Import and Export

Protected wild animals and natural assets in Israel

Import and Export of Wildlife and Protected Natural Assets in Israel

The State of Israel is a signatory to the multilateral treaty governing commerce in endangered species, known as CITES – the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (also known as the Washington Convention). In the appendices to the treaty, tens of thousands of species are listed commerce in which is restricted. Israel’s Regulations for the protection of wildlife also require compliance with CITES. By law, all commerce in protected natural assets requires a written permit from the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.

The species mentioned in the appendices to the CITES treaty and species declared protected by law require an import or export permit.

According to the Wildlife Protection Law and its regulations, a permit must be obtained for import, export and re-export from the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, which is the agency responsible for enforcing the laws and regulations on these subjects.

Important to know

All laws regarding the import, export and re-export of protected natural assets also apply to carcasses or animal parts (such as taxidermy specimens, ivory, fur, jewelry, etc.).


  • After receiving an import permit, contact the Veterinary Services to receive a health permit:
  • Forty-eight hours before the shipment arrives, inform the INPA representative, by email or text message, of the details of the shipment’s flight in keeping with the information in the permit. Contact information appears on the back of the permit.
  • Permits are given for one shipment only (except for fish and corals, for which multi-time permits are issued) and are valid for six months.


Laws, regulations and import and export policies regarding protected natural assets

To import and export protected natural assets, you must adhere to the instructions in the law and act in keeping with the policies of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.

Information and application procedure for an import permit
Information and application procedure for an export permit
Is the import permit restricted to a certain number of species?

Yes, a single import permit is restricted to a maximum of 20 species. You may receive a number of permits for a single shipment.

Is the number of individual items restricted?

Yes. According to the holding conditions in your permit.

Is there a fee for the permit?

Yes. According to the regulations on protection of wild animals (amendment) – 1997, a fee is required for every import/export permit for commerce and holding.

After the permit has been processed, the permit holder will be informed by mail as to the amount of the fee.

What are the options for paying the fee?
  • INPA hotline: *3639
  • Bank transfer
How long does an application take to process?

30 days



Treaty governing international commerce in endangered species

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White Lists

Birds, mammals and corals permitted for import and commerce

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Black Lists

Birds and fish prohibited for import and commerce

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Import/export application

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Contact us

Permits Department – Import and Export

Phone service on Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:30–noon

phone_number: 02-5014800 , Fax 02-5014854

address: 3 Am V’Olamo Street, Givat Shaul, Jerusalem

Information and reporting hotline

24 hours a day

phone_number: 3639*

address: 3 Am V’Olamo Street, Givat Shaul, Jerusalem

Permits Portal

Trade and holding

phone_number: ‎02-5005423