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Importing country requirements

It is the exporter's responsibility to ensure that the animal meets the importing country requirements.

Exporters must obtain a Veterinary Quarantine Clearance (VQC) with attached import health requirements from the Philippines’ Government.

A Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Import Certificate/VQC from the Republic of the Philippines’ Department of Agriculture Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) is required and is the equivalent of an import permit.

The VQC can be obtained from:

National Veterinary Quarantine Services (NVQS) Division
Bureau of Animal Industry
Visayas Avenue, Diliman
Quezon City
Where an importing country issues an import permit, the exporter must ensure the animal meets any requirements in the permit.

Health requirements

Health certification

The horse must be accompanied by a Health Certificate issued by a government veterinary officer approved by the Department.

Whilst the conditions below have been negotiated and agreed at a government-to-government level, prospective exporters must review any import permits issued by the Philippines authority and comply with the conditions therein for their specific consignment.

Health certificate

I, Dr ………………………………, a duly authorised government veterinary officer, hereby certify that:

  1. Australia is free from African Horse Sickness, equine influenza, contagious equine metritis, glanders, dourine, equine encephalomyelitis (eastern and western) and equine piroplasmosis.
  2. The horse/s originate from farms/stables, which to the best knowledge and belief of the signing Australian Government veterinarian, have had no reported or recorded outbreaks or clinical signs of the following diseases in the six (6) months prior to exportation:
    Equine viral arteritis, equine piroplasmosis, equine rhinopneumonitis, ulcerative lymphangitis, Japanese encephalitis and strangles.
  3. During the past year, there have been no reported cases of Japanese encephalitis within a radius of 100km of the farms/stables where the horse/s were kept for at least thirty (30) days immediately prior to export.
  4. Prior to export, the horse/s were vaccinated for strangles in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations.
  5. The horse/s were not vaccinated with any live attenuated vaccine within 14 days of export.
  6. The horse/s were kept in isolation and had no direct contact with animals of a lower health status from the time that pre-export testing began until export.
  7. The horse/s were treated against internal and external parasites within thirty (30) days of export.
  8. The horse/s have been carefully examined during the period of isolation and were found to be healthy and free from clinical signs of infectious or contagious diseases.
  9. Within thirty (30) days prior to exportation, the horse/s have been subjected to the following test and returned a negative result:
    Equine infectious anemia: Immunodiffusion test (Coggin’s Test)

Other requirements

As included in a an SPS Import Certificate issued in August 2021:

Transport requirements

  1. The animals have been embarked at a port in the country of origin. The animals shall also not be allowed to land in any transit port without prior advice from the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI). If the transit has been authorized by the BAI in a transit point, the animal should not be allowed to leave the premises of any airport at which the aircraft landed except to an authorized transit quarantine area.

  2. No horse other than from the country of origin is carried in the ship or aircraft.

  3. No fodder other than from the country of origin is taken on aboard the ship or aircraft.

Pre and post arrival quarantine requirements

The importing country may have specific pre and post arrival quarantine requirements and you should check this.

Return to Australia

Not all live animals are permitted to be imported into Australia. You should make yourself familiar with the Department's requirements for importing live animals. This is important as your animal may have been exposed to diseases that do not occur in Australia.

Basis for Micor entry

Based on health conditions negotiated and agreed in October 2021 and importing country website and information.

Entry last reviewed 1 November 2021.

Latest updates

18/05/2022 - Health requirements section updated to reflect negotiated conditions.
Last updated: 31/03/2023 12:27 AMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:32 PM