It has been pointed out to us that goats and sheep are not wildlife, They
are indeed domesticated. (Thanks for the message Andreas) Therefore this page has been born.
Here you can see the noble goat, cat, dog, mouse, moth, dragonfly and sheep with
distinction. If you have any
contribution to make we will be pleased to receive it. We would like to hear
from anyone who has befriended a local animal whether domesticated or wild
but not if you have caged or tethered it. Below you will find our links and
(and the wildlife page)
This is the
alleged procedure for
Importing a cat or dog into Cyprus from OUTSIDE the EU
Obtain an import permit form from the veterinary department of the town you are staying in.
2) Somebody from the veterinary department will come and inspect
where your cat or dog will live.
3) When the arrival time of the animal is known the veterinary
department must be notified.
When the animal arrives a veterinary department vet will be at the
airport to inspect the animal, if the animal arrives after 11 pm then it
will have to stay at the airport until the next day for inspection.
5) If the animal will stay in Cyprus indefinitely the fee is
the equivalent of what was 167 CY pounds, now 285.336 Euros, so with the
directive that prices should not rise during the changeover we presume
that this will have been rounded up to 300 Euros. If your animal will only be here for a while then the fee is less,
depending on how long it will stay.
6) For obtaining an import permit or any other information you can call the Larnaca veterinary department on 24 630275 or fax 24 630270.(+357
24 630275 from overseas)
(Please note that this information is provided as a guideline only,
please make your own enquiries when moving an animal, this is not an
Importing a cat or dog into Cyprus from INSIDE the EU
If you are coming
into Cyprus from an EU member country you may, with the proper
paperwork, enter without quarantine restrictions, as long as your cat,
dog or ferret has the appropriate passport and has been chipped.
To see the passport and read the rules and regulations, see
Please note that
animals may only be carried by certain airlines on certain routes.
A small fee may be payable
A reader said (August 2007)
'No one came to
inspect our property, We were only charges £11.00 at the airport and they
said it was not necessary to get a vet as they had all the correct
documentation. They will also not keep a pet until the next days.'
That was because the animals were imported
from an EU country I suspect.
We apologise to anyone for whom this was not clear advice, we have tried to
make it clearer now with a dividing line and separate heading, please
For obtaining any information you can
call the Larnaca veterinary department on 24 630275 or fax 24 630270.
(Please note that this information is
provided as a guideline only, please make your own enquiries when moving
an animal, this is not an official document.)
Dog Kennels & Catteries
Owning a dog or cat in Cyprus is easier than it once
was. There is still the occasional poisoning by a disgruntled neighbour,
now and then a man and his dog are run over for walking on the beaches
(2008 - an actual case!),
you will get shouted at for allowing your dog to cock his leg anywhere,
but generally speaking it has become much more pet friendly. The vets
have a much better attitude these days and the fact that many of them
are more expensive than visiting the doctors may have something to do
If you are going on holiday and wish to leave your dog
in kennels for the duration it will cost you between about 12 to 20 Euros a day
depending on the size of your friend. There are a growing number of
kennels in Cyprus, especially now that we have opened up for
foreigners on the business front. A good thing for dogs in particular and
animals in general we hope.
If you are looking for a dog kennel or cattery near you, let us know where you
live and when you want to go away and we will see if any of our contacts
have space for that period. Please be aware that Christmas and Easter are
very busy times and so booking early is a must.
Contact us here
Whoopdi dodo doo Dogs are allowed back on the beach.
- Where do you walk your dog? -
At last, some sense from a municipality. Whist
restrictions on walking your dogs are being made even more ridiculous in
some places, for example the newly constructed pathway around the salt
lake in Larnaca has now been designated a 'no go' area for dog owners,
which means that there is nowhere that you can walk your dog legally
other than the streets of the town! In Ayia Napa, the municipality has
allowed a 200m stretch of beach which used to be used by goat herds for
'swimming their goats' to be accessed by dog owners. Thank goodness that
some sense prevails.
Until now it has been illegal for anyone to walk
their dogs on any beach in Cyprus. Not only that, but parks all have the
NO DOGS ALLOWED sign on them, if you try taking your dog down the road,
people cross over to avoid you and should you walk near them with a
largish dog, the disapproval and terror is a tangible thing. Of course
it is totally inconvenient for most dog owners to drive to Ayia Napa to
be able to to do the doggie walk, however bravo to the municipality for
listening to public opinion and making a move in the right direction.
I can hear all you non dog owners out there now
hissing with indignation as dogs are dirty creatures who foul the
pathways. As a dog owner, I agree with you, however, as a license paying
dog owner I ask you, 'where are the animals allowed to go? Surely reason
in all things, the legislation should be about the fouling, not the
usage.' If we were to put the legislation in place to fine dog owners for
not cleaning up the mess their dogs make, that would be sensible. It is
no big deal to carry a couple of plastic bags in your pocket and pick up
after your dog, as long as there are a few bins provided in designated
areas, so that we don't have to carry the smell home in the car. So come
on the rest of Cyprus, show some dogmanity and give us some dog walking
areas or rethink the legislation to punish those who leave a mess, not
those who don't.
Where do you walk your dog? We would like to publish
some of the more dog friendly areas in each of the sectors of Cyprus so
that those new to the island, or even those of us who are not new but
are fed up of being ' despised' can walk our dogs in peace and harmony.
Let us know