|The Embassy’s Consular Section offers a wide range of consular services to the public, as well as consular support and assistance specifically to Cypriots based in Italy, Malta, Switzerland or San Marino.|
Consular services offered include the following (the list is not exhaustive):
♦Certification of authenticity of signature: The signature must be placed on the document before a consular officer of the Embassy. Please note that the person signing the document must provide proof of his/her identity (passport/ driving license/identity card).
SERVICES TO CYPRIOT NATIONALS
Apart from the services listed above, the following services are offered specifically to Cypriot nationals residing in Italy, Malta, Switzerland or San Marino:
♦Issuing of a Passport and Identity Card
Following the introduction recently of new, biometric type passports and identity cards of the Republic, this service is currently available only from select Missions of Cyprus abroad, with the closest being the Embassies of the Republic of Cyprus in Athens and Paris. Therefore, Cypriot nationals wishing to apply for a new-replacement passport/identity card need to contact the Embassies above or one of the District Administration Offices in Cyprus (http://www.moi.gov.cy/moi/da/dadmin.nsf/) to make the necessary arrangements.
♦Issuing of a temporary Travel Document
This service is available to individuals who are not in possession of a valid passport and need to travel abroad urgently.
Procedure: An application is submitted to the Embassy on form M.32 (along with police report and two photos) and the Travel Document is issued locally, by the Embassy.
Fee: 20 euros – payable upon submittal of the application.
Time needed: Issued during one working day.
♦Registering a child as a citizen of the Republic of Cyprus (Issuing of a Consular Birth Certificate)
This service is available in cases where a child is born either in Italy, Marta, Switzerland or San Marino to at least one Cypriot parent (both parents' consent is required).
Procedure: An application needs to be submitted on form M.121, along with the necessary documentation in support. This will then be forwarded by the Embassy to the competent department of the Ministry of Interior, in order for the child to be registered as a Cypriot citizen and for the Birth Certificate to be issued accordingly. This will then be sent to the Embassy for delivery to the applicant.
Fee: 20 euros – payable upon submittal of the application and 20 euros of Consular Birth Certificate.
In cases of emergency, Cypriots finding themselves in Italy, Malta, Switzerland of San Marino may apply to receive a sum of money from the Embassy to cover their urgent needs, provided that a family member or friend of theirs in Cyprus visits the Accounts Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nicosia and deposits the equivalent amount to their credit.
For more information regarding any of the services listed above, or indeed any other form of consular service/assistance (as this list above is by no means exhaustive), feel free to contact the Embassy. If you intend to visit us for consular business, we strongly recommend that you get in touchwith us in advance to arrange a meeting. This allows us to ensure that you will receive a faster and more efficient service.
Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus
Via Ludovisi, 35
Tel: +39 06 8088365-7-9
Fax: +36 06 8088338
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 09.00 - 13.00
|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, San Marino, New Zeland, Malaysia, Croatia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Iran, China, Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, FYROM.
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.
|Type of Visa||Visa Fee|
|Airport transit visa (Category A)||€10,25|
|Transit visa (Category B)||€10,25|
|Short-stay visa (1 - 90 days) (Category C)||€10,25|
|Multiple entry visa, valid for 1 - 5 years (Category C)||€34,17|
|Visa with limited territorial validity (Categories B and C)||€10,25|
|Visa issued at the border (Categories B and C)||€10,25|
|Group visa (Categories A, B and C)||€34,17 + €1,71 for each group member|
|National long-stay visa (Category D)||€34,17|
|National long-stay visa valid concurrently as a short stay visa (Categories D and C)||€34,17|
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 and the 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 Books 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).
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. Bank Guarantee Letters are issued for the amount of:
12. Copy of Permit of Stay (Permesso di Soggiorno)
- £500 for visitors from Sri Lanka, the Philippines, China, and other Asian countries
- £300 for visitors from the CIS, and other Eastern Europe countries.
- £200 for visitors from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and other Middle East countries.
13. Copy of Health Insurance.