Endangered animal and plant species

Specimens belonging to endangered species of wild flora and fauna, or parts or derivatives of such specimens, as well as products made thereof, are allowed to carry along in the existence of authorisations of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Council Regulation (EC) No. 338/97 regulates the trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora.

Endangered animal and plant species may be imported into Estonia through the customs offices listed in the Government of the Republic Regulation No. 213 where the conformity of the endangered species to the requirements for the importation into the European Union shall be checked. Live animals may be brought in through the Luhamaa Border Point only.

As a rule, checks concerning the transit through Estonia shall not be performed (for example, if travellers only change the means of transport in Estonia only). But travellers shall be able to certify the legal origin of the specimens at any moment. In the case of the specimens belonging to Annexes A and B, travellers shall present also valid re-export permits at the request of the customs authorities where the destinations of the specimens are indicated.

Travellers arriving from non-EU countries may take along without a CITES authorisation in their baggage:

  • caviar (sturgeon roe) (Acipenseriformes spp.) – up to 125 grams if marked with the respective label on the packaging
  • rainsticks made of cacti (Cactaceae spp.) – 3 sticks per person
  • dead or worked specimens of Crocodylia (Crocodylia spp.) (except meat and game trophies) – 4 dead specimens, their parts or products made thereof per person
  • queen conches (Strombus gigas) – 3 pieces per person
  • giant clams (Tridacnidae spp.) – 3 pieces or 3 kilograms per person
  • seahorses (Hippocampus spp.) – 3 dead specimens per person

See "Endangered species of fauna and flora (CITES specimens)" (in Estonian)


 Further information from the Ministry of the Environment