Do you need a CITES certificate to travel with a musical instrument?
The quick answer is “yes, sometimes”. To be on the safe side, any travel with a musical instrument involving the crossing of borders should be carefully prepared. Following the gradual strengthening of rules under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the increasing number of protected species, you may have to apply for a CITES certificate.
The following, short questionnaire will allow you to
– check, according to your destination, whether the composition of your instrument requires applying for a CITES certificate (MIC or TEC);
– identify steps to be taken before your departure.
You will be able to check a box on top of the summary page if you wish to receive the results of this questionnaire by e‑mail.
Pernambuco bows : bows made of Pernambuco may currently be carried without certificate (except from Brazil). Please read our recommendations carefully as it is a sensitive matter.