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 Maryam Lakazad on October 1, 2017 at 8:43 pm

Hi sirPlease note i have 2 grey african parrots i have a big issue regarding export them from iran-tehran to canada, beceause they don't have birth certificate, i got information from dubai is much more easier to do the paper and ship it to canada, i greatly apperciate it if you can help me for that or give me information about it.Best regard Maryam lakazad 1 514 746 4478

By on October 2, 2017 at 10:49 am

Hello Maryam, thanks for reaching out!

It is very difficult to obtain a CITES permit for African Grey Parrots without a hatch certificate or proof of purchase and we may not be able to assist you with this move without that documentation.

However, if you are interested in speaking with one of our consultants, please fill out our online form here. We look forward to hearing from you!

By Aneesh on October 2, 2017 at 1:33 am

Hi, I would like to buy macaws eggs from USA to india. Is that possible for me? What all are procedure do I have?

By on October 2, 2017 at 10:52 am

Hello Aneesh,

Unfortunately, it is not possible to move Macaw eggs into India at this point. As per the information above, only dogs and cats are allowed for import into India at this time.

Sorry to be the bearer of this bad news and best of luck in the future.

By Gururaj satam on October 15, 2017 at 5:36 am

Can I import birds to the India carrying with these documents ? 1.DNA certificate2.VET certificate3.Quarantine free certificate4.Certificate of ownership5.CITES 6.Health certificates.

By on October 16, 2017 at 1:04 pm

As mentioned in the above blog post, it is currently not possible to import birds into India due to a current ban in place. We do not have any idea when this ban will be lifted, unfortunately.

Sorry to be the bearer of this bad news, Gururaj! We wish you the best of luck with everything!

By Mesha on October 26, 2017 at 4:33 am

Hello I have 3 small fischers lovebird in Philippines with me. I want to take them to India. Please let me know the update on thee rule. Is it changed? if yes, what are the procedures?

By on October 26, 2017 at 2:14 pm

Hello Mesha, thanks for your question.

Unfortunately, it is still not possible to import any animals other than cats and dogs into India. This rule has been in effect for years and there are no signs that it will be lifted anytime soon.

We wish that weren't the case and wish you the best!

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