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ISRAELI CITIZENS TRAVELLING TO CYPRUS




WE ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY FROM 10:00-12:00, AND FRIDAY FROM 9:00-11:00


ISRAELI CITIZENS TRAVELLING TO CYPRUS

Israeli citizens travelling to Cyprus (and/or the EU) do not need a visa for stays that do not exceed 90 days in a six month period.

The Israeli passport must be valid for 3 months at least on the date of departure.

Holders of any type of Israeli travel document (LAISSEZ PASSER) need a visa to enter Cyprus.



For information on longer stays where a visa is required, contact the Civil Registry and Migration Department, Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Cyprus. The Embassy in Tel Aviv does not process applications for long-term visas.

    HOLDERS OF SCHENGEN VISAS:

    Holders of valid Schengen visas, permitting 2 or more entries, do not need an additional visa to enter Cyprus.






VISA APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Consular Section opening hours: Tuesday from 10:00-12:00, Wednesday from 10:00 - 12:00 and Friday from 9:00-11:00.

Applications must be submitted in person and signed at the Embassy. It takes five working days to issue the visa. Visas should also be collected in person.

Visa Fee for single entry: NIS 100 in cash (changeable according to monthly Euro rate). Visa processing fees are not reimbursable if a visa is rejected.

General Requirements:

-One completed Application form with 1 recent passport - sized photograph attached to it.

- Valid passport for three months on the date of departure. The passport shall contain at least two blank pages.

- Entry visa to Israel valid for two months from day of return to Israel. (If not returning to Israel after the trip to Cyprus, then the applicant must present tickets to the country of final destination and, if required, a valid visa to that country)

-Provisional Reservation and Itinerary of travel arrangements.

- Hotel Reservation or other proof of accommodation arrangements

-Solid evidence that there are sufficient funds to cover the cost of the intended stay in Cyprus, e.g. a bank statement or travelers’ 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).

-A recent (dated within one month only) official letter from the employer, addressed to the Cyprus Embassy with proof of the applicants wages / salary. If self-employed, a letter from the solicitor, the accountant or the bank manager of the applicant will be sufficient. If a student in the country of the Consulate, an original letter from the school or University addressed to the Cyprus Embassy confirming the status / attendance and the duration of the course.

-The Embassy may also ask for a copy of a bank guarantee letter from the host, so as to cover the possible cost of repatriation of the applicant.

-Travel medical insurance that covers the entire period of the applicant’s intended stay or transit with minimum medical coverage of Euro 30.000. The policy number and dates of cover must appear on the document. No quotations will be accepted.

-In case of a business trip, an official letter of invitation from a Cyprus company must be presented.

- For a visit to family or friends, a letter of invitation, including complete address, phone number and occupation in Cyprus, must be submitted, as well as a certified Assumption of Responsibility form, duly completed and signed by the host.

-Certified parental consent for children under 18 travelling alone or with school-group.


    PROCEDURAL ADVICE AND LEGAL NOTICE

    -The applicant should present original documents together with Xerox copies including the passport.

    -The Embassy reserves the right to request further documentation should it be deemed necessary.

    -Fees and requirements are subject to change without prior notice.

    -There is no guarantee that a visa will be issued and no rights can be derived from the information obtained in the General Visa Requirements for Entry to Cyprus.

    -Visa applications will be rejected if application forms are not fully completed and signed and are not accompanied by the required documents.

    -Procedure: it is the responsibility of the applicant to take note of the visa application requirements and to apply in time, before making travel arrangements.

    -Entry into Cyprus: the possession of a visa is only one of the pre-requisites for entry into the territory of Cyprus. Should Cyprus border authority refuse entry, no claim for reimbursement of the visa can be submitted. The border police may request the presentation of sufficient funds, a letter of invitation, hotel reservation and proof of medical insurance. Failure to present said funds/documents may result in entry being refused.

    • For organised groups, arrangements should be made well in advance with the relevant issuing authority.

    • Delays and procedure: It is the responsibility of the applicant to be aware of delays and requirements for the issuance of visas, before making travel arrangements and applying for a visa.



    IMPORTANT NOTICE

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

    Note:

    1. The Government of the Republic of Cyprus is the only recognized Government on the island - a 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 legal owners.
    4. Travelers 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 laws 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”.










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