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Old 04-18-2008, 09:30 AM   #1
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The "and back" part seems to be the most troubling.

We are doing planning for an Alaska Highway trip and have been looking at the border crossing regs for Canada and the US, specifically how they might impact our pet bird, Elvis, a small parrot. Canada doesn't seem to care. Fill out a form and away you go. But getting back into the US is more of a problem. We The People apparently require a Veterinarian Certificate of Health prior to leaving the US, possibly a leg banding, a paid-for vet inspection when re-crossing the border, possibly requiring phone calls 3-5 days prior to crossing, all very confusing.

We're going to be calling the border crossings (good luck on that) to try and get some clarity but I wonder if anyone on this forum has ever faced this issue?
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Old 04-18-2008, 10:55 AM   #2
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But getting back into the US is more of a problem. We The People apparently require a Veterinarian Certificate of Health prior to leaving the US, possibly a leg banding, a paid-for vet inspection when re-crossing the border, possibly requiring phone calls 3-5 days prior to crossing, all very confusing.

That's for the birds!

Don't know about Canada, but you'd really have problems coming back into US from Mexico with all the bird smuggling operations that go on from Mexico.
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Maybe you could use the same vet the ducks and geese use on their migrations. He must work cheap.

(Sorry, I know that's not at all helpful. Just couldn't resist.)
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Old 04-18-2008, 11:36 AM   #4
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We've started making our calls. First to the USDA in Phoenix. The expert there will be calling us back. Next to the border post in Sweetgrass MN. The vet there is inspecting feeder cattle but will call us back. Still to go, is the US Fish and Wildlife service.

If only we had a homing parrot this would be a whole lot simplier!
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Old 04-18-2008, 01:12 PM   #5
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Get the requirements in writing.

As fast as things change for border crossings, you may want to rethink taking your bird. I know it's a member of the family... but this COULD turn into one huge (and possibly expensive) headache.
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Not sure if that's doable for you, but I wonder if getting it shipped by a specialized courier instead of taking it across the border yourself would be easier. Maybe one of the larger pet shops would know.
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Patrick..

Many kennels will take care of birds while your away.... if there is no alternative to taking yours with you.. thats my suggestion..It might be worth it to leave the bird home.

At the Kennel where I work. we have done a beautiful McCaw.. lovebirds, and those small green Parrots...( dont know the name )
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Thanks to all for your comments. I am not a Libertarian, nor do I think the Libertaran philosophy will largely work in a modern, complex society, but some days I yearn for such a system.

Like today.

We have determined that we will not attempt to take Elvis, our parrot, into Canada, Alaska, Canada and back into the Lower 48. While we think we have it figured out, after talking to the USDA, the Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Border Station in Montana (all very nice, and returned calls within a few hours), we think the possibility for "bad things" to happen are too high. We will probably use a pet hotel, when we make the trip, which we have now deferred from May to a future date.

Here's a simple outline of what has to happen to travel with a pet bird:

1. Get a FWS "Pet Passport" identifying the bird. Cost $50. (Requires banding of the bird.) Time to get one: 90 days. Good for three years.
2. Get a Health Certificate from local vet. Cost ~$75.
3. Entering Canada: Fill out a simple form. Cost $0.
4. Entering Alaska - unknown if #5 applies, but assume it would.
5. Entering US:
a. Get veterinarian inspection during M-F, 8AM-4PM. Cost $108 ($257 if gone > 60 days).
b. Have bird swabbed for Newcastle Disease and Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza. Cost $31.50
c. Obtain Import Permit License. Cost $94.
d. Gone > 60 days = 30-day home quarantine, with USDA inspection at end. Under 30 days, none.
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it think it was discussed in another thread that birds & poultry can be brought into the USA if they are fully cooked... but i guess that's not an option...
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That's really too bad. I'm sure Elvis would have enjoyed the trip.

I have heard it said that our gummint knows best. Funny, I never thought about it quite like that.
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Hi: The U.S."Goobermint" Border Guards don't mind "Frozen Turkey" but NOOOOO "Chicken"!!!
Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie
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Hi: The U.S."Goobermint" Border Guards don't mind "Frozen Turkey" but NOOOOO "Chicken"!!!
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Not true....

Chicken, Turkey and eggs from both are allowed from Canada.
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Not true....

Chicken, Turkey and eggs from both are allowed from Canada.
Not quite true, unless Saskatchewan has seceded from Canada -- You have to prove it's not from there:

"Cooked and raw poultry is permitted from Canada except from the province of Saskatchewan. However, to bring poultry products from any province in Canada into the United States, you must have proof of the origin of the poultry. For example, proof of origin would be the grocery stores receipt where the product was purchased, or the label on the product indicates the province in which it was packaged".

Things change, depending on what diseases are rampant at the time.

More info here:

http://help.cbp.gov/cgi-bin/customs.cfg/ph....php?p_faqid=82

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