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Follow the steps provided below to import ornamental birds into Singapore.
Owners of ornamental birds can download our Factsheet on Importing Ornamental Birds for more information.
1. Check the Avian Influenza status of the country of export (i.e. source country)
The import of birds from countries affected by Notifiable Avian Influenza is not allowed. Refer to Notifiable Avian Influenza (NAI) Status of Countries and the OIE-WAHIS website for the list of countries and regions from which bird imports are currently suspended and affected with Avian Influenza.
For consignments of birds originating from non-bird flu affected countries and transiting via bird flu affected countries before coming to Singapore, please seek AVA’s permission for the travel route.
Do note that the transit via bird flu affected countries must not exceed 6 hours.
2. Ensure the ornamental birds fulfil AVA Veterinary Conditions
Ensure that the ornamental birds fulfil the Veterinary Conditions for Birds(Other than Domestic Birds) .
3. Apply for CITES import permit
This step only applies if you are importing CITES-listed ornamental birds.
If you intend to import CITES listed, endangered ornamental birds (for the list of CITES listed species, see the CITES appendices), you require:
a CITES import permit from AVA, and
a CITES export/re-export permit from the country of export
STEP 1: Obtain a CITES export/re-export permit from the competent authority of the country of export.
STEP 2: Obtain a CITES import permit from AVA by applying online via the LicenceOne (AVA e-Licensing) website.
Please note that you will need to log in to the LicenceOne (AVA e-Licensing) website and locate the specific CITES permit application service.
The CITES import permit is valid for 90 days.
STEP 3: Pay a fee of S$12 per permit per species. The permits are subject to a minimum of S$60 per consignment.
4. Apply for Customs Clearance Permit
AVA import licence
Apply for an import licence via the LicenceOne (AVA e-Licensing) website to bring ornamental birds into Singapore.
For a step-by-step guide to apply an import licence, please click here.
The licence is valid for 30 days from date of issue.
Please note that you will need to log in to the LicenceOne (AVA e-Licensing) website and locate the specific import licensing service.
Type of licence Cost and validity
Licence to Import/Export/Transship Animals, Birds, Eggs and Biologics (Commercial)
S$62 (normal service, issuance within 2 working days of submission of complete documents)
S$124 (express service, issuance within 1 working day of submission of complete documents)
Valid for 30 days from date of issuance
Each licence is valid for 1 consignment only
Licence to Import/Export/Transship Animals, Birds, Eggs and Biologics (Personal)
S$50 (normal service, issuance within 2 working days of submission of complete documents)
S$100 (express service, issuance within 1 working day of submission of complete documents)
Valid for 30 days from date of issuance
Each licence allows you to import up to 5 pet birds
Customs Clearance Permit
Each consignment must be accompanied by a Cargo Clearance Permit (CCP) for import clearance at the port of entry. You can obtain a CCP online via TradeNet.
You will need to provide the appropriate HS codes and product codes. For the list of products codes, see Product Codes for TradeNet.
5. Obtain Veterinary Health Certificate
Each consignment of ornamental birds must be accompanied by a Veterinary Health Certificate signed by a government veterinary authority or a registered veterinarian of the country of export.
6. Inspection upon arrival in Singapore
Make an appointment for an ornamental bird inspection by submitting an online booking request via AVA’s Intelligent Food Approval & Safety Tracking System (iFAST) at https://ifast.ava.gov.sg/eserviceweb/. Submit your request at least 5 days before arrival. Pets arriving for inspections without any prior appointment will be subject to an $80.00 inspection fee.
At the port of entry in Singapore, the birds and supporting documents will be inspected by an AVA Officer. Your consignment will be released if the documents are in order and birds are healthy.