Entry Regulations for Cyprus
The current section includes information on the following:
Admission and transit restrictions:
The following entry regulations apply only to the areas controlled by the Government of the Republic of Cyprus.
Passport: Required, except for holders of:
The Government of the Republic of Cyprus strictly refuses admission to:
- Laissez-Passer issued by the United Nations.
- Document issued to stateless persons and recognized refugees.
- Citizens of a member state of the EU, as well as, of Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway may enter Cyprus with their national identity card (provided there is a photo identification on it).
- Holders of “passports” issued illegally by the secessionist and so-called “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" (TRNC)·
- 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 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.
- Presently, it is possible for foreign tourists who visit the government-controlled area of the Republic of Cyprus, to cross to the occupied areas.
- 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.
- Travellers 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 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 need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days, provided they are bona fide visitors (Annex II):
All members of the European Economic Area (EU states plus Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein) as well as Switzerland*
The following third countries (Annex II):
* Only for holders of biometric passports
SAR: Special Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic of China
II. Entities and Territorial Authorities not recognized as States by at least one Member State
Additional categories of persons who do NOT require visa
- For those intending to be employed in Cyprus, the issuance of an employment permit by the Civil Archive and Migration Office is required and no visa is required in order to travel to Cyprus.
List of countries, whose citizens are required to have a visa to enter the Republic of Cyprus (ANNEX I):
Categories of visas:
- Holders of diplomatic passports of Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, FYROM, Montenegro and Qatar.
- Holders of diplomatic and service passports of Armenia, China, Costa Rica, Georgia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Moldova, Russian Federation, Serbia Seychelles, and Ukraine.
- Holders of diplomatic, service, and special passports of Egypt, Lebanon, Kuwait, Syria and the United Arab Emirates.
- Holders of diplomatic, official and service passports of Colombia, Cuba, India, Mexico and Panama.
- Holders of diplomatic or official passports of the Republic of Korea.
- Holders of biometric passports of Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, FYROM, Montenegro and Serbia.
- All flight crew member who are holding Flightcrew Member’s License 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 valid residence permit issued by another Member State of the European Union (with the exemption if UK and Ireland) including Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.
- All persons who possess a study permit.
This visa entitles aliens who seek to enter the territory of the Republic of Cyprus, for reasons other than immigration, to enter once or several times. The duration of each visit may not, however, exceed three months in any half year, starting from the date of first entry.
As a general rule, this visa may be issued for one or several entries.
In the case of aliens who need to travel frequently to Cyprus, e.g., business, short-stay visas may be issued for several visits, provided that the total length of these visits does not exceed three months in any half year. This multiple-entry visa may be valid for one year and, in exceptional cases, for more than a year, but for no more than five years for certain categories of persons.
- Short-stay or travel visas: multiple-entry visas:
This visa entitles aliens who are required to have such a visa to pass through the international transit area of Cypriot airports without actually entering the national territory of Cyprus, during a stop-over or transfer between two stages of an international flight. The requirement to have this visa is an exception to the general right to transit without a visa through Cyprus.
Nationals from the countries listed in the table below (as well as persons who are not nationals of those countries, but who possess travel documents issued by the authorities of those countries) are required to possess this type of visa.
List of countries whose nationals are subject to the airport visa (ATV) requirement
- Airport Transit Visa (ATV)
|3. CONGO (Democratic Republic)|
|7. IRAN Holders of Iranian diplomatic and service passports are exempt from the ATV requirement|
|12. SRI LANKA|
Citizens of the aforementioned countries are exempt from the Airport Transit Visa (ATV) requirement if they are holders of residence permits of either: a member state of the EU or the EEA , Andorra, Monaco, Canada, Japan, San Marino and the United States of America.
This is a transit visa or a visa limited to a maximum stay of thirty days which may be attached to a group passport - except where national legislation provides otherwise - and may be issued to a group of aliens formed prior to the decision to travel, provided that the members of the group enter the territory, stay there and leave it as a group.
Group visas may be issued to groups of between 5 and 50 people. The person in charge of the group shall possess an individual passport and, where necessary, an individual visa.
Visas for visits exceeding three months for the following categories:
Where to obtain a visa:
Visas will be issued by all the Diplomatic Missions (Embassies and General Consulates) of the Republic of Cyprus, and by Honorary Consulates of the Republic of Cyprus abroad, if there is no Diplomatic Mission of the Republic of Cyprus close by.
Granting a visa (on a passport or other travel document)
Visa Application Procedure and Documents Required
Type of Visa
|Airport transit visa (Category A)|
|Short-stay visa (1 - 90 days) (Category C)|
|Multiple entry visa, valid for 1 - 5 years (Category C)|
|Visa issued at the border (Category C)|
|Group visa |
|National long-stay visa (Category D)|
- Applications must be submitted in person. However, for those who reside more than 200 miles (300 kms) from the Consulate, the applications may be submitted by recorded delivery, including a registered self-addressed, special-delivery envelope, for the safe return of the passport and the documents.
- One completed application form, signed by the applicant (or the legal guardian in the case of minors), with 2 passport- sized photographs attached to it.
- 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.
- The visa for the return country must be valid for at least three months after the period of the intended stay.
- Provisional booking( or the Itinerary of travel arrangements, i.e. round-trip ticket with fixed dates) is necessary. You are advised that tickets should not be purchased before the visa is issued.
- A Hotel for Reservation, as confirmed by the hotel manager, is necessary.
- In case of a business trip, an official letter of invitation from a Cyprus company must be presented.
- For a visit to family and friends, a letter of invitation, including complete address, phone number and occupation in Cyprus, must be submitted (This may be requested together with a certified Assumption of Responsibility form, duly completed and signed by the host).
- 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 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 will be sufficient. 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.
- The Consulate may also ask for a copy of a bank guarantee letter from the host, throughout a visitor’s stay in Cyprus, so as to cover the possible cost of repatriation. bank guarantee letters are issued for the amount of:
Applications / Forms
In order to download the relevant forms please press the links below:
Visa Application Form
Assumption of Responsibility Form
For any further information please contact the:
Schengen and Consular Affairs Division
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus,
Presidential Palace Avenue,
Tel: +357 22 22651113
Fax: +357 22 661881 / 665313 / 665778
- €854 for visitors from Sri Lanka, the Philippines, China, and other Asian countries
- €515 for visitors from the CIS, and other Eastern Europe countries.
- €341 for visitors from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and other Middle East countries.
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