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How to take pets to Cyprus: a comprehensive guide

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Transporting pets to Cyprus involves navigating a series of regulations and preparations to ensure the safety and comfort of your animal companions during the move. Whether you’re relocating permanently or planning a lengthy stay, understanding the Cypriot requirements for pet importation is crucial. This guide provides a detailed overview, covering everything from pre-travel preparations to adjusting to life in Cyprus with your pets.

Understanding Cyprus pet import regulations

Cyprus maintains specific entry requirements for pets to safeguard the health and safety of animals and residents. These include mandatory vaccinations, microchipping, and in some cases, a quarantine period. It’s essential to familiarize yourself with these requirements well in advance of your travel date. Cyprus has restrictions on certain breeds; thus, pet owners should verify if their pets are allowed. Understanding these regulations is the first step in planning a successful relocation.

Pre-travel preparations

Ensuring your pet is healthy and up-to-date on vaccinations is not only a requirement but also a critical step in preparing for international travel. A visit to the vet will include a health check-up, necessary vaccinations, and advice on travel-related health precautions. Microchipping is a mandatory requirement for pets entering Cyprus. Alongside, you’ll need to gather all necessary documentation, including health certificates and proof of vaccinations.

Air travel with pets to Cyprus

Different airlines have varying policies regarding pet travel. It’s important to choose an airline that accommodates your pet’s needs and to understand their requirements for carriers, documentation, and in-flight care. Preparing your pet for air travel involves acclimating them to their carrier, understanding the risks associated with flying, and taking steps to minimize stress and discomfort.

Sea travel options

For those preferring sea travel, understanding the options, requirements, and preparations for ferry services is essential. Similar to air travel, preparing your pet for sea travel involves familiarization with their carrier and understanding the specific requirements of sea transport.

Living in Cyprus with pets

Ensuring your pets have access to quality veterinary care is crucial. This section covers finding local vets, emergency services, and routine care. Cyprus offers various pet-friendly spaces and activities. Discover how to enjoy Cyprus’s natural beauty and vibrant communities with your pets.


Pet insurance and healthcare

Exploring pet insurance options in Cyprus can provide peace of mind by covering unexpected veterinary expenses. Understanding the benefits of pet insurance and how it can safeguard your pet’s health and your finances.

Legal obligations and responsibilities

Legal obligations for pet owners in Cyprus include registration and microchipping. This section outlines the procedures and benefits. Familiarizing yourself with local laws and regulations regarding pet ownership is essential for a harmonious living experience in Cyprus.

Emergency services and pet safety

It’s important to be prepared and know where the nearest 24-hour veterinary clinics are located. Keep a list of emergency contact numbers, including local vets, animal rescue services, and poison control centers, readily available.

Contacts of veterinary clinics in Cyprus:



Nicosia district veterinary office

Tel: +357-22805240/1

E-mail: [email protected]

Limassol district veterinary office

Tel: +357-25819512

E-mail: [email protected]

Larnaca district veterinary office

Tel: +357-24821275/6

Email: [email protected]

Famagusta district veterinary office

Tel: +357-24824555

E-mail: [email protected]

Paphos district veterinary office

Tel: +357-26821260

E-mail: [email protected]

Animal health and welfare division

Tel: +357-22805253 / 22805236 / 22805250

E-mail: [email protected]

It’s important to be prepared and know where the nearest 24-hour veterinary clinics are located. Keep a list of emergency contact numbers, including local vets, animal rescue services, and poison control centers, readily available.

Ensuring your pet’s safety in Cyprus also involves taking specific precautions tailored to the local environment. The Mediterranean climate means hot summers, so it’s crucial to protect your pets from heatstroke. Always provide ample shade and fresh water, and avoid leaving pets in parked cars. During the hottest parts of the day, keep walks short and try to walk your pets during cooler morning or evening hours.

Be aware of the local wildlife in Cyprus, which can pose risks to pets. Snakes, scorpions, and other potentially dangerous animals are present, so keep pets on a leash in rural areas and be vigilant during walks.

Urban environments present their own challenges. Busy streets and unfamiliar noises can be stressful for pets. Ensure your pet is microchipped and wears a collar with an ID tag, so they can be easily identified and returned if lost.

FAQ: Traveling to Cyprus with pets

What vaccinations are required for pets entering Cyprus?

All pets entering Cyprus must be vaccinated against rabies. The vaccination must be administered at least 21 days before travel but not more than one year prior to entering the country. It’s also recommended to ensure your pet is up to date with other standard vaccinations, such as distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and leptospirosis for dogs, and feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia for cats. Check with your veterinarian to confirm your pet meets all health requirements.

How do I microchip my pet for travel to Cyprus?

Your pet must be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15-digit pet microchip. If your pet’s microchip is not ISO compliant, you must bring your own microchip scanner. The microchipping must occur before the rabies vaccine is administered. Ensure the microchip is scanned at every veterinary visit to confirm functionality and correct registration.

Can all breeds of dogs and cats enter Cyprus?

Cyprus allows most breeds of dogs and cats; however, there are restrictions on certain breeds, particularly for dogs considered to be dangerous. It’s important to consult the Cyprus Veterinary Services or the Embassy for an up-to-date list of banned or restricted breeds before planning your travel.

What is the quarantine period for pets in Cyprus?

Cyprus may require a quarantine period for pets coming from non-EU countries or countries not considered rabies-free. The duration can vary depending on the country of origin and the pet’s health status upon arrival. Typically, if all health and vaccination requirements are met, quarantine can be avoided or minimized. Always check the latest regulations well in advance of your trip.

How can I find a pet-friendly place to stay in Cyprus?

Many hotels, resorts, and accommodations in Cyprus are pet-friendly. Use online travel and accommodation booking platforms to filter for pet-friendly options. Additionally, websites specializing in pet-friendly travel can offer listings and reviews for accommodations that welcome pets. Contacting accommodations directly to confirm their pet policy and any additional fees or requirements is also advisable.

Are there any specific pet insurance providers you recommend in Cyprus?

While there are several pet insurance providers in Cyprus, the best choice depends on your specific needs and the level of coverage you’re looking for. It’s recommended to compare different insurance options, considering factors such as coverage extent, deductibles, exclusions, and premiums. Popular choices often include local insurance companies that specialize in pet insurance or international providers that offer policies applicable in Cyprus. Consulting with a local veterinarian for recommendations based on your pet’s needs can also be helpful.

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