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Importing country requirements

It is the exporter's responsibility to ensure that the animal meets the importing country requirements.

Information about the process required to import animals into South Africa can be found on the Republic of South Africa Government website.​


Refer to this and the Department’s websites for current information about exporting animals (including any suspensions).

Where an importing country issues an import permit, the exporter must ensure the animal meets any requirements in the permit.

Health requirements

Health certificate

I, Dr ………………………………, a duly authorised government veterinary officer, hereby certify that:

  1. Australia has been free from equine encephalomyelitis for at least the past 6 months.
  2. Australia is free of Highly Pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) as defined by the OIE code chapter 10.4.
  3. The birds described hereunder:
    1. ​a) Were exported from premises approved for export by the veterinary authority of Australia.
    2. b) Were exported from premises which is free from veterinary restrictions affecting birds.
    3. c) Were exported from premises where, within a radius of 30 km, no cases of low pathogenic notifiable avian influenza was reported during the previous 6 months, and no notifiable diseases of birds, including Newcastle disease, have been reported within the preceding 3 months.
    4. d) Were kept in pre-export isolation since hatching or for at least 30 days immediately prior to export and an all-in all-out principle was applied.
    5. e) Were individually identified by means of closed leg rings or microchips at the onset of isolation and prior to sample collection.
    6. f) Were tested and found negative for Notifiable Avian Influenza (H5 and H7) within the 30 days prior to export.
    7. g) Were not vaccinated against avian influenza and has no prior known history of positive serological results for avian influenza.
    8. h) Were examined immediately prior to shipment and found to be clinically healthy and free of external parasites and are fit to travel.
    9. i) Were tested at an accredited laboratory and found negative by PCR for Chlamydophila psittacai on pooled faecal samples taken over a period of 3 consecutive days, within 30 days prior to export and while in pre-export isolation. If pooled, a maximum of 5 samples per pool were submitted.
  4. To the best of my knowledge the birds were in this country for a minimum period of 3 months.
​Details of the test results for Avian Influenza in 3 (f) and chlamydophila psittaci 3 (i); and corresponding birds' identification are attached in the following format:
Test date
Bird species (Common and specific names as appropriate)Identification (ring or microchip numbers etc)

Number of birds (if pooled)






Special conditions

You may need permission under wildlife trade laws to move birds out of Australia. Refer to the Department's International and wildlife trade requirements. ​


Other requirements

Transport requirements

The importing country may have specific transport requirements and you should check this.

Pre and post arrival quarantine requirements

The importing country may have specific pre and post arrival quarantine requirements and you should check this.​

Basis for Micor entry

Based on importing country website and information.

Entry last reviewed 8 June 2022.

Latest updates

17/04/2023 - Extensive changes were made to all sections of this entry.
Last updated: 18/04/2023 10:04 AMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:35 PM