|Admission and transit restrictions: |
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 recognised refugees
- Further to the above, citizens of the European Union countries, as well as of Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway may enter Cyprus with their national identity card provided there is a photograph.
The Government of the Republic of Cyprus refuses admission to:
1. Holders of “passports” issued illegally by the secessionist entity, the so-called “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" (TRNC)·
· The Government of the Republic of Cyprus is the only recognised Government on the island - member of the EU since 1.5.2004, as well as member of the UN and other International Organisations. As a result of the Turkish military presence and occupation, the Government of the Republic of Cyprus is not in a position to exercise 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 Organisation recognises 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 owners.
· Travellers entering the Republic of Cyprus via the illegal / closed airports and ports (i.e. all the airports and ports in the occupied areas), may still face the consequences of the Laws of the Republic. Therefore, you are urged to travel via the recognised 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”.
2. For those intending to be employed in Cyprus, the issue of an employment permit by the Civil Archive and Migration Office is required and no visa is required in order to travel to Cyprus.
Categories of visas
1. 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 pay a continuous visit or several visits, the duration of which does not exceed three months in any half-year 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, for example on 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.
2. 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 and persons who are not necessarily nationals of those countries, but who possess travel documents issued by their authorities are required to possess this type of visa.
|List of Third Countries whose nationals are subject to the airport transit visa (ATV) requirement, where holders of travel documents issued by these Third Countries are also subject to this visa requirement (Note: Flight crew who are nationals of a Contracting Party to the Chicago Convention shall be exempt from the ATV requirement).|
|1. AFGHANISTAN |
3. CONGO (Democratic Republic of)
7. IRAN (Note: Holders of Diplomatic and Service passports shall be exempt from the ATV requirement)
12. SRI LANKA
3. Transit visas
This visa entitles aliens who are travelling from one Third State to another Third State, to pass through the territory of the Republic of Cyprus. This visa may be issued for one, or exceptionally several transits, provided that the duration in each case does not exceed five days and provided that the entry of the alien into the territory of the destination Third State is guaranteed and that the route taken normally requires transit through Cyprus.
4. Group Visas
This is a transit visa or a visa limited to a maximum of thirty days, which may be affixed to a group passport - except where national legislation provides otherwise - issued to a group of aliens formed prior to the decision to travel, provided that the members of the group enter the territory, stay there and leave it as a group.
Group visas may be issued to groups of between 5 and 50 people. The person in charge of the group shall possess an individual passport and, where necessary, an individual visa.
5. Long-stay visas
Visas for visits exceeding three months for the following categories:
TABLE I: List of Third Countries, whose citizens are required to have a visa to enter the Republic of Cyprus:
5. ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
18. BURKINA FASO
23. CAPE VERDE
24. CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
31. DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
34. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
35. EAST TIMOR
38. EQUATORIAL GUINEA
42. FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA
56. IVORY COAST
73. MARSHALL ISLANDS
86. NORTH KOREA
87. NORTHERN MARIANAS (ISLANDS)
91. PAPUA NEW GUINEA
98. SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE
99. SAUDI ARABIA
101. SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO
103. SIERRA LEONE
104. SOLOMON ISLANDS
106. SOUTH AFRICA
107. SRI LANKA
108. ST KITTS AND NEVIS
109. ST LUCIA
110. ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
120. TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
127. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
II. ENTITIES AND TERRITORIAL AUTHORITIES
135. PALESTINIAN AUTHORITIES
TABLE II: List of Third Countries whose nationals do NOT require a visa for a stay of up to 90 days, provided they are bona fide visitors
8. BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
11. CZECH REPUBLIC
13. COSTA RICA
16. EL SALVADOR
23. HOLY SEE (STATE OF THE VATICAN)
40. NEW ZEALAND
48. SAN MARINO
52. SOUTH KOREA
56. UNITED KINGDOM
57. UNITED STATES
II. Special Administrative Regions of the People's Republic of China
60. HONG KONG S.A.R.
61. MACAO S.A.R.
III. Additional categories of persons who do NOT require visa
1. Holders of Diplomatic and Service passports of Armenia, China, Colombia, Iran, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Ukraine and the Seychelles.
