Moving Plants & Animals
Transfer of Animals

Citizens of the European Union who wish to transfer their normal residence to the Republic of Cyprus may bring their pet animals with them. The following rules apply to non-commercial movements of pet animals kept for companionship.

The transfer of the animal must not be of a commercial nature.

'Animals kept for companionship' means cats, dogs and ferrets. The sale or transfer of such an animal to another owner is prohibited. The animal must be accompanied by its owner (a natural person) or by a person who is responsible for it.

Dogs of the following breeds may not be imported into Cyprus from any country: American pit bull terriers or pit bull terriers

  • Japanese tosa
  • tosa Inu
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Argentinian mastiffs
  • fila brasileiro
  • Brazilian mastiffs

Animals younger than three months old may not be imported into Cyprus from any country.

Each animal must be accompanied by a European pet animal passport (Decision 2003/803/2003/ÅÊ) certifying its identity on the basis of an indelible mark (tattoo) or through the use of a transponder (microchip) manufactured in accordance with the specifications of ISO Standard 11784:1996 or in accordance with Annex A to ISO Standard 11785:1996 which is compatible with and can be read by the radio identification apparatus of the Veterinary Services.

The animal must have been vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days before its arrival in Cyprus and have been treated against tapeworm with a preparation containing the active ingredient Praziquantel and against external parasites with a preparation containing the active ingredient Fibronil 24–48 hours before arrival.

Any person bringing in a pet animal must inform the District Veterinary Station with responsibility for their point of arrival in Cyprus of the date and time of their arrival and of the number of the flight on which the animal will be carried 24 to 48 hours before arriving.

If certain or all of the requirements stated above are not met, the animal may be placed in quarantine in accordance with the law.

Persons who wish to import an animal are advised to get in touch with the competent authorities before leaving for Cyprus in order to confirm that they possess the documents that they will need to produce in order to certify fulfilment of the requirements imposed by the legislation.

Transfer of Plants

The only restrictions on the transfer of plants to the territory of the Republic of Cyprus are those which apply to the plants listed in Annex V to Directive 2000/29/EC. A phytosanitary certificate is required for the plants listed in that Annex.

General

No duty or tax is payable in respect of animals and plants transferred to Cyprus provided that the animal or plant is free of legal impediment (i.e. was imported lawfully into the EU, with payment of the appropriate duties, or was bred or generated in the EU) and given compliance with the regulations in force

Further Information
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment:
    Tel: 22 300 817
    Fax: 22 781 156
  • Veterinary Services:
    Animal Health and Welfare Section
    Tel: 22 805 155
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  • Nicosia District Veterinary Station:
    Tel: 22 805 240/1
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  • Famagusta District Veterinary Station
    Tel
    : 24 721 571
    Fax: 22 805 174/176
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  • Larnaca District Veterinary Station:
    Tel: 24 304 275/6
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  • Limassol District Veterinary Station:
    Tel: 25 819 512
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  • Paphos District Veterinary Station
    Tel
    : 26 306 269
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Text last edited on: 11/2005

Source: European Union
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