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Uganda - Apply for International Animal Health Certificate

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Before you start the process, you will need to know the type of animal traveling, the country of destination, and the date of departure from Uganda.

  1. Determine when the animals will be traveling and what the country of destination will be.
  2. Obtain international Health Certificate from Ministry of Agriculture animal industry and fisheries, the Applicant is required to furnish the Commissioner, Livestock Health and Entomology with a completed filled APPLICATION FORM counter signed and stamped.
  3. Applicant should approach the Commissioner, Livestock Health and Entomology officer at the Ministry of Agriculture for registering the animals to be exported. The format for international health certificate can be availed from the respective registering office on visit.
  4. The Application form shall only be signed by authorized Commissioner, Livestock Health and Entomology or any other authorized person, and shall be duly Completed, signed and stamped using official company stamp and sealed using official company seal.
  5. Please submit the Application form and required documents to the respective authority. Export requirements are determined by the country of destination, with IHCs containing animal identification and health information at a minimum.
    • The credentials required of the issuing Commissioner, Livestock Health and Entomology depend on the species of animal being exported and the requirements of the importing (destination) country.
  6. Before issuance of an International Health Certificate, the veterinary officer must complete all required pre-travel physical examinations for the animals being exported, verify herd status where applicable, and ensure vaccines, treatments, and laboratory tests are complete.
  7. The veterinary officer shall reviews all the submitted documents for endorsement, he or she shall verify the following.
    • Verifies the animal meets the importing country‚Äôs requirements as far as can be determined;
    • Verifies any required inspections/exams, vaccines, treatments, laboratory tests, and certifications were completed by a veterinarian authorized to do the work; and
    • Verifies that the International Health Certificate is complete and accurate as far as can be determined.
  8. Once verification is complete, the International Health Certificate is endorsed and issued by the Commissioner, Livestock Health and Entomology. The endorsed certificate is endorsed and supporting documents are retained for record purposes.

Note:Sufficient time must be allowed to arrange for exported animals to be isolated before travel if required, for required treatments, to obtain test results, and meet other requirements for export.


Required Documents[edit]

  • Inspection report for proof of health from a registered veterinary practitioner.
  • Recommendation from Uganda Wildlife Authority for wild animals.
  • Cites certificate from the Ministry of Wildlife.
  • Importing country requirements
  • Required inspections/exams, vaccines, treatments, laboratory tests
  • Import permit.
  • Document showing animal identification and health information

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Department of Animal Health - Head Office,
Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries
Entebbe Plot 16-18,Lugard Avenue,
Entebbe Uganda.
P.O Box 102,
Entebbe Uganda.
Tel: 041 4320004
Email: [email protected],


Any person interested in exporting and importing animal breeds both domestic and wild animal he or she is required to obtain an international health certificate.


Licence Fee:

  • Domestic animals - 40,000 Ugshs
  • Wildlife animals - 60,000 Ugshs


Validity: Per consignment.

Documents to Use[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

Maximum Processing Time: 60 days.	

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Required Information[edit]

  • Names, Physical and Postal Address of Applicant
  • Time frames to be taken.
  • Extensive pre-travel waiting periods,
  • Destination country.
  • Time frame a certificate.
  • Contact of local Veterinary officer in Uganda or in any other country.
  • Information if you have ever acquired a Licence and state the nature of the Licence, date issued and the Licence number.

Need for the Document[edit]

Purpose is to determine the health status of the animal breeds.

Information which might help[edit]

  • International Health Certificates (IHCs) are often required by foreign countries when live animals, including animal breeds and hatching eggs, are exported from Uganda.
  • Domestic and wild animal travel to a foreign country can be complex and time consuming.


Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

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