Crossing Borders: A Guide for Musicians and Ensembles Travelling with Musical Instruments Containing Protected Species

A classical acoustic guitar, half in shadow, looking moody.

This guide, by PEARLE* and the International Federation of Musicians, is for musicians and ensembles travelling with musical instruments containing species protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered (CITES).

Musical instruments can contain protected woods and small amounts of highly protected species for which a musical instrument certificate (MIC) is needed for international travels, such as ivory, tortoiseshell, whalebone. Travelling with those instruments can become complicated when crossing international borders for touring activities.

The guide provides hands-on information on how to comply with the applicable rules and apply for the CITES MICs through a step-by-step approach.