It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the website of the High Commission of the Republic of Cyprus in Pretoria
updated on 29th November 2021
The High Commission of the Republic of Cyprus in South Africa is informing that due to the current public health measures taken to restrict the spread of COVID-19, the High Commission will only be issuing Visas to passengers who have been granted Special Permission by Cyprus until further notice. The High Commission will continuously reassess the situation and inform the public of any change.
Travel Advice issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in light of the COVID-19 pandemic on 29/11/2021.
For Cypriot Citizens who which to return to Cyprus, we recommend that you register on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' online platform - www.connect2cy.gov.cy
In case of emergency, the directly affected Cypriot Citizens can call the following telephone numbers:
High Commission of Cyprus in Pretoria - +27 12 346 3329 (working hours)
Mrs Helen Spyridis - +27 817395411 (outside working hours)
Mrs Laura Stavrou - +27 832830433 (outside working hours)
Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs - +357 22 651113 (working hours)
Crisis Management Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - +357 22 801000 (working hours)
For up to date information on travel to Cyprus, kindly click on the below link -
Procedure for travelling to the Republic of Cyprus from the Republic of South Africa
A. For registered Cypriot citizens, permanent residents in Cyprus irrespective of nationality and all European passport holders:
I. The traveller will need to complete a passenger locator form, and the declarations, for Category C Countries, through the dedicated web electronic platform of the Republic of Cyprus (https://www.cyprusflightpass.gov.cy ) in order to obtain the “Cyprus Flight Pass”. One may register for the Pass and save the progress but only submit the forms electronically 24h prior to departure. Should you arrive in Cyprus without having registered electronically, you will be fined €300.
II. The traveller must present a negative COVID-19 molecular test carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Kindly note that random testing is carried out in Cyprus upon arrival, the cost of which must be covered by the passenger. Cypriot passport holders and permanent residents of Cyprus have the option to carry out the test upon arrival in Cyprus, subject to the relevant airlines’ protocol.
III. The traveller must self-isolate upon arrival for 14 days, or for a number of 10 days subject to the passenger undergoing a molecular COVID-19 test on the 10th day and the test result being negative.
B. For all other nationalities:
I. Special Permission to enter the Republic of Cyprus must be requested from the competent authorities in Cyprus in order to enter the country. This can be obtained through the Cyprus Flight Pass website at the following link: https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/special-permission . Kindly note that this must be done prior to obtaining the Cyprus Flight Pass. Should one not be granted Special Permission, one is NOT eligible to apply for a Cyprus Flight Pass. One may submit a request for special permission ONLY 14 days prior to intended departure. Special Permission is only granted for business and work purposes, medical reasons, study and emigration.
II. The traveller will need to complete a passenger locator form, and the declarations, for Category C Countries, through the dedicated web electronic platform of the Republic of Cyprus ( https://www.cyprusflightpass.gov.cy ) in order to obtain the “Cyprus Flight Pass”. One may register for the Pass and save one’s progress but only submit the forms electronically 24h prior to departure. Kindly also complete the forms manually so as to present upon arrival in Cyprus. Should you arrive in Cyprus without having registered electronically and completed the forms manually, you will be fined €300.
III. The traveller must present a negative COVID-19 molecular test carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Kindly note that random testing is carried out in Cyprus upon arrival, the cost of which must be covered by the passenger.
IV. The traveller must self-isolate upon arrival for 14 days, or for a number of 10 days subject to the passenger undergoing a molecular COVID-19 test on the 10th day and the test result being negative.
PLEASE NOTE THAT REQUESTING THE SPECIAL PERMISSION AND REQUESTING THE CYPRUS FLIGHT PASS ARE TWO SEPARATE PROCEDURES THAT MUST BE FOLLOWED FOR THIS CATEGORY OF INDIVIDUALS.
Any enquiries with regards to the Special Permission and the Cyprus Flight Pass must be directed to the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, which operates a help desk to assist passengers who intend to travel from abroad to Cyprus and may have queries regarding the use of the e-platform “cyprusflightpass”. The help desk handles queries both by telephone at +357 22 285 757 and in writing through the e-platform via the link https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/contact-us
The operating hours of the help desk are: Monday - Sunday 08:00-20:00 Cyprus time
With regards to obtaining a visa at this stage, please be advised that we are currently closed for visa applications and only accept urgent cases, particularly cases in which individuals have secured Special Permission to enter Cyprus through the Cyprus Flight pass website.
Please contact us again 2 weeks prior to your scheduled departure date to discuss the procedure of a visa application. Turnaround time for the issuance of a visa of this nature is 2-3 working days.
If communication with the High Commission is deemed necessary please contact us on –
Tel: +2712-3463329 / +2712-3463298
Email : email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
In case of Emergency ONLY, you may contact us on - +27 73 694 7428
We thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this regard.
The High Commission wishes to express its gratitude to P.A.G. for the sanitisation of the premises of the Cyprus High Commission
This site is intended primarily to provide user friendly information about Cyprus and the activities of the High Commission in its pursuit of enhancing bilateral relations of the Republic of Cyprus with South Africa and the other ten Southern African countries our Mission is concurrently accredited to (Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi, Mozambique, Mauritius and Madagascar). The site has been formed in order to assist the sizable Cypriot communities in the Southern African region by providing them with the best possible consular information.
The site contains a wide range of information about Cyprus’ history, the Cyprus issue regarding the illegal invasion and still going occupation of part of the country by Turkey, tourist information, consular issues, the overseas Cypriots, trade and business, education and culture, the relations of Cyprus with the European Union and current news from the Cyprus.
The website also provides useful links to other Cypriot websites for additional information on Cyprus.
Cyprus has a special relationship with the Republic of South Africa. The site aims also to provide channels of communication between the Diaspora and Cyprus and to provide to our compatriots living in South Africa and in the other countries of our parallel accreditation the best possible consular support.
Every consular service is explained in detail (Consular Section - Consular Services) and all relevant application forms are available for downloading. The collection of information from our website on various consular services will make these services more efficient and quick.
The site is intended to also provide Cypriots living in Southern Africa with information regarding upcoming events of the High Commission and the organised communities of the Diaspora in their country of residence, so as to enable them to have frequent contacts between them and to be informed on the local community activities [at the page "Upcoming Events" (Overseas Cypriots)].
The High Commission has a Facebook page and a Twitter account for better communication with the members of our community. Anyone can have access to the page from our website. Photos from our activities as well as from the activities of the Cyprus Brotherhood of South Africa and the various Hellenic communities in the country can be seen and downloaded.
We would like to encourage all Cypriots living in the South African region to register with the High Commission through the relevant page of our website (Overseas Cypriots - Registration of the Cypriot Citizens Living in Southern Africa), so as to enable us to contact them in an emergency situation and whenever important information needs to be circulated.
We hope you will find plenty of useful information on this website.