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Primates (monkeys & apes)

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, & 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 Primate Entry Requirements.

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.

If the primate is intended to be used for any purpose other than being a personal pet (such as offering it for sale or adoption, breeding it, or using it for promotional purposes) the primate must be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) issued within 10 days prior to entry into Virginia. All primates imported into Virginia must be microchipped and have a negative tuberculosis test. The CVI shall include a statement attesting to the fact that the veterinarian has carefully examined the oral mucosa of the primate and has found no evidence of disease lesions or inflammatory processes.

If you are passing through Virginia to another state, you are exempt from these requirements.

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

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