Cyprus Pet Passport & Import Regulations
There will be no quarantine for your pet as long as the following regulations are met. Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs, cats and ferrets including service and emotional support dogs and cats. Owners of other pets should refer to item 10. Regulations do not include the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
The first step to prepare your dog, cat or ferret to enter Cyprus is to have your pet microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.
If your pet's microchip is not ISO compliant, then you can either bring your own microchip scanner or your veterinarian can give your pet a compliant chip. If your pet has 2 microchips, the number and implant dates of both microchips must be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is an acceptable form of identification as long as it was given prior to July 3, 2011, is clearly visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies after the tattoo was applied.
If your pet is entering Cyprus from a rabies-free (click here) or rabies-controlled country (click here), it will need proof of a current rabies vaccination that was administered after the microchip was implanted.
If this is your pet's first vaccination after microchipping, it will need to wait for 21 days before traveling. There is no waiting period after boosters as long as:
- the previous vaccination was administered after a microchip was implanted AND
- the previous vaccination had not expired when the booster was given.
Cyprus does honor the 3 year rabies vaccination for dogs, cats and ferrets; however, it should only be administered as a booster unless specified by the manufacturer. You can speak to your veterinarian about this.
Once your pet has entered Cyprus, a 21 day waiting period is not required for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date, and the other entry requirements are met.
Rabies Titer Test
If your pet is entering Cyprus from a high-rabies country (click here), your pet must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies (in that order). After waiting 30 days, a rabies titer test (FAVN) must be administered. (Have your veterinarian scan your pet's microchip prior to the titer test.) Samples must be processed at approved laboratories. Assuming test results within acceptable limits, your pet can enter Cyprus no sooner than 3 calendar months after the date the blood was drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering Cyprus from a high-rabies country (click here).
The type of health certificate required for your pet depends on whether or not your pet's transport is accompanied OR it involves a purchase, sale or transfer of ownership. Choose from two options below.
Non-Commercial Transport: the owner or a legal representative of the owner is traveling with or within 5 days of the pet AND the transport does not involve purchase, sale or transfer of ownership.
Non-Commercial Transport to Cyprus from a country outside of the EU:
Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. If entering Cyprus from a high-rabies country, step 3 applies as well.
A licensed veterinarian in the originating country must complete the non-commercial EU health certificate for Cyprus within 10 days of travel. If your pet is traveling from the United States, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA and the health certificate must be endorsed by the State USDA office unless the certificate is completed by a military Veterinary Corps Officer or GS-0701 series civilian government veterinarian employed by the military.
The CFIA must endorse forms issued by Canadian veterinarians.
If traveling to Cyprus from another country, then the forms must be endorsed by the government agency responsible for the import and export of animals.
This form is good for transports of 5 or less dogs. cats or ferrets. (see step 6 if you are traveling with more than 5 dogs, cats or ferrets.) The form is good for 4 months of travel within the EU as long as the rabies vaccination documented on it does not expire.
You or your representative must sign a Declaration of Non-Commercial Transport stating that your pet's transport does not involve the sale or transfer of ownership of your pet.
Non-Commercial Transport to Cyprus from another EU Member State:
Regulations in steps 1 and 2 will apply. Step 3 does not apply.
Have your veterinarian update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. A non-commercial EU health certificate is not required for pets traveling to Cyprus from another EU Member State unless a rabies booster was administered by a veterinarian outside of the EU at any time after your pet received its microchip.
Commercial Transport: the owner or a legal representative of the owner is not traveling with or within 5 days of the pet OR the purpose of the transport involves a sale or transfer of ownership OR more than 5 dogs, cats or ferrets are traveling with or without their owner.
Commercial Transport to Cyprus from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country outside the EU:
Regulations in steps 1 and 2 will apply. Step 3 does not apply.
A licensed veterinarian in the originating country must complete the commercial EU health certificate for Cyprus within 48 hours of travel. If your pet is traveling from the United States or Canada, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA or CFIA respectively and the commercial EU health certificate must be endorsed by the local USDA (United States) or CFIA (Canada) office. This form is good for transports of 5 or less dogs, cats or ferrets. (see item 6 for transports of more than 5 pets).
Your pet must enter through an approved Border Inspection Post (BIP) at an international airport in Larnaka. Notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival.
All dogs must be vaccinated against distemper.
Commercial Transport to Cyprus from high-rabies countries outside the EU:
Dogs, cats and ferrets can only enter Cyprus from these high-rabies countries. Pets must conform to all rules above and also have a titer test according to step 3 above.
Commercial Traansport to Cyprus from another EU Member State:
Regulations in steps 1 and 2 will apply.
If your pet is traveling to Cyprus alone from another EU Member State, your pet must travel from a licensed premises which is registered with the governing authority in your EU country responsible for the import and export of pets. Your veterinarian must obtain and update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. Your pet's transport must be accompanied by an Intratrade health certificate completed within 48 hours of entry.
Traveling with more than 5 pets
If you are traveling with 6 or more cats, dogs or ferrets, in order to transport them under non-commercial regulations, they must be 6 months or older and attending or training for a competition, show or sporting event. If this is not the case, your pets must meet the requirements for commercial transport. (see step #5)
Pets entering by air without their owners or representatives must do so at an approved Border Inspection Post at the international airport in Larnaka and Pafos. Pets traveling with or within 5 days their owners can enter at the following entry points: Larnaka International Airport, Pafos International Airport, Lemesos Port, Larnaka Port, Pafos Port, Latchi Port, Larnaka Marina and the Saint Raphael Marina.
The entry points for animal species covered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) are the Larnaka and Pafos International Airports and the Lemesos and Larnaka ports only.
Pets must enter Cyprus directly or transit through another EU Member State.
All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to Cyprus. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Pets may arrive in the cabin, as checked baggage or as air cargo.
Puppies and Kittens
Unvaccinated puppies and kittens under the age of 12 weeks may not enter Cyprus from any country.
Puppies and kittens older than 12 weeks are subject to the regulations in steps 1 and 2 above.
The following breeds are prohibited from entry to Cyprus: Pit Bull Terrier or American Pit Bull, Japanese Tosa or Tosa Inu, Dogo Argentino or Argentinian Mastiff, Fila Brasileiro or Brazilian Mastiff.
Exporting Pets Living in Cyprus
All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving Cyprus for another EU Member State should meet entry requirements for their destination country before leaving Cyprus. If you are planning to take your pet on a trip to a country with a high incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should do a Blood Titer Test 30 days after microchipping and rabies vaccination before you leave Cyprus if you intend to return. Export permits may be required for non-accompanied transports.
If your pet is originating from Northern Cyprus, and it is traveling to the UK, it will need to follow the process in steps 1, 2, 3 and 4 above as this area is considered high-rabies by the United Kingdom.
Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter Cyprus. For the entry of pet animals other than dogs, cats and ferrets, an import permit issued by Veterinary Services must be obtained prior to the movement. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.
If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a turtle or parrot, you should verify that it is not protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITES regulations.
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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on PetTravel.com reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given country may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to make arrangements to put your pet into quarantine at your expense, return your pet to the country of origin, or euthanize your pet. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the country you are visiting.
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