TRAVELING TO BELGIUM
Taking Pet Bird
Traveling from the US to Belgium with your pets
There are two levels of importation formalities:
1.1. Regarding the sanitary importation
1.1.1. For birds in general
If you are traveling on the same plane with your
pet, the formalities are simple.
Your veterinarian will be able to provide you with
an International Health Certificate.
On this certificate, he
will have to mention the following statement:
veterinarian will have to write his name) certify that I
personally checked the animal and I concluded that the animal is in good
health, fit to travel, and exempt from any usual disease associated to
The health certificate must be issued within 48 hours prior to the travel.
1.1.2. For birds belonging to the Psittacid family
If your bird belongs to the Psittacid family, you
must respect the following additional requirements:
The owner must fill out the form Importation
of Psittacids (Pdf) for private purpose. As you will see, your bird will
have to stay at least 30 days in quarantine at your home in Belgium.
The owner must also fill out the form
Going to Belgium with a
pet - Information Form (Word)
These 2 forms must be faxed to the Belgian Veterinarian
Services in Brussels. They will process your request and send you
back the form "Importation of Psittacids for Private Purpose" with a
mention of the Veterinarian assigned to your case.
Your veterinarian must fill out the form
Origin and Health
Certificate for Import of Psittacids (Pdf). This must be issued within
prior to entry into Belgium.
1.2. Regarding the CITES importation formalities
First find out the scientific name of your animal,
Check if your animal belongs to the species protected by CITES
CITES is the
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, which protects
many species of animals and plants to ensure that commercial demand does
not threaten their survival in the wild. To know more about CITES, you
can access their web site at
If your animal belongs to the list of endangered species protected by CITES, you must:
Get a CITES Export Permit delivered by the American
To do so, please contact Fish and Wildlife at the following address:
United States Department of Interior
Fish and Wildlife Service
Convention of Washington - Office of the Management Authority
4401 North Fairfax drive - Room 700
Arlington, VA 22303-3507
Tel: (703) 358.2104 or Tel:
Fax: (703) 358.1732 or Fax:
Get a CITES Import Permit delivered by the Belgian Authorities
so, the importer must submit a CITES Import permit request to the
Belgian Veterinarian Services at the following address:
Service Public Fédéral Santé publique,
Sécurité de la Chaîne alimentaire et Environnement
Direction générale Animaux, Végétaux et Alimentation
Service Bien-être animal et CITES
Bloc II – 7ème étage
Place Victor Horta 40 bte 10
Federale Overheid Dienst Volksgezondheid,
Veiligheid van de Voedselketen en Leefmilieu
Directoraat-generaal Dier, Plant en Voeding
Dienst Dierenwelzijn en CITES
Blok II – 7de verdieping
Victor Hortaplein 40 bus 10
Head/jefe/chef (Vétérinaire Directeur): +32 (2) 524 74 00
Fauna: +32 (2) 524 74 01/02
Flora: +32 (2) 524 74 06
Head/jefe/chef (Vétérinaire Directeur): +32 (2) 524 74 47
Secretariat/Secretaría/Secrétariat: +32 (2) 524 74 49
Head/jefe/chef (Vétérinaire Directeur): email@example.com
Fauna : firstname.lastname@example.org
Caution! The importer will have to attach to the request a
copy of the CITES Export Certificate issued by the American authorities.
Sending pets unaccompanied to Belgium
You have to follow the same procedure as described above. There is
also an additional requirement: you must get an Import Authorization.
To do so, you must fill out the following forms and
return them to the
Belgian Veterinarian Services in Brussels.
After Belgian Veterinarian Services in Brussels
examine your request, they will send you back the Import Authorization.
For your convenience please find enclosed useful
addresses, phone and fax numbers :
Embassy of Belgium
3330 Garfield Street NW
Washington, DC 20008
Belgian Veterinarian Services
Dhr. Moelans Joan
World Trade Center 3 - 5th Floor
Boulevard Simon Bolivar 30
any case, we also highly encourage the owner to double check with the
airline company about any additional requirements.
animal must travel with the original of the certificates.
* For information on taking your pet back into the United
States, please contact the US Department of Agriculture at