Pet Travel Question: Moving Birds to India

Hi PetRelocation,

I bought one green parrot here in Dubai and want to take this parrot to my home in India. What documents are required and which airlines can I choose from?
Someone told me that I need to prepare a document like a passport for my parrot, so please advise me about all the details so I can take my parrot home.


Hello Flavy,

Thanks for contacting us with your question. Unfortunately, birds cannot be imported to India at this time due to the threat of Avian Flu. Sorry to be the bearer of this news.
In general, international bird travel requires plenty of planning and attention to detail (but isn't necessarily impossible), so we suggest taking a look at these bird travel tips if you ever decide to move to a different place with your parrot. 
If you have other pets you may be moving to India, take a loot at the India pet import requirements along with these frequently asked pet travel questions. When traveling with pets, it's important to research all rules and requirements, choose a pet friendly airline, and purchase an airline approved pet travel crate. 

Please let us know if you have any questions about this, and if you ever need pet transport assistance in the future, you're welcome to reach out to us here for a consultation. 
Good luck and thanks again for reaching out!
Pet Travel Question Details:
Name: Flavy
From: Dubai, UAE
To: Mangalore, India
Pet: Green Parrot (Mittu)
Editor's Note: This post was originally published in December 2011 and has been updated with new information.


PetRelocation Team







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By Abhinav on March 24, 2017 at 11:10 am

I bought a grey African parrot in Dr Congo(Africa) I want to get it to india as it is very costly in India.. So what are the procedures is it possible to get it?? Pls advice meThank you

By on April 17, 2017 at 10:03 am

Unfortunately, to our knowledge it is still not possible to bring birds to India. Sorry to be the bearer of this news!

By Muhammed Fuad on April 16, 2017 at 7:23 am

I have an African Grey that I bought from Kuwait(where I am staying). I want to take him to India during my vacation. What are the procedures? I want to take him to Kerala,India. Please replyFuad

By on April 17, 2017 at 10:04 am

Per the information above, unfortunately birds cannot be imported to India at this time. Sorry we can't be more helpful or share more positive news, Muhammed. Good luck with everything!

By Navi on November 24, 2017 at 11:19 am

Sir my african grey parrot is eat with me. I go to canda next month how i send my bird india to canada. Other wise my bird go deprasion. Beause my parrot eat with me. Without me my parrot not eat

By on November 27, 2017 at 11:57 am

Hello Navi,

Thank you for reaching out! Unfortunately, as it is not possible to import birds into India, it is very difficult to export them.

You must get approval in writing from both the state and central government entities, which can take at least 3 to 4 months. On top of this, your bird is considered a CITES-listed species and the additional permits can take even longer.

Due to the complicated nature of this move, we highly recommend reaching out to a local pet shipping company in India to help guide you. Here is a website where you can find other reputable pet shipping companies that may be able to help.

Good luck with everything!

By Sai Battula on April 30, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Hi, Can i now transport birds(pigeons) to India from UK. Please advice. Thanks Sai

By on May 1, 2017 at 12:04 pm

As of this time, to our knowledge it's still not allowed. Sorry we can't offer better news!

By Maneesh Walia on June 2, 2017 at 6:34 am

I am looking at importing Blue & Golden Macaw from Brazil (Sao Paulo). Please let me know the procedure. Thanks in Advance

By on June 2, 2017 at 8:58 am

Hi Maneesh, it all depends on where you live. If you live in India, unfortunately you won't be able to import any birds due to the current rules (please read the blog post above). If you live elsewhere, refer to the Ministry of Agriculture or other official government site (in the United States it would be the USDA) to find out what the specific rules are. Hope this helps! Let us know if we can be of assistance and good luck with everything.

By Maneesh Walia on June 5, 2017 at 8:50 am

Thanks for your reply. Yes I am based out of India.

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