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Visas and Passports in Cyprus

Author: Jim Newham
Submitted: August 2017

Passports

To enter Cyprus, citizens of all countries will need a valid passport, or an equivalent travel document if they are a stateless person or refugee. Note that this includes residents of other EU countries as Cyprus is not as yet a member of the Schengen Area (it is required to join at some point.)

There are some additional restrictions due to the political status on Cyprus. Holders of a 'Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus' passport will be refused entry, and any other foreign nationals who try to enter government-held territory from the north may be refused or fined, though this not currently being carried out. If you are from the EU, a Northern Cyprus stamp on your passport should not lead your being refused entry.

All passports and other entry clearance documents must be valid for three months longer than your visa is valid for. In most cases, you will also need to have a visa stamped onto your passport before you are allowed to enter Cyprus.

 

Visa Requirements

Cyprus is part of the European Economic Area (EEA), which comprises all the European Union countries plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein. Free movement of people is permitted within the EEA, plus Switzerland, which has similar agreements in place. This means that EEA and Swiss citizens will never need a visa to enter Cyprus. Family members of Cypriot citizens may also enter without a visa.

Expats from both these groups will need to register their presence if staying in Cyprus for more than three months; see Settlement, Residence and Citizenship for more details on this. Note that family members of citizens of other EEA countries and Switzerland may still need a visa.

Outside the EU, Cyprus has reciprocal visa waiver agreements with than 60 countries and territories. If you are a citizen of one of these countries,you will not require a visa to enter Cyprus if your stay is for 90 days or less. For more information about visa waiver countries, and immigration in general, see the Cypriot Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Citizens of visa waiver countries wanting to stay for longer than 90 days will always need a visa to enter Cyprus. This is also true in all cases for citizens of other countries. Note that holding a visa does not guarantee you entry into Cyprus. Immigration officials have the right to refuse entry in certain circumstances - including but not limited to those given above.

 

Visa Types

For a short-term stay in Cyprus, the businesss and travel visas are suitable. Both single and multiple-entry visas are available. If you want to take up residence in Cyprus, you will need some kind of residence visa.  This visa is divided into six categories. Categories A to D is for the self-employed (divided into different professions), Category E for employed persons and F for those who can live by their own means (chiefly the retired.)

 

Visa Application

Once you have decided which type of visa is most suitable, you will need to apply for one before leaving your home country. To do so, if you live within 200 miles of your nearest Cypriot embassy, consulate or high commission, you must go there and submit the application form in person. Otherwise, you may send the application form via recorded delivery, enclosing a self-addressed envelope. Note that in some countries, you can apply to the British High Commission instead. Visa application forms are available in English and Greek. 

The first thing to do is to assemble all the documents you will need, in the correct format. Whichever visa you apply for, you will need the following documents as a minimum:

Any documents you have that are not in Greek or English will need to be accompanied by a certified translation.

In addition to a completed application form and the right documents, you will need to pay a visa processing fee. In Cyprus, the fees are extremely reasonable. A short-stay visa can cost as little as €10.25.

 

 

 




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