Traveling exhibition certificate


This Certificate is valid for 3 years, and allows circuses or other types of travelling exhibition to transport specimens across borders without the need to obtain an import, export, or re-export permit every time they enter or leave the EU.

The application form for this permit (model shown in Annex III of Regulation (EC) 865/2006) is a set of three forms:

  • original (Form number 1); yellow.
  • copy for issuing authority (Form number 2); pink.
  • application form to be completed by applicant (Form number 3); white .

This certificate includes a Continuation Sheet, which will be endorsed by Customs at the entry or exit point to show dates and places of all imports and exports made.

Application Requirements

This Certificate is regulated by the provisions of Articles 30 to 36 of Regulation 865/2006, and is only valid for:

  • Legally acquired specimens of species included in Annex A, B, or C of Regulation (EC) 338/97 that form part of a travelling exhibition.
  • Single live specimens; a travelling exhibition certificate covers one specimen only.
  • Specimens born and bred in captivity, or otherwise acquired or introduced into the EU before CITES provisions or EU Regulations were applicable to them (pre-Convention/pre-Regulation specimens).

Furthermore, specimens covered by a travelling exhibition certificate must be:

  • Uniquely and permanently marked.
  • Registered at the issuing Management Authority.
  • Returned to the Member State in which they are registered prior to expiry of the certificate.
  • Certificates are subject to acceptance by the destination country.
  • A certificate should be accompanied by a relevant document (original export or re-export certificate or permit) issued by a non-EU country.

If a Travelling Exhibition Certificate is lost, stolen, or destroyed, a replacement certificate may only be issued by the Authority that issued the original certificate.

Submission of Applications

Applications should include all documents required for the application to be considered, and if authorized, for a certificate to be duly issued. Applications should be submitted at least 15 days in advance. Currently, it is not possible to submit the application form for this certificate electronically.

Download pplication form.

Cistoms and inspection procedures

When a travelling exhibition originates in the EU, permits are issued by the CITES Management Authority in the Member State from which the travelling exhibition originates. In this case, a holder of a Travelling Exhibition Certificate intending to import, export, or re-export specimens will submit the "original" certificate (Form number 1), along with the original and a photocopy of the Continuation Sheet, for verification at an authorized EU Customs post. Customs will complete the Continuation Sheet, return the original documents to the holder, and forward the endorsed copy of the Continuation Sheet to the issuing CITES Management Authority.

If the specimen is to be introduced into the EU from a non-EU country, the Certificate will be issued by the CITES Management Authority of the EU Member State that is to be the first country of destination for the specimen, provided that the applicant has submitted the required equivalent document issued by the non-EU country concerned. Procedure is the same as described above. The applicant should also submit the original certificate issued by the non-EU country for verification.