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Travelling with pet birds within the European Union or returning to Slovenia from third countries

Owners travelling with pet birds must ensure that pet birds meet the health conditions for non-commercial movement. Very strict conditions are imposed upon entry from third countries into the European Union (EU) due to the risk of transmission of the dangerous avian influenza disease.

When an animal travels with a person who is named as the owner on the animal's identification document and the purpose of the movement is neither a sale nor a change of ownership of the pet, it is a non-commercial movement. If the conditions for a non-commercial movement are not met, we are talking about import or trade, where the conditions are regulated by other rules.

You should check the conditions of entry to other EU countries with their competent authorities. It is also important to take into account the conditions of third countries and EU countries that are only crossed when travelling.

Some species are protected and in some cases must be accompanied by a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) certificate when they are moved.

Birds that can be pets are also called "pet birds". Pet birds cannot be of the poultry species (fowl, turkeys, guinea fowl, ducks, geese, quails, pigeons, pheasants, partridges and ratites). Poultry is reared or kept in captivity for the production of meat, eggs for food and other products, for the repopulation or for the breeding of birds used for production and repopulation. Similarly, pet birds do not include captive birds intended for fairs, races, exhibitions, competitions, breeding or sale.

Non-commercial movements of pet birds into Slovenia from EU countries and from Andorra, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican City State

Before entering Slovenia, the owner of the animal must ensure:

  • Taking into account the specificities of each species, the animal must be identified in such a way that a link can be established between the animal and its owner. It is also possible to insert a chip if this is appropriate for the animal. The microchip must meet the same standards as for dogs and cats, otherwise the owner must carry a suitable reader.
  • The animal must be accompanied by an appropriate document establishing the link between the owner and the animal. It is important that the document indicates the owner of the animal and a description of the animal (species, breed, sex, colour, size, weight, age). This is not a document written by the owner, but for example:
    • a receipt from the pet shop where the animal was bought, or a receipt from a vet, if it contains the relevant information,
    • the sale and purchase contract, or
    • another appropriate certificate.

Non-commercial movements of pet birds from other third countries or territories into Slovenia and the European Union

The non-commercial movement of pet birds into the EU from other third countries is only allowed via Travellers' points of entry, specifically designated by EU Member States for the purpose of entry/movement of pet birds into the EU. The Travellers' points of entry, is a border crossing point where the competent authority carries out an inspection of the documents and identity of the animals. It is the responsibility of the owner or authorised person to contact the competent authority at the Travellers' points of entry, and to present the pet animal's identification document to the competent authority and to allow verification.

Entry into Slovenia with pet birds is only possible via Designated Border Control Post.

Pet birds entering the EU from a third country may only be moved directly from the Travellers' points of entry, to a household or other residence in the EU. During the 30-day period following the date of entry into the EU, these pet birds may not be taken to shows, fairs, exhibitions or other bird events.