Relocating – Personal Belongings and Pets

If you are thinking of relocating to Cyprus from abroad, then this section will help you find answers to your many questions regarding your personal belongings, pets and will give you peace of mind. Where possible, links have been provided for your convenience, for the much more detailed information that you will need.

Personal belongings

Cyprus is serviced by an extensive list of local and international moving and shipping companies. To assist with relocation planning, one should keep in mind that it might take up to one month for goods and personal belongings to arrive in Cyprus. Individuals are also advised to insure their belongings.

For EU nationals, exemption from excise duties is granted for personal property imported permanently from another EU member state. With regards to non-EU nationals, relief from import and excise duties as well as VAT is granted for personal property provided certain conditions are met. More information can be obtained from the Cypriot Customs & Excise Department of the Ministry of Finance.

 Importation of Pets

Cyprus is a member of the European Pet Travel Scheme. Regardless the country of origin of the animal, the following conditions  apply:

  •  The animal has a minimum age of 111 days
  • The animal must be individually identified, via either

    • a clearly readable tattoo (applied before 3 July 2011) or
    • an electronic identification system (transponder-microchip)
  • The following breeds are prohibited:
    • American Pit Bull Terrier or Pit Bull Terrier
    • Japanese Tosa or Tosa Inu
    • Dogo Argentino or Argentinian Mastiff
    • Fila Brasileiro or Brazilian Mastiff

There are further specific requirements depending on whether the animal is to be imported from an EU member state or a non-EU country. Further information may be obtained from the Veterinary Services, Animal Health and Welfare Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment.