Imports and Exports of Plants and Plant Products to and from the UK

The strict rules of the European Union for plant health and quality (marketing standards) of plants and plant products will apply to the UK as to any other Third Country.

In case there is interest in importing plants and plant products from Great Britain then the interested party should inform the Department of Agriculture in advance of this intention, through the electronic system TRACES. The Department of Agriculture, at the Entry Point (port / airport), will carry out a document check and upon arrival of the consignment, an identity check and a physical check will follow. In case it is deemed necessary, a sample may be taken for further actions prior to the release of the consignment. To this end, the person concerned must pay specific fees in accordance with the applicable national provisions.

It is noted that regarding fresh fruits and vegetables these will be governed by the International marketing standards (UN / ECE standards).

In case there is interest in exporting plants and plant products to Great Britain, then the interested party should inform the Department of Agriculture in advance for the necessary quality and / or phytosanitary controls at the point of production / packaging to take place. Only then, will the Department of Agriculture issue any phytosanitary or other certificates, that are required. To this end, the person concerned must pay specific fees in accordance with applicable national provisions.

The Department of Agriculture is at your disposal for any additional information you need on this subject at inspection@da.moa.gov.cy

More information can be found here:




Α.1 Transportation to and from the UK of exotic flora and fauna (and their derivatives), including pets (CITES Convention, the EU regulation for Invasive Alien Species (IAS), EU regulations on trade in wild fauna and flora) – Non-commercial use


Α.2. Commercial activities to and from the UK of exotic species of flora and fauna (and their derivatives), relating to the CITES Convention and EU regulations on Invasive Alien Species and on trade in wild fauna and flora)-commercial use


Since the UK is not an EU member state, it will then be treated as a third country and for that the customs regulations for movements and transactions with third countries will apply. Therefore, the provisions for free movement are no longer in force. Interested parties should contact the Customs Department for further details.


For the movement of any species under the CITES Convention, the corresponding European regulations and the regulations for IAS, you will need to issue import/export certificates accordingly. For further details, interested parties should contact the Contact Persons of the Department of Environment (listed below).


 Contact Persons:

  1. Despo Zavrou

Τel. +35722408912,  Email: dzavrou@environment.moa.gov.cy

  1. Yiannis Christodoulides

Τel. +35722408915, Email: ychristodoulides@environment.moa.gov.cy

  1. Elena Erotokritou

Τel. +35722408921,  Email: eerotokritou@environment.moa.gov.cy




Changes on Transfrontier Shipments of Wastes

According to the Withdrawal Agreement of the United Kingdom from the European Union and until the 31/12/2020, the United Kingdom, for Transfrontier Shipments of Wastes, is still faced as an EU Member State. From the 1st of January 2021, the United Kingdom will be considered as a third country but will still be part of the Basel Convention and a country member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).


According to Article 34 of the European Regulation 1013/2006/EC all exports of wastes from the European Community destined for disposal operations to other than those (Iceland, Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein) of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), are prohibited.


As a result, since the United Kingdom is not an EFTA country and will no longer be a member state of the EU, any export of waste from Cyprus to the United Kingdom for Disposal will be prohibited.


For Recovery (R), it will continue to apply as it did before, since the United Kingdom will cease to be a member of the EU but is still a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).


To address the problem posed by the non-export of waste to the UK for Disposal Operations, the Department of the Environment has timely updated all those who have been exporting waste to the UK over the last 10 years and are affected in order to receive all the measures necessary to continue their work. In particular, they will have to find new destinations where their waste may be exported in accordance with the requirements of European Regulation 1013/2006 /EC.


Contact Persons:

  1. Demetris Demetriou  

Tel. +35725802713,  Email: ddemetriou@environment.moa.gov.cy

  1. Chrystalla Nisiotou

Τel. +35722408932, Email:  cnisiotou@environment.moa.gov.cy