When considering interstate or international travel for your pet bird, plan ahead because some preparations may need to start months in advance.
The information contained in this section is supplemental to Transporting Animals - Basic Requirements and Considerations and Basic Timeline for Interstate and International Travel with Animals, which apply to all animal species. In addition, please review the following AVMA resources, which were designed with pets and pet owners in mind.
The USDA defines pet birds as those that are imported for personal pleasure of their individual owners and that are not intended for resale. If your pet bird is a dove, pigeon, duck, goose, chicken, turkey, or other type of production bird that falls into the poultry group, it is likely regulated as livestock and you should also refer to the AVMA’s resource, Transporting Livestock - Including Alternative Livestock, Poultry, Aquaculture, and Livestock Kept as Pets. If your bird is a falcon, owl, shore bird, or other wild bird species, it may be regulated as captive wildlife, and you should also refer to the AVMA’s resource, Transporting Wildlife Species or Their Hybrids. If you are unsure if the species of bird that you have requires a permit to own or rehabilitate, check with your state wildlife management agency.
Countries, territories, states, and even public modes of transportation have requirements and restrictions on the transport of animals. Depending on the species of bird that you have and where you are going, a certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) may be required by the authorities at destination. Be aware that some countries and states may require your animal to be placed in quarantine before departure or upon arrival.
It is your responsibility to comply with the import requirements of the authorities at the destination, and the chart below will help you find the rules and regulations that impact you and your animal (s). In addition, the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association may be able to assist with your animal’s international travel.
USDA’s Animal and Animal Product Import Information