Import and Export

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Import and Export of Protected Wildlife in Israel

The State of Israel is a signatory to the multilateral treaty governing trade in endangered species, known as CITES – the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (also known as the Washington Convention). the appendices to the treaty, list tens of thousands of species which have trade restrictions. Israel’s Regulations for the protection of wildlife also require compliance with CITES. By law, all trade in protected species requires a written permit from the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.

The species mentioned in the appendices to the CITES treaty and species declared protected by law require an import or export permit.

According to the Wildlife Protection Law and its regulations, a permit must be obtained for import, export and re-export from the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, which is the agency responsible for enforcing the laws and regulations on these subjects.

Important to know

All laws regarding the import, export and re-export of protected species  also apply to all parts and derivatives (such as ivory, fur, jewelry, extracts, medicines, etc.).


  • After receiving an import permit, contact the Veterinary Services to receive a health permit:
  • Forty-eight hours before the shipment arrives, inform the INPA representative, by email or text message, of the details of the shipment’s flight in keeping with the information in the permit. Contact information appears on the back of the permit.
  • Permits are valid for six months and are issued for one shipment only (except for fish and corals, for which multi-use permits are issued) and are valid for six months.


Laws, regulations and import and export policies regarding protected species

To import and export protected species, you must adhere to the law and act in accordance with the policies of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.

Information and application procedure for an import permit
Information and application procedure for an export permit
Is the import permit restricted to a certain number of species?

Yes, a single import permit is restricted to a maximum of 20 species. You may receive a number of permits for a single shipment.

Is the number of individual items restricted?

Yes. According to the possession conditions in your permit.

Is there a fee for the permit?

Yes. According to the Regulations on Protection of Wild Animals (Amendment) of 1997, a fee is required for every permit for import/export permit for commerce and for possession.

After the permit has been processed, the permit holder will be informed by mail as to the amount of the fee.

What are the options for paying the fee?
  • INPA hotline: *3639
  • Bank transfer
How long does an application take to process?

30 days



Treaty governing international trade in endangered species

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White Lists

Birds, mammals and corals permitted for import and trade

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Black Lists

Birds and fish prohibited for import and trade

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Import/export application

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Contact us

Permits Department – Import and Export

Phone service on Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:30–noon

phone_number: 02-5014800 , Fax 02-5014854

address: 3 Am V’Olamo Street, Givat Shaul, Jerusalem, 9546303

Information and reporting hotline

24 hours a day

phone_number: *3639 or 12223639

address: 3 Am V’Olamo Street, Givat Shaul, Jerusalem, 9546303

Permits Portal

Trade and holding

phone_number: ‎02-5005423