Anyone shipping poultry into Virginia is required to first receive an Approval Number from the Department. This Approval Number is good for one year, and must be renewed annually. Please follow this link to get a copy of the Approval Number application:
The State Veterinarian sets avian influenza testing requirements by proclamation. This document describes the current avian influenza testing requirements for poultry, and all poultry shipments to Virginia must be in compliance with this directive. The current proclamation can be found at:
Please call the Office of Veterinary Services at 540.209.9120 if you have any questions regarding the Approval Number process, avian influenza testing requirements, or poultry importation in general.
Additional requirements for chickens and turkeys:
Chickens, turkeys, and hatching eggs of chickens and turkeys imported into Virginia should originate exclusively from flocks or hatcheries participating in the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP). If the flock of origin does not participate in NPIP, a permit is required and the birds must be negative to a Pullorum-typhoid test within 30 days prior to entry. Please call the Office of Veterinary Services at 540.209.9120 if you require a permit.
Poultry in transit through Virginia:
Poultry passing through Virginia in interstate commerce and not removed from the shipping container are generally exempt from these requirements. However, this exemption may be temporarily suspended by the State Veterinarian’s Avian Influenza Proclamation. Make sure that you have read the current proclamation before bringing poultry through Virginia.
Poultry going directly to slaughter:
These requirements do not generally apply to poultry imported into the Commonwealth of Virginia for immediate slaughter and consigned directly to a poultry processing establishment that is approved and inspected by the USDA or VDACS. However, this exemption may be temporarily suspended by the State Veterinarian’s Avian Influenza Proclamation. Make sure that you have read the current proclamation before bringing poultry into Virginia for slaughter.