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Bringing back pets or plants is strictly regulated by US customs. This means just having the proper paperwork doesn't give you the right to bring your new pet parrot Waldo right from customs to your car. It just means that you are allowed to bring the bird to US customs. They still have to check the animal out. Which in some cases means a thorough health inspection. Your pet would need to be quarantined. Given the proper vaccinations. Then once they were convinced this pet could spread no new diseases in our country it could be released into your care. So you might want to think twice before you buy that cute little foreign bird that catches your eye.