Importing a Tortoise from the UK to Canada (As an immigrant)

Taylorannc

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Hi All,

I’m currently in the process of moving to Canada from the UK and have a horsfield tortoise that I would like to bring with me. Based on the Canadian government website it’s legally possible, however, I’m struggling to find a company willing to ship for me.

Any advice or recommendations would be much appreciated!

Even a company able to ship from mainland Europe would be a possibility for me to use.

Thanks in Advance,
Taylor
 

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I'm sorry, I don't have any information for you. I just wanted to respond so your post doesn't get lost in the shuffle. Oh, and Welcome to the Forum!
 

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Thank you both!

I’m worried I may be complicating things if I send to the USA first is all. Plus it’s probably easier on the tort for the journey to be as short as possible!
 

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If you don’t want to do that, don’t do it! I’m sure there is another way. I hope you find it and welcome to the forum!
Best,

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You're right. Don't send to the U.S. first.
 

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I ended up just carrying him on the plane! Didn’t mention it to the airline but wasn’t asked. I did have all the necessary permits and paperwork done which were checked at customs. He’s now successfully arrived in Canada! [emoji5]
 

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I ended up just carrying him on the plane! Didn’t mention it to the airline but wasn’t asked. I did have all the necessary permits and paperwork done which were checked at customs. He’s now successfully arrived in Canada! [emoji5]

Great! What kind of carrier/box did you use? Did you have to “declare” it, or just walk on through. Simple is best, and it saved you a fortune.
 

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I ended up just carrying him on the plane! Didn’t mention it to the airline but wasn’t asked. I did have all the necessary permits and paperwork done which were checked at customs. He’s now successfully arrived in Canada! [emoji5]

Good job, I would probably have done the same
 

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I ended up just carrying him on the plane! Didn’t mention it to the airline but wasn’t asked. I did have all the necessary permits and paperwork done which were checked at customs. He’s now successfully arrived in Canada! [emoji5]
How you did that.. what paperworks are needed? I'm in Venezuela and would like to move to USA either next year or in 2021 after I graduate from university. I should graduate in December of next year.
 

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How you did that.. what paperworks are needed? I'm in Venezuela and would like to move to USA either next year or in 2021 after I graduate from university. I should graduate in December of next year.
The USA seems a lot more complicated to bring a tortoise in as it varies so much by state! For Canada I just needed an import permit (no CITES needed as he's annex B of schedule II)!
 

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Great! What kind of carrier/box did you use? Did you have to “declare” it, or just walk on through. Simple is best, and it saved you a fortune.
Yes I did declare him, I didn't want to do anything illegal! They sent me to secondary inspection and the agent said called CITES to ensure it was all ok. Thankfully horsfield's are in annex B so much less restricted by CITES!

Just had a small animal carrier in a bag that would fit under the seat in front of me and a few little heat pads. :)
 

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As far as I know no state has restructions on redfoot(feet?) the big problem is the FED and possible quaratine depending on what state( take hawaii for example)
 

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I ended up just carrying him on the plane! Didn’t mention it to the airline but wasn’t asked. I did have all the necessary permits and paperwork done which were checked at customs. He’s now successfully arrived in Canada! [emoji5]
Hello! Your post really gave me hope, I’m moving to Canada as a immigrant too, and don’t want to leave my 21 year old tortoise behind. I read only zoos/reasearch centers get import permits - how did you work around that?
 

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Yes I did declare him, I didn't want to do anything illegal! They sent me to secondary inspection and the agent said called CITES to ensure it was all ok. Thankfully horsfield's are in annex B so much less restricted by CITES!

Just had a small animal carrier in a bag that would fit under the seat in front of me and a few little heat pads. :)

That's great news you managed to get your tortoise to Canada. I am having the exact same issue, moving from UK to Canada and want to bring my horsefield tortoise. I have the import permit from the CFIA but am struggling to get an airline or company to ship him. May I ask what airline you flew with with your tort and what airport you went from? Is it easy to get your tortoise through security? Thanks
 

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I can't offer much help other than to repeat this from a previous thread.

Start here:
https://www.inspection.gc.ca/animal...es-or-turtles/eng/1326658752555/1326658911065

The .gc.ca extension means it is an official Canadian government page, so it should be pretty accurate, but that's not a grantee. Start now, because our bureaucracy can be slow and full of idiots.

Good luck.

(link to original thread: https://www.tortoiseforum.org/threads/urgent-help-moving-out-of-country.188526/#post-1902254 )
 
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