Import for research

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๐Ÿ”ฌ Application process:

  1. To import (live) animals, you must first obtain a possession permit by means of the permits portal. To import products of wild animals/protected species you must email an import permit application to: To continue the import process, continue sections 3โ€“8.
  2. In addition to obtaining the possession permit, you must follow the instructions page and submit a printed request as required, attach all the required documents as listed in the instructions and email them to

*For import of invertebrates, fish and plants there is no need for a permit from the ethics committee on experimentation (clause 6 on the instructions page).

*For import of amphibians, in addition to the above sections, applicants must read the document on import and possessions of amphibians by academic institutions and follow the instructions.

  1. Assessment and issuing of the permit will take up to 30 days.
  2. Import permits require payment of a fee. After your permit application is approved, you will receive an email with the amount of the fee and details of payment procedure.
  3. The import permit is valid for six months and for one shipment only.
  4. Once you have received the permit, you must contact the veterinary services at to inquire whether a health permit is needed.
  5. Forty-eight hours before the shipment arrives, you must inform the INPA’s representative by email or text of the flight details of the shipment. Contact information appears on the permit.
  6. After the shipment arrives or the permit expires you must report to the permits department on the quantities that were actually imported (and also report non-use of the permit).