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The Consular Section of the Cyprus High Commission in Canberra provides consular assistance and services to overseas Cypriots, which include citizen registration, identification documents and passport related matters, emergency travel documents, legalization of documents, etc. The Consulate also issues visas to foreign nationals who wish to visit Cyprus and offers a range of other services and information on Cyprus.

For more information please contact us at:

Cyprus High Commission
Consular Section
30 Beale Crescent
Deakin ACT 2600
Tel: +61 451 578 298
E-mail: hccanberraconsular@mfa.gov.cy

For analytical information on the categories presented below, press on each section!

Hide details for VisasVisas
Australian and New Zealand nationals do not require a visa to Cyprus for a stay of up to 90 days, provided they are bona fide visitors. For entry regulations to Cyprus and to find out whether you are a national of a country that requires (or not) a visa to visit Cyprus, please click here.

Visa Requirements
a). Applications must be submitted in person. However, for those who reside more than 300 km from the Consulate, the applications can be submitted by recorded delivery. In addition, it is also required to arrange for the return of the passport, by enclosing one self-addressed registered post envelope with a prepaid label for person to person delivery or a completed Airway Bill for prepaid courier. If one of the above is not provided, then the passport will be required to be collected in person from our Offices in Canberra.

b). One completed application form signed by the applicant (or the legal guardian in the case of minors) with 2 passport-size photographs attached to it.

c). A full national passport valid for at least three months after the date of expiration of the visa applied for. Visitors wishing to obtain a visa are advised to be in possession of a passport whose expiration date outdates the period of intended stay for at least 6 months.

d). The visa for the return country must be valid for at least three months beyond the period of intended stay. Visa label in the passport is compulsory. However, due to the adoption of the label-free policy by the Australian Immigration, in case there is no visa label in the passport, it is required to provide real-time verification of the visa status through the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) website. The process is simple and quick. Visa holders must visit the VEVO website and register as clients. After logging in to the personal account, there is an option to request from VEVO to send the visa entitlements to a third party. The email address of the High Commission must be then inserted (hccanberra@mfa.gov.cy), so that the information is received directly from VEVO.

e). Provisional Booking or itinerary of travel arrangements (round trip ticket with fixed dates) is necessary. Tickets should NOT be purchased before the visa is issued.

f). A hotel reservation is necessary.

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

h) If visiting friends or family, a letter of invitation from them with their full address, phone number and occupation in Cyprus, together with the original Assumption of Responsibility form, duly completed and signed by the host. This must be certified by a certifying officer of the Republic of Cyprus (in Cyprus) and should bear an €8.54 stamp of the Republic.

i). Solid evidence that there are sufficient funds to cover the cost of the intended stay in Cyprus, e.g. bank statement or travellers’ cheques. Credit cards can be accepted only in addition to bank statements and only with recent statement confirming credit limit. Cash is not an acceptable proof.

j). A recent (dated approximately within one month) 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.

k). The Consulate may also ask for a copy of a Bank Guarantee Letter from the host, so as to cover possible repatriation costs. This must be valid for at least one year and it must cover a period of at least 90 days from the intended date of entry to Cyprus.

l). The related fees in Australian dollars for Single Entry (€20) or Multiple Entries (€60) is required for the application processing. Please be informed that the exchange rate between the Euro and the Australian dollar change every month. For this reason, please call the High Commission to confirm the exact cost of the related fees in Australian Dollars.

Useful Information
The necessary time for processing a visa application is approximately 10 working days.
The visa fee is not reimbursed if the application is declined.
It is highly advised that comprehensive travel insurance is organized to cover your travel.
There is no legal right to a visa. The fact that a visa has been granted does not automatically entitle the holder to enter Cyprus. The prerequisites for entry will be checked again on entry into the territory of the Republic of Cyprus.
Visitors who will be travelling from Cyprus to a destination other than their country of citizenship should be in possession of a visa to enter the said third country.

