Import Procedures for a Pet Bird Entering (U.S. Origin) the United States
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.
Returning U.S. origin pet birds from these countries must go into 30-day quarantine in an USDA animal import quarantine facility. Otherwise, the bird is quarantined for 30 days at the owner’s residence (home quarantine). Pet birds returning from Canada are exempt from quarantine.
Pet Birds The USDA defines pet birds as those that are imported for personal pleasure of their individual owners and are not intended for resale. Poultry, which includes pigeons and doves, are not considered pet birds.
General Requirements US Origin Pet Birds (except from Canada)
NOTE: If pet birds arrive at the first U.S. port of entry without all, or partial documentation, the shipment is considered non- compliant. The pet bird shipment is subject to: refused entry into the U.S., seizure (which may result in loss of ownership), or a non-compliant fee imposed- payable at the port of entry to the USDA port veterinarian.
Current Veterinary Health Certification
The certificate must:
Be issued by a full-time salaried veterinarian of the agency responsible for animal health of the national government in the exporting (foreign) country of origin;
Health certificates that accompany imported live avian shipments must indicate that:
General Requirements US Origin Pet Birds returning from Canada
Then the first port of entry will be at an airport located near one of three quarantine facilities: John F Kennedy International, New York: Miami International, Florida or Los Angeles International, California.
Note: U.S.-origin pet birds returning from Mexico should not be driven across the land border between the U.S. and Mexico. Such pet birds may only be imported under a specific protocol involving certain health certifications, an import permit, and 30-day entry quarantine at a USDA-operated facility. Import permit applications must be submitted to the National Import Export Services staff at the Riverdale, Maryland office only. For additional information call: (301) 851-3360 option 2 or by email at: VS.Live.Animals.Import.Permits@aphis.usda.gov
All U.S. origin pet birds that have resided in an area listed on the advisory must enter the country and undergo quarantine at one of the following import quarantine facilities:
New York Animal Import Center
C/O APHIS Veterinary Services at
JFK International Airport
230-59 Rockaway Blvd.
Suite 101, Room 101
Jamaica, NY 11413
Telephone (718) 553-3570
Fax (718) 553-3572
Miami Animal Import Center
6300 NW 36 Street
Miami, FL 33122
Telephone (305) 876-2200
Fax (305) 876-2201
Los Angeles, California
USDA, APHIS, VS
222 Kansas Street
El Segundo, CA 90245
(310) 955-3311 (phone)
(310) 321-0141 (fax)
30-Day Home Quarantine Requirements
Importation User Fees
There are pre-established fees for importation of pet birds. The permit applicaton fee, quarantine,vet inspection and laboratory fees can be accessed here.
Importers should submit the application and the processing fee by check, money order, charge card or by providing a USDA user fee account. These fees apply if arrival is via during regular working hours (approximately 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday), and prior notification has been given. Overtime charges apply if the bird arrives before or after these hours. In addition, USDA port veterinarians are not stationed full-time at each port of entry, prior notification is critical to the import process.
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 rose-ringed parakeets and peach-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.
Overseas calls should be placed to (703) 358-2104.
How to Contact Us
If you need additional information about importing pet birds into the United States, please contact us at:
USDA, APHIS, VS
National Center for Import and Export
4700 River Road, Unit 39
Riverdale, MD 20737
(301) 851-3300 telephone
(301) 734-4704 fax