Taking a Pet Bird from India to Dubai

Taking a Pet Bird from India to Dubai

Flying from somewhere in India to Dubai with a pet bird.

Legal Requirements:

Documents Required:

  • UAE Pet import permit: This permit is necessary to facilitate clearance for your pet at customs in the UAE, as well as book your pet’s flights. 
    • The permit must be obtained online from the UAE’s Ministry of Climate change and environment digitally. 
  • Owner’s passport copy, residence visa and Emirates ID. 
  • Original vaccination card or animal passport.
    • This must include the pet’s microchip number (if applicable), date of birth and validity of treatments including rabies, etc. 
  • Valid original official health certificate from the exporting country. 
    • Document needed to show that the animal has a clean bill of health.

To see the form for import, click here.


For import:

100 AED Request permission to import consignment of live animals or birds. 

To release:

1 AED to release consignment of ornamental birds listed and not included in the CITES agreement / With a minimum of 200 AED for the shipment. 

Terms and Conditions for the import of birds

  1. The animal must be identified by a fixed identification device suitable for its specie using a microchip, ring or ear tag except lagomorphs, experimental animals, amphibians, reptiles and birds other than falcons (except Falcons)
  2. The shipping of live animal consignments should be directly from the country of export to the United Arab Emirates.

3. Obtaining the Ministry’s prior approval in case of transit of any consignment in the territory of any other country before arrival UAE.

4. In the case of re-export from the country of origin of the following animals: cows, sheep and goats, live birds, and these orders of mammals (Primates, Carnivores except dogs and cats (include bears), Rodents including experimental animals, Aquatic animals (including whales, dolphins, seals, walrus and sea lion), Rabbits, Marsupials, Reptiles and Amphibians, Crustaceans, molluscs and fish )including bony and cartilaginous) must spend at least 6 months in the country of export, while in the case of birds it is required to stay for at least 3 months

5. Observance of animal welfare legislation and standards and other transit legislation HYPERLINK

6. Air shipping shall be in accordance with the standards of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and in cases of sea and land shipping, the required technical requirements shall be fulfilled in accordance with the standards of animal welfare HYPERLINK

7. The mean of transport should fulfill the following requirements:

  • -Allow good ventilation of animals
  • -Designed not to cause leakage or fall of animal residues (e.g. urine, feces, …) and forage residues
  • -Allow cleaning and disinfection
  • -Allow virtual viewing and examination of the animals
  • -clean and disinfected

Secondly: Health conditions:

  1. The sanitary conditions for the import is regulated according to the animal type and the animal  health status in the exporting country and in accordance with the approved models of health certificates for import.

Form for application: https://www.moccae.gov.ae/en/services/export-import-services/import-permit-animals-birds.aspx

Jaiveer Talwar

Animal lover, web developer, foodie and photographer. I have written over 115 articles in the field of pets.

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