Hide details for WORKING HOLIDAY AGREEMENT BETWEEN CYPRUS AND AUSTRALIAWORKING HOLIDAY AGREEMENT BETWEEN CYPRUS AND AUSTRALIA
On the 25th of June 2002, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Government of Australia and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus, relating to working holiday visas. This Memorandum provides that from 1st July 2002 the Parties will issue multiple entry visas for working holidays for a period not exceeding nine (9) months within a year, to persons who satisfy each of the following requirements:

● In the case of applications by Cypriot citizens for visas to Australia, these must be Cypriot citizens who reside in Cyprus and in the case of applications by Australians for visas to Cyprus these must be Australian citizens who reside in Australia;
● The primary purpose must be to holiday in Australia or Cyprus, as the case may be, for a specified period;
● Applicants must be between eighteen (18) and thirty (30) years inclusive at the time of application for the visa;
● Only persons not accompanied by dependent children may apply;
● Applicants may have not previously taken part in the working holiday scheme;
● Applicants must possess a valid passport and a return travel ticket or sufficient funds with which to purchase such a ticket;
● Applicants must possess reasonable funds for their maintenance during the period of initial stay in Australia or Cyprus as the case may be; and
● Applicants must have good health and a sound background.

For further information please click here. Interested eligible candidates should contact the Consular Department of the High Commission for applications and related fees.

Hide details for CONSULAR ASSISTANCE AND PROTECTIONCONSULAR ASSISTANCE AND PROTECTION
The right to diplomatic and consular protection constitutes an essential entitlement of citizenship of the European Union. This right marks the extension of the institution of EU citizenship to outside the borders of Member States. In that sense, Article 23 of the Lisbon Treaty states that

“Every citizen of the Union shall, in the territory of a third country in which the Member State of which he is a national is not represented, be entitled to protection by the diplomatic or consular authorities of any Member State, on the same conditions as the nationals of that State. Member States shall adopt the necessary provisions and start the international negotiations required to secure this protection.”

The citizen’s right to receive consular protection from a Member States under the same conditions which apply for the citizens of the Member State in question, is one of the special rights where the Treaty provides to the EU citizens and states an external dimension to the meaning of EU citizenship. This right enforces the idea of European solidarity, as well as the EU identification in third countries.

For more information please click here

Hide details for APLLYING FOR CYPRIOT CITIZENSHIPAPLLYING FOR CYPRIOT CITIZENSHIP

Ιn order to receive a Cypriot passport you are required to apply first for a Cypriot citizenship. The application can be submitted to our Offices and it will then be forwarded to the Civil Registry and Migration Department in Nicosia for examination of eligibility. 
If the application is successful and you are granted a citizenship, then you can submit an application for a passport. Please note that both applications are processed in Nicosia and not by the High Commission and the required time varies according to each specific case.

In case you wish to start this process, please find enclosed herewith a copy of the preliminary application for you to complete and return to our Offices, accompanied by a copy of your birth certificate and your parents’ Cypriot passports and/or any other documents that prove your Cypriot origin. Upon examination of the preliminary application we will send you the appropriate application for Cypriot citizenship. 


Hide details for BIRTH CERTIFICATESBIRTH CERTIFICATES

Ιn order to apply for a copy of your birth certificate you need to submit the attached affidavit (please find below), endorsed by a certifying officer, such as the President of the Cyprus Community or an officer of the Delphi Bank (previously Bank of Cyprus) or Bank of Sydney (previously Beirut Hellenic Bank/Laiki Bank Australia), duly authorised by the High Commission to witness the authenticity of signatures and documents.

The affidavit must be completed and returned to our office, accompanied by the following:


1. Certified photocopy of passport and/or of Identity card of the Republic of Cyprus;

2. Certified photocopy of father’s passport and/or Identity card of the Republic of Cyprus;

3. Certified photocopy of mother’s passport and/or Identity card of the Republic of Cyprus;


4. Certified photocopy of current passport;

 
5. Bank cheque or money order payable to the Cyprus High Commission for the 
exact amount of AU$ (Please call the High Commision as monthly fees vary), only for 2017 (personal cheques are not accepted);

6. One self-addressed registered post envelope together with a 
prepaid label for person to person delivery.

Please be informed that the Cyprus High Commission does not issue birth certificates. Issuing a birth certificate takes three to six months, due to the fact that the birth certificates are processed in Cyprus.

 
Also be informed that, due to the fluctuations in the exchange rate between the Euro and the Australian dollar, the fees for the application might be subject to change every month. For this reason, if you delay submitting your application beyond the end of the current month, please call the High Commission to confirm the exact amount of the related fees.


