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Cyprus – Importing a Pet

Cyprus is an island country located in the Eastern Mediterranean. If you are planning to relocate to Cyprus, you might want to bring your beloved pet with you. Here are some things you should know about importing your pet to Cyprus.

Importing Pets to Cyprus

Cyprus does allow the import of pets. However, there are certain restrictions on which types of pets you can bring into the country. The following types of pets are permitted to enter Cyprus:

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Birds
  • Rodents
  • Reptiles
  • Fish

It is important to note that exotic animals are not allowed into the country.

Vaccination Requirements

All pets imported into Cyprus must be vaccinated against rabies. Dogs must also be vaccinated against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, and parvovirus. The vaccination must be given at least 21 days prior to entering the country. A health certificate signed by a veterinarian must be presented upon arrival in Cyprus.

Application Procedure

To import your pet to Cyprus, you must first obtain an import permit from the Veterinary Services of Cyprus. The application must be made at least 10 days before the arrival of the pet. The following documents must be submitted along with the application:

  • Health certificate
  • Vaccination record
  • Import permit fee

Pets can only enter Cyprus through the airports in Larnaca and Paphos.

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There is no mandatory quarantine period for pets entering Cyprus from EU countries or other countries with low incidence of rabies. However, pets coming from high-risk countries must be quarantined for a period of 21 days upon arrival in Cyprus.

International Travel Scheme

Cyprus is a member of the European Union and follows the EU pet travel scheme. This scheme allows for the free movement of pets between EU member states. However, pets coming from non-EU countries must follow the regulations set by the country.

Pet License

All dogs in Cyprus must be registered with the local municipality and obtain a dog license. This license must be renewed annually. The license fee varies depending on the municipality.

Useful Links

For more information on importing pets to Cyprus, you can visit the website of the Veterinary Services of Cyprus: http://www.moa.gov.cy/moa/vs/vs.nsf/index_en/index_en?OpenDocument


Importing a pet to Cyprus can be a straightforward process as long as you follow the regulations set by the country. Make sure to obtain all the necessary documentation and vaccinations before traveling to Cyprus with your pet.

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