We arrived bright and brisk at the port this morning but also full of trepidation, as we’d received a phone call from the Greek Ministry of Agriculture during breakfast. They explained that because Greece doesn’t recognise the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus as a country, we can’t export pets from there. Hmmm, we thought we’d got past this hurdle last year!
This trip, instead of dashing through mainland Greece and straight on to Italy, we need to do a bit of Greek island-hopping. Having sent all our paperwork off for checking, we’d heard nothing.
But at the last minute we’ve been offered help from two vets on the Turkish mainland, one of whom will meet us at Tasucu and oversee our progress through the port.
So while we’re on board the ferry, we’ll write up a new set of paperwork using Turkish Annexe 2 certificates to the EU. Tomorrow we’ll meet the Turkish vet who’ll see the dogs, finalise the paperwork, and then accompany us to the Turkish Government veterinary office to get everything stamped.