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 Irshad on September 7, 2017 at 4:25 am

Hello Flavy,I have a green nepalese parrot here in Dubai and would like to take it to India.Kindly suggest the procedure.Your help will be highly appreciated.Many Thanks Irshad

By on September 7, 2017 at 11:05 am

As mentioned in the post above, unfortunately birds cannot be imported to India at this time. Sorry we can't be more helpful or share more positive news, Irshad. Good luck with everything!

By Vijayeshwari sharma on September 12, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Hi, I want to know if I can take my pet Indian Ring Neck from India to Canada. He is a rescued parrot and is part of our family for last 5 years he is a plucker and gets anxious if left with strangers. I want to take him with me. Kindly guide.TIA :)

By on September 13, 2017 at 10:05 am

Hello Vijayeshwari,

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, if your bird is considered a CITES-listed species, 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 Sonal S Shetkar on September 17, 2017 at 12:19 pm

HiMy parents are permanently moving from dubai to india (mumbai) and we need to carry our green parrot ( been with us for over 15 years) and is a rescue bird ( his birds are twisted since we rescued him and is unable to fly). We are willing to do whatever paperwork is needed to make this move as seamless as possible for our parrot.Could you please point me to the right source of contact to get all the relevant move procedure started please.thankssonal

By on September 18, 2017 at 7:40 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, Sonal. Good luck with everything!

By MOHAMED RAJICK A on September 30, 2017 at 7:55 am

is there any possibilities of carrying fertile egg of any pet birds to INDIA. please help me in this.

By on October 2, 2017 at 10:45 am

Hello Mohamed,

Unfortunately, there is not. As mentioned in the blog above, only cats and dogs can be imported into India at this time.

I wish we had better news for you! Best of luck with everything.

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