Taking dogs and cats from Cyprus to the UK — not a simple task!

Taking dogs and cats from Cyprus to the UK — not a simple task!

Animalcouriers has embarked on a very unusual trip. We are travelling to North Cyprus to collect a family of three dogs and three cats who will ultimately be going to the UK.

Bringing animals from North Cyprus is problematic as it is part of Turkey and therefore outside the EU. To qualify to enter the UK animals must first have had a blood test done to show they are rabies free, and this must be three months old.

They can then enter most EU countries, but must then have a further blood test and wait six months in the usual way before being allowed into the UK under the pet passports scheme. This family of pets will be staying in France while they qualify for their passports.

To make things more difficult, there are no flights out of North Cyprus that take pets. Crossing from North Cyprus to South Cyprus is also forbidden.
We are therefore taking an overland route through France, Switzerland, Italy, Greece and Turkey. A lot of new experiences for us! We were in the Greek seaside town of Kavala last night and plan to cross into Turkey via Istanbul today.

Updates to follow as we progress.

By | 2016-10-17T11:08:38+00:00 Thursday, December 10, 2009|animal transportation, latest news, on the road, pet travel by road|0 Comments

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  1. Paula December 15, 2009 at 2:33 am - Reply

    We took two cats from Turkey to the UK in a van, over land and sea and they went into quarantine for 6 months too. They are still there and I miss them like crazy and can’t wait until the day we can go and get them. Good luck on the journey.

  2. Mary December 30, 2009 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    Sounds like a fantastic journey. Never a dull moment with the animals.

    The photos are great but how do you manage to get the animals to pose so well.
    Every time I try to take a photo of a dog they always move at the last minute. All that comes out in the photo is the top of their head or their tail.

    Really enjoyed reading all about your trip.
    Keep up the good work.

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