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11. TRAVELLING TO CYPRUS WITH PETS

Full information may be obtained through the Animal and Welfare division in Nicosia.
Tel: +357-22805-153/-152/-253
Fax: +357-22805176
E-mail: animal.health@vs.moa.gov.cy
*Generally the movement of more than five pet animals per citizen from other third countries is prohibited.

*Generally the entry of dogs of the following breeds is prohibited regardless of the country of origin.
· American Pit Bull Terrier or Pit Bull Terrier
· Japanese Tosa or TosaInu
· Dogo Argentino or Argentinian Mastiff
· Fila Brasileiro or Brazilian Mastiff

The requirements for bringing dog/cat/ferret from Lebanon to the Republic of Cyprus are the following (cases that the pets do not have an EU passport):

I. IDENTIFICATION:
a) Electronic microchip (prior rabies vaccination)

II. HEALTH CERTIFICATE issued by an official veterinarian mentioning the following information:
a) Name, surname and address of the owner.
b) microchip number
c) Date of birth, breed, sex, type and color of its coat.
d) Rabies vaccination date
e) Commercial name and brand of rabies vaccine used.
f) Date to be re-vaccinated against rabies (valid until date)
g) 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.


The specific veterinary certificate must accompany the animal. This certificate may be completed by an official veterinarian directly or by a private veterinarian and then endorsed by the competent veterinary authority.
You must find this certificate from the internet following the stated procedure:


1. Go to search engine (e.g. Google, yahoo, ask, e.t.c)

2. Veterinary Services Cyprus

3. VETERINARY SERVICES - Welcome to our Website

Veterinary Services 1417 Nicosia Telephones: 22 805215 ... © 2006 - 2012 Republic of Cyprus, Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, Veterinary Services

Or www.moa.gov.cy/moa/vs/vs.nsf/index_en/index_en?OpenDocument
useful information on travelling with pet animals
5. None commercial movement of pet animals
general information
7. Special requirements

8. Entry from third countries

9. Accompanying documents

10. Health Certificate for the movement of less than five animals

III. RABIES SEROLOGICAL TEST (RABIES NEUTRILIZING ANTIBODY TITRATION TEST RESULT).

The animals at the arrival point, should be accompanied by a rabies neutralizing antibody titration test result (original one).
The neutralizing antibody titer should be at least equal to 0,5 IU/ml and the titration carried out on a blood sample taken by an authorized veterinarian at least 30 days after vaccination and THREE (3) MONTHS before the animal's movement. In other words, four months prior to the movement the animal should receive the primary anti-rabies vaccination, followed by blood sampling for neutralizing antibody titration 30 days after that vaccination.
The laboratory performing the titration must be approved by the EU(http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/approval_en.htm).
The titration does not have to be renewed on a pet animal which has been revaccinated at the intervals recommended by the vaccine's manufacturer (always vaccine before the valid until date of the rabies vaccine and be able to prove it).

After the passport control and before you take your luggage you have to inform the custom officers (red gate "Goods declare") that you arrived at the airport with your pet and in case of delayed flight they will inform us early enough for the arrival of the pet.

The verification that the above provisions are fulfilled will be done by inspecting the documents of the pets respectively upon arrival. The Veterinary Officer on duty will do the accompanying identity documents inspection. As long as the above provisions are fulfilled the companion animals enter Cyprus after paying the legal inspection fees provided by the laws in force (pay in cash at the airport).
Inspection fees upon arrival per animal (if all the documents are ok):
Working hours (08.00-15.00) = 42.72 euro
Non Working hours (15.00 and afterwards, weekends and holidays) = 59.80 euro

You are obliged to communicate to the District Veterinary Office of the point of entry, 48 hours (working days) prior arrival, the date, time of arrival and flight number of the aircraft or the name of the vessel with which the animal arrives in Cyprus.
LARNACA DISTRICT VETERINARY STATION (in case the entry will be at the Larnaca district).
Tel:+357-24821275
Fax: +357-24304270
E-mail: DVS.LARNACA@VS.MOA.GOV.CY

If you have any more questions do not hesitate to contact us.
Best regards,
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Dear Sir/Madame

The requirements for bringing dog/cat/ferret from Lebanon to the Republic of Cyprus are the following(cases that the pets have EU passport and they did the blood test before leaving EU territory):

1. IDENTIFICATION:

a) Electronic microchip (prior rabies vaccination!!!)

