Cyprus - Country Commercial Guide
Prohibited & Restricted Imports

Includes a list of goods that are prohibited from being exported to the country or are otherwise restricted.

Last published date: 2021-09-30

Republic of Cyprus:

The U.S. government prohibits the export of certain military technology and products to Cyprus, though commercial sales of non-lethal defense articles are permitted as of October 1, 2020.  Additionally, the Republic of Cyprus prohibits and restricts the importation of certain items including narcotics, automatic rifles, counterfeit and pirated goods, counterfeit currency, etc.  The full list of prohibited items is available at https://www.mof.gov.cy/mof/customs/customs.nsf/All/0D56470143C54886C22572BF002D7648?OpenDocument..   

Additional information, including a list of import restrictions, is available from the Department of Customs website (https://www.mof.gov.cy/mof/customs/customs.nsf/All/CA64DD718E077D17C22572A6003C4E5E?OpenDocument).

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.