Frequently Asked Questions
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 know regarding bringing medicines to Cyprus?
What do I need to know regarding the possession of drugs in Cyprus?
1. What are the legal points of entry to Cyprus?
Persons visiting Cyprus must enter and leave the country from a legal port or airport in the areas which are under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus. 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 areas
The so-called “green line” artificially separates the areas under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus and the northern areas of Cyprus occupied by Turkey. Visitors in the free areas who wish to go to the occupied areas may cross the “green line” only via legal crossing points defined by the Republic of Cyprus. No formalities or advance arrangements are required. It is sufficient to inform a Police Officer of the Republic of Cyprus at the crossing point of their intention. 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 illegal Turkish Cypriot "authorities".
Persons who enter the country from an illegal port or airport in the occupied areas and cross to the free areas, will be doing so in breach of the law and they will suffer the consequences.
2. What are the veterinary conditions relating to the import of pets into Cyprus?
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. Have easily readable tattoo or
2. 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.
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.
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.
or see below:
1. Nicosia District Veterinary Office
2. Limassol District Veterinary Office
3. Larnaca District Veterinary Office
4. Ammochostos District Veterinary Office
5. Paphos District Veterinary Office
3. What do I need to know regarding bringing medicines to Cyprus?
According to Article 75 of the Schengen Agreement, persons travelling to or within the territory of contracting parties may carry the narcotic and psychotropic substances that are necessary for their medical treatment, provided that they have a certificate issued or authenticated by the competent authority of their state of residence
A list of substances that are classed as narcotic
can be found on the webpage of the
International Narcotic Control Board
The competent authorities to issue such certificates are:
Medical Products Agency
PO Box 26
Tel: (+46) 18 - 17 46 00
Norwegian Medicines Agency
Sven Oftedals vei 8
Tel: (+47) 22 89 77 00
State Agency of Medicines
15 Jersikas St
LV - 1003 Riga
Tel: (+371) 67 07 84 24
Fax: (+371) 67 07 84 28
E- Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: (+357) 22 40 71 10, 22 40 71 12
Fax: (+357) 22 407 139
Patients who take medication, which is neither classed as narcotic nor as psychotropic, can carry their medication in Cyprus provided that they are in possession of a doctor's certificate explaining the patient's condition
4. What do I need to know regarding the possession of drugs in Cyprus?
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 (from Cyprus) and +357 22 808267
Fax.: +357 22 311423
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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