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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

Russian Federation - Summary of Requirements for Animals


ALERT:  At Russia’s request, USDA is negotiating new certification statements regarding bluetongue disease (BT) for cattle and small ruminants.  Russia has requested quarantine in manners that control exposure to the BT competent vector and has also asked for BT testing.  APHIS is developing a counter proposal.  APHIS expects to use the current bilingual veterinary health certificates posted below with an addendum for the additional BT requirements.

Until negotiations are complete, it is not clear to USDA what Russia will require.  U.S. exporters wishing to pursue trade in the interim should contact  the USDA APHIS VS National Import and Export Services.”


Effective August 27, 2014, there is a temporary restriction on animals from CO and TX due to the ongoing outbreak of vesicular stomatitis.  Russia has prohibited the US export of horses or other single-hoofed ungulates, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and semen and embryos of these species. Also included in the restriction are wild, zoo and circus animals susceptible to vesicular stomatitis


Effective September 5, 2012, Russia has banned US export of horses, cattle, sheep, swine and semen and embryos from donors in Mora Country, NM.




  • Mink - Health Certificate- January 2013 (pdf 133kb)



Alert:  We do not have an agreed upon certificate with Russia for Dogs or Cats.  The Customs Union Form No. 15 is not endorsable, do not use the form. 

The following is unofficial information:
You can expect that less than 2 dogs or cats can be imported without special permission and quarantine.  Each pet should be implanted with a microchip and then be vaccinated against rabies, and feline or canine infectious diseases, at least 30 days prior but within 12 months prior to entry.  The Russian port authorities will expect the animal to be accompanied by a health certificate issued by an official veterinarian within 10 days prior to entry.  An APHIS Form 7001 can be used and the certificate can be written in English.  Pet passports, with the history of veterinary treatments, are often used in European countries and may be expected by Russian authorities. 


There is no negotiated certificate. Please work with the countries authority for guidance on pets traveling to Russia.



Effective May 26, 2015, Russia has imposed a temporary restriction on US export of live poultry, day-old chicks and hatching eggs from the entire US.  There are no restrictions on SPF eggs.


Effective July 17, 2014, all exports of hatching eggs to the Russian Federation must be pre-notified by APHIS.  Ask your APHIS VS service center to send scanned copies of the endorsed veterinary health certificates to notification-us@fsvps.ru from an e-mail account that ends in “@aphis.usda.gov.”  This information must be sent on-line to the e-mail address above before the shipment arrives in Russia.  Starting on July 17, 2014, shipments arriving at Russian Federation entry points without the electronic pre-notification by APHIS will be returned, by Russia, to the sender.

Sheep and Goats


Effective 5/30/14, Russia has banned import of live pigs from the United States due to the detection of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED).



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