TRAVELING TO BELGIUM
Taking Pet Bird
There are two levels of importation formalities:
1. the sanitary importation formalities
2. the CITES importation formalities
1. Regarding the sanitary importation formalities
1.1 For birds in general
- Your veterinarian will be able to provide you with an International Health Certificate.
On this certificate, he will have to mention the following statement:
I … (the veterinarian’s name) certify that I personally checked
the animal and I concluded that the animal is in good health,
fit to travel, and exempt from any usual disease associated to
The health certificate must be issued within 10 days prior to the travel.
- You must get an Import Authorization.
To do so, you must fill out the following form and return it to the
Belgian Veterinarian Services in Brussels.
Import or Transit Authorization for Live Animals (Word)
After Belgian Veterinarian Services in Brussels examine your request,
they will send you back the import authorization. The form can be sent
by fax, e-mail or regular mail to:
The Belgian Veterinary Services
Dhr. Moelans Joan
Food Safety Center, - (6th floor, office 604)
Tel. : 011.32.2.211.84.59
Fax : 011.32.2.211.84.70
Note: Only the Application for Import/Transport of Live Animals form
should be send to the Belgian Veterinary Services. No other forms are necessary
to obtain the import authorization.
Important: The import authorization is valid for six months.
An owner can therefore apply for such an authorization far in
advance, even when the owner does not know the exact date of the
travel and the flight information.
NNotice: As of January 01 2012 the cost for an import permit is
42.93 Euros. The office of veterinary services in Brussels will send an
invoice and a demand for payment of the fee, to be paid by PAYPAL.
Important: The animal will have to travel with the veterinary
certificate and the import authorization.
1.2 For Birds belonging to the Psittacid Family
If your bird belongs to the Psittacid Family, you must respect the following
- The owner must fill out the form
Importation of Psittacids
(Pdf) for private purpose. As you will see, your bird will have to stay at
least 30 days in quarantine at your home in Belgium.
This form must also be returned to the Belgian Veterinarian Services in
Brussels. They will process your request and send you back the form
"Importation of Psittacids for Private Purpose" with a mention of the
Veterinarian assigned to your case.
- Your veterinarian must fill out the form
Origin and Health
Certificate for Import of Psittacids (Pdf). This must be issued within 48
hours prior to entry into Belgium.
2. Regarding the CITES importation formalities
First find out the scientific name of your animal.
Check if your animal belongs to the species protected by CITES
CITES is the Convention on International Trade in Endangered
Species, which protects many species of animals and plants to ensure that
commercial demand does not threaten their survival in the wild. To know more
about CITES, you can access their web site at
If your animal belongs to the list of endangered species protected by CITES, you must:
- Get a CITES Export Permit delivered by the American Authorities.
To do so, please contact Fish and Wildlife at the following address:
United States Department of Interior
Fish and Wildlife Service
Convention of Washington -
Office of the Management Authority
4401 North Fairfax drive - Room 700
Arlington, VA 22303-3507
Tel: (703) 358.2104 or Tel: 1.800.358.2104
Fax: (703) 358.1732 or Fax: 703.358.2281
www.fws.gov (International Affairs)
- Get a CITES Import Permit delivered by the Belgian Authorities.
To do so, the importer must submit a CITES Import permit request to
the Belgian Veterinarian Services at the following address:
Service Public Fédéral Santé publique,
Sécurité de la Chaîne
alimentaire et Environnement
Direction générale Animaux, Végétaux et Alimentation
Service Bien-être animal et CITES
Bloc II – 7ème étage
Place Victor Horta 40 bte 10
Federale Overheid Dienst Volksgezondheid,
Veiligheid van de Voedselketen en Leefmilieu
Directoraat-generaal Dier, Plant en Voeding
Dienst Dierenwelzijn en CITES
Blok II – 7de verdieping
Victor Hortaplein 40 bus 10
Caution! The importer will have to attach to the request a copy of the CITES
Export Certificate issued by the American authorities.
Additional Useful Information
- We also highly encourage the owner to double check with the
airline company about any additional requirements.
- The animal must travel with the original of the certificates.
- For information on taking your pet back into the United States, please contact
the US Department of Agriculture at