Consulate General of the Republic of Cyprus in Thessaloniki
Visa System Information
    Admission and transit restrictions:

    The following entry regulations apply only to the areas controlled by the Government of the Republic of Cyprus.

    Passport: Required, except for holders of:
    · Laissez-Passer issued by the United Nations.
    · Document issued to stateless persons and recognized refugees.
    · Citizens of a member state of the EU, as well as, of Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway may enter Cyprus with their national identity card (provided there is a photo identification on it).

    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)·

      Note:


    1. The Government of the Republic of Cyprus is the only recognized Government on the island - member 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.
    2. Presently, it is possible for foreign tourists who visit the government-controlled area of the Republic of Cyprus, to cross to the occupied areas.
    3. 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 owners.
    4. Travellers entering the Republic of 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, so as to avoid any possible problems (provided that a visa has been granted to you). The legal ports of entry into the Republic of 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 any 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 those intending to be employed in Cyprus, the issuance of an employment permit by the Civil Archive and Migration Office is required and no visa is required in order to travel to Cyprus.

    List of countries whose citizens do NOT need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days, provided they are bona fide visitors (Annex II):

    All members of the European Economic Area (EU states plus Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein) as well as Switzerland*

    The following third countries (Annex II):
    1. ANDORA
    2. ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
    3. ARGENTINA
    4. AUSTRALIA
    2. BAHAMAS
    3. BARBADOS
    4. BERMUDA
    5. BRAZIL
    6. BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
    7. CANADA
    8. HILE
    9. COSTA RICA
    10. CROATIA
    11. GUATEMALA
    12. HOLY SEE
    13. ONDURAS
    14. HONG KONG SAR
    15. ISRAEL
    16. JAPAN
    17. MACAO SAR
    18. MALAYSIA
    19. MAURITIUS
    20. MEXICO
    21. MONACO
    22. NEW ZEALAND
    23. NICARAGUA
    24. PANAMA
    25. PARAGUAY
    26. SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS
    27. SALVADOR
    28. SAN MARINO
    29. SEYCHELLES
    30. SINGAPORE
    31. SOUTH KOREA
    32. TAIWAN
    33. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
    34. URUGUAY
    35. VENEZUELA

    * British overseas citizens who are not nationals of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland territory citizens who own the right of abode in the United Kingdom are British subjects for community purposes and enjoy the same rights as citizens of the United Kingdom.


    Additional categories of persons who do NOT require visa
    1. Holders of diplomatic and service passports of Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, FYROM, Montenegro, Serbia, Moldova, Russian Federation, Ukraine. (In compliance with the Agreements between the European Community OJL 129, 17.5.2007, p.27and OJL 334, 19.12.2007 p. 85)
    2. Holders of diplomatic and service passports of Armenia, Bolivia, China, Colombia, Cuba, Georgia, India, Iran, Syria.
    3. Holders of diplomatic, service, and special passports of Egypt and Lebanon
    4. All flight crew member who are holding Flightcrew Member’s Licence or a Crew Member Certificate issued under the Chicago Convention.
    5. The flight crew and attendants on emergency or rescue flights and other helpers in the event of disaster or accident.
    6. The civilian crew of ships navigating in international waters.
    7. The holders of laissez-passer issued by the United Nations to their officials.
    8. 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.
    9. All persons who are in possession of work permit issued by the Civil Archive and Migration Officer.
    10. All persons who possess a permanent or a temporary residence permit issued by the Civil Archive and Migration Officer.
    11. All persons who possess a study permit.

    List of countries, whose citizens are required to have a visa to enter the Republic of Cyprus (ANNEX I):

