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Importation of Nonhuman Primates 

Nonhuman primates (NHP) may be imported into California only by permit issued by VPHS. A permit can be obtained by following the procedures below:

1. Verify that the animal compound is a current
VPHS-approved quarantine facility (not applicable for Nonresident Short-term Exhibition and Re-Entry permits).

2. Determine which importation permit to apply for: Assistance Animal, Exhibition, Nonresident Short-term Exhibition, Re-Entry, or Research.

3. Review the NHP guidelines, accessible at the bottom of this page, for the type of permit desired.

4. Complete the application, collect necessary documentation as specified under the permit guidelines, and email to

5. The permit will be issued via email; the NHP may be imported into California upon receipt of the importation permit from VPHS.


Numbers 6-8 are applicable for all permits, with the exception of Nonresident Short-term Exhibition and Re-Entry.

6. NHPs imported into California from other states are subject to a 30-day quarantine. A physical examination and administration of a tuberculin (TB) test by a veterinarian are required upon entry (unless a TB test was administered within 30 days prior to importation), followed by a repeat physical examination and TB test administered no earlier than 30 days after the entrance into quarantine.

7. The veterinarian is to complete the Veterinary Certificate of Quarantine and send it to VPHS via email.

8. VPHS will review the Veterinary Certificate of Quarantine and, if satisfactory, will issue a Release from Quarantine. The NHP may be released only upon receipt of the Release from Quarantine.

While VPHS will endeavor to process permit applications in as timely a manner as possible, there is no guarantee that a permit will be issued by a specific date.
Importers should submit permit applications to VPHS as soon as practically possible. The importation application should be submitted to VPHS no less than ten (10) business days preceding the anticipated date of shipment. Health certificates, medical records, and all supporting documents must be received by VPHS no less than five (5) business days preceding the anticipated date of shipment.


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Last modified on: 5/28/2015 1:27 PM