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Travelling with pet rodents: import rules

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Note: Members of the order Rodentia

Animals of the rodentia order include all types of agoutis, beavers, capybaras, chinchillas, chipmunks, coypus, gerbils, gophers, groundhogs, guinea pigs, gundis, hamsters, jerboas, lemmings, maras, marmots, mice, muskrats, pacaranas, pacas, porcupines, prairie dogs, rats, springhares, squirrels, tucotucos, viscachas, and voles.

These requirements apply to:

Rodents, other than those identified below, can be imported into Canada without an import permit, health certificate, or inspection (Part XII of the Health of Animals Regulations applies to the transportation of all animals and an inspection related to humane transport may be conducted.)

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has placed restrictions on the importation of certain rodents for pets, including:

Please refer to the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) or contact a local CFIA Office for more information.

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

It is the importer's responsibility to determine whether the species for importation is subject to the controls imposed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which are administered by the Canadian Wildlife Service. Please contact the Canadian Wildlife Service for information.

Provincial Governments

Please note that some rodents are subject to import controls imposed by provincial government departments. For example:

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