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 Mohammed Adil on December 16, 2017 at 11:33 am

Hi, I would like to ask if the ban on taking parrots to India is lifted or ....???

By on December 18, 2017 at 9:42 am

Hello Mohammed, unfortunately the ban is still in effect. We do not have any idea if it will ever be lifted, as it has been in place for many years. If you need help with moving your bird elsewhere, please feel free to reach out to us here and we'll be happy to offer guidance to you. In the meantime, we wish you the best!

By Noufal on December 4, 2017 at 10:38 am

Hai am noufal, I want to clear one doubt about exporting pets, .. I want to sent 2 special cock,hens to dubai (NOT FOR BUSSINES PURPOSE) . For my friend he is UAE nationality , so what are the formalities for senting?

By on December 4, 2017 at 11:47 am

Hello Noufal, thanks for reaching out!

It is difficult for us to advise on the process of moving your birds without knowing the species of the hens or where they are coming from. With that, we would recommend looking at the UAE government's website here for further help.

Also, if you have the species and origin country information, you're welcome to reach out to us here and one of our consultants can offer more insight to you.

Thanks again for reaching out and best of luck with everything!

By Margaret Beck on December 3, 2017 at 3:08 pm

Hi there, I have just purchased a Corella Cockatoo who is just a year old only a few days ago here in Dubai from a gentleman who unfortunately had no papers as it belonged to his cousin. We are looking to eventually move back to the US and was wondering if you knew the rules to take our birds an African grey for who we have the cites and paper work but not for the new bird so therefore what would it take to take our new Cockatoo across. Can we get a cites and all the necessary paper work for him here, if so how do we go about this as I know it can get really complicated. No one really has all the answers and keep giving us different answers leaving us confused and concerned. So any help at this point would be helpful. It would devastate us to leave him behind as he is as good as our child! Thanks a ton!

By on December 4, 2017 at 11:36 am

Hi Margaret!

To be honest, it may not be possible to move your Cockatoo if he is considered CITES by both countries and you cannot come up with paperwork to support his origins. Because a Corella Cockatoo is an Appendix II listed species, you may not be required to obtain a CITES import or export permit for travel (you may just need one or the other).

With all of this in mind, it's easy to see why it's hard to give straightforward answers on a move like this. We recommend reaching out to the proper authorities in Dubai here to determine what CITES paperwork will be needed for travel and what they need to provide that paperwork to you.

We hope this offers some help to you! Good luck with moving your birds!

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!

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 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 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 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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