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Export of Fur-bearing animals, Rabbits, Dogs and Cats to the Customs Territory of Eurasian Economic Union (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia)

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Effective immediately the Russian Federation and Kazakhstan have imposed temporary restrictions on the import of all live rodents. Until further notice, the Veterinary Health Certificate cannot be used for the export of live rodents to Russia or Kazakhstan.

Please note that the Eurasian Economic Union (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia) has changed its import requirements as of May 1, 2015. The Canadian International Health Certificate is no longer accepted and has been replaced by a Veterinary Health Certificate for fur-bearing animals, rabbits, dogs and cats exported from Canada to the customs territory of the Eurasian Economic Union – PDF (612 kb)

Notes on completing the Veterinary Health Certificate:

Article 1.4

  • If importing not more than 2 dogs and cats in total for personal needs as pets, an import permit and quarantine are not required.
  • If the import is for more than 2 animals for personal needs, a commercial shipment or for the import of another fur-bearing animal such as a rabbit, a 21-day quarantine is required and a clinical examination must be performed by a private veterinarian within 5 days of departure.

Article 2.2

  • Testing for dermatophytoses (ringworm) is required using methods recommended by the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH; founded as Office International des Épizooties (OIE)). Due to the absence of WOAH standards for dermatophytoses (and Aleutian mink disease virus) testing, the Eurasian Economic Union (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia) will accept testing methods currently used in Canada. Not all species of Microsporum canis strains (the most common species of dermatophytes causing ringworm in dogs and cats) respond to a Wood's lamp test. Unless the client gets derogation or an exemption from Russian authorities, fungal culture or molecular tests (for example, PCR) are required for export purposes. The test needs to be conducted either at a university lab or a private laboratory. Testing done at a private vet clinic is not acceptable for export purposes. Coronavirus (viral enteritis) vaccination is required for dogs.

Article 2.3

  • Treatments (deworming, antibiotics etc.) are not mandatory, however any treatment administered prior to export must be recorded.

Article 2.4

  • Identification is not defined by the Eurasian Economic Union but it is recommended to use an ISO microchip or tattoo and to have that number recorded and cross-referenced by a private veterinarian.

The Veterinary Health Certificate for the Eurasian Economic Union contains only a signature block for the official (CFIA) veterinarian. A private veterinarian is recommended to:

  • issue 2 certificates,
  • initial the strike-outs (that is to say, the statements that do not apply) on one certificate and sign the document, and
  • leave the second certificate blank.

Both certificates should be brought and endorsed at the CFIA District Office. The CFIA District Veterinarian will complete the second certificate based on the document signed by the private veterinarian. If only one certificate is prepared, a fee may be applied to issue and sign the official export certificate.