Moving Pets Between Cyprus and the UK or Ireland

The application of the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) allows animals to travel between Cyprus and the UK or Ireland...

Dogs, cats and ferrets may travel between Ireland and Europe without quarantine, provided some (stringent) requirements are met. The system allowing travel is called the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS). 

An EU passport issued in the UK will not be valid for travel to and from the European Union and Northern Ireland from January 1st 2021.

The UK Government has comprehensive and up-to-date information on the website.  For more on bringing your pet to the UK visit GOV.UK

The UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has comprehensive information on the new policy

Entering Ireland, Malta or Sweden

Rules regarding moving pet animals to Ireland, Sweden and Malta have been harmonised with the rest of the EU. A blood test after the rabies vaccination is no longer necessary and the waiting time before entry is shortened from six months to 21 days. Tick treatment is not obligatory.

Dogs must be treated against tapeworm no less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (five days) before arriving in the UK. This treatment must be recorded in the pet passport by a veterinary surgeon. Dogs arriving from Malta, Ireland or Finland do not need to be treated against tapeworm.

For information from Sweden and Ireland’s governments:

Authorised Pet Travel Scheme carriers

  • For the latest information from GOV UK on approved routes for the transport of pets

Some airlines accept animals up to a certain weight/size as "hand baggage" and some have facilities for animals to travel in a pressurised hold. All animals must travel in appropriate cages or containers; each carrier has specific criteria, therefore it is recommended to consult them well in advance. Prior booking is essential and there is always a charge for the travelling animal.