Bringing a Monkey into the United States
Monkeys and other nonhuman primates (NHP) may not be imported as pets under any circumstances. Importation for permitted purposes is strictly controlled through a registration process. CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine administers these regulations.
These regulations are in place to protect U.S. residents from severe infections that can spread from monkeys to humans. These diseases include—
- Ebola Reston,
- B virus (Cercopithecine herpesvirus 1),
- yellow fever,
- simian immunodeficiency virus,
- tuberculosis, and
- other diseases not yet known or identified.
Since 1975, the Federal Quarantine Regulations (42 CFR 71.53) have restricted the importation of NHP. Importers must register with the CDC, implement disease control measures, and may import and distribute NHP for only bona fide scientific, educational, or exhibition purposes, as defined in the regulations. These restrictions also apply to the re-importation of NHP originating in the United States.
- Foreign Quarantine Regulations Relating to NHPExternal (42 CFR 71.53)
- Other Federal, state, and local authorities may have regulations that apply to NHP.
- The U.S. Department of AgricultureExternal
- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceExternal
- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: PermitsExternal
- For information on how to become a registered importer of nonhuman primates, call 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)
- Information for Zoos