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

Virginia regulations govern the entry of animals into the Commonwealth. If you are bringing an animal into Virginia, please click on the appropriate link below to find out what is required.

  • Poultry (chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, ratites, and game birds such as quail or partridge)
  • Primates (monkeys & apes)
  • Swine (including pet pigs)
  • Other Animals (such as reptiles, large cats, bears)

 

Virginia regulations govern the entry of animals into the Commonwealth. Details are available in Virginia’s Avian Entry Requirements.

Anyone shipping poultry or hatching eggs into Virginia is required to first obtain an import approval number from the State Veterinarian and this import number must be noted on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI). Follow this link to download the application: Application for Approval Number for the Importation of Poultry, Form OVS1201.

All poultry entering Virginia must bear official identification and the official identification number must be noted on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI). Other movement document approved by the State Veterinarian such as a VS 9-3 Form is acceptable if the shipper is a National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) participant.

Hatching eggs and day old poultry imported into Virginia must originate exclusively from flocks or hatcheries participating in the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) and be Avian Influenza Clean or the equivalent.

All other poultry must be tested negative for Pullorum-typhoid within 30 days prior to entry or be a participant of the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP). Adult poultry must be tested negative for Avian Influenza within 14 days of movement to Virginia regardless of NPIP status.

Contact
If you have questions about Virginia’s animal admission requirements, please contact the Office of Veterinary Services.

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