Importation of Bats
All genera and species of bats (Order Chiroptera) may be
imported into California only by authorization from the California Department of
Public Health, Veterinary Public Health Section (VPHS).
Bats may be imported into California only
upon receipt of a permit issued by VPHS. To apply for an
importation permit, the importer must:
1. Determine the purpose
for which the bat is to be imported: Exhibition, Nonresident Short-term
Exhibition, Research, or Re-Entry.
2. Review the Guidelines for the type of permit desired.
3. Verify that a VPHS-approved
quarantine facility, either at the consignee’s facility or
at a facility contracted by the consignee, is available to receive and hold the
animal for the designated quarantine period .
4. Complete the importation permit application (PDF), collect
necessary supporting documentation as specified under the permit guidelines, and
email application package to VetPH@cdph.ca.gov.
While VPHS endeavors to process permit applications in as timely a
manner as possible, there is no guarantee that the permit will be issued by a
specific date. Importers should submit permit applications to VPHS as soon as
practically possible. The permit application form must be received by VPHS no
less than ten (10) business days preceding the anticipated date of shipment. All
supporting documents must be received by VPHS no less than five (5) business
days preceding the anticipated date of shipment.
The permit will be issued via email; the bat may be imported
into California upon receipt of the importation permit. If indicated as required
on the permit, upon arrival the imported bat must be placed immediately into
quarantine for 90 days. At the end of
the 90 days, the bat must be examined by a veterinarian. If the veterinarian
certifies that the bat is healthy and free of evidence of infectious or
communicable diseases, he/she will complete, sign, date, and e-mail to VPHS the Veterinary Certificate of Quarantine (PDF). If information on the Veterinary Certificate of
Quarantine is satisfactory, VPHS will issue a Release from Quarantine.
The consignee may release the bat from quarantine only upon receipt of the VPHS
Release from Quarantine.