Show details for MILITARY SERVICEMILITARY SERVICE
Hide details for CIVIL MARRIAGECIVIL MARRIAGE

1. CELEBRATION OF CIVIL MARRIAGES

The contracting of civil marriage in Cyprus has been valid since 1923. As the procedure is simple many couples from all over the world come to celebrate their marriage in Cyprus and combine this event with holidays.
Persons desiring to have their marriage celebrated in Cyprus under the provisions of the Marriage Law 104(I) of 2003, may only apply, 
after their arrival in Cyprus, personally, to the Marriage Officer of the Municipality of their choice, in order to go through certain formalities which are necessary prior to their marriage.

2. PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED

(a) As a first step, the interested persons who should be in possession of legal identification (passports and birth certificates) have to fill in, sign and submit to the Marriage Officer a joint application called “Notice of Marriage” indicating their will to marry each other and containing their particulars on the basis of their passport.


(b) At he same time, each of the two parties must make a declaration on oath or affirmation before the Marriage Officer that they know of no impediment or other lawful hindrance to their marriage.

(c) The interested persons should also furnish an official certificate indicating that they are not married. If however the Marriage Officer has any doubt about the accuracy or genuineness of the certificate furnished by the interested persons, or if the interested persons are unable to produce such an official document (like British citizens) they will be called upon to make a sworn declaration before the Registrar of a District Court that they are single and have never been married before. However divorcees have to present the “Decree Absolute” of their dissolved marriage and widows/ers have to present the “Certificate of Death” of their late partner. Also they both have to make a declaration on oath (affidavit) that they have never been married again since then.

(d) When these formalities have been completed, the marriage must be celebrated within 15 clear days at the earliest, or within 3 months at the latest, from the date the notice is given. If, for any reason, the marriage is not celebrated within 3 months, the notice given and all consequential proceedings are considered to be void. In fact, interested persons, in order to have a civil marriage by notice should stay in Cyprus for about 20 days. For prescribe fees, please counsult the municipality where the ceremony will take place at http://www.ucm.org.cy/Index.aspx?Language=ENG

(e) In case of urgency, however, or if they so wish, the interested persons may apply to the Marriage Officer to fix an earlier date, by paying advanced fees. In this case the marriage can be celebrated within 2-3 working days.

 
The formalities prescribed in the above–mentioned paragraphs 2(a)(b) and (C) are also applied in this case. For prescribe fees, please counsult the municipality where the ceremony will take place at

http://www.ucm.org.cy/Index.aspx?Language=ENG


3. PERSONS UNDER EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE

If either party to the intended marriage, not being a widower or a widow, is under eighteen years of age, the written consent of the father, or if he is dead or incapable of consenting, of the mother or, if both are dead or incapable of consenting, of the lawful guardian of such party, must be produced to the Marriage Officer on their application.

4. PENALTY FOR A FALSE STATEMENT

If should be pointed out that any person who wilfully makes or inserts any false statement in any declaration, certificate or other document required by Law to be made or issued is liable to imprisonment. 

5. RELIGIOUS CEREMONY

A civil marriage may be celebrated either by the Marriage Officer, or by a Registered Minister of Religion at his church. In this case all the same procedure should also be followed at the municipality, but the religious ceremony can be held at a church. 

All necessary arrangements with the Registered Minister and the church should be carried out by the interested persons. 


6. CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE

The couple is supplied with a certificate of marriage by the Marriage Officer, but if they want to secure one or more certified copies of the certificate they can apply to the Marriage Officer or to the Ministry of Interior.

 
7. COPY TO BE FORWARED TO THE EMBASSY OF FOREIGN NATIONALS 

It should also be pointed out that, according to the Law, if either of the parties to the intended marriage is a subject of a foreign country having an Embassy or a Consulate in Cyprus, the Marriage Officer shall forward to the Embassy or the Consulate of such country in Cyprus a certified copy of the certificate of marriage. 


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR CLARIFICATIONS, INTERESTED PERSONS CAN CONTACT THE MUNICIPALITY OF THEIR CHOICE


A list of Cyprus municipalities can be found at:

Cyprus Municipalities





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