The following list of species are included in Appendix I of the CITES Convention and Annex A of the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations.

Trade of specimens (whole, live or dead, parts and derivatives) of species up-listed to Appendix I/ Annex A as listed in Table 1 above now requires relevant documentation including Article 10 Certificates in EU countries as well as CITES Import and Export Permits in case of trade with non-EU countries.

Common NameScientific namePhoto
Galapagos Giant Tortoise Geochelone nigra/ Chelonoidis niger
Radiated tortoise Geochelone radiate/ Astrochelys radiate
 AngonokaGeochelone yniphora/ Astrochelys yniphora
 Bolson tortoiseGopherus flavomarginatus
 Burmese star tortoise Geochelone platynota
 Pancake tortoiseMalacochersus tornieri
 Geometric tortoise Psammobates geometricus
 Madagascar flat-shelled tortoisePyxis planicauda
 Spur-thighed tortoiseTestudo graeca
 Madagascar spider tortoisePyxis arachnoides
 Hermann's tortoise Testudo hermanni
 Egyptian tortoiseTestudo kleinmanni
 Marginated tortoise Testudo marginata
Star tortoise Geochelone elegans
Three keeled land tortoiseMelanochelys tricarinata

Table 1: CITES listed species of tortoise

In case of possession of specimens (whole, live or dead, parts and derivatives) of any of the species in Table 1 above, these have to be registered with the Authority by 15th December 2022 by completing the process below. Persons in possession of such specimens are encouraged to apply immediately for the relevant registration.

How to apply for Registration


1.    For every specimen, if available, make sure to provide the necessary proof of legal acquisition dating before entry into force of the regulation. This may be in the form of an invoice or transfer from the original owner.

2.      Make sure that specimen/s are uniquely marked by using ISO Standard unalterable microchips

3.      Download the Registration Form here;

4.      Infill the form providing the proof of legal acquisition and photos of the specimens.

5.      Submit the form to ERA through the postal address, email or by hand.

ERA shall assess your application for registration and should it be accepted, shall issue a letter registering the specimen accordingly, which may follow with  an inspection of the specimen. Failure to register shall prohibit holders from any commercial activities related to these specimens.