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An insight into cites

Our pets, whether furry, feathery, 2-legged or 4-legged, are part of our families and leaving them behind when we leave the UAE is, for most of us, not an option!

However, some species can be more difficult to relocate than others. So, what does it mean if one of our precious pets is CITES protected?

CITES is an acronym for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. This agreement was established in 1975 and most countries have joined to maintain worldwide controls on the trade and movement of certain species of ‘wildlife’ so that demand does not threaten their survival in the wild.

Due to this regulation, certain species can only travel with additional permits in place, even if they have been bred in captivity.

Some of the pets that are on the CITES register are parrots, other exotic birds, and tortoises, to name a few.



When you are considering buying an exotic pet, please ask for any paperwork which the pet should have, such as existing CITES Export / Import permits when they entered the country.

If the pet was obtained prior to the listing date, a “Pre-Convention Certificate” should be available.

If the pets have been bred in captivity, the seller should provide a “Bred-in-Captivity” Certificate.

It can be quite difficult to apply for CITES permits when there is no previous paperwork associated with your pet, however GVC’s Pet Relocation Team will go out of their way to support you in your efforts to obtain special permissions so that you can take your precious family members with you when you re-locate!!

Some of our CITES success stories include the relocation of a pet pigeon to South Africa as well as 4 pet tortoises and a pet parrot to Portugal!