    1. AFGHANISTAN
    2. ALGERIA
    3. ANGOLA
    4. ARMENIA
    5. AZERBAIJAN
    6. BAHRAIN
    7. BANGLADESH
    8. BELARUS
    9. BELIZE
    10. BENIN
    11. BHUTAN
    12. BOLIVIA
    13. BOTSWANA
    14. BURKINA FASO
    15. BURMA/MYANMAR
    16. BURUNDI
    17. CAMBODIA
    18. CAMEROON
    19. CAPE VERDE
    20. CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
    21. CHAD
    22. CHINA
    23. COLOMBIA
    24. COMOROS
    25. CONGO
    26. COTE D’ IVOIRE
    27. CUBA
    28. DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
    29. DJIBOUTI
    30. DOMINICA
    31. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
    32. ECUADOR
    33. EGYPT
    34. EQUATORIAL GUINEA
    35. ERITREA
    36. ETHIOPIA
    37. FIJI
    38. FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA*
    39. GABON
    40. GAMBIA
    41. GEORGIA
    42. GHANA
    43. GRENADA
    44. GUINEA
    45. GUINEA-BISSAU
    46. GUYANA
    47. HAITI
    48. INDIA
    49. INDONESIA
    50. IRAN
    51. IRAQ
    52. JAMAICA
    53. JORDAN
    54. KAZAKHSTAN
    55. KENYA
    56. KIRIBATI
    57. KUWAIT
    58. KYRGYZSTAN
    59. LAOS
    60. LEBANON
    61. LESOTHO
    62. LIBERIA
    63. LIBYA
    64. MADAGASCAR
    65. MALAWI
    66. MALDIVES
    67. MALI
    68. MARSHALL ISLANDS
    69. MAURITANIA
    70. MICRONESIA
    71. MOLDOVA
    72. MONGOLIA
    73. MONTENEGRO*
    74. MOROCCO
    75. MOZAMBIQUE
    76. NAMIBIA
    77. NAURU
    78. NEPAL
    79. NIGER
    80. NIGERIA
    81. NORTH KOREA
    82. NORTHERN MARIANAS (ISLANDS)
    83. OMAN
    84. PAKISTAN
    85. PALAU
    86. PALAISTINIAN NATIONAL AUTHORITY
    87. PAPUA NEW GUINEA
    88. PERU
    89. PHILIPPINES
    90. QATAR
    91. RUSSIA
    92. RWANDA
    93. SAINT LUCIA
    94. SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
    95. SAMOA
    96. SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE
    97. SAUDI ARABIA
    98. SENEGAL
    99. SERBIA*
    100. SIERRA LEONE
    101. SOLOMON ISLANDS
    102. SOMALIA
    103. SOUTH AFRICA
    104. SRI LANKA
    105. SUDAN
    106. SURINAM
    107. SWAZILAND
    108. SYRIA
    109. TAJIKISTAN
    110. TANZANIA
    111. THAILAND
    112. TIMOR-LESTE
    113. TOGO
    114. TONGA
    115. TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
    116. TUNISIA
    117. TURKEY
    118. TURKMENISTAN
    119. TUVALU
    120. UGANDA
    121. UKRAINE
    122. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
    123. UZBEKISTAN
    124. VANUATU
    125. VIETNAM
    126. YEMEN
    127. ZAMBIA
    128. ZIMBABWE

    * visa is not required for holders of biometric passports


    Categories of visas:
    · Short-stay or travel visas: multiple-entry visas:

    This visa entitles aliens who seek to enter the territory of the Republic of Cyprus, for reasons other than immigration, to enter once or several times. The duration of each visit may not, however, exceed three months in any half year, starting from the date of first entry.

    As a general rule, this visa may be issued for one or several entries.

    In the case of aliens who need to travel frequently to Cyprus, e.g., business, short-stay visas may be issued for several visits, provided that the total length of these visits does not exceed three months in any half year. This multiple-entry visa may be valid for one year and, in exceptional cases, for more than a year, but for no more than five years for certain categories of persons.
    · Airport Transit Visa (ATV)

    This visa 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.

    Nationals from the countries listed in the table below (as well as persons who are not nationals of those countries, but who possess travel documents issued by the authorities of those countries) are required to possess this type of visa.

    List of countries whose nationals are subject to the airport visa (ATV) requirement
    1. AFGHANISTAN
    2. BANGLADESH
    3. CONGO (Democratic Republic)
    4. ERITREA
    5. ETHIOPIA
    6. GHANA
    7. IRAN Holders of Iranian diplomatic and service passports are exempt from the ATV requirement
    8. IRAQ
    9. NIGERIA
    10. PAKISTAN
    11. SOMALIA
    12. SRI LANKA
    13. TURKEY
    Citizens of the aforementioned countries are exempt from the Airport Transit Visa (ATV) requirement if they are holders of residence permits of either: a member state of the EU or the EEA , Andorra, Monaco, Canada, Japan, San Marino and the United States of America.






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