Importing Pet Animals to Cyprus
Importing cats, dogs or ferrets from an EU Member State
Animals originating from an EU country and accompanied by the relative validated documents and which fulfil the provisions set below, can enter into the territory of the Republic of Cyprus without being subject to quarantine period or the need of an import permit. The animals should fulfil the following conditions:
· Have easily readable tattoo or
· Have an electronic microchip incorporated into their body for verifying animal's identity.
The information which would facilitate the verification of the owner's name, surname and address should also be attainable apart from identity's verification.
In order for the microchip to be easily detected/read and compatible with the radio detective devices which the Veterinary Services own, the microchip should a) have been manufactured in accordance with the provisions set by the International Quality Standard ISO 11784:1996 or b) comply with annex A of ISO 11785:1996.
In case the incorporated microchip does not comply with the aforementioned specifications of the International Quality Standard ISO 11784:1996 or annex A of ISO 11785:1996 and is not readable by the radio detective devices which the Veterinary Services use, the owner or the natural person responsible for the pet animal on behalf of the owner must provide the necessary means for reading the microchip at the time of inspection. The incorporation of the microchip should be proved that it has been calendary done prior one at least vaccination against rabies.
For a period of 8 years and until 1 October 2012, both methods of identification are accepted. After the end of this transition period, only the electronic chip method would be accepted as identification method.
They have arrived in Cyprus directly from an EU member country.
3. Accompanying documents
Are accompanied by:
A) European Passport (Decision 803/2003/EK, Annex, part C) issued by an, by the competent authority, authorized veterinarian substantiating that the animal is under a valid vaccination or re-vaccination against rabies according to vaccine's manufacturer instructions and which (vaccination or re-vaccination) has been administered to the animal using, at least, one unit of inactivated antigen per dose (OIE standard). The animal should:
· Have been vaccinated against rabies virus, at the age of not less than 3 months old, with an inactivated rabies strain according to OIE standards, at least one (1) month prior departure for arriving in Cyprus.
· Have undergone an antiparasitical treatment, 24-48 hours prior departure for arrival into the territory of the Republic of Cyprus, using concoctions which contain:
· the active substance Fipronil against ectoparasites (flies, ticks, lice) and
· the active substance Praziquantel against Echinococcus granulosus (Hydatidosis).
B) Documents verifying that the animal has arrived into the territory of the Republic of Cyprus from an EU member country.
C) The records concerning vaccinations have been checked and proved to fulfill the Provisions set forth.
The following breeds cannot be brought into Cyprus
Pit Bull Terrier (American Pit Bull), Japanese Tosa (Tosa Inu), Argentinian Mastiff (Dogo Argentino), Brazilian Mastiff (Fila Brasileiro).
THE ENTRY OF PET DOGS, CATS OR FERRETS UNDER THE AGE OF THREE MONTHS IS NOT ALLOWED, REGARDLESS OF THE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN.
Provisions governing the entry of companion animals into the territory of Cyprus
Information about fees and working hours
Importing cats, dogs or ferrets from a third country
Animals originating from a country mentioned in part A of the Annex (which includes Norway and Iceland) and are accompanied by the relative validated documents and which fulfil the provisions set below, can enter into the territory of the Republic of Cyprus without being subject to quarantine period or the need of an import permit. The animals should fulfil the following conditions:
· Microchip or tattoo (as 1 above)
· Passport (Decision 2003/803/EK) or health certificate properly filled and ratified by an official veterinarian
· Vaccination against rabies at least 30 days prior to entering Cyprus (as 3A above)
· Antiparasitical treatment 24-48 hours prior to departing for Cyprus, with concoctions containing the active substances Fipronil and Praziquantel (as 3A above)
· Document verifying that they have arrived in Cyprus directly from Norway or Iceland respectively or through an EU member country.
More information about entry from a third country mentioned in part A.
Importing animals other than cats, dogs or ferrets
For inquiries concerning animals other than cats, dogs and ferrets, please contact the respective District Veterinary Office of the intended point of residence in Cyprus. Contact information is given below.
Lefkosia District Veterinary Office
1417, Lefkosia (Nicosia)
Tel: +357 22 805240/241/235
Fax: +357 22 805174
Larnaca District Veterinary Office
Tel:+357 24 304275/276
Fax: +357 24 304270
Larnaka Airport Border Inspection Veterinary Office
Tel:+357 24 304703
Lemesos (Limassol) District Veterinary Office
Tel:+357 25 305195
Fax: +357 25 305256
Paphos District Veterinary Office
Tel:+357 26 306269
Fax: +357 26 306198
Source: Cyprus Embassy in The Hague