2. Holders of Diplomatic, Service and Official passports of Cuba.
3. Holders of Diplomatic, Service and Special passports of Egypt.
4. All civilian air and sea crew.
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 TABLE I who reside in a Third Country listed in TABLE 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 permanent or temporary residence permit issued by the Civil Archive and Migration Officer.
11. All persons who possess study permit
12. Holders of a valid Schengen visa (type C, single, double or multiple entry) who have already entered the Schengen area. They can stay in Cyprus for a duration of time equal to the remaining time on the visa or the longest until the expiry of the validity of the visa.
13. According to the EU regulation 265/2010, “Aliens who hold valid residence permits issued by one of the Member States may, on the basis of that permit and a valid travel document, move freely for up to three months in any six-month period within the territories of the other Member States.”. The Republic of Cyprus fully implements the abovementioned regulation, hence there is no visa requirement.
Where Visas are being issued:
Visas will be issued by all the Diplomatic Missions (Embassies and General Consulates) of the Republic of Cyprus, and by all the Honorary Consulates of the Republic of Cyprus abroad in their respective countries. Additionally visas can also be issued by the British High Commissions / Embassies in the following countries:
1. ARGENTINE REPUBLIC
3. HONG KONG
11. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (ABU DHABI, DUBAI)
Visa Fees (as from 18/05/2013):
Granting a visa (on a passport or other travel document)
|Type of Visa||Visa Fee|
|Airport transit visa (Category A)|
|Transit visa (Category B)|
|Short-stay visa (1 - 90 days) (Category C)|
|Multiple entry visa, valid for 1 - 5 years (Category C)|
|Visa with limited territorial validity (Categories B and C)|
|Visa issued at the border (Categories B and C)|
|Group visa (Categories A, B and C)|
|National long-stay visa (Category D)|
|National long-stay visa valid concurrently as a short stay visa (Categories D and C)|
Visa Application Procedure and Documents Required
1. Applications must be submitted in person. However, for those who reside more than 200 miles (300 kms) from the Consulate, the applications may be submitted by recorded delivery enclosing a registered self-addressed special delivery envelope for the safe return of the passport the and documents.
2. One completed application form signed by the applicant (or the legal guardian in the case of minors) with 2 passport sized photographs attached.
3. A full national passport valid for at least three months longer than the validity of the visa being applied for. Visitors wishing 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. The visa for the return country must be valid for at least three months beyond the period of intended stay.
5. Provisional bookings or itinerary of travel arrangements (Round trip ticket with fixed dates) is a must. Ticket should not be purchased before the visa is issued.
6. Prior Hotel Reservation faxed by the Hotel Manager.
7. If visiting on business, an official letter of invitation from a Cyprus company must be presented.
8. 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), mentioning the full name and passport number of the guest.
9. Solid evidence that there are sufficient funds to cover the cost of the intended stay in Cyprus, e.g. a bank statement or travellers’ cheques (credit cards can be accepted only in addition to bank statements and only with recent statement confirming credit limit. Please note that cash is not an acceptable proof).
10. 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 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 the status / attendance and the duration of the course.
11. 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.
New and accelerated procedure for granting Immigration Permit to applicants who are third country nationals and intent to invest in the Republic of Cyprus
You may find the information concerning the procedure at the website of the Ministry of Interior.
For any further information please contact the:
Consular Department of the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus
Avenue de Cortenbergh 61
Tel: 02 - 650 06 10
Fax: 02 - 650 06 20
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus
Presidential Palace Avenue,
Tel: +357 22 401222 / 401124 / 401131
Fax: +357 22 661881 / 665313 / 665778