Republic of Cyprus
Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus to the Hague
Visiting / Working / Settling in Cyprus Travel Information (visas)

Visiting / Working / Settling in Cyprus

Travel Information (visas)

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.

However, please note that Dutch authorities consider the Dutch national ID cards only to be valid for travelling in the Schengen area, of which Cyprus is not a member.

The Embassy of Cyprus therefore recommends that Dutch nationals use their passport when travelling to Cyprus.

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.
  • 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.

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:

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

73. Taiwan 

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

  • Passport - valid at least 6 months beyond the period of intended stay
  • Residence permit for the return country (the Netherlands) 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
  • Visa fee of:
Type of Visa
Visa Fee
Airport transit visa (Category A)
Short-stay visa (1 - 90 days) (Category C)
Multiple entry visa, valid for 1 - 5 years (Category C)
Visa issued at the border (Category C)
Group visa
National long-stay visa (Category D)

If visiting on business, an official letter of invitation from a Cyprus company must be presented, indicating the purpose of travel.

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 +31 - 70 217 20 27.

Important Information:

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.
  • 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.

For more Information please contact:

The Migration Department
Ministry of the Interior
1457 Nicosia
Tel: +357 22 804410
Fax: +357 22 676944

Related Files:

Download file type Word Application form for a visa to enter Cyprus.doc
Download file type Acrobat Form for Assumption of Responsibility for Hosting.pdf
Download file type Acrobat List of hotels situated in the Turkish occupied part of Cyprus.pdf


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