Relocating your pets to Northern Cyprus
January 01, 1970 03:00

The first thing you need to do to relocate your pet to Northern Cyprus is to obtain the Pet Import Licence from the TRNC Veterinary Department in Nicosia for 170 TL. You can arrange the Pet Import Licence in advance by sending your request by email or asking your acquaintances in the island to help you do it. In order to obtain the Licence, you need to provide your passport/ID data and your pet's personal information. You have to provide the copy of the Licence or the receipt of payment for it upon arrival. The Pet Import Licence can also be obtained upon arrival. If you arrive at night, on a bank holiday or at the weekend, the Department will be closed and your pet will go into quarantine for some time.

The Licence costs 100 TL, inspection services – 50 TL, Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) – 20 TL.

You have to make sure the following requirements are fulfilled when relocating your pet:

  • The pet's cage for travelling must meet the international standards and ensure that an animal can turn, lie or stand upright.

  • The Pet Import Licence is valid for 30 days from the date of issue.

  • Your pet must undergo a mandatory health check not later than 48 hours before the flight and get the Health Certificate.

  • The Pet Import Licence as well as all the documents that come with it have to be provided in both English and Turkish languages.

The movement of animals between the North and South part of Cyprus is not allowed, so you and your pet have to arrive right in the TRNC.

The animal entry conditions can be altered depending on the epidemiological situation in the country of their departure.

Check the animal export regulations in your country.


Import of Cats and Dogs.

You can have no doubt that your pet will like it in Northern Cyprus, as Cypriots adore and cherish animals.

In order to obtain the Pet Import Licence for your cat or dog, you have to provide the following documents:

  • Completed Application Form (PIB.01);

  • Certificate of Vaccination Against Rabies;

  • Rabies Test Report from an EU-approved laboratory. (The test must indicate the rabies antibody titre equal to or greater than 0,5 I.U./ml.)

  • Animals to be imported must be older than 3 months old and vaccinated against rabies minimum 1 month and maximum 1 year before the import.

  • Dogs must be vaccinated against parvo, distemper, hepatitis and leptospira. Cats must be vaccinated against feline enteritis and feline influenza.


Upon arrival in the TRNC, you have to provide the following documents:

  • Pet Import Licence issued by the TRNC Veterinary Department;

  • Pet's Passport and a Health Certificate showing rabies vaccination;

  • The original of the Laboratory Rabies Test Report with the information about antibody level;

  • Export Health Certificate (4891 EHC) issued by DEFRA/SEERAD (In order to get it, all pets have to undergo a health examination 48 hours prior to export.)


Your pet will have to go through customs. If the documents fail to comply with the requirements, an animal can't enter the TRNC and is sent back to the country of departure. The transportation of animals back to the country of departure is organized and paid by the maritime or airline company. If a pet owner doesn't want to send it back, they have to pay for a 3-month quarantine for it. The place for a pet's quarantining is designated by the Director of the Veterinary Service. Pet owner pays for food, medical tests and vaccination of their animal. Besides, pet owner pays the quarantine fee that equals 10 TL per day. If an animal hasn't been sent to the departure country, it is declared dangerous for people and other animals. In this case, it is subject to a compulsory euthanasia within 2 days.


Captive Birds Import.

In order to obtain an Import Licence for captive birds, the following documents must be provided:

  • Completed Application Form (PIB.01);

  • Veterinary Health Certificate;

  • The documents proving that a bird is free from infectious diseases including Newcastle and avian flu, and the premises of its origin must not be situated in an area subject to restriction due to these diseases.


Upon arrival in the TRNC, you have to provide the following documents:

  • Pet Import Licence;

  • Health Certificate issued by a vet in your country;

  • Export Health Certificate issued in your country;

Birds also have to go through customs. If the documents fail to comply with the requirements, birds can't enter the TRNC.


Import Conditions for Other Pet Animals.

It is also necessary to apply for a Pet Import Licence and provide a Veterinary Health Certificate in order to import other animals. The conditions of the import will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


May you and your pets be safe and happy! And see you in Northern Cyprus!