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travelling abroad with cats, need advise please

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1. Posted by beckies13 (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

Hi, hasn't been confirmed but I need your advise as I might be moving to Cyprus with my two cats for a few months, what do I need to sort out healthwise,legal requirements,air companies i can use, other transport that might be suitable... any tip or advise welcome as well as useful links, websites
Thanks a lot to everybody!!

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 5y

Hi Rebeca,

Two questions: when do you plan to make this move (hopefully not next week) and will the UK be your returning point at the end?

Sorry, wrote a comprehensive reply just to have it all 'disappear' when I clicked preview.

So, here we go again.

Though it's been awhile since I've worked in a clinic, I am a veterinary tech by training and have helped other members get their pets safely to their chosen destinations. Most recently, someone moving from Singapore to Italy with one cat. Both are now happy living the Italian lifestyle.

Looking through all the regulations, Cyprus only requires your cats to be current with their rabies vaccinations. I would strongly recommend having them receive the feline distemper combo vaccination as well. It protect against panleukopenia (feline distemper), feline calici virus and feline herpes virus type I (rhinotracheitis). It's more for their own protection once you move. If they have been indoor/outdoor cats, then I also recommend the vaccine for feline leukemia virus. Like distemper, it is not required. If they have been inside only - skip it as it's been expensive in the past though the price tag may have dropped of recent.

If the UK will be your returning point, I would ask your vet about the Pet Passport, which is available in the UK. Again, it is pricey (about £400-450 for 2 passports which includes vet fees). Your cats will have to receive microchips (usually a simple non-invasive procedure - by that I mean it's not a surgical procedure as they are injected under the skin via syringe) which contains all of their medical history and allows tracking should one accidentally find themselves outside and lost. (The micro-chipping cost is included in the passport cost estimate above.) I mention this because of question #2 - you return destination. The UK has very strict re-entry with pets requirements. Without the passport, your cats could be quarantined up to 6 months. With the passports, it negates the quarantine time. The UK also charges for the quarantine time, if I'm not mistaken. Again, talk to your vet.

I'm not seeing a lot of info on the Cyprus sites about health certificates. But, most airlines and countries want to see veterinary documentation that your cats have had a physical exam and the vaccinations are up-to-date anywhere from 15-30 days prior to departure. This meaning, the exams need to be done shortly before moving as they do expire quickly.

Airlines are their own quirky ducks. Some won't even accept pets. Each has their own 'pet transport' requirements and most, if not all, charge a fee - varies from company to company. Since you are taking 2 cats, and I assume traveling alone, they will have to be placed in cargo. Each airline has it's own requirements for carrier size, documentation, etc. I have yet to find an airline which will allow 2 pets in the same carrier to be brought onboard as a carry - on regardless of flight time. All are one animal in one carrier of a certain size which will fit under the seat in front of you. You will not be allowed to take them out of the carrier within the plane nor airport.

Airlines also like to hide that information on their websites. Since there are several that are available for Cyrpus, use their search function and tpe in 'pet travel' or 'traveling with pets'. Let me know if you need help with that as I have always found what I've needed.

Here are some links that should prove helpful:

Pet Travel & Moving with Animals to Cyprus
Non-Commercial Movements of Pet Animals - Cyprus
Pet Immigration Rules - Cyprus
Pet Passports
Cyprus Airways - Pet Travel
British Airways - Transporting Your Pet

Again, I hope this helps and let me know if you need more assistance. ;)

[ Edit: Edited a comment. ]

3. Posted by beckies13 (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

Hi, quickly say thanks a lot the info comes ever o helpful, I've got more than I thought on but I know it will well worth it in the end.
Thanks again!!