Certificates of ownership

Resolution Conf. 10.20 (Frequent cross-border movements of personally owned live animals) allows for the issuance of a certificate of ownership to the personal owner of a legally acquired live animal who wishes to travel to other States with the animal as a personal or household effect. At the request of the United Arab Emirates, the Secretariat issued Notification to the Parties No. 2018/036 on 18 April 2018 inviting Parties to inform the Secretariat whether or not they accept certificates of ownership for personally owned live animals in accordance with the provisions of the Convention and Resolution Conf. 10.20 on Frequent cross-border movement of personally owned live animals.

The table below summarizes the information communicated by Parties earlier or in response to the Notification 2018/036 indicating whether they accept such certificates. Parties are invited to inform the Secretariat of any change or correction to the information below at any time.

Country Certificates of ownership
Certificates of ownership
not accepted
Austria X  
Belgium X  
Brazil   X
Canada X  
Chile X (provided other legislation is complied with)  
China   X
Czech Republic X (additional EU document required)  
Ecuador   X
El Salvador X  
Gabon X  
Georgia X  
Germany X (additional EU document required)  
Japan   X
Kuwait X  
Mexico X  
Netherlands X (provided possession is legal in NL)  
Peru X  
Qatar X  
Slovakia  X  
Suriname X  
Thailand   X
Trinidad and Tobago X  
United Arab Emirates X  
United Kingdom X  
Uruguay X  
Viet Nam   X



The designations employed and the presentation of the material on this map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the CITES Secretariat, UNEP or the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.

**Last updated on 23.08.2021. Based on oral communication by the CITES Secretariat; please contact [email protected] for any corrections/updates.**