The Department oversees the requirements for livestock, poultry, and companion animals being imported into the state. Requirements vary for the type of animal; however, owners generally need to supply a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection and official identification, and meet testing requirements for disease before they can move their animals.
Additional Emergency Import Regulations
High Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)
Date effective: May 14, 2015
Importing State: all
New import requirements are now in effect for poultry due to HPAI.
Identification Requirements for Pet Birds
Date effective: February 19, 2018
New identification requirements are now in effect for importation of non-US-origin pet birds.
Emergency Export Regulations
There are no emergency export regulations for animals in effect at this time.
Wildlife, Exotic Animals, Endangered Species, & Others
There are certain animals that are not under the jurisdiction of the Department for import requirements. Please contact the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for more information.
New York does not currently have importation requirements for rabbits. In light of incidences of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease in the western United States, we ask that all rabbit owners be aware of this disease and follow the USDA's precautions.
If you’re aware of suspicious cases in another state, please contact that state's veterinarian.
Animals coming to the New York State and County fairs may be subject to additional requirements in addition to what is required for entry into the state. Learn more.