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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
  • 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.

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:

  • 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.

    Provisions governing the entry of companion animals into the territory of Cyprus Information about fees and working hours

    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.

    Importing cats, dogs or ferrets from Norway and Iceland

    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.


    THE ENTRY OF PET DOGS, CATS OR FERRETS UNDER THE AGE OF THREE MONTHS IS NOT ALLOWED, REGARDLESS OF THE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN.


    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.

    Further information: Visit Here or see below:

    Lefkosia District Veterinary Office
    1417, Lefkosia (Nicosia)
    CYPRUS
    Tel: +357 22 805240/241/235
    Fax: +357 22 805174
    E-mail: animal.health@vs.moa.gov.cy
    hpipis@vs.moa.gov.cy

    Larnaca District Veterinary Office
    Tel:+357 24 304275/276
    Fax: +357 24 304270
    E-mail: dvs.larnaca@vs.moa.gov.cy

    Larnaka Airport Border Inspection Veterinary Office
    Tel:+357 24 304703
    Fax:+357-24304708
    E-mail: biplac@vs.moa.gov.cy

    Lemesos (Limassol) District Veterinary Office
    Tel:+357 25 305195
    Fax: +357 25 305256
    E-mail: dvs.lemesos@vs.moa.gov.cy

    Paphos District Veterinary Office
    Tel:+357 26 306269
    Fax: +357 26 306198
    E-mail: dvs.paphos@vs.moa.gov.cy

    Working in Cyprus

    If you are not a holder of a Cypriot passport, you will need a work permit in order to work in Cyprus. The present policy regarding foreign nationals who wish to take up employment in Cyprus is that an employment permit is granted only on a temporary basis and for a specified position provided that no suitably qualified Cypriot citizens are available. Please note that this action must take place while foreign nationals are outside Cyprus, (except in cases of EU nationals).

    Foreign national seeking employment in Cyprus must secure through personal efforts a local employer who should submit an application to the Migration Officer, Ministry of the Interior, Lefkosia (Nicosia) (see address below), which is the competent authority for the issue of such permits. The Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance acts as an advisor to the Migration Officer as regards the situation in the labour market and the compliance by the above-mentioned employer of the criteria governing the employment of aliens.

    Manpower recruitment is made directly by the employers or through intermediaries; therefore you have to make your own direct contacts with interested employers, intermediaries or employers' organisations.

    For more information you may wish to write to:

    The Migration Department
    Ministry of the Interior
    1457 Lefkosia (Nicosia)
    Cyprus
    Tel: +357 22804502
    Fax +357 22804587
    E-mail: migration@crmd.moi.gov.cy

    Here are the addresses of the main employers organisations, which you may wish to contact:
    The Employers & Industrialists Federation (Cyprus)
    P.O.Box 1657
    Lefkosia (Nicosia)
    Cyprus
    Email: oeb@dial.cylink.com.cy

    Cyprus Chamber of Commerce & Industry
    P.O.Box 1455
    Lefkosia (Nicosia)
    Cyprus
    E-mail: chamber@ccci.org.cy

    Cyprus Hotel Keepers Association
    12A A. Araouzos St
    Lefkosia (Nicosia)
    Cyprus

    You can also advertise in the local newspapers. Here are the e-mail addresses of two English language papers:
    The Cyprus Mail = editor@cynews.com
    The Cyprus Weekly = weekly@spidernet.com.cy
    Names and addresses of other newspapers can be found in the Links section of this website.

    Jobs in the government (mainly for Cypriot citizens) are advertised in the government Gazette published every Friday and available on subscription from the:
    Government Printing Office
    Michail Karaoli Str.
    1445 Lefkosia
    Tel: +357 22 405846
    Fax:+357 22 303175

    Bringing Medicine to Cyprus

    If you need to bring your medicines with you when traveling to Cyprus (especially when you are receiving therapy for conditions that need continuous treatment such as high blood pressure or arthritis) there will be no problem as long as the quantity you carry is reasonable (sufficient for your stay in Cyprus). Should you require additional medication, please note that foreign prescriptions are not valid in Cyprus, therefore you should visit a local physician and obtain one from here. Most hotels may direct you to an appropriate physician if the situation arises. It is advisable to carry a brief report on your condition and treatment from your own physician if you anticipate problems. This will enable the local physician you may visit understand your medical history and provide the appropriate treatment.

    In case you need to carry narcotics (i.e. morphine) or psychotropics (i.e. diazepam) please note that Cyprus is a signatory of the Schengen Agreement. If you are coming from a country that is also a signatory, please note that you are required to bring a declaration from your country that authorizes you to carry such medicines. Failure to produce such an authorization may lead to the confiscation of your medicines by Customs. You may obtain such an authorization from the local authorities in your country. The maximum validity of this authorization is 30 days.

    If you are coming from a country that is not a Schengen Agreement signatory, you should request that the competent authority of your country send us a letter describing the nature of your treatment, your medication/s, the dose, the quantity required and the name of your physician. The Pharmaceutical Services will, then, send to the competent authority of your country an authorization for the importation of narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances for personal use that should be forwarded to you. You should carry this to Cyprus and produce it when you are requested to do so by the local authorities. It is advisable to carry these actions out well in advance (at least 1 month) of your trip to Cyprus in order to allow for the usual due processes to take place in a timely manner.

    Should you have any further queries (i.e. availability of medicines), you may contact the Pharmaceutical Services at the following address:

    Department of Pharmaceutical Services
    Ministry of Health
    1475 Nicosia
    Cyprus
    Tel.: +357-22-407-110
    Fax: +357-22- 407-149
    E-mail: phscentral@phs.moh.gov.cy

    Drug Possession

    Possession of any kind of Drugs is considered a serious offence and severe punishment is imposed for even small quantities of drugs for personal use. This includes, not only heroin or other «hard drugs», but marijuana, hashish, synthetic drugs (i.e. ECSTASY) and other similar drugs as well.

    Should you have any further queries, you may contact the Cyprus Police:
    Tel: 1498 and +357 22 808267
    Fax.: +357 22 311423
    E-mail: policepress@cytanet.com.cy



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