Import insects

You can import insects for biological control, food, or research. Importation of insects for entertainment purposes (e.g. butterflies at weddings) is not permitted.

You must apply for an application to import insects in order to bring any insects to Bermuda for the above purposes.

How to apply to import insects to Bermuda

To complete the application, make sure you have the following:

  • Information on the origin and supplier of the insects
  • Details regarding shipping containers, host/food material required and life stage to be shipped
  • Health certificates, test results and rearing information where required
  • Case for biological control efficacy and host specificity where relevant

Process for importing insects in Bermuda

Submit the completed application form to the Plant Protection Laboratory.

Your application will be reviewed and, if approved, an import permit will be issued. The Plant Protection Laboratory will assess the necessity of importing the insects and the associated risks to the environment of the importation. If your application is not approved, you may be required to provide additional information, or the insect that you are requesting to import may not be permitted entry.

The insect shipment must be delivered directly to the Plant Protection Lab for inspection. You will require a Release Form to collect the shipment from Customs at the Freight Shed, Baggage Hall, etc.) Shipments will be confiscated if the insects arrive without approval, are contaminated or deemed to be diseased, or if non-permitted insect host material is included.

After the shipment passes inspection, you will be contacted to collect it from the Plant Protection Laboratory.