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With a few exceptions, it is forbidden to import monkeys and lemurs for animal health reasons.
The importing of monkeys (Simiae) and lemurs (Prosimiae) is forbidden according to Article 79, para. 1 of the EDAV. This import ban is primarily due to the risk of disease transmission to humans (for example Marburg virus, viral hepatitis or AIDS).
In exceptional cases, the Federal Veterinary Office issues an import permit if suitable precautions are in place which allow the transmission of diseases to be excluded and if the animals are intended, for example, for scientific institutes, circuses or zoos.
The application form for an import permit must be completed in full and sent to the FVO (form for download on the right).
Requirements of species conservation law
All monkey species are listed in the Appendices of CITES.
When these animals are imported, the valid original CITES certificate (CITES export permit or re-export certificate) must be presented. This is issued by the relevant authorities (CITES implementing authority) in the country of origin.
The owner must apply to the cantonal veterinary office for an owner's licence.
Animal health regulations / health certificate / quarantine
Inspection according to species protection law
The goods may be imported into the country via any customs post with commercial goods traffic during office hours.
The following ORIGINAL documents must be presented at the customs post:
- FVO import permit
- Additional form concerning the species protection inspection office
- If necessary, export permit from the country of consignment
The animals must then be presented at the selected CITES inspection post within 2 working days. It is essential to keep the document issued by this post as evidence of legal import. Details on these inspection posts and their opening hours can be found on the right.
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