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.

Visit the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to find rules for transporting animals internationally and the contact information for the USDA Port Veterinarians.

Additional Emergency Import Regulations

High Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)

Date effective: May 14, 2015
Species: poultry
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
Species: avian
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 have any suspicion of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease in your rabbits or other rabbits in New York, please notify the Department immediately by emailing [email protected] or calling 518-457-3502

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.