| Bringing your pets with you to Cyprus is a straightforward procedure.
Once you have obtained a 'European pet passport' from your home country, the only simple formality that remains is obtaining a license from the Department of Veterinary Services in Pafos.
This will be granted if your pet has the necessary vaccinations. To ease the transition, pets may be kept in 'home quarantine' for a period of 6 months. Your pet will need to have been vaccinated against the rabies virus, at the age of not less than 3 months, with an inactivated rabies strain according to OIE standards, at least 1 month and within 1 year prior to departure for arriving in Cyprus.
A blood test needs to be taken 30 days after the vaccination to ensure that the correct amount of antibodies is present to ensure immunity in case of infection. Your pet must have undergone an anti-parasitical treatment 24-48 hours prior to departure to the Republic of Cyprus.
You will be required to produce documents verifying that the animal has arrived in the Republic of Cyprus from an EU member country, along with your pets vaccination cards. Owners are requested to inform the district veterinary officer in Cyprus (48 hours prior to arrival) of the date and hour of arrival, along with the flight number to avoid delays in releasing animals.
Upon arrival, every animal and its accompanying documents are inspected either by a Veterinary Officer or by a Customs Officer on duty. If the respective entry requirements for each case are met, the animal can enter into the territory of the Republic of Cyprus without the need of an import permit and without being subject to isolation in quarantine. Inspection fees are paid in the case of entry of a pet from a third country and whenever the entry requirements are not met.
In the case of transport by air, the animals should be placed in containers which fulfill the requirements of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) specifications. For more information you may visit IATA's website.
The animal must be accompanied by its owner or by a person who is responsible for it at the time of the importation. The animal should fulfill the following conditions:
Provisions governing the entry of animals into Cyprus
- Have a legible tattoo
- Or have an electronic microchip
- The information that would facilitate the verification of the owners name, surname and address should also be attainable.
The following breeds cannot be brought into Cyprus: Pit Bull Terrior (American Pit Bull), Japanese Tosa (Tosa Inu), Argentinian Mastiff (Dogo Argentino), and Brazillian Mastiff (Fila Brasileiro).
The entry of pet dogs, cats or ferrets under the age of 3 months is also disallowed, regardless of the country of origin.
The District Veterinary Office of the intended place of residence in Cyprus can be contacted to help with any queries you may have.
Paphos District Veterinary Office
Tel: +357 26 821 260
Limassol District Veterinary Office
Tel: +357 25 819 512
Animal Health & Welfare Division
Tel: +357 22 805 253, +357 22 805 236, +357 22 805 250
Fax: +357 22 805 176
More information available on the official governmental website of Veterinary Services.