Self-declared Disease Status

In accordance with the provisions of the Terrestrial Animal Health Code (Terrestrial Code) or the Aquatic Animal Health Code (Aquatic Code), Members may wish to self-declare the freedom of their country, zone or compartment from a disease. A Member wishing to publish its self-declaration for disease-freedom, should provide the relevant documented evidence of compliance with the provisions of the relevant chapters of the Codes.

Seld-declared disease status ©World Organisation for Animal Health/S.N.Puetate Medina


WOAH, after performing an administrative and technical screening of a self-declaration concerning the disease-free status of a country, a zone or a compartment (“self-declaration”), as described in the standard operating procedures for self-declarations, reserves the right to publish or not the self-declaration on its website. There shall be no right of appeal from this decision nor any recourse of any kind. The publication by WOAH of a self-declaration on its website does not reflect the official opinion of WOAH. Responsibility for the information contained in a self-declaration lies entirely with the Delegate of the Member concerned. Neither WOAH nor any person acting on its behalf may be held responsible for:

  1. any errors, inaccuracies or omissions in the content of a self-declaration,
  2. the use which may be made of the information contained in a self-declaration;
  3. any direct or indirect consequences of any nature arising from or relating to the use of the information contained in a self-declaration.


Publications of self-declaration of disease freedom are handled in an objective and transparent manner, governed by the Standard Operating Procedure here below.

Equine Disease-Free Zone (EDFZ)

Members can also submit for publication, a self-declaration of an Equine Disease-Free Zone (EDFZ). The EDFZ contains an equine population or subpopulation with a specific health status with respect to certain equine diseases for which freedom is declared by the Veterinary Authority. Establishing an EDFZ is a risk-based approach which can be considered by Members planning to host international horse sports competitions. By establishing an EDFZ, disease-risks in the zone can be mitigated in advance for horses to safely enter and return to their countries of origin or to other destinations. Guidelines to support countries in the establishment of an EDFZ and the publication of their self-declaration are available to download:

Recently published self-declarations

More information on Members’ historical and current animal health situation will soon be available on WAHIS.

CountryFromToSelf-declared freedom fromCountry/ zone / compartmentSelf-declaration status
Denmark20/02/202316/03/2023High pathogenicity avian influenza CountryNot active
Paraguay01/01/2023High pathogenicity avian influenza (PDF in Spanish)CountryActive
Ireland21/12/2022High pathogenicity avian influenza (PDF)CountryActive
China (Peop.’s Rep. of)21/12/202231/12/2023Equine Disease Free Zone (PDF)ZoneTemporary
Portugal29/11/2022High pathogenicity avian influenza (PDF)CountryActive
Poland02/11/202206/12/2022High pathogenicity avian influenza CountryNot active
Colombia28/09/2022Newcastle Disease (PDF in Spanish)CountryActive
Montenegro08/09/2022Rabies (PDF)CountryActive
Korea (Rep. of)29/08/2022Infectious hypodermal and haematopoietic necrosis virus (PDF)CountryActive
Hungary27/07/202204/11/2022High pathogenicity avian influenza CountryNot active
Türkiye01/07/2022Sheep pox and goat pox (PDF)ZoneActive
Japan13/06/202227/10/2022High pathogenicity avian influenza CountryNot active
Argentina01/06/2022Diseases in salmonids (PDF in Spanish)CountryActive
Lithuania01/06/2022Rabies (PDF)CountryActive
Czech Republic16/05/202201/12/2022High pathogenicity avian influenzaCountryNot active
Bulgaria15/04/2022Rabies (PDF)CountryActive
Denmark16/03/202208/11/2022High pathogenicity avian influenza CountryNot active
Slovenia04/02/202224/02/2023High pathogenicity avian influenzaCountryNot Active
Sweden28/01/202220/03/2023High pathogenicity avian influenza CountryNot active
Ireland21/01/202212/11/2022High pathogenicity avian influenzaCountryNot active
China (Peop.’s Rep. of)04/01/202231/12/2022Equine Disease Free Zone (PDF)ZoneTemporary
Egypt01/12/2021High pathogenicity avian influenza (PDF)CompartmentActive
United States of America06/10/2021African swine fever and the establishment of a Protection Zone (PDF)

Establishment of a Protection Zone (PDF)

Republic of Korea09/09/2021Infection with abalone herpesvirus (PDF) CountryActive
Japan06/07/202105/09/2021Equine Disease Free Zone (PDF)ZoneTemporary
Slovakia01/07/202130/09/2022RabiesCountryNot active
Ukraine28/05/2021High pathogenicity avian influenza (PDF)CountryActive
Finland12/05/2021High pathogenicity avian influenza (PDF)CountryActive
New Zealand17/04/2021Brucella abortus (PDF)CountryActive
Japan01/04/2021Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex in bovids (PDF)CountryActive
Japan01/04/2021Brucellosis in bovids (PDF)CountryActive
Syria01/03/202130/04/2021Equine Disease Free Zone (PDF)ZoneTemporary
Indonesia29/01/2021High pathogenicity avian influenza (PDF)CompartmentActive
Egypt01/01/2021Infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (PDF)CompartmentActive
Egypt01/01/2021Brucella (PDF)CompartmentActive
Egypt01/01/2021Equine Infectious Anaemia (PDF)CountryActive
Spain21/12/2020Bluetongue (PDF)ZoneActive
Egypt09/11/2020 Glanders (PDF)CountryActive
Egypt08/11/2020 Dourine (PDF)CountryActive
New Zealand08/10/2020 Theileria equi (PDF)CountryActive
Belgium01/10/2020 African swine fever (PDF)CountryActive
Kuwait17/09/2020 Glanders (PDF)CountryActive
Korea (Rep. of)01/08/2020 Infection with Gyrodactylus salaris (PDF)CountryActive
Chile26/03/2020 10/03/2023Avian Influenza in poultry CountryNot Active
Peru31/01/2020Infection with infectious myonecrosis virus (PDF)CountryActive
Peru31/01/2020Infection with yellow head virus genotype1 (PDF)CountryActive
Bolivia30/01/202021/01/2023Avian influenzaCountryNot Active
Paraguay01/01/2020Newcastle Disease (PDF)CountryActive
Romania01/01/2020 Brucellosis in bovids (PDF)CountryActive
Korea (Rep. of)01/09/2019Infectious Salmon Anaemia Virus (PDF)CountryActive
Ecuador01/08/201925/11/2022Highly pathogenic avian influenza CountryNot Active
Japan01/08/201931/08/2019Equine Disease Free Zone (PDF)ZoneTemporary
Canada03/07/2019African swine fever (PDF)CountryActive
Mexico02/07/2019Dourine (PDF)CountryActive
Mexico29/05/2019Glanders (PDF)CountryActive
Mexico15/05/2019New world screw-worm (cochliomyia hominivorax) and Old world screw-worm (chrysomya bezzania) (PDF)CountryActive
Czech Republic19/04/201929/11/2022African swine fever CountryNot active
Italy20/03/2019Swine Vesicular Disease (PDF)CountryActive
Austria05/02/2019Bluetongue (PDF)CountryActive
Estonia19/09/2018African swine fever (PDF)CountryActive

Self-declarations published since 2000

WOAH provides self-declarations published since 2000. These self-declarations with an active status are available online:

For enquiries about past self-declarations that no longer have an active status