Cyprus - Country Commercial Guide
Prohibited & Restricted Imports
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Republic of Cyprus:

The U.S. government still prohibits the export of certain military technology and products to Cyprus, though the Department of State approved a waiver allowing commercial sales of non-lethal defense articles as of October 1, 2022. The lifting of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) restrictions is subject to renewal every year and has been renewed for fiscal years 2023 and 2024.  Additionally, the Republic of Cyprus prohibits and restricts the importation of certain items including narcotics, automatic rifles, counterfeit and pirated goods, counterfeit currency, etc.  Note the full list of prohibited items.

Additional information, including a list of import restrictions, is available from the Department of Customs website.

Area Administered by Turkish Cypriots:

Importation of the following items is prohibited:

  • Rifles and repeating firearms, automatic and semi-automatic, repeating, and semi-repeating shotguns.
  • Narcotics.
  • Products containing asbestos.
  • Counterfeit or false coins or currency notes.
  • Importation of agricultural products also grown or produced in the area administered by Turkish Cypriots, such as in-season fresh produce, dairy products (such as milk, yogurt, or halloumi cheese) and poultry are subject to the condition of the market.  Turkish Cypriot “authorities” will allow importation of fresh produce not grown domestically or out of season, provided the shipment has a certificate of origin; and

Domesticated animals may be imported subject to a brief quarantine period.