How Do I Bring My Parrot to Europe?

Parrot Travel to EuropeHello PetRelocation!

I am going to be moving to Europe in about a year or so to be an au pair. So far I could be ending up in either the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, The Netherlands, or Norway. (It all depends on where I find a suitable family that is willing to have me and my beloved parrot.)

Since I will be gone for at least a year, although I may very well never return to the United States, I really need to take my Green-cheeked Conure (named Apocalypse) with me. I have no idea where to start, though… Could you give me some step-by-step advice? I know I need a form from CITES, a permit from the US Fish & Wildlife, but WHICH forms?

How soon do they have to be filled out before I move? How long are they valid? And what are the dangers of shipping a parrot? What about quarantining? If he dies I would be absolutely devastated. Also, how much, as an estimate, would it cost to fly a small parrot to Europe from Seattle, Washington?

Anything you could tell me would be helpful, thank you so much!



Hi Ella,

We certainly understand why you have questions about bird travel—it's a little bit complicated. Hopefully we can help you with some information!

First, starting early is definitely a good idea, as it can take six to seven months to obtain the correct paperwork for a bird move. We've helped several birds move to places all over the world, and find that it's really never too early to get started.

Next, take a look at this overview of how to plan a bird move. Not only do you need to secure the correct paperwork for Apocalypse, you need to have the right travel crate, as well.

Since you haven't decided where you're moving you can't be completely sure about the import process yet, but as you seem to be leaning towards going to the EU, the requirements shouldn't be too different from one to the other. Here's a resource that might help to guide you.

This should get you started, Ella, but you're welcome to contact us if you'd like further assistance with planning your move. With a few more details, we'd also be able to tell you more about what to expect regarding the costs of international bird travel. 

You can also read more about various bird moves on our blog: Meet Washington and Jefferson (who moved to France) and Sparrow, an African Grey who moved to the UK (we didn't handle Sparrow's move, but her owners gave us some great info).

Thanks for checking in with us, and good luck with all your upcoming adventures!


Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Ella
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Bird
Pet Breed: Green-Cheeked Conure Parrot
From: United States
To: Europe


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By Alex on July 9, 2018 at 7:54 am

Hello! I also have an african grey parrot. I am currently living in Oman and would like to take him with me to Europe (Greece). Do you know if this is possible? Or could you suggest someone who could assist me in this? Many thanks!

By Christina at PetRelocation on July 10, 2018 at 8:55 am

Hi Alex! It is possible, but since your bird is a CITES protected species, it will require additional time and expense to import him. We are happy to provide a consultation to go over what this move would entail, as we have a dedicated EU team for all pet moves to Europe. Please fill out this form at your convenience and someone will contact you as soon as possible. Thanks!

By Cara on May 15, 2018 at 8:27 pm

I am planning to buy a green cheek conure and i wasn't sure if it would be a better idea to get it in the U.S. before my family moves to Norway or get it there, I'm buying it with my own money and I don't have a job so I would prefer to save as much money as possible.

By Maegan at PetRelocation on May 17, 2018 at 2:53 pm

Hi Cara! The process of moving conures internationally is quite involved because they are considered a protected species. In an effort to be completely transparent, a typical move can take at least 6 months and thousands of dollars to ensure the correct paperwork is obtained on both sides of the relocation. Feel free to review our blog post here about shipping birds internationally. Feel free to contact us if we can be of any assistance! Thanks again!

By Amy Parker on April 14, 2018 at 4:58 am

Hi,I would like to move to the Netherlands in about 2 years and I have a love bird. What paperwork do I need, how long does it take and what are the costs?

By Maegan at PetRelocation on April 19, 2018 at 12:13 pm

Hi Amy, thanks for your question. The first step is to determine if your bird's species is considered CITES as this will dictate the amount of paperwork required for the relocation. Check out this blog for more information. If you'd like for a consultant to contact you regarding costs for your move, please fill out our Arrange A Move Form here. Looking forward to speaking with you soon!

By sys on February 12, 2018 at 6:31 am

Hello, I am frantic, I want to take my two cockatiels to Belgium, I thought that they just needed a health certificate, they have not gone outside or come into contact with other birds, but I have no idea what to do, Please can you help, My furniture leaves on the 19th Feb 18, one week from now, we were going to leave on the 5th March 18. but this I heard was not enough time to get the proper papers for the birds. Please can you help me, where do I go, who do I turn to. Thank you.... Val.

By Christina at PetRelocation on February 12, 2018 at 4:24 pm

Hi Val!

If you fill out this form with some additional information, one of our experts will contact you to discuss how you can get your birds to Belgium. We hope to hear from you soon!

By Marianne on November 8, 2017 at 2:43 pm

Hello I am in Germany and am wanting to take my little conure back to the uk where we drove from 3weeks ago , is this possible to take him on an aeroplane we plan to leave in 6 weeks time I await your reply Many thanks Marianne

By on November 9, 2017 at 8:21 am

Hello Marianne, thanks for the question!

Yes, it is possible for your Conure to travel via cargo with a pet-friendly airline from Germany to the UK. However, you may need more time for planning since most Conure species are CITES-listed. You can read more about CITES regulations here, but know that it can take up to 6 months to obtain the proper permits for travel.

If you need further help with your bird's move, let us know here. We're always ready to jump in and wish you the best of luck!

By Maria on July 2, 2017 at 3:33 am

Hello! I also have an African Grey but I live in Venezuela and I would like to move to Germany with it. I don't know if this is out of the scope of the service you provide? Maybe you know someone who could help me? Many thanks!

By Stephanie Freychet on July 18, 2017 at 9:32 pm

Hola Maria,Yo tambien soy de Venezuela y estoy en tramites para mover mi ninfa a España. Ponte en contacto conmigo por favor, a ver si nos apoyamos

By on July 5, 2017 at 9:12 am

Hi Maria, thanks for the question!

In addition to looking over the resources cited above, in this case we also recommend using to find a local shipper who may be able to assist you.

Hope this helps! Good luck with everything and safe travels.


By Sally Demeropoulos on May 13, 2017 at 10:03 am

I have an African grey which I want to take with me to Greece. I have done some research but apparently you can only bring small hose birds like a canary or a finch onto a plane.

By on May 15, 2017 at 9:20 am

Hello Sally, thanks for reaching out to us with your question! We actually moved an African Grey to Greece just last year so it is possible. However, a lot of paperwork will go into the move as African Greys fall under CITES Appendix I rules ( If you need guidance with this or would like to get a quote for our services, please do not hesitate to fill out our online consultation form ( Hope this helps!

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