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Turtles Allowed

Hi there,
so I moved to St Imier with my dad and I can't find this infomation anywhere, is there a list of restricted turtle pets in switzerland?
I have a False Map Turtle or a Graptemys pseudogeographica pseudogeographica, in Portugal, and I liked to know if I can bring her home. I miss my baby.. Here's a picture:


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Re: Turtles Allowed

Here is the official document. How are you planning to bring it over?


Tortoises and turtles

Import regulationsA permit from the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) is required for importing these animals. The application form for an import permit must be completed in full and sent to the FSVO (form for download on the right). Please attach a copy of the export permit of the country of export.

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Red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans): importing these animals is forbidden on the basis of the release ordinance.
Requirements of species conservation law
All terrestrial, many aquatic and all marine turtles and tortoises are listed in the CITES Appendices. In such cases, the valid original species conservation document (CITES export permit ) issued by the species conservation authorities in the country of origin must be submitted on import in addition to the import permit.
Terrestrial turtles and tortoises (examples) Radiated tortoiseGeochelone radiataCITES Appendix IHawksbill sea turtleEretmochelys imbricataCITES Appendix IHermann's tortoiseTestudo hermanniCITES Appendix IIGreek tortoiseTestudo graecaCITES Appendix IIChaco tortoiseGeochelone chilensisCITES Appendix IIBell's hingeback tortoiseKinixys bellianaCITES Appendix II
Aquatic turtles and tortoises (examples)Chinese stripe-necked turtleOcadia sinensisCITES Appendix III
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For terrestrial tortoises and turtles, the owner must apply to the cantonal veterinary office for an owner's licence.
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Re: Turtles Allowed

I was thinking of going to get her by plane. Do you think it's a bad choice?
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Re: Turtles Allowed

Without the right paperwork- you are taking a big risk. You could just sail through customs- but if you are stopped and they find it- it would be confiscated and possibly euthanased. So I personally would NOT take the risk. Di it properly just to make sure- or it could be a sad story:

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Re: Turtles Allowed

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Without the right paperwork- you are taking a big risk. You could just sail through customs- but if you are stopped and they find it- it would be confiscated and possibly euthanased. So I personally would NOT take the risk.

NOP.. Won't risk my baby..
It's to precious..
That's why I thought to ask before sending to get her..
I'll just have to get all the required paperwork and see what happens..
From what I've read if it's allowed in the Europe it's allowed in switzerland, I'll send and email asking..
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Re: Turtles Allowed

So, how did it work out in the end?

I have a similar question. Suppose a turtle was found at the side of the road years ago. Suppose the finder reported it to the authorities and nobody claimed it. Suppose the authorities allowed the finder to keep it. Now the finder owns a turtle without CITES or any other paperwork. Suppose the owner wants to travel with said turtle from an EU country to Switzerland. Does the turle need a pet passport like a dog?
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Re: Turtles Allowed

Nope, see Odile's info. The link for that is here:

http://www.blv.admin.ch/themen/hande...x.html?lang=en

Best thing to do is contact the BLV directly.

To leave a message for specialist staff: cites@blv.admin.ch

They'll tell you if anything else is needed beyond the documents mentioned in the link.
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