Subject: Inquiry about pet travel with a turtle from India to the pet friendly US
Question: Hi, I want to bring my pet turtle from India to Texas, U.S. He is a Singapore sand turtle. He is 5-6 inches long and about two and a half yr old. How do I go about doing this? What paperwork do I require? Please respond. Thank you.
Answer: Hi Huralain,
This will be quite a task! The first thing you will need to find out is if your turtle is a CITES-protected species. You'd need to find out the scientific name of the turtle, and then look it up on the CITES species database online to see if he is protected. You can go to the CITES website here.
If he is protected, this process can take quite a bit of time to get the required CITES Export permit from India and then a CITES import permit from the US.