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Visa application procedure and documents required

1. Applications must be submitted in person.
2. One completed application form signed by the applicant (or legal guardian in the case of minors) with a passport sized photograph attached.
3. A full national passport valid at least three months longer than the validity of the visa being applied for. Visitors who wish to obtain a visa are advised to be in possession of a passport valid at least for 6 months beyond the period of intended stay.
4. Visa for the return country must be valid for at least three months beyond the period of intended stay.
5. Provisional Booking or Itinerary of travel arrangements (Round trip ticket with fixed dates). Ticket should not be purchased before the visa is issued.
6. Prior Hotel Reservation faxed by the Hotel Manager.
7. If visiting for business, an official letter of invitation (Document 19 (2)) from a Cyprus company must be presented, legalized by notary.
8. If visiting friends, a letter of invitation (Document 19 (2)) from the friends with their address, phone number and occupation in Cyprus, legalized by notary.
9. Bank guarantee letter placed by the host for the duration of the applicant’s stay in Cyprus (513 euro for citizens of Countries of C.I.S. and other Eastern European Countries).
10. Evidence that there are sufficient funds to cover the cost of the intended stay in Cyprus, e.g. bank statement or travelers cheques (credit cards only in addition to bank statements and with recent statement confirming credit limit. Please note that cash in no acceptable proof).
11. Resent (less than one month old) official letter from employer addressed to the Cyprus Consulate with proof of wages/salary. If self employed, a letter from the solicitor, the accountant or the bank manager of the applicant. If a student in the country of the Consulate, an original letter from the school or University addressed to the Cyprus Consulate confirming status/attendance and the duration of the course.
12. Visa fee: It is not refundable and paid with the submission of the Visa application form.

Types of Visa

Airport Transit Visa (category A) 80 (euro)

Short-stay Tourist / Business Visa (1-90 days) (Category C) 80 (euro)

Children between 6-12 years 40 (euro)

Children under 6 years 0 (euro)

Visa issued at the border (Category C) 80 (euro)

Nationals of: Albania⃰, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina*, Georgia⃰, Moldova*, Montenegro*, North Macedonia ⃰, Serbia⃰, Ukraine ⃰ 35 (euro)

* Visa fee applicable only for holders of non biometric passports. Biometric passport holders do not need a visa.

Please take into consideration that:

• Passports must be valid at least six months before the intended travel to Cyprus.

Important Note:

The Government of the Republic of Cyprus is the only internationally recognised Government on the island of Cyprus. In this regard, travellers entering the Republic of Cyprus via the illegal/closed airports and ports in the turkish occupied northern part of Cyprus are in breach of the national law of the Republic of Cyprus. Therefore, travellers holding a valid Cypriot visa are urged to travel via the recognised ports of entry which are situated in the area under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus (i.e. Larnaca International Airport, Paphos International Airport).


National Visa Information System (N-VIS)

Technology can play a key role in improving and reinforcing external borders. Over the past years, Cyprus has been operating a large-scale IT system (N.VIS) for collecting and processing visa applications.

What is VIS?

The National Visa Information System (N.VIS) allows the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to processes data and make decisions relating to applications for short-stay visas to visit, or to transit through, the Republic of Cyprus. For this purpose, the N.VIS is connected to the stop-list of the police. At this stage 38 Embassies and Consulates use the N.VIS.

What is the purpose of VIS?

(a) The N.VIS enables the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to check if a visa applicant is filed as a forbidden immigrant in the national stop-list.
(b) It enables border guards to verify that a person presenting a visa is its rightful holder.
(c) It assists in preventing, detecting and investigating terrorist offences and other serious criminal offences.

How does it work in practice?

Visa applications are submitted in paper form. In some countries, visa applications are submitted to External Service Providers (ESPs) who then forward them to the contracted local Cypriot Embassy/ Consulate. Once the applicant’s details are entered in the N.VIS, a number of checks are run including for determining if the applicant is filed in the national stop-list as an illegal immigrant. Clear of all checks, the visa is issued to the applicant.

Who can access VIS?

Access to VIS data has only authorized personnel of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the purpose of visa application management. Competent visa authorities (the Police) may use the VIS for the purpose of examining applications at the points of entry and/ or for Visa extension at District Police Immigration Offices.

The authorities responsible for carrying out checks at external borders and within the national territories have access to query the VIS for the purpose of verifying the authenticity of the visa.

Legal Background

The main acts constituting the N.VIS legal framework are:

· Regulation (EC) No 767/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 July 2008 concerning the VIS and the exchange of data between Member States on short- stay visas (VIS Regulation), OJUE L 218,13.8.2008, p. 60.
· Council Decision 2008/633/JHA of 23 June 2008 concerning access for consultation of the VIS by designated authorities of Member States and by Europol for the purposes of the prevention, detection and investigation of terrorist offences and of other serious criminal offence, OJUE L218,13.8.2008, p. 129.

How is my data in VIS protected?

All personal data processed in relation to visa application management are protected by the European Union data protection legislation (The General Data Protection Regulation - GDPR) and the implementing national data protection legislation. Access to N.VIS data is limited to authorized staff in the performance of their tasks. They must ensure that the use of N.VIS data is limited to that which is strictly necessary, appropriate and proportionate for carrying out their tasks.

Although VIS is not accessible from the internet, any person has the right to be informed about his/her data in the VIS. Any person may request that inaccurate data about him/her is corrected and unlawfully recorded data is deleted.

The lawfulness of processing N.VIS personal data is supervised by the Commissioner for Personal Data Protection who is the National Supervisory Authority.

What are my rights?

Each individual has the following rights regarding the processing of their personal data in the N.VIS:

· the right to ask about the data relating to them in the VIS,
· the right to request that inaccurate data relating to them in the VIS be corrected,
· The right to submit a complaint to the Commissioner for Personal Data Protection.

Whom can I contact for more information?

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has appointed a Data Protection Officer (DPO) who can advise data subjects in relation to the exercise of their rights. The DPO can be contacted at

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