2. 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. The vaccination or revaccination should have taken place at least 3 weeks prior departure for arriving in Cyprus.

3. In the EU passport we have to be able to see the following information:
a) The name, surname and address of the owner.
b) The microchip number and date of implantation.
c) Date of birth, breed, sex, type and color of its coat.
d) All Rabies vaccination dates (at least since the blood test was carried out).
e) Commercial name and brand of rabies vaccine used.
f) Date to be revaccinated against rabies.
g) Clinical examination that shows that your pet is in good health and able to travel

4. RABIES SEROLOGICAL TEST (RABIES NEUTRILIZING ANTIBODY TITRATION TEST RESULT).The animals at the arrival point should be accompanied by rabies neutralizing antibody titration test result (original one). The neutralizing antibody titer should be at least equal to 0,5 IU/ml and the titration carried out on a blood sample taken by an authorized veterinarian at least 30 days after vaccination. The laboratory performing the titration must be approved by the EU (http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/approval_en.htm).

The titration does not have to be renewed on a pet animal which has been revaccinated at the intervals recommended by the vaccine's manufacturer (always vaccine before the valid until date of the rabies vaccine and be able to prove it). The three months period does not apply to the re – entry of a pet animal whose passport certifies that the titration was carried out, with a positive result, before the animal left the territory of the community.

You are obliged to communicate to the District Veterinary Office of the point of entry, 48 hours prior arrival, the date, time of arrival and flight number of the aircraft or the name of the vessel with which the animal arrives in Cyprus.

LARNACA DISTRICT VETERINARY STATION

Tel:+357-24821275

Fax: +357-24304270

E-mail: DVS.LARNACA@VS.MOA.GOV.CY

After the passport control and before you take your luggage you have to inform the custom officers (red gate "Goods declare") that you arrived at the airport with your pet and in case of delayed flight they will inform us early enough for the arrival of the pet.

The verification that the above provisions are fulfilled will be done by inspecting the documents of the pets respectively upon arrival. The Veterinary Officer on duty will do the accompanying identity documents inspection. As long as the above provisions are fulfilled and since your pet considers being European, the companion animals enter Cyprus without paying any inspection fees.

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Dear Sir/Madame

The requirements for bringing dog/cat/ferret from Lebanon to the Republic of Cyprus are the following(cases that the pets have EU passport and they did the blood test after leaving EU territory, while being at the third country):

1. IDENTIFICATION:

a) Electronic microchip (prior rabies vaccination!!!)

2. 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. The vaccination or revaccination should have taken place at least 3 weeks prior departure for arriving in Cyprus.

3. In the EU passport we have to be able to see the following information:
a) The name, surname and address of the owner.
b) The microchip number and date of implantation.
c) Date of birth, breed, sex, type and color of its coat.
d) All Rabies vaccination dates (at least since the blood test was carried out).
e) Commercial name and brand of rabies vaccine used.
f) Date to be re-vaccinated against rabies.
g) Clinical examination that shows that your pet is in good health and able to travel

4. RABIES SEROLOGICAL TEST (RABIES NEUTRILIZING ANTIBODY TITRATION TEST RESULT).

The animals at the arrival point, should be accompanied by a rabies neutralizing antibody titration test result (original one).
The neutralizing antibody titer should be at least equal to 0,5 IU/ml and the titration carried out on a blood sample taken by an authorized veterinarian at least 30 days after vaccination and THREE (3) MONTHS before the animal's movement. In other words, four months prior to the movement the animal should receive the primary anti-rabies vaccination, followed by blood sampling for neutralizing antibody titration 30 days after that vaccination.
The laboratory performing the titration must be approved by the EU(http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/approval_en.htm).
The titration does not have to be renewed on a pet animal which has been re-vaccinated at the intervals recommended by the vaccine's manufacturer (always vaccine before the valid until date of the rabies vaccine and be able to prove it).

After the passport control and before you take your luggage you have to inform the custom officers (red gate "Goods declare") that you arrived at the airport with your pet and in case of delayed flight they will inform us early enough for the arrival of the pet.

You are obliged to communicate to the District Veterinary Office of the point of entry, 48 hours prior arrival, the date, time of arrival and flight number of the aircraft or the name of the vessel with which the animal arrives in Cyprus.

LARNACA DISTRICT VETERINARY STATION

Tel:+357-24821275

Fax: +357-24304270

E-mail: DVS.LARNACA@VS.MOA.GOV.CY

The verification that the above provisions are fulfilled will be done by inspecting the documents of the pets respectively upon arrival. The Veterinary Officer on duty will do the accompanying identity documents inspection. As long as the above provisions are fulfilled and since your pet considers being European, the companion animals enter Cyprus without paying any inspection fees.

In order to get a European passport

Your pet will stay for a long period of time in an EU country

e.g. If your dog will stay permanently in Cyprus you have to register the dog in the Veterinary Services animal database.

This is done for free by presenting at the Veterinary Services of your district the passport of your pet (given by a private vet) with the proper information (microchip, information about the pet, information about the owner e.t.c) and with the passport or identity of the owner. After the registration veterinary Services will issue the dog’s Registration and identification Certificate (RIC).

The RIC must then be presented to the relevant communal authority of the place you reside with your pet (Municipality or community board), along with the health record in order for the registration to be ratified (annual amount).

With this procedure you will get the license for having a pet according to the Law.

The requirements for bringing pets other than DOGS, CATS, FERRETSfrom Libanon to the Republic of Cyprus are the following:

I am speaking behalf of Larnaca district. In order to bring e.g. pet cornsnake animal into Cyprus you have to come in contact with veterinary services of Nicosia on a central level, because you need a special import licence.

OTHER ANIMAL SPECIES (Other than DOGS, CATS, FERRETS)

No harmonized legislation at EU level exists for the time being, as far as the remaining pet animal species is concerned, and therefore these species' entry in each EU Member State is governed by its national legislation. For the entry of pet animals other than dogs, cats and ferrets, an import permit issued by the Veterinary Services must be obtained prior to the movement.

Contact point:

Savvas Savva

Vet Officer

Animal Health and Welfare Division

Cyprus Vet Services

Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment

e-mail1: ssavva@vs.moa.gov.cy

e-mail2: animal.health@vs.moa.gov.cy

Tel: + 35722805253

Fax: + 35722805176

The check point is the arrival point (Larnaca airport). If all the documents are ok and you have with you the import permit and a health certificate for the snake, the relevant inspection fees for the pet are the following:

Non - working hours (15:00 and afterwards, weekends and holidays): 57,41 euros

There are different fees for every kind of exotic pet

The above mentioned amount must be paid in cash during the veterinary control at the entry point.

After the passport control and before you take your luggage inform the custom officers (RED GATE “Goods Declare”) that you arrived at the airport with your pet (Declare the pet) so in case of delayed flight they will inform us early enough for the arrival of the pet.

You are obliged to communicate to the District Veterinary Office of the point of entry, 48 hours (working days) prior arrival, the date, time of arrival and flight number of the aircraft or the name of the vessel with which the animal arrives in Cyprus.

LARNACA DISTRICT VETERINARY STATION

Tel:+357-24821275

Fax: +357-24304270

E-mail: DVS.LARNACA@VS.MOA.GOV.CY

All of the above from time to time might change so it is better to be updated!!!

Some more contact information:

LEFKOSIA DISTRICT VETERINARY OFFICE
Tel: +357-22805240/1
Fax: +357-22805174
E-mail: dvs.lefkosia@vs.moa.gov.cy

LEMESOS DISTRICT VETERINARY OFFICE
Tel: +357-25819512
Fax: +357-25306544
E-mail: dvs.lemesos@vs.moa.gov.cy

LARNAKA DISTRICT VETERINARY OFFICE
Tel: +357-24821275/6
Fax: +357-24304270
Email: dvs.larnaca@vs.moa.gov.cy

AMMOCHOSTOS DISTRICT VETERINARY OFFICE
Tel: +357-24824555
Fax: +357-24722811
E-mail: dvs.ammochostos@vs.moa.gov.cy

PAFOS DISTRICT VETERINARY OFFICE
Tel: +357-26821260
Fax: +357-26306198
E-mail: dvs.paphos@vs.moa.gov.cy







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