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 meeta taneja on June 3, 2017 at 7:44 am

Hi I have 2 budgies . i am going to india for three months . i want to take with me and bring them back to canada . can i take them with me . if yes how much is the cost ?

By on June 5, 2017 at 9:11 am

Unfortunately birds cannot be imported to India, so we advise finding a trusted friend or boarding facility to take care of your birds for the three months you'll be gone. Good luck!

By kuljeet singh on June 15, 2017 at 10:40 am

is this possible to import pigeons from pakistan to india if there will any change in present rules?

By on June 15, 2017 at 11:10 am

Hi Kuljeet, we recommend contacting an official government office (such as the India Ministry of Agriculture) to find out about any changes to the rules. To our knowledge it's still prohibited to bring birds to India. Good luck!

By Pradip on June 27, 2017 at 12:11 pm

There is a new letter from animal husbandary dated June 14, 2017 regarding Declaration of Country Freedom from Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N1 and H5N8)

By sachin on July 10, 2017 at 11:57 pm

Hi,i have a parrot which i bought from mumbai. and now i am shifting to kerala. Any easier way to shift my pet without any trouble. any services available in india who can help me shift my pet without any trouble.Best, sachin

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