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Animal Admissions Requirements - Primates (monkeys and apes)

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Primates (monkeys and apes)

Photo of monkeys.All primates imported into Virginia require a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) issued within 10 days prior to entry.  All primates imported into Virginia must be microchipped, and the microchip number must be noted on the CVI. The CVI must include a statement from the veterinarian that they have carefully examined the oral mucosa of the primate and have found no evidence of disease lesions or inflammatory processes.

All primates imported into Virginia have to have a negative tuberculosis test performed by an accredited veterinarian within 30 days prior to entry. The CVI must indicate the kind and amount of tuberculin used, the date and hour of injection, and the date and hour of reading.  Primates that have been associated with other primates showing response to the tuberculin test cannot enter Virginia unless and until all primates in the group have passed two consecutive tuberculosis tests not less than 30 days apart.

These requirements do not apply to primates that: 1) are passing directly through Virginia to another state in interstate commerce; 2) are kept properly under control by their owner or custodian when passing through Virginia to another state; 3) are brought into Virginia by a resident or by a resident of another state who intends to make his residence in Virginia, except if brought into the Commonwealth with the intent of offering it for public adoption, transfer, sale, trade, or promotional incentive; and 4) are brought into Virginia for less than 10 days for the purpose of legal exhibition with no change of ownership.


Health Requirements Governing the Admission of Agricultural Animals, Companion Animals, and Other Animals or Birds Into Virginia.

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