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Switzerland (CH)

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Importing country requirements

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

The Swiss Confederation (Switzerland) is not a member country of the European Union (EU) but has harmonised some of the import conditions for birds with the EU. Information about the process required to import animals into Switzerland from Australia can be found on the Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) 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.
No import license or species protection is required to import canaries (maximum of 5 birds).
A border veterinary inspection is required in every case. For this reason, direct entry into Switzerland is only possible via certain airports and you should check this.

Health requirements

As required by the importing country.

Special conditions

Permission to move animals out of Australia

You may need permission under wildlife trade laws to move certain animals out of Australia. Refer to the Department’s International wildlife trade requirements. There is specific guidance for non-commercial wildlife trade for public exhibition, scientific research, conservation breeding and personal use.


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. All quarantine requirements must be fulfilled before entry as there are no post-arrival quarantine facilities available in Switzerland.

Vaccination against avian influenza is not permitted in Switzerland and this may affect the quarantine requirements for export.

Return to Australia

Not all live animals are permitted to be imported into Australia. You should make yourself familiar with the Department's requirements for importing live animals into Australia. This is important as your animal may have been exposed to diseases that do not occur in Australia.

Basis for Micor entry

Based on importing country website and information.

Entry last reviewed 9 June 2021.

Latest updates

Last updated: 31/03/2023 12:31 AMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:36 PM