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Bringing Pets

From 1st October 2004 all animals entering Cyprus must have a European Pet Passport, which can be obtained from your local vet. You must have a suitable travel box that complies with IATA regulations for the movement of live animals.

If your pet has a Pet Passport, i.e. is micro-chipped and has had a rabies vaccination at least one month but not more than one year before flight, then it can enter without any form of quarantine. The pet’s passport will be checked by a Customs official at the airport. There is a charge for this plus the airline delivery note. Your pet must have flea, tick and worm treatment 24 to 48 hours before the flight. Your vet will fill in the relevant pages of the passport and stamp and date it to prove that this has been done. When entering Cyprus either through Larnaca or Paphos airport, your pet will still need to be checked over by the local vet here and there will be an inspection of all paperwork. With the advent of the European Pet Passport, and provided your pet is up-to-date, there will be no need for quarantine. If this treatment has not been performed you will have to pay a further C£26 at the airport and your pet may be subject to one month in quarantine from the date of import.

If your pet does not have a passport, it may still enter Cyprus, but the pet will be subject to six months in quarantine and will need an import licence obtained from the Government vet in Limassol (Tel: +357 25 819512). You will also need to book quarantine kennels in Cyprus.

The Republic of Cyprus is now a member of the Pet Travel Scheme which allows pet carnivores (dogs, cats and ferrets) from any of the countries covered by the scheme to enter Cyprus without quarantine provided they meet specified anti-rabies, blood sampling and anti-worm/anti-tick hygiene requirements (note: UK pets can enter Cyprus on the Pet Travel Scheme without the need for a rabies blood test. However, they will not be allowed back into the UK without quarantine.)

Northern Cyprus is not a member of the EU and is not covered by the Pet Travel Scheme. In order to bring pets into Northern Cyprus you need to obtain an import permit from the North Cyprus Veterinary Service. Cats and dogs must have a health certificate signed by an official government officer in their home country, and must be quarantined for six months on arrival in Northern Cyprus, after being vaccinated against rabies and treated for echinoccus and ectoparasites. Certain breeds of dog cannot be brought into Northern Cyprus.

Please note that the following breeds of dogs are not allowed to enter Cyprus:

American Pit Bull, Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Brasileiro.





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