Quarantine facilities for imported birds: approved premises

Details of premises approved to operate as quarantine facilities or centres for imported birds other than poultry.


Charges for avian quarantine premises

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Quarantine facilities and centres for the imported birds, other than poultry, must be licensed by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

APHA approve and inspect these premises on behalf of Defra, Scottish Government and Welsh Government.

Commission Regulation No 139/2013 (as amended) lays down the animal health conditions for the import of certain birds into the European Community from Third Countries.

In Great Britain, APHA administers the requirements of this Regulation and is responsible for:

  • approving avian quarantine centres and facilities to receive bird imports
  • checking imported birds when they arrive in the EU and issuing a Common Veterinary Entry Document (CVED) to the importer
  • supervising consignments of imported birds during quarantine and testing for signs of avian influenza and Newcastle disease
  • taking further action if avian influenza or Newcastle disease is suspected in a consignment of birds during quarantine.

Please contact your local APHA Office, if you want to apply for approval of a quarantine facility or centre or if you are intending to import birds (other than poultry) from a Third Country and need more information.

APHA charge for the approval of an avian quarantine facility or centre and for the supervision of birds in quarantine. Please refer to the guidance document about the charges.

Published 1 January 2013
Last updated 10 May 2024 + show all updates
  1. A new quarantine facility (Leicester - CBQ10-EN) has been added to the "Quarantine facilities or centres for birds" document.

  2. Updated the entry for Tyne And Wear.

  3. We have updated the list of avian quarantine centres.

  4. We have updated the list of avian quarantine centres.

  5. We have updated the list of Avian quarantine centres.

  6. Avian quarantine centre document updated

  7. First published.