Q&A

What are the legal points of entry to Cyprus?
What are the veterinary conditions relating to the import of pets into Cyprus?
What do I need to do in order to be allowed to work in Cyprus?
What do I need to know regarding bringing medicines to Cyprus?
What do I need to know regarding the possession of drugs in Cyprus?





Legal Points of Entry to Cyprus

Persons visiting Cyprus must enter and leave the country from a legal port or airport in the Government-controlled area. As the northern part of the island is under Turkish military occupation, all points of entry there have been declared illegal and prohibited to all maritime and air traffic. These include the airports of Tymbou (so-called "Ercan") and Lefkoniko and the sea ports of Famagusta, Kyrenia, Karavostasi and Xeros. The ban is recognised and observed by the governments of all countries except Turkey.

Crossing to the occupied area

However, visitors in the Government-controlled area who wish to go to the occupied area may cross from the various crossing points along the buffer zone. No formalities or advance arrangements are required. It is sufficient to inform a Police Officer of the Republic of Cyprus at the checkpoint of their intention. They will be allowed to go through to the buffer zone, which is controlled by the United Nations Peacekeeping Force (UNFICYP) who in turn will let them proceed to the occupied area. It is advisable to carry a passport or identity card solely as proof of identity if requested. Under no circumstances must visitors allow their passports to be stamped by the Turkish Cypriot "authorities".

Persons who enter the country from an illegal port or airport and cross to the Government-controlled area will be in breach of the law and will suffer the consequences.

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:

1. Identification


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.

2. Route
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: