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Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Beirut

Entry Visas



VISAS TO ENTER CYPRUS



PART I. VISA APPLICATION PROCEDURE

WHERE TO SUBMIT:
Ø At the premises of the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus, Beirut (Yarze Pine Building No.6, Street 15, Yarze, Baabda), as follows:

INDIVIDUALS: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 09.00-12.00 (no appointment required)

TRAVEL AGENCIES: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 12.00-13.00 (no appointment required)

WHEN TO SUBMIT:
Ø Shall be submitted no more than six months before the start of the intended visit and no later than 15 calendar days before the start of the intended visit.
PROCESSING TIME:
Ø 7 to 10 working days as long as all required documents are provided.
PASSPORT COLLECTION:
Ø Passports are collected upon completion, on the date & time mentioned on your receipt(usually 13.00-14.00)
PASSPORT WITHDRAWAL:
Ø Passports cannot be withdrawn during processing time.

PART II. LODGING AN APPLICATION

Applicants shall present the following:
    1. Visa Application Form (found below)
    Ø Fully completed in English
    Ø Signed by the applicant
Note: For minors (under the age of 18 years old) please check the relevant section(s) below
    2. Valid Passport (Travel Document)
    Ø Should have a minimum validity of 3 months beyond the intended stay in Cyprus
    Ø Should contain at least two blank pages
    Ø Should have been issued within the previous 10 years.
    3. Photograph
    Ø One recent passport sized photo attached to the application
Note: Photo should have been taken within the last three months
    4. Visa Fees
    Ø Single Visa: 21 US$ (payable ONLY in US$ CASH)
    Ø Multiple Visa: 63 US$ (payable ONLY in US$ CASH)
    5. Supporting Documents
    Ø Please check PART III below
Please note that the Embassy does not accept any supporting documents via email (especially before the submission of the application). The Embassy will contact the applicant in case it requires any additional documentation.
    6. Gratis Visa Fees
    Ø Applicants married to CY/EU citizens (proof is required)
    Ø Children of CY/EU citizens under the age of 21
    Ø Russian citizens
PART III. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS WHEN LODGING AN APPLICATION:
Applicants shall present the following:
    1. Copy of Travelling Document
    Ø Copy of Passport
    Ø Copy of previous Visas to Cyprus or Schengen countries, if available
    2. Old Passport
    Ø Previous Passport, in case of a newly issued Passport
    3. Residency Permit: Non-Lebanese Citizens
    Ø Copy of Valid Lebanese Residency Permit of at least 3 months (90 days) beyond the intended stay in Cyprus – original document needs to be presented
    4. Ticket Reservation
    Ø Reservation of Round – Trip ticket
Note: Visa Issue is based on the dates provided
    5. Accommodation in Cyprus
Proof of accommodation by presenting one of the following:
    Ø Hotel Reservation for the entire period of intended stay in Cyprus
Note: Applicants may be requested to present a paid (non-refundable) voucher from the hotel in order to obtain the Visa.
OR
    Ø Ownership of Accommodation - title deeds of the property or tenancy agreement.
OR
    Ø Invitation from a Host (Assumption of Responsibility-found below)
Note: Applicants should present the “ASSUMPTION OF RESPONSIBILITY” completed by the Host and signed and stamped by a Certifying Officer in Cyprus (SCANNED DOCUMENTS CAN BE ACCEPTED). In case the Host resides in Lebanon at the time of application, “ASSUMPTION OF RESPONSIBILITY” should be stamped by a Notary Public in Lebanon or signed by the Host before the Consular Officer at the Embassy.
Required Documents from the Host:
  • A copy of the Passport of the host
  • A copy of the ID (Residency Permit) in Cyprus, if the host resides in Cyprus.
  • A copy of the ID (Residency Permit) of the spouse of the host if applicable.
  • Proof of Employment in Cyprus(employment letter/contract , including monthly salary) if applicable
  • Copy of title deeds or tenancy agreement, accordingly
    6. Evidence of Employment
    Ø Employees:
(a)Letter of Employment or Employment Contract in English, mentioning:
    ü monthly salary of employee
    ü work position of employee
    ü duration of employment
(b)Employer’s business License/Certificate of Registration (in English) in the Chamber of Commerce, Lebanon
    Ø Self-Employed/Business Owners
A copy of the business License/Certificate of Registration (in English) in the Chamber of Commerce, Lebanon.
    7. Proof of Funds
Applicants shall present documents indicating that they possess sufficient means of substance both for the duration of the intended stay in Cyprus and for the return to their country of origin or residence:

(a)Personal Original Stamped Bank Account Statement (in English) for the last 3 months with the present balance, from a local, foreign, or digital bank.
Note: For foreign or digital banks, electronic or scanned documents may be accepted.
(b)Sponsorship of an Applicant’s Trip:
Applicants may be sponsored only in the following cases:
    Ø If they are under the age of 25 and will be sponsored by their parent(s)
    Ø If they are over the age of 65 and will be sponsored by their children
    Ø If applicant is a spouse and will be sponsored by their spouse (if the relationship is not mentioned on the passport, proof is required e.g., marriage certificate, family extract etc.)
Note: Applicants must provide the following documents, if not accompanied by their sponsors:
    • An Original Stamped Bank Account Statement of the sponsor for the last three (3) months with the present balance
    • Evidence of employment of the sponsor (employment letter/contract including monthly salary)
    • A copy of passport of the sponsor
    • A copy of ID (residency permit) in case the sponsor resides in Cyprus.
    • A copy of ID (residency permit) of spouse of sponsor residing in Cyprus, if applicable.
    • A copy of title deed or tenancy agreement in Cyprus, if sponsor resides in Cyprus.
(c)Sponsorship by Employers for business purposes only
Applicants must provide the following documents in English:
    Ø Sponsorship Letter by the employer mentioning also the purpose of travel
    Ø Letter of Employment/ Employment Contract mentioning:
    ü monthly salary of employee
    ü work position of employee
    ü duration of employment
    Ø An Original Stamped Bank Account Statement of the sponsor for the last 3 months with the present balance
    Ø Employer’s business License/Certificate of Registration (in English) in the Chamber of Commerce, Lebanon
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ABOVE IS NOT AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST OF REQUIRED DOCUMENTS. THE EMBASSY MAY ASK THE APPLICANT TO PROVIDE ANY OTHER ADDITIONAL INFORMATION DEEMED NECESSARY AS WELL AS REQUEST A PERSONAL INTERVIEW.
PART IV. APPLYING FOR MINORS (under the age of 18)-
Accompanying their parent(s)
The following shall be presented:
1. Visa Application Form
    Ø Fully completed in English for each minor – with attached recent photo
    Ø Signed by both parents before the Consular Officer of the Embassy
2. Letter of Consent (found below)
    Ø Letter of Consent signed by both parents before the Consular Officer of the Embassy
Note: If one parent is abroad, the Letter of Consent must be signed in the country of residence before the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus (or Honorary Consul) in that country or the Embassy of the Lebanese Republic (original must be legalized by the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants before presented at the Embassy).
Note: If parents are divorced, a custody decree, translated to English and legalized by the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, is required.
Note: If one parent is deceased, a death certificate and a custody decree, translated to English and legalized by the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, is required.
3. Copy of Parents’ Passport
    Ø Copy of Passport of parent(s)
PART V. APPLYING FOR MINORS (under the age of 18)-
NOT accompanying their parents
The following shall be presented:
    Ø All documents mentioned in PART IV
    Ø All documents mentioned in PART III (1), (6) & (7) of the parent(s)
    Ø Ticket reservation (round-trip) of minor
    Ø Proof of accommodation accordingly
Note: In case of attendance at a special event (sports, educational etc.), a letter from the organizer of the event is required.
PART VI. DOMESTIC STAFF - Accompanying their employer
Applicants shall present all documents of PART II (1)-(4) and the following:
1.Valid Residency Permit
    ü Copy of a valid residency permit of at least 3 months (90 days) beyond the planned stay in Cyprus – original document also presented
2. Work Permit
    ü Copy of a valid work permit from the Lebanese Ministry of Labour
3.Travel Insurance
    ü Travel Insurance
4. Ticket Reservation
    ü Ticket reservation (round-trip)
5.Accommodation
    ü Proof of accommodation accordingly (e.g. Hotel Reservation etc.)
6.Copy of Passport of Employer
    ü Copy of the passport of employer
7.Copy of the Visa of Employer
    ü Copy of the Visa/Residency Permit of the Employer
PART VII. TRAVELLING FOR BUSINESS PURPOSES OR FOR ATTENDING AN EVENT/CONFERENCE ETC
Applicants shall provide:
    Ø All documents of PART II & III
    Ø Documents proving the purpose (e.g., invitation letter by host company/organizer/person etc.)
PART VIII. TRAVELLING FOR STUDIES
Applicants shall provide:
    ü All documents of PART II (1) – (4)
    ü Acceptance letter from the University
    ü Copy of the Blue Slip from the Civil Registry and Migration Department of the Republic of Cyprus, if available (if not available proof of payment of fees is required).
PART IX. TRAVELLING FOR CIVIL MARRIAGE/CIVIL UNION
Applicants shall provide:
    Ø All documents of PART II & III
    Ø Documents proving the purpose (e.g., letter/ confirmation from the relevant Municipality of the Republic of Cyprus, invitation of marriage etc.)
Note: Interested parties should contact directly the Municipality of their choice in order to be informed of the necessary requirements and details of the procedure, or visit the website of the Union of Cyprus Municipalities at www.ucm.org.cy
Note: The Embassy DOES NOT conduct Civil Marriages/Civil Unions.
PART X. OTHER INFORMATION:
SYRIAN CITIZENS RESIDING IN SYRIA

    Ø Applicants should request an appointment, including the date of their preference, via email (beirutconsulate@mfa.gov.cy) attaching a copy of their passport, in order to receive authorization to cross the border.

    Ø Applicants should apply in person with all required supporting documents (described in PART II -IX)

HOLDERS OF SCHENGEN VISA

    Ø Holders of valid double or multiple entry Schengen visa or Bulgarian, Croatian and Romanian national visa, as well as residence permits issued by Schengen Member States or by Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania, are not required to hold a short-stay visa to enter the Republic of Cyprus for a time period that does not exceed 90 days in any 180-day period. This provision doesn’t apply to Citizens of Turkey and Azerbaijan who have to follow the regular visa issuance procedure. [The Republic of Cyprus has adopted the provisions of Decision No. 565/2014/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 introducing a simplified regime for the control of persons at the external borders based on the unilateral recognition by Cyprus as well as by Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania of certain documents as equivalent to their national visas for transit through or intended stays on their territories not exceeding 90 days in any 180-day period].

    Ø Holders of valid double or multiple entry Schengen visa can enter Cyprus even if they have not previously used it to enter the country of issue.

NOT REQUIRED TO HOLD A VISA TO ENTER CYPRUS

    Ø Holders of diplomatic, service, and special passports of Lebanon

    Ø Holders of United Nations laissez-passer. Holders of UNIFIL Identification Cards (including their family members) are allowed to travel to Cyprus and obtain visa upon arrival at the port of entry in the Republic of Cyprus.

    Ø All persons who are in possession of work permit or entry permit issued by the Civil Registry and Migration Department of the Republic.

    Ø All persons who possess a permanent or a temporary residence permit issued by the Civil Registry and Migration Department of the Republic.

    Ø Citizens of all EU Member States, as well as of Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and UK, as per the list below.


Note: The above list is indicative. All information on list of countries whose nationals do NOT require a visa to enter Cyprus can be found on the following link: Visa Exempt Countries - Persons
REFUSAL/ANNULMENT/REVOCATION OF VISA

    Ø Applicants who have been refused a visa are notified by means of the “STANDARD FORM FOR NOTIFYING AND MOTIVATING REFUSAL, ANNULMENT OR REVOCATION OF A VISA” including the reasons on which the decision was based and the means of appeal.

    Ø Applicants who have been refused a visa have the right to re-apply, provided the conditions for which the visa was refused have changed.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION CONCERNING TRAVEL TO THE TURKISH OCCUPIED AREA OF CYPRUS

(so - called “turkish republic of northern Cyprus”)

Ever since the illegal Turkish invasion of July 1974, 36% of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus remains unlawfully occupied by the Turkish army (you may read more about it here if you are interested). As a result of this, the government of the Republic of Cyprus which is the sole legal and internationally recognized government on the island, is not in a position to exercise effective control over the occupied areas of its territory.

You should be aware that the so-called "turkish republic of northern Cyprus", has been condemned and declared illegal and invalid by the International Community through United Nations Security Council Resolutions 541/83 and 550/84. Staying in properties (including hotels) in the occupied area, owned by Greek Cypriot refugees who have been forced by the occupation army to flee, put you at risk of possible legal action. Entry to the territory of the Republic of Cyprus via any other port or airport in the Turkish occupied area is ILLEGAL.

The legal points of entry to the Republic of Cyprus are the international airports of Larnaca and Paphos and the ports of Larnaca, Limassol, Latsi and Paphos.




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Assumption of Responsibility.doc
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VISA APPLICATION FORM.docx
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VISA APPLICATION FORM.pdf
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