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Importation of Pets into Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC)


 
These notes are guidance notes for exporters. They are based on the requirements for the importation of non commercial pet animals into TRNC. Exporters are strongly advised to seek full details of the export requirements from the Dept. for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) http://www.defra.gov.uk/ or Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Dept. (SEERAD).

     

General Conditions for All Species



  1. Failure to comply with any of the following conditions stated in this document will result in refusal of animals entering the country
  2. A declaration on acceptance will be necessary at the application stage, therefore it is strongly recommended that the importer reads and familiarises themselves with the contents of this document.
  3. It is necessary to obtain an Import Licence from the Directorate of TRNC Veterinary department before exporting the animal(s) from the UK
  4. Current Green Line Regulations DO NOT ALLOW the movement of live animals between the North and South part of Cyprus. As a result, live animals can only be imported from a North Cyprus port or airport.
  5. You are required to complete and return Application Form (PIB.01) to TRNC Veterinary Dept. in order to receive the import licence. This form can be obtained from the Directorate of TRNC Veterinary department or diplomatic representatives of the TRNC in the UK
  6. The import licence is valid for 60 days.
  7. Animals should have a health examination 48 hours prior to export and the exporter must get an Export Health Certificate issued by DEFRA/SEERAD
  8. The Crate containing your animal must be of international standards i.e. it must be large enough to permit the animal to stand in a natural position, turn around and lie down
  9.  All costs associated with the transfer, quarantine, extended quarantine (if applied), vaccination or treatment, must be paid by the owners of the animal prior to collection after quarantine.
  10. The Veterinary Department will not accept any liability for sickness or death of animal(s) whilst in quarantine
  11. The above conditions also apply to the individual species import conditions


     

Notes for Cats and Dogs



  1. Cats and Dogs subjected to export must not be less than 3 months old and Rabies vaccinations must be given at least 30 days and no more than 12 months prior to export
  2. Animals should also be vaccinated or given booster vaccinations for other infectious diseases before export from the country of origin:
    • Necessary Vaccinations for Dogs : Parvo, Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospira
    • Necessary Vaccinations for Cats : Feline enteritis, feline influenza
  3. To acquire import licence it is necessary to forward the following documents to the TRNC Veterinary Department.
    • Completed Application Form (PIB.01)
    • Certificate of Vaccination Against Rabies for Dogs and Cats intent for Export (EXZ 25) issued by DEFRA/SEERAD
    • Certificate of vaccination certificates for other diseases
    • Laboratory Rabies Test Report from EU recognised blood testing laboratories.

  4. After receipt of the above documents, the Veterinary Directorate will issue (if applicable) and forward an import licence (PIR.01) to the exporter
  5. Animals must have a health examination 48 hours prior to export and the exporter must get an Export Health Certificate (4891 EHC) issued by DEFRA/SEERAD.


Conditions On or After Arrival

  1. Failure to comply with any stipulate conditions will result in refusal of the animal(s) entry into TRNC
  2.  Such animals are either re-exported or destroyed and its owners will be prosecuted. Serious offences may be tried in court. It I therefore crucial that all necessary documentation accompanies the animals
  3. On arrival to TRNC, the animal(s) will be collected by the official Veterinarians or Veterinary Technicians from the airport or port as soon as possible
  4. Dogs and Cats will on arrival be subject to quarantine for between one month up to a maximum of six months from the date of landing (Generally this is normally one month)
  5. The period of normal detention may be extended beyond the normal period in the event that:
    • an outbreak of rabies occurring at the quarantine premises or
    • your animal s sharing accommodation with another animal(s) and one of these animals should die
  6. In the event of the animal sharing accommodation with other animals and that animal may develop symptom’s of rabies during the period of their detention and isolation in quarantine; the Department may require the animal to be put to sleep.
  7. If the animal dies in quarantine the Veterinary Department may take or be required to take, such actions as is considered necessary to determine whether or not the animal was infected with rabies at the time of its death and may dispose of the remains of the animal, or require them to be disposed of, in the most appropriate manner the Department sees fit.
  8. Worming treatments (including paraziguantel) will be given to the animals in quarantine under the supervision of the owners
  9. Owners are responsible for feeding their animals. In case of necessity, staff in the quarantine department can take over the responsibility of feeding the animals
  10. Owners can visit their animals in quarantine daily in designated visiting hours
  11. During the quarantine period, if health checks, vaccinations or treatment is required, this will only be carried out by qualified Veterinarians.


     

Notes for Captive Birds



  1. A similar process for Dogs and Cats must be followed involving Completed Application Form (PIB.01), a Veterinary Health Certificate.
  2. Birds should be free from infectious or contagious diseases including Newcastle and highly pathogenic avian influenza (fowl plaque) and the premises must not be situated in an area subject to restriction due to these diseases
  3. The premises of origin must not be situated in an area subject to restriction due to these diseases
  4. After receipt of the above documents, the Veterinary Directorate will issue (if applicable) and forward an import licence (PIR.01) to the exporter
  5. Birds should have an examination 48 hours prior to export and exporter must get an Export Health Certificate (4282 EHC) issued by DEFRA/SEERAD
  6. Originals of the documents stated below must accompany the animal(s) and be presented upon arrival
  7. Import Licences issued by Directorate of TRNC Veterinary Services
  8. Export Health Certificate issued by DEFRA/SEERAD (4282 EHC)
  9. Veterinary Health Certificate.


Conditions On or After Arrival

  1. Failure to comply with any stipulate conditions will result in refusal of the animal(s) entry into TRNC
  2.  Such animals are either re-exported or destroyed and its owners will be prosecuted. Serious offences may be tried in court. It I therefore crucial that all necessary documentation accompanies the animals
  3. On arrival to TRNC, the bird(s) will be collected by the official Veterinarians or Veterinary Technicians from the airport or port as soon as possible
  4. Birds will on arrival be subject to home quarantine for at least 20 days from the date of landing
  5. On arrival “Pet Import and Quarantine Form (PIK.01) will be filled out and necessary fees will be paid by the importer. If bird(s) arrive outside of working hours, the importer will be invited to complete the filing transaction on the first working day.
  6. Birds will be kept in known premises separately and will not come into contact with any other animals. Bird(s) can only move to other premises with the permission of directorate of Veterinary Department. Veterinary officials have the right to visit the premises in question any time without informing the owner.
  7. It is an obligation to inform the Veterinary Department in case of any occurring diseases during the quarantine period.
  8. The Veterinary Directorate reserve the right to keep the bird(s) in the department’s quarantine section, or to move bird(s) from home quarantine to department quarantine and extend the quarantine period. In such cases additional fees will be paid by the owner.
  9. The Veterinary Department will not be liable for the sickness or deaths of animals in quarantine.


     

Notes for Other Pet Animals



  1. For non Commercial importation of other pet animals, it is necessary to apply for import licences as discussed for dogs, cats and captive birds.
  2. A veterinary Health Check Certificate will be attached to the application form and forwarded to the the Directorate of TRNC Veterinary Dept.
  3. You will be informed about quarantine method, quarantine period and import conditions designated by the Veterinary department. According to the types of species and other conditions.


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