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Import of live animals from third countries

Veterinary rules on the import and transit of live animals from third countries. Please choose the relevant category in the left column on this page.

Live animals can only be imported and transited from third countries subject to specific conditions. As a rule, the animals can only be imported from certain countries (or regions where applicable), and in some cases they must also come from approved suppliers. More..
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Import and transit of live animals from third countries
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Professional imports from third countries must be dealt with the TRACES. This european veterinary information system provides informations for the veterinarian authorities regarding the traffic across borders of live animals, foodstuffs and animal by-products. Switzerland is fully integrated into the system.
Conservation of species
A permit is required by laws on conservation of species to import or transit all animal species listed in Annexes I-III of the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and all non-domesticated species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Application form (in German or french)  see at the page "Wild Fauna and Flora / CITES".

The import of genetically modified animals ..
.. is prohibited. Exceptions are possible for the scientific research or for diganostical and therapeutical purposes.

General import permits and quotas
Questions regarding general import permits / quotas needed to import animals of some species must be submitted to Federal office for agriculture (FOA).

Check current customs formalities, too.

To leave a message for specialist staff: info@blv.admin.ch

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Further information

The conditions (including lists of approved countries of origin and required certificates) to import live bivalve molluscs, echinoderms, tunicates, marine gastropods, frogs and terrestrial snails intended for human consumption are available at the chapter: