Bringing pet birds into the UK

 

 

 

In order to bring your feathered friend into the UK you will need to follow the following procedures.

    
  • You will also need an EC veterinary health certificate.  This should be completed and endorsed by the relative authorities in the originating country (Annex II & owner’s declaration included)- please see the page on Pet Travel Scheme FAQs to see examples of the endorsement stamps.
 
  • If the bird is covered by CITES, you will need CITES import & export permits.  Apply through Animal Health Bristol for the UK import permit:  wildlife.licensing@animalhealth.gsi.gov.uk .  The CITES export permit will need to be applied for from the authorities in the originating country.  For more information on CITES please click here.
 
  • We need all copies of all of the above and a completed Customs C5 form two working days prior to the import.  Please let us know the flight details as soon as possible.  A Customs C5 form can be downloaded on the right side of this page, along with a map to the Animal Reception Centre; from where you pet(s) will be collected from.  We will need original copies of all of the documents (including all 3 pages of each CITES permit) in order to clear the bird(s) through customs.  Customs clearance for birds can take up to 4 and a half hours after the flight lands.  You must collect your pet(s) within around 5 hours of their arrival at the Animal Reception Centre to avoid boarding charges.
 
  • Clearance charges are not prepaid at the airport of origin but paid on collection from Heathrow.  Please contact us on enq@jcslivestock.com for further details on charges. 
 

Our staff is happy to help if you have any questions regarding the above.  Pet shipping can be a stressful process, so let us help to make it as stress-free as possible!

 

 

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