The import of birds is only permitted from countries that are officially free from any outbreaks of notifiable Avian Influenza (LPAI and HPAI).
2. In cases where the exporting country has been affected by the Low Pathogenicity Avian Influenza (LPAI) virus, an accompanying certificate must be issued by the Chief Veterinary Officer of the exporting country and must state that the bird(s) is/are from an Avian Influenza free territory of the country.
3. The bird must be accompanied by an official International Health Certificate, issued by a certified (Accredited) signed by an official licensed veterinarian approved by the Veterinary Authority of the exporting country and must not be older than fourteen (14) days.
4. In the International Health Certificate, the following must be stated by the veterinarian:
- That the country or state of origin of the birds is officially free of notifiable Avian Influenza (AI), Newcastle Disease (NCD) and other notifiable avian diseases.
- That the birds have been inspected on the day of shipment by the veterinarian and showed no clinical signs of any communicable disease.
- That the birds have been under veterinary supervision 3 weeks prior to shipment and have shown no signs of any communicable disease during that period.
- If applicable, that the Psittaciformes (parrots) originate from a facility that has been free of psittacosis for the past 12 months.
- That the bird(s) has/have been transported in new, unused containers.
- That the bird(s) have been identified individually by a ring or chip.
5. Unit LVV must be notified by the freight forwarders for all bird or poultry importations to inspect the shipments on site before giving clearance for release.
6. Birds that do not comply with the certification requirements or show any symptoms of any communicable disease will be euthanized immediately.
7. A copy of the Veterinary Health Certificate(s) and this Permit must be submitted to the Unit LVV, St. Maarten.
8. THIS PERMIT IS VALID FOR ONE (1) ENTRY INTO THE JURISDICTION OF COUNTRY SINT MAARTEN WITHIN ONE (1) MONTH OF THE DATE OF ISSUE.
9. ALL CERTIFICATES MUST BE IN DUTCH, ENGLISH OR ACCOMPANIED BY AN OFFICIAL TRANSLATION.
Applicable as of January 2022