ADVISORY: Until further notice, live avian commodities (including eggs for hatching) from the following countries or regions have been prohibited entry to the United States due to the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza: Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Djibouti, Egypt, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire), Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Laos, Libya, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Autonomous Territories, People's Republic of China, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Sudan, Taipei Chinese/Taiwan, Thailand, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, and Vietnam.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines poultry to include chickens, doves, ducks, geese, grouse, guinea fowl, partridges, pea fowl, pheasants, pigeons, quail, swans, and turkeys. All birds of these species are subject to the import requirements for poultry, and are not considered by the USDA to be pet birds.
Import Procedures (from all countries except Canada)
New York Animal Import Center
USDA, APHIS, VS
474 International Blvd
Rock Tavern, NY 12575
Phone: (845) 838-5500
Fax: (845) 838-5516
Miami Animal Import Center
USDA, APHIS, VS
6300 NW 36 Street
Miami, FL 33122
Phone: (305) 876-2200
Fax: (305) 876-2201
Los Angeles Animal Import Center
USDA, APHIS, VS
222 Kansas Street
El Segundo, CA 90245
(310) 955-3311 (phone)
(310) 321-0141 (fax)
Health certificates that accompany imported live avian shipments must indicate that:
Poultry Import from Canada
Poultry imported from Canada into the United States are not required to be quarantined. However, the poultry must be accompanied by a veterinary health certificate issued within 30 days of importation and endorsed by a full-time salaried veterinarian of the Canadian government. The poultry must be inspected by a USDA veterinarian at the first U.S. port of entry.
An import permit is not required for poultry imported from Canada through a U.S. - Canadian land border port. However, if the poultry enters the United States through an air or sea port, an import permit (VS Form17-129) (fillable pdf 75kb) is required.
Live poultry importing from zones within British Columbia and Ontario, Canada have restrictions to import. Live poultry are not allowed to import from the below following control zone areas:
British Columbia, Canada: On the west, the Pacific Ocean
• On the south, the United States Border
• On the north, Highway 16
• On the east, the border between the province of British Columbia and the province of Alberta.
Control Zone 1: Includes municipalities involved in Oxford County which are Norwich, South-West Oxford, Ingersoll, Zorra, East-Zorra, Tavistock, and Woodstock. Postal codes starting with NOJ, NOM, N4S, N4T, N5C are applicable
Control Zone 2- additional municipalities in Oxford County (Southwest Ontario): Road Boundaries
Township Rd 4, west from where it crosses Highway 401 to Blandford Road.
North on Blandford Road from Twnshp Rd 4 to Oxford‐Waterloo Road.
East on Oxford‐Waterloo Road from Blandford Road to Walker Road
North on Walker Road from Oxford‐Waterloo Road to Bridge St
East on Bridge St from Walker Road to Puddicombe Road
North on Puddicombe Road from Bridge St to Bethel Road
East on Bethel Road from Puddicombe road to Queen Street
South on Queen Street from Bethel Road to Bridge street
East on Bridge Street from Queen Street to Trussler Road
Trussler Road south from Bridge Street to Oxford Road 8
Oxford Road 8 east from Trussler Road to Northumberland Street
South on Northumberland St from Oxford Road 8, continuing as Swan Street/Ayr Road to Brant
West on Brant Waterloo Road from Swan St / Ayr Road to Trussler Road
South on Trussler Road from Brant Waterloo Road to Township Road 5
West on Township Road 5 from Trussler Road to Blenheim Road
South on Blenheim Road from Township Road 5 to Township Road 3
West on Township Road 3 from Blenheim Road to Oxford Road 22
North on Oxford Road 22 from Township Road 3 to Township Road 4
West on Township Road 4 from Oxford Road 22 to Highway 401
Health certificates that accompany Canadian live avian shipments must indicate that:
Columbiform species (such as pigeons and doves) may import from areas or regions listed on the above Advisory list. The following are additional (columbiform species must have live poultry health criteria as listed on this page) health requirements for columbiform species which import from areas or regions on the above Advisory list:
The health certificate must indicate that:
The poultry must be inspected by a USDA veterinarian at the first U.S. port of entry.
This permit application may be downloaded from this site or by contacting us:
USDA, APHIS, VS
National Import and Export Services
4700 River Road, Unit 39
Riverdale, MD 20737
(301) 851-3300 telephone
(301) 734-4704 fax
Fish and Wildlife Service Permit Information
In the United States, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) regulates the importation of birds protected by the Convention on International trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the Wild Bird Conservation Act of 1992 (WBCA). These regulations are part of international conservation effort to protect exotic wild birds subject to trade. Most exotic pet birds including parrots, parakeets, macaws, lories, and cockatoos are affected by CITES and the WBCA. However, the budgerigar, cockatiel, and rosy-faced lovebirds are exempt.
According to the WBCA, in order to import a pet bird of non-U.S. origin into the United States, you must have continuously resided outside of the United States for at least one year. In addition, the WBCA limits the number of pet birds that can be imported to two birds per person, per year. All required WBCA and CITES permits must accompany the bird while in transit.
Please visit the FWS web site at: http://permits.fws.gov/ to obtain more information and the permit application. If you have questions you can contact the FWS at (800) 358-2104. Over seas calls should be placed to (703) 358-2104.