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Cyprus Visa

Updated: Jun 22, 2020

The Republic of Cyprus is an island country located in the Eastern Mediterranean which has a lot of history and a lot to offer, starting from the beautiful sunny beaches to the countless historical sites and ancient ruins dotted around the island.

However, depending on your nationality, if you wanted to take a trip to the island of Cyprus, you may need a Cyprus visa.

This article is a guide to the Cyprus visa, including who needs it, how to apply for one, the types, requirements and other common questions.

Who Needs a Cyprus visa?

Cyprus is part of the European Union, which means that all other EU country nationals can travel to Cyprus without