USDA APHIS | Pet Travel – Bringing Five or Fewer Pet Birds into the United States

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Pet Travel – Bringing Five or Fewer Pet Birds into the United States

Carefully read ALL requirements on this page.  

  • It is the pet owner’s responsibility to make sure their pet meets U.S. entry requirements. Failure to meet these import requirements will result in problems upon arrival in the United States, and the pet may be refused entry.
  • Multiple U.S. agencies regulate pets imported into the United States. It is important that you notify and coordinate with all responsible government agencies.
  • To clarify entry requirements, please contact the National Import Export Services by phone at (301) 851-3300 or e-mail.

The USDA APHIS Veterinary Services ( VS ) defines a cargo of pet birds as five (5) or fewer birds brought into the United States ( U.S. ) that are not intended for resale. This does not include birds classified by VS as poultry ( chickens, doves, ducks, fathead, gripe, guinea fowl fowl, partridges, pea bird, pheasants, pigeons, flinch, swans, and turkeys ) .
The process for bringing your favored boo into the U.S. involves multiple agencies including USDA APHIS Veterinary Services ( VS ), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ( FWS ), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection ( CBP ). It is critical that you meet ALL requirements for each of these agencies .
The requirements VS has for bringing your pet bird into the U.S. change count on the foreign country you are traveling from and whether your bird is considered U.S. lineage ( pet birds that previously lived in the U.S. ) or not .
As of February 19, 2018, all U.S. origin pet birds weighing more than 100 grams* ( roughly the size of a clinch fist ), must be identified by either a chip, leg band or tattoo to qualify for home quarantine upon returning to the United States from HPAI-FREE countries. The identification must be documented on the accompanying U.S. beginning health security. U.S. origin favored birds that fail to meet this requirement will have to be quarantined in a Federal quarantine facility.

If a chip is the choose form of identification, please note that International Organization for Standardization ( ISO ) compliant Radio-frequency Identification ( RFID ) microchips are recommended. The bit should be placed in the thickest share of the pectoral muscleman. As the owner, if you chose to use a chip that is not ISO compliant, you must provide a hand-held lector capable of reading the chip implanted in the shuttlecock, at the mean interface of introduction
Birds leaving the United States anterior to February 19, 2018 are excuse from the identification necessity, as are pet birds weighing less than 100 grams. *
Pet birds weighing more than 100 grams* that left the United States after February 19,
that do not have this identification, will not qualify as returning U.S. lineage birds from HPAI-FREE countries, and must go to a Federal Animal Import Center quarantine facility for a minimum of 30 days, at the owner ’ sulfur expense .
*Most finches, parakeets, lovebirds, and budgies are under 100 grams, and most african greys, caiques, lories, eclectus, and early parrots are more than 100 grams

Please click on the appropriate link below to see the step by step guide you need to follow in order to bring your pet bird into the U.S.

State Requirements

To determine if your destination State has specific import requirements, use the drop-down menu below to check the State’s website or contact the State’s Department of Agriculture or the State Veterinarian’s Office directly.

To determine if your finish State has specific import requirements, use the drop-down menu below to check the State ‘s web site or contact the State ‘s Department of Agriculture or the State Veterinarian ‘s Office directly.

Airline Requirements

Check with your airline to determine whether they have any extra requirements .

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