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Northern Cyprus Pet Passport Regulations

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There will be no quarantine imposed on your pet when entering Northern Cyprus as long as the following requirements are met. Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs, cats and ferrets only. Owners of other pets should refer to item 10.


Pet Microchip

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Your pet must first be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted. If your pet's microchip is not ISO compliant, you can either bring your own microchip scanner or, if your pet's non-ISO compliant microchip can still be read, then your veterinarian can implant an ISO-compliant microchip in addition to the one your pet currently has. The number and implant dates of both microchips must be documented on the health certificate.

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pet rabies vaccination

Your pet will need a rabies vaccination after the microchip is implanted and more than 30 days prior to entry but not more than 12 months prior to transport.

Dogs must be vaccinated against distemper, hepatitis and leptospira. Cats must be vaccinated against feline enteritis and feline influenza.

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Rabies Titer Test

Rabies Titer Test

The original results of a rabies titer test (FAVN) must accompany your cat or dog. The test should be administered after microchipping and rabies vaccination. If the rabies vaccination is your pet's first vaccination or the previous vaccination had expired, it is recommended that you wait for a minimum of 21 days before having the titer test administered. Have your veterinarian scan your pet's microchip before drawing the blood for the test as the microchip number must be reflected on the paperwork. Samples must be processed at EU-approved labs.

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Import Permit

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An import permit must be obtained from the Directorate of the Department of Veterinary Medicine. The application must be in Turkish or English. The import permit is valid for 60 days.

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Pet Health Certificate

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Your pet must undergo a health check 48 hours before the flight so that you can obtain an export health certificate which must be approved by the body responsible for veterinary affairs in the country from which your original flight departs.

Pets entering Northern Cyprus from the United Kingdom must have an export permit (4891 EHC) issued by DEFRA or SEERAD.


Entering Northern Cyprus


Pets entering Northern Cyprus must do so by air at the Ercan International Airport. Dogs and cats that do not meet entrance requirements will be subject to 3 months of quarantine at a place and conditions determined by the Director of the Veterinary Office at the expense of the owner.

Pets cannot enter Northern Cyprus from Cyprus over land.

All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to Northern Cyprus. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.


Puppies and Kittens

Northern Cyprus puppy or kitten import

Unvaccinated puppies and kittens under the age of 3 months may not enter Northern Cyprus from any country.

Puppies and kittens older than 3 months are subject to the regulations above.


Banned Breeds

Banned Dogs in Northern Cyprus

The following breeds are prohibited from entry to Northern 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 Northern Cyprus

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All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving Northern Cyprus for another EU Member State including the United Kingdom must have a rabies titer test after being microchipped and vaccinated for rabies and no sooner than 90 days before import.


Other Animals

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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 Northern Cyprus. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.



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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 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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