The APHIS Vet Health Certificate (Form 7001) for International Pet Transport

dogHow to Obtain and Complete the APHIS 7001 for Pet Shipping

If you're moving internationally with your pet from the United States, you're most likely going to need an International Health Certificate, also known as the USDA APHIS Form 7001.  We are often asked about this form and it's one of the most searched for documents for people planning to transport their pet to another country. 

Here is where you can download the APHIS Vet Health Certificate (Form 7001).

The 7001 is issued by USDA-accredited veterinarians and then often must be endorsed by the corresponding state's USDA Veterinary Services office. The state and regional Veterinary Services offices oversee all of the export documents for pets departing from the US and ensure that the veterinarians issuing the documents, including the 7001, are accredited and filling out accurate information.

Here are the steps for obtaining the Form 7001 health certificate and having it endorsed:

1.  Find a USDA-Accredited veterinarian in your area.

The USDA Veterinary Services offices do not need to see pets to issue health certificates—they only look at the paperwork after it has been completed. That means you'll need to ask your local vet if they are accredited. Most vets know offhand whether or not they have this accreditation, but if there is any uncertainty, the nearest USDA Veterinary Services office can double check accreditation statuses for you and your vet.

2.  Download the APHIS Vet Health Certificate (Form 7001).

3.  Go to your vet to get the health certificate issued.

This must be done within a certain time frame before your travel date—check the pet import requirements for the country to which you're moving as well as the requirements of the airline you are flying with to determine when you will need to have the health certificate issued. Also, we highly recommend having your vet sign the form in blue ink to easily show both the USDA and destination country’s government that it is an original document.

4.  Check your (vet's) work! 

We cannot stress this enough. As part of our service, we review all of our clients' paperwork carefully before it is sent to the USDA for endorsement. If you are arranging your pet move on your own, you will need to double (and triple!) check your veterinarian's work. If you don't, the USDA will return the documents to you unendorsed. You don't want this to happen because then your pet can't depart on time! 

Make sure all dates are written correctly (we recommend formatting to DD MON YYYY to be clear), microchip numbers match up to microchip paperwork, your pet's age on the 7001 matches what's on their vaccination records (you wouldn't believe how often this is incorrect!), etc. 

If you must make a correction to the paperwork, have your vet draw a single line through the error and initial somewhere next to the correction. When in doubt, or if your health certificate starts to become too messy or illegible, start over with a new health certificate.

5.  Send in your paperwork to the USDA (or take it by hand). 

Depending on where the nearest veterinary service office is, you can either go to the office in person to obtain the endorsement or you can send it in via FedEx. If you are going to take your documents in, you will want to call at least one week in advance to make sure they will allow you to come in and to make an appointment. If you are sending your paperwork in, you will need to account for a few days for the package to travel there and back (keep in mind the USDA is closed on the weekends) and include some sort of payment information. The USDA does not take checks.

You might consider including a cover sheet with your contact information instructing them to call for a credit card number. Also, keep in mind that if you do not include a return envelope, the USDA will send it back via US Postal Service. If you need your paperwork returned sooner (which most people do), include a pre-addressed FedEx overnight envelope with your paperwork. The USDA typically will stamp documents on the same day or the following day after they receive them.

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By Yukihiko Saito on April 28, 2018 at 2:35 am

I, came back to Japan last June after staying in NC for around 6 years, leaving my family there. And my wife and my daughter will also come back to Japan on June 2 with two dogs. I am also going to attend them. I completed the documents for their import for Japan quarantine. But I am not confident in how to prepare the documents for their exporting at JFK airport. Can you give me some advice for documentation and what to do? If yes, how much is the cost?

By Christina at PetRelocation on April 30, 2018 at 4:05 pm

Hi Yukihiko,

One of our relocation consultants would be happy to provide you more information on what you'll need to do, including estimated costs. Please fill out this form at your convenience and someone on our team will contact you as soon as possible!

By Melissa on July 20, 2017 at 1:03 pm

I'm so confused on this process for moving overseas with my puppy. The embassy says they need the Aphis form 7001 3weeks before we travel but the local vets keep saying the health certificate has to be done within 10 days if flying. Do I need the same form done twice? Or are these two different things?

By on July 20, 2017 at 1:54 pm

Hi Melissa, usually the term "health certificate" is used interchangeably with the APHIS 7001, and usually it needs to be issued within 10 days of travel. Rules vary from country to country, so we advise that you find an official source and do what they suggest -- the USDA site is a good one, as is the Ministry of Agriculture for the country to which you're traveling.

Hope this helps! Good luck with everything and contact us if you need help carrying out your move.


By Min on June 1, 2011 at 2:30 am

My cousin also took a cat with her to Shanghai several months ago. She had her vet issued a vaccination certificate and an international health certificate, but she didn't need a stamp from the USDA...Strange...

By ron on June 12, 2011 at 7:04 am

we have a home in Aruba and often take our dachsund there for short vacations. We get the 7002 signed by our vet and endorsed by APHIS. But now we want to stay in Aruba longer - 2 months at a time. What are the rules for this scenario?

By Francisco on May 11, 2011 at 8:42 pm

im travelling to EU from Mexico, final destination to Poland, does anyone know what kind of paperwork i need, and where i can get the right certificate to get my dog into that country?? help please!!

By Matt on May 12, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Greetings! I love all the good work you and do.

I have a quick question I was hoping you could help me with.

I'm a dog trainer currently living in Buenos Aires, where I moved to do rescue work. After years of doing it in the US, you realize there is a bigger need here.

I travel back and forth to the US every few months and always bring my dog with me. So I am accustomed to the process of getting my forms here in Argentina and then when I leave the US, I get my APHIS 7001 form completed and certified at the USDA office near LAX in LA.

However, this next trip of mine I'll be in LA on June 7th but won't be returning to Buenos Aires until June 19th. So 12 days. Normally, I leave for BA from LA and get the paperwork just a few days in advance because I've been under the impression of a 10 day window existing.

But my question is this:

If I got my forms done on June 7th and left the US 12 days later, would the APHIS form still be valid?

I ask because on the APHIS-7001 form, it clearly states on the bottom: "This certificate is valid for 30 days after issuance".

If this is the case, as the form suggests, then wouldn't I be alright getting the form 12 days before leaving the US?

Thanks for your time and assistance.

By Tom on May 3, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Hello, I have the EU Pet Passport. Do I need any other "passport" (998, 7001, etc) to travel from the US to Germany? If I only need the EU Pet Passport, do I need to get it endorsed by the USDA? What part of the EU rule 998 requires the USDA endorsement?

By Min on May 31, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Hello, I am travelling to Shanghai, China with my cat from the US. I just downloaded the APHIS-7001 form and should it be the vet who issues the health certificate to fill out the form? Or shall I do it myself then ask for the signature of the vet and send to USDA for the stamp?

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