EU /EEA citizens
EU (European Union) / EEA (European Economic Area) citizens do not require a visa for entry to Cyprus, but they must carry a passport which must be valid at least until the day of departure from Cyprus, or their national identity card provided there is a photo and the citizenship is declared.
Third country nationals (non-EU)
Third country nationals entering the Republic of Cyprus must be in possession of a valid travel document, which (according to Regulation of the EU no. 610/2013):
- must be valid for at least three (3) months after the intended date of departure from Cyprus, and
- must have been issued within the previous 10 years from the date of entry to Cyprus.
Τhe following categories are exempted from the visa requirement for entry into Cyprus:
- Third country nationals, holders of a valid Schengen visa (type: double or multiple entry), who have already entered the Schengen area in accordance with the terms upon which their Schengen visa was issued, may travel to Cyprus without a visa and stay for a period equal to the remainder of the time for which the Schengen visa is valid.
- Pursuant to EU regulations 265/2010 of 25.3.2010 and 562/2006 of 15.3.2006, aliens/third country nationals (except Turkish nationals or holders of other travel documents specified in relevant EU regulations) who hold a long stay visa or valid residence permits issued by one of the EU/EEA Member States (except United Kingdom and Ireland) or Switzerland, may enter Cyprus without a prior visa, provided they fulfil the entry conditions in accordance with these Regulations.
- Holders of travel documents issued to recognised refugees under the UN Convention relating to Refugees of 28 July 1951, do not require a visa to enter Cyprus, if their travel documents are issued by an EU member state or by a member-state of Schengen (incl. Norway and Iceland) or by a state listed in Annex II to the Council Regulation 539/2001 as per its amendment.
- Holders of travel documents issued to stateless persons under the Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons of 28 September 1954, do not require a visa if the documents are issued by an EU member state or by a member state of Schengen (incl. Norway and Iceland) and the holders of these documents are residing in this Member State.
Nationals of the following countries do not require a visa to visit Cyprus (for a period up to three months) provided that they are considered to be bona-fide visitors:
- In accordance with EU Regulation 1932/2006 of 21.12.2006, recognised refugees and stateless persons or other persons who do not hold the nationality of any country who reside in an EU/EEA Member State and are holders of a travel document issued by that Member State.
All members of the European Economic Area (EU states plus Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein) as well as Switzerland*
The following third countries:
* Only for holders of biometric passports
SAR: Special Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic of China
II. Entities and Territorial Authorities not recognized as States by at least one Member State
Additional categories of persons who do NOT require visa
1. Holders of diplomatic passports of Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, FYROM, Montenegro and Qatar.
2. Holders of diplomatic and service passports of Armenia, China, Costa Rica, Georgia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Moldova, Russian Federation, Serbia Seychelles, and Ukraine.
3. Holders of diplomatic, service, and special passports of Egypt, Lebanon, Kuwait, Syria and the United Arab Emirates.
4. Holders of diplomatic, official and service passports of Colombia, Cuba, India, Mexico and Panama.
5. Holders of diplomatic or official passports of the Republic of Korea.
6. Holders of biometric passports of Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, FYROM, Montenegro, Moldova and Serbia.
7. All flight crew member who are holding Flightcrew Member’s License or a Crew Member Certificate issued under the Chicago Convention.
8. The flight crew and attendants on emergency or rescue flights and other helpers in the event of disaster or accident.
9. The civilian crew of ships navigating in international waters.
10. The holders of laissez-passer issued by the United Nations to their officials.
11. School pupils having the nationality of a third country listed in Annex I who reside in a Third Country listed in Annex II and are travelling in the context of a school excursion as members of a group of pupils accompanied by a teacher from the school in question.
12. All persons who are in possession of work permit issued by the Civil Archive and Migration Officer.
13. All persons who possess a permanent or a temporary residence permit issued by the Civil Archive and Migration Officer.
14. All persons who possess a valid residence permit issued by another Member State of the European Union (with the exemption if UK and Ireland) including Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.
15. All persons who possess a study permit.
Basic requirements for a visa
On 28/05/2019, in accordance with the Accession Treaty of 2003, the Cyprus Republic submitted a Declaration of Readiness for a Schengen Evaluation.
After the European Commission’s Schengen Evaluation that started in November 2019 and the following relevant recommendations, in direct compliance with the Schengen acquis and Article 16 of the Visa Code, as of 01/12/2022 visa fees will be increased as follows;
- Passport - valid at least 6 months beyond the period of intended stay
- Residence permit for the return country (Sweden) valid for at least three months
- One completed application form signed by the applicant
- Return ticket.
- Confirmed booking of accommodation.
- Up to date 'Personbevis'
- A bank statement, indicating that there are sufficient funds to cover the cost of the intended stay in Cyprus, e.g. bank statement. A recent (less than one month old) official letter from the employer addressed to the Cyprus Consulate with proof of the applicants wages/salary. If self-employed, a letter fom the solicitor, the accountant or the bank manager of the applicant. If as student in the country of the Consulate, an original letter from the school of University addressed to the Cyprus Consulate confirming the status/attendance and the duration of the course.
- One recent photograph
- A self-addressed stamped envelope value of 80 SEK in order to send the passport back to the applicant
- Visa fee of:
*Visa fee applicable only for holders of non biometric passports
Biometric passport holders do not need a visa.
