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CITES – what musicians who travel need to know


CITES update – February 2020

At a CITES convention in Geneva in August 2019, CITES member countries voted to make all species of Rosewood (latin=dalbergia) in musical instruments, except Brazilian Rosewood, exempt from requiring permits to cross borders.  I have waited a while to update this blog as some member countries did not plan to implement the new rule immediately.

For many guitarists and dulcimer players, this effectively means that their instruments are now safe to safe to travel without permits.  Please be aware however that this only applies to Rosewood.  And, as before, if you have doubts, you may choose to contact the CITES office for guidance before travelling.

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