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.
Virginia regulations govern the entry of animals into the Commonwealth. Details are available in Virginia’s Certificate of Veterinary Inspection regulations.
Before bringing a wild or exotic animal into Virginia, check with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the destination locality to ensure that possession of the animal is not prohibited or restricted.
If you are a resident of Virginia, or are moving to Virginia, there are no entry requirements for you to bring in your personal pet.
All other animals such as reptiles, large cats and bears entering Virginia must be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) issued within 10 days prior to entry into Virginia. If you are passing through Virginia to another state, you are exempt from these requirements.
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