Cyprus, Nicosia

Import of animals to Cyprus

Updated: 4 months ago

The Republic of Cyprus has rather strict requirements regarding the arrival of pets on the island. Let's discuss the rules for importing dogs, cats, and ferrets through the country's airports.

First and foremost, it is essential to note that the arrival of pets by plane is only possible through Larnaca and Paphos airports.

Before planning the flight, familiarize yourself with the requirements and regulations governing the import of pets to the island. Ensure that the animal has all the necessary vaccinations and medical documents. For travel to Cyprus, microchipping of the animal and rabies vaccination are required. A veterinary certificate confirming good health and compliance with all destination country requirements is also necessary. It is prepared at the state veterinary clinic in your country. The final form of the certificate is usually issued at the airport during veterinary control. An essential feature of importing pets to Cyprus is the mandatory certificate indicating the level of rabies antibodies. It is crucial that the analysis is conducted exclusively in a laboratory certified by the European Union authorities. You can find the list of these medical institutions here.

Preparing for Transportation

The first step in planning a flight with an animal to Cyprus is consulting with the airline. Different airlines have their own rules regarding pet transportation. Some carriers allow animals in the cabin, while others permit transportation only in a special compartment of the cargo hold. It is mandatory to reserve a place for your four-legged friend.

Transportation in the Cabin or in the Cargo Hold

If your pet can be transported in the cabin, it may be a more comfortable option. This usually applies to small animals that can fit into a carrier under the seat in front. Generally, the weight of the animal, together with the cage, should not exceed 8 kg. It is essential to check the dimensions of the carrier and other restrictions with the airline.

Carriage in the luggage compartment

In case the animal will be transported in the cargo hold, more thorough preparation is required. The animal must be placed in a special hard carrier that complies with the airline's requirements and international standards. Place an absorbent mat inside and fill the water container. It is recommended to mark the cage with the pet's name and your phone number using a marker.

Arriving in Cyprus

Upon arrival in Cyprus with the animal, you will need to undergo veterinary control. Usually, a pre-prepared set of documents helps avoid difficulties during entry.

Transporting animals by plane to Cyprus requires careful preparation and compliance with all necessary rules and requirements. We recommend contacting the veterinary authorities at the airport of arrival 48 hours in advance. Below are the contacts for the veterinary offices at Larnaca and Paphos airports.

Veterinary Service at Larnaca Airport:

Tel. +357 24 30275 / 276

Fax: +357 24 304270

E-mail: [email protected]

Veterinary Service at Paphos Airport:

Tel. +357 26 306 269

Fax: +357 26 306198

E-mail: [email protected]



Are all dog breeds allowed to be imported into Cyprus?

The following dog breeds cannot be imported to the island: American Pit Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro, Japanese Tosa.

Is there an official website for the veterinary service in Cyprus?

Yes, we recommend staying updated on the current rules on the website

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