15)


: Colombia has lifted the ban on importing cats. (June 2004)

Pet certificates that do not meet all requirements will be rejected by Colombia.

Other Animals

For species not listed, the requirements are not known. However, exporters wanting to ship livestock or germplasm whose requirements are not listed in the IREGS, should have the interested party (importer/buyer) in the country of destination apply for an Import Permit at the appropriate ministry. This Import Permit will most likely outline the specific requirements.

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