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Shipment of Live Pet Birds from the United Kingdom by Air


Some countries do not accept certain breeds of birds, and normally no more than 2 birds are accepted from one owner. The shipment of birds classed as Endangered Species (such as parrots) are strictly controlled under the CITES Regulations (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) and it is necessary to obtain a CITES Export Permit from the Department of the Environment, CITES Office, Eagle Wing Zone 1/17/J, Temple Quay House, Temple Square, Bristol BS1 6EB, Tel. 0117 3728891 and a CITES import permit from the CITES office of the destination country.

The shipment of live pet birds is allowed providing they are accompanied by the correct documentation. There is free movement of pet birds between member states throughout the European Union, but an Export Health Certificate from DEFRA is required. All birds returning to the U.K. require an Import Permit and must undergo quarantine at the owner's own premises.


Birds entering the United States are quarantined for 35 days at Government Quarantine Establishments in New York, Miami or Los Angeles. A CITES Import and Export Permit may be required (species dependant) together with an Import Permit from the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA). Also an Export Certificate of Health must be issued by DEFRA and signed by an LVI Veterinary Surgeon.

Birds may enter South Africa from the U.K. An import permit is required from the Director of Veterinary Services, Private Bag X138, Pretoria Street, Pretoria, South Africa. Certain breeds will also require CITES Export and Import permits. Birds are subject to quarantine on arrival in South Africa and require a DEFRA Health Certificate signed in the U.K. by an L.V.I. Veterinary Surgeon not more than 10 days prior to shipment. Please check with Par Air for further details.

Birds destined for certain other countries must be held in the U.K. under Veterinary Supervision for specified isolation periods prior to shipment. This can be undertaken at Par Air Services where our Vets will attend to any necessary tests and treatments prior to shipment to ensure that the bird complies fully with the requirements of the country in question.  Birds are housed in our office and so have human company and plenty of stimulation 7 days a week and are provided with a balanced diet which includes a breed specific dry diet and a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables as appropriate.


Birds may not be imported into Australia or New Zealand unless destined for a Zoo.

Please allow at least 6 weeks to obtain the necessary CITES Import & Export Permits.

CITES stands for Convention on International Trade In Endangered Species, which is adhered to by most countries of the world.

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