In the past I have received emails asking how to import birds to Panama and since I only had experience with bringing dogs I wasn’t able to respond to the emails.
Today I saw a good writeup of an experience of an individual bringing birds into Panama and asked permission of the author to post it. The permission was granted and here was his post.
A couple of years ago, I imported 4 cockatoos, 1 Umbrella and 3 goffins, they are healthy and living the good life.
The process is a bit complicated but certainly doable.
If your birds are on the Cites (Convention on international trade of endangered species, you need both an export permit from the origin country and an import permit from Cites in Panama, I found out that there is a bit of a catch-22, Panama would not issue and import permit without first seeing the export permit (from Canada), Canada would not issue an export permit without seeing the import permit, we got around this by asking Canada to issue a conditional export permit, on the condition that Panama issue an import permit, that worked…
Your bird(s) need to have a closed band or be chipped for identification, even though I don’t think there is a chip reader in Panama ;-0.
Next a health certificate, notarized and authenticated (apostilled if you are in the USA), then authenticated by a Panamanian embassy, the issue you will have is that the health certificate is only valid for 10 days, the animals must arrive in Panama before 10 days from the date of the health certificate issuance.
We used Continental to transport the birds, you have to have an approved shipping cage, labeled ‘Live Birds’
Upon arrival in Panama, we used Jose Saenz to get them through customs, Jose did a great job but there are others.
Then the birds need to be guaranteed for a month, you can do it at home, I believe you just have to fill out an ANAM form at entry telling where the birds will be guaranteed.
That was about it, a long trip with the animals for me, but well worth the effort as far as I was concerned.