If visiting on business, an official letter of invitation from a Cyprus company must be presented, indicating the purpose of travel.
|Types of Visa ||Fee (euro)|
|Airport Transit Visa (category A) ||80|
|Short-stay Visa (1-90 days) (Category C) ||80|
|Children between 6-12 years ||40|
|Children under 6 years ||0|
|Visa issued at the border (Category C) ||80|
Albania⃰, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina*, Georgia⃰, Moldova*, Montenegro*, North Macedonia⃰, Serbia⃰, Ukraine⃰
If visiting friends or family, a letter of invitation from them with their full address, phone number and occupation in Cyprus (and often, along with a certified Assumption of Responsibility form, duly completed and signed by the host). The Consulate may also ask for a copy of a Bank Guarantee Letter from the host, throughout a visitor's stay in Cyprus, so as to cover the possible cost of repatriation. Bank Guarantee Letters are issued for the amount of:
- € 855 for visitors from Sri Lanka, the Philippines, China, and other Asian countries
- € 510 for visitors from the CIS and other Eastern European countries
- € 350 for visitors from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and other Middle East countries.
If visiting Cyprus as a member of a group (sports team, choir, etc) a letter from the manager indicating that the applicant is a member of the delegation and that the management assumes responsibility for the costs of travel, accommodation and maintenance, if such is the case.
Please Contact the Embassy's consular section prior to submitting your application at +46 8 24 50 08.
For more information, please visit the website: https://mfa.gov.cy/visa-information.html
The following entry regulations apply only to the areas controlled by the Government of the Republic of Cyprus.
Passport is required, except for holders of:
- Laissez-Passer issued by the United Nations.
- Document issued to stateless persons and recognized refugees.
- The Government of the Republic of Cyprus strictly refuses admission to holders of “passports” issued illegally by the secessionist and so-called “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" ("TRNC").
- The Government of the Republic of Cyprus is the only recognized Government on the island member-state of the EU since 1.5.2004, as well as member of the UN and other International organizations. As a result of the Turkish military presence and occupation, the Government of the Republic of Cyprus is not in a position to exercise effective control over the occupied areas of the Republic. The so-called "TRNC" has been condemned and declared as both illegal and invalid by the whole of the International Community through Security Council Resolutions 541/83 and 550/84. With the sole exception of Turkey, no state in the world or International Organization recognizes the secessionist entity.
- Presently, it is possible for foreign tourists who visit the government-controlled area of the Republic of Cyprus, to cross to the occupied areas.
- Staying in Greek Cypriot owned hotels in the occupied areas, which are being illegally exploited, would put you at great risk of possible legal action on the part of the legal owners.
For more Information please contact:
The Migration Department
Ministry of the Interior
Tel: +357 22 804410
Fax: +357 22 676944
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.
- Travellers entering Cyprus via the illegal / closed airports and ports (i.e. all the airports and ports in the occupied areas), are in breach of national law of the Republic of Cyprus. Therefore, you are urged to travel via the recognized ports of entry (provided that a visa has been granted to you), so as to avoid any possible problems . The legal ports of entry into Cyprus are the airports of Larnaca and Paphos and the ports of Larnaca, Limassol, Latsi and Paphos, which are situated in the area under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus. Any entry into the territory of the Republic of Cyprus via other port or airport in the area of Cyprus in which the Government of the Republic does not exercise effective control (Turkish occupied area) is illegal.
(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.
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 L 218, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, CYPRUS
The territorial scope of the General Data Protection Regulation EU 2016/679 and the implementing Law 125(I) 2018, which regulate the processing of personal data, extends to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Diplomatic and Consular Missions of the Republic. The Ministry which in terms of the Law is the Data Controller is set to fully comply with the data protection provisions and principles.
In order to carry out its public tasks, the Ministry processes personal data manually or digitally, in accordance with national and EU Law and International Conventions. The purpose of data processing by the Ministry includes the following fields of its action:
- Consular Services including consular protection,
- Cooperation with the Diplomatic Missions accredited to the Republic and the work of the Diplomatic and Consular Missions of Cyprus abroad,
- Authentication of documents,
- Issuing of Entry Visas,
- Use of CCTV systems in the buildings of the Missions and the Chancery, for security reasons.
The Ministry may disclose personal data to third parties in accordance with the Law. For example the Ministry may disclose personal data to other Governmental Authorities or States for the purposes of granting consular services or consular protection or in the framework of criminal investigations.
The Ministry keeps personal data only for the period which is necessary for carrying out its tasks or for reasons of public interest.
YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS
You can submit a request in any of the following situations:
· If you wish to know which personal data of yours the Ministry is processing.
· If you wish to amend your personal data.
· If you wish to have your personal data erased.
· If you wish us to limit the processing of your personal data.
· If you wish to lodge an objection to the processing of your personal data.
Any request can be submitted electronically to: email@example.com or by post to: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Presidential Palace Avenue, 1447 Nicosia, Cyprus
For any further questions you may contact the Data Protection Officer of the Ministry electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to the abovementioned address.
A complaint may be submitted to the Data Protection Commissioner, which is an independent Supervisory Authority, to the postal address: PO BOX 23378, 1682 Nicosia, Cyprus or electronically to: email@example.com