Animals

What to do about pets and animals if you decide to leave Cyprus, including information on travel and documents...

Depending on the destination, some animals may require a period of quarantine. Their move will almost certainly need documentation and possible additional vaccinations or similar medical treatment.

The EU pet passport covers dogs, cats and ferrets for movement within Europe and the Pets Travel Scheme (PETS) allows qualifying domestic pets to travel to and from the UK without a period of quarantine. There is a waiting period after vaccination before a vet can carry out blood tests and issue a passport. Local vets can provide information and documentation. There is a waiting period after vaccination before a vet can carry out blood tests and issue a passport.

Travelling to other EU destinations with pets with passports (cats, dogs and ferrets) is relatively straightforward but relocating to a non-EU country will be more complicated. It is best to contact the embassy in the new country of residence for up to date information.

As a general rule, animals have to travel in approved containers and by approved routes. Be aware that sudden outbreaks of diseases (such as avian flu) can affect pet travel. Embassy websites are also good sources of information.

Before final departure, the District Veterinary Station must be notified at least 48 hours in advance with details of the departure and any animals leaving the country.

Pet owners might also like to contact Paphiakos & CCP Animal Welfare for information and advice on the exportation of domestic pets and animals from Cyprus.

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