ADVISORY FOR TRAVELERS
Advisory for citizens of the EU countries traveling to Poland is available on website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland:
Advisory for citizens of the EU countries traveling to Poland - MFA of the Republic of Poland
Advisory for citizens of the EU and third countries traveling to Lithuania is available on website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania:
Consular Information - MFA of the Republic of Lithuania
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Countries for which NO visa is required for Cypriot Nationals
Crisis Management Department
Air Passenger Rights
Diplomatic Missions of the Republic of Cyprus abroad
Consular protection for the citizens of the European Union
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ASSISTANCE IN CASE OF EMERGENCY WHILE ABROAD
(1) YOUR RIGHTS / INFORMATION ON LEGISLATION
Cyprus is represented abroad by more than 40 Diplomatic Missions (Embassies and Consulates-General), which provide a range of services to Cypriot citizens abroad. Embassies are located in the capitals of the host countries and their jurisdiction many times extends to other, neighbouring countries, where Cyprus does not have an Embassy. In countries where there is not a Diplomatic Mission of the Republic of Cyprus, consular assistance may be received at the nearest Cypriot Mission, or at any Diplomatic or Consular Missions of other EU Member States.
It is the Embassies and Consulates’ role to protect and assist Cypriot citizens who are victims of crime or abuse, or who, for any reason whatsoever, find themselves in a situation of serious misfortune or need, thereby preventing any discrimination against them, due to their status as foreigners. In order to fulfil this role, the Consulates very often request the support and cooperation of the competent local authorities. Moreover, Cyprus’ Missions can provide “public services” in certain fields for Cypriot citizens living abroad (special requests for assistance that are not usually provided by the Public Services in Cyprus, cannot be offered).
It should be stressed and well understood that the areas in which the Cyprus Missions can act and react are not unlimited. The protection of the rights and lawful interests of the citizens of Cyprus is carried out strictly in accordance with the Cyprus Law, the Laws and Procedures of the host country, and the Rules of International Law. Services which fall under the competence of travel agencies, insurance companies, banks, hotels, etc., do not fall within our competence.
Cypriot citizens are kindly advised to inform Cypriot Missions abroad about their particulars and place of stay in the respective country and voluntarily register (free of charge) in the Mission’s Consular Registry. Registering in the Consular Registry, will enable the Cyprus Mission to better implement and protect your rights and interests (for example issuing a travel document), and also to render you assistance in an emergency, crisis or disaster (whether natural, or man-made), for example earthquake, road accident, terrorist attack, etc.
(2) WHAT HELP CAN YOU GET FROM EMBASSIES AND CONSULATES
- Assist you in cases of death, serious accident or serious illness, while abroad;
- issue a temporary travel document (laissez passer), should your passport be out-of-date, lost or stolen;
- furnish you with a list of local doctors, lawyers and translators;
- help you to contact a person in Cyprus, who can give you the help you need;
- assist persons arrested or detained;
- in exceptional circumstances advance funds to allow for your repatriation. This assistance can be offered after, you or your family / acquaintances sign a relevant form (Assumption of Responsibility), agreeing to repay these funds to the Government of the Republic of Cyprus;
- provide civil registry and notary services, legalise documents and forward applications and other papers to the competent Cypriot authorities (e.g. passport applications).
(3) WHAT AN EMBASSY OR CONSULATE CANNOT DO FOR YOU
- Intervene in any private business (e.g. matters related to travelling, banks, insurance, etc) and pay your bills (hotel, medical bills, fines, legal aid, etc);
- intervene in court operation and police if you have infringed the local Laws (e.g. it cannot arrange for you to be released from prison or intervene in the judicial proceedings);
- provide legal advice for any reason whatsoever;
- find accommodation for you, or help you to find a job or obtain a work permit;
- obtain an extension of your visa, residence or work permit;
- obtain preferential treatment for you in hospitals during imprisonment/detention or during a visit (as a tourist), than the one offered to the nationals of the host country.