Returning from a country other than the United States

If you are returning from a country other than the United States you must obtain an import permit IN ADVANCE issued by your local CFIA office. Beware that importation of birds is NOT ALLOWED from certain countries to prevent diseases found in those countries from entering Canada. In order to obtain a permit, there are a number of conditions of how your bird has been kept that must be fulfilled, you may have to provide a CFIA approved quarantine facility, and your bird may need to be treated with antibiotics for infection by Chlamydophila psittaci (psittacosis). The basic guidelines are available online. A veterinarian will need to be consulted on whether and how to best treat your bird.

The CFIA provides an Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) to help you understand the import regulation that are necessary for your situation. When you get to the page where it asks for the “Commodity” you intend to import, enter the word “bird”. This will provide you with a list of different groups of bird “types” from which to choose. You then work through a series of windows further describing the bird “type”, where it is coming from, and the purpose of importing the bird. Make sure to consult with the CFIA to ensure you have the most up to date information, and that you fully understand what is required.

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