VISA SYSTEM INFORMATION
The Visa Section of the Consulate General is responsible for receiving and processing applications and for issuing visas to foreign nationals who wish to visit Cyprus.
EU citizens do not require a visa to enter Cyprus, but they must carry a valid passport or their national identity card provided there is a photo and the citizenship is declared on the card.
You can find a full list of countries whose citizens do NOT need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days, provided they are bona fide visitors
and a list of additional categories of persons who do NOT require visa to enter Cyprus at the end of this page.
Please find a list of countries whose nationals require a visa to enter Cyprus at the end of this page.
Today third-country nationals have several options of obtaining permission to enter the Republic of Cyprus:
- VISA (sticker in a tourist’s passport)
All types of Visas are issued FREE OF CHARGE for holders of Russian passports. All other applicants shall pay a fee of 20 euro for a Single Entry Visa and 60 euro for a Double or Multiple Entry Visa. The amount is paid in Rubles according to the rate which is fixed for every month by the Treasury of the Republic of Cyprus.
1. Short-stay or travel visa, multiple-entry visa (C)
This category of a visa is issued for a citizen of a third country to enter Cyprus and is valid for one or several entries. Multiple-entry visas can be issued for up to 3 years and in exceptional cases up to 5 years at the discretion of the Consul General.
The total period of stay must not exceed 90 days in any 180-day period.
If you plan to visit the country for immigration purposes, an extended stay or for committing several visits to the country, a total period of which exceeds 90 days in a 180-day period, you must apply for a long-term visa by contacting the Civil Registry and Migration Department.
2. Airport Transit Visa (ATV)
This visa category entitles aliens who are required to have such a visa to pass through the international transit area of Cypriot airports without actually entering the national territory of Cyprus, during a stop-over or transfer between two stages of an international flight. The requirement to have this visa is an exception to the general right to transit without a visa through Cyprus.
Please find a list of countries whose nationals are subject to the airport visa (ATV) requirement at the end of this page.
To apply for all the above mentioned categories of visas one must submit the appropriate set of documents to the Visa Section of the Consulate General List of repaired documents. The term for consideration of an application for a visa is up to 15 working days.
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.
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,
Whom can I contact for more information?
· 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.
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 email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Third country nationals (non EU)*, holders of a valid Schengen Visa (category C, single**, double or multiple entry) who have already visited Schengen area according to the requirements of the Schengen visa they possess, can enter Cyprus without Cyprus national visa and stay in the Republic of Cyprus for a period equal to the remainder of the duration of stay provided by the Schengen visa they possess and the latest by the date of its expire.
- ENTRY UNDER THE SCHENGEN VISA AND RESIDENCE PERMITS IN THE EU AND SCHENGEN STATES
Third country nationals (non EU)* holders of a valid visa category D and residence permit in the European Union (except the UK and Ireland) and the Schengen countries have the right to visit Cyprus without an additional visa under the following conditions:
- have a valid passport or other document provided for traveling abroad;
- be able to confirm the purpose of travel and accommodation in Cyprus;
- have sufficient funds for stay and return to the country of permanent residence;
- be absent from the list of persons prohibited to enter the territory of the Republic of Cyprus. Duration of stay may not exceed 90 days during any 180-day period.
* There is an exception to the rule, which concerns the citizens of the Republic of Turkey who need to be issued a national Cyprus visa to visit Cyprus.
** It is possible to enter the Republic of Cyprus using a single entry visa category C only if a traveller enters one of the Schengen countries first and follows directly from thence to Cyprus.
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