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Essential Considerations for Moving to Cyprus

Customs clearance
Now that the UK has left the EU, there are new rules and regulations for the movement of household effects between Cyprus and the UK. You will need to appoint a trusted and experienced removals company to be able to advise you on these requirements and to guide you through the necessary forms and documentation. Having advice from a professional shipping company is crucial as mistakes in the formalities could cause the shipment to be delayed and could cause additional charges to build up.

If you are looking to take a motor vehicle to Cyprus, this process will be subject to regulations, you’ll need to have, for example, owned the vehicle for 6 months prior to shipment date; your international mover will also be able to advise on this and, again, it’s important to appoint a remover who is very experienced in moving cars in and out of the island to ensure this goes as smoothly as possible.

Transit times
If you’re opting for a ‘sole use’ container when you move to Cyprus (in which case the container just contains your possessions alone), the transit times are approximately 3 to 4 weeks, under normal conditions.
Groupage or share load consignments to Cyprus (where your possessions are taking up part of the space in a container with other customers’ possessions) will usually take 6 to 8 weeks door to door. These timescales are only indications and will vary depending on the volumes being shipped, any immigration delays and also prevailing weather conditions that can impact shipping.

Moving pets
If you would like to take your pet(s) with you to Cyprus, it’s very important to use a reputable and experienced pet shipper. Speak to one of our surveyors about the process of relocating your animals and the necessary documentation and veterinary procedures.

Moving money
When it comes to moving your money to Cyprus, opt for a currency company rather than using a bank. This will be one area that you can save money on, as using a currency company to make the transfer will be far more cost effective than using a bank. Currency companies like Currencies Direct will transfer your funds and offer ‘bank-beating’ exchange rates. There is no transfer fee or hidden charges. It’s well worth looking into using a currency company to save you both time and money on transferring monies to Cyprus.

Bear in mind that making the move from the UK to Cyprus, will most likely involve putting your effects into storage for a period of time. It’s important to budget for this and also to appoint a remover that can accommodate this. It may also be that you require storage in Cyprus and this should also be arranged by the UK remover you arrange the move with.

Our very helpful International Department are on hand to advise you on the process of relocating to Cyprus and can be contacted on sales@burkebros.co.uk and 01902 714555. We also have some further information on our dedicated webpage here: ‘Moving to Cyprus.’

June 30th, 2021 | Categories: Blog