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Animal Admissions Requirements - Birds (except poultry)

Birds (except poultry)
Cattle (including bison, water buffalo, and yak)
Dogs and Cats
Goats and Sheep
Horses
Other Ruminants (such as alpacas, llamas, camels,
and deer)

Poultry (chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, ratites, and
game birds such as quail or partridge)

Primates (monkeys and apes)
Swine (including pet pigs)
All other Animals

Birds (except poultry)

Photo of an exotic bird.Before bringing a wild or exotic bird into Virginia, check with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to ensure that possession of the bird is not prohibited or restricted.

The State Veterinarian sets avian influenza testing requirements by proclamation.  Generally, avian influenza testing is only required for poultry.  However, before bringing a bird into Virginia check the current proclamation to make sure it doesn’t apply to your bird.  The current proclamation can be found at:

Current State Veterinarian’s Avian Influenza Proclamation

If there is no avian influenza testing requirement, the following entry requirements will apply:

Residents of Virginia, and people moving to Virginia:
If you are a resident of Virginia, or are moving to Virginia, there are no entry requirements for you to bring in your personal pet birds as long as they are not covered by the current avian influenza proclamation.

If the bird is intended to be used for any purpose other than being a personal pet (such as offering it for sale or adoption, breeding it, or using it for promotional purposes) the bird will need to be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) issued by a veterinarian in the state or country the animal is coming from 10 days or less before the bird enters Virginia.

People visiting Virginia:
If your bird is not covered by the current avian influenza proclamation, there are no requirements if you are only transiting through Virginia and the bird remains under your control at all times.  If you are visiting Virginia with your bird, you will need a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) issued by a veterinarian in the state or country the bird is coming from 10 days or less before the animal enters Virginia.  A CVI is not required if the bird is entering Virginia for 10 days or less for exhibition or hunting purposes.

Animal Shelters, Humane Societies, and Animal Rescue Groups:
Check to see if the bird is covered by the current avian influenza proclamation.  All birds brought into Virginia by animal shelters, humane societies, and rescue groups will need to be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) issued by a veterinarian in the state or country the bird is coming from 10 days or less before the bird enters Virginia.

Breeders, Dealers, Pet Stores, and other Commercial Entities:
Check to see if the bird is covered by the current avian influenza proclamation.  All birds will need to be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) issued by a veterinarian in the state or country the bird is coming from 10 days or less before the bird enters Virginia.

Link(s):

Health Requirements Governing the Admission of Agricultural Animals, Companion Animals, and Other Animals or Birds Into Virginia.

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