The High Commission of the Republic of Cyprus informs that visas will not be granted to applicants with itineraries including illegal entries from ports and airports situated to the part of the Republic of Cyprus which is occupied by the Turkish troops since 1974.
It is noted that 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 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 illegal and invalid by the whole 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 this 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 through the 7 crossing points, at their own risk as the area is not under the effective control of the Republic of Cyprus. List of ownership status of hotels and other accommodation facilities in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus, it can be found here.
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.
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 the international 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”.
List of countries, whose citizens do not required to have a visa to enter the Republic of Cyprus
|3. ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA|
|13. BRUNEI DARUSSALAM|
|18. COSTA RICA|
|20. CZECH REPUBLIC|
|25. FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA*|
|32. HOLY SEE|
|46. MARSHALL ISLANDS|
|54. NEW ZEALAND|
|66. SAINT LUCIA|
|67. SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS|
|68. SAIN VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES|
|70. SAN MARINO|
|76. SOUTH KOREA|
|82. TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO|
|83. UKRAINE *|
|84. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES|
|85. UNITED KINGDOM|
|86. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA|
* visa is not required for holders of biometric passports
Categories of persons who DO NOT require visa to enter Cyprus
- 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)
- Holders of diplomatic and service passports of Armenia, Bolivia, China, Colombia, Cuba, Georgia, India, Iran, Syria.
- Holders of diplomatic, service, and special passports of Egypt and Lebanon.
- All flight crew members who are holding Flight crew Member’s Licence or a Crew Member Certificate issued under the Chicago Convention.
- The flight crew and attendants on emergency or rescue flights and other helpers in the event of disaster or accident.
- The civilian crew of ships navigating in international waters.
- The holders of laissez-passer issued by the United Nations to their officials.
- 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.
- All persons who are in possession of work permit issued by the Civil Archive and Migration Officer.
- All persons who possess a permanent or a temporary residence permit issued by the Civil Archive and Migration Officer.
- All persons who possess a study permit.
- Third country nationals that hold a type C (single, double, multiple entry), valid Schengen visa do not require a Cyprus visa provided that they have a VALID RESIDENCE PERMIT for South Africa and that they have already entered a Schengen state with this visa at least once. Those who are eligible to travel under this directive may do so provided that their Schengen visa is valid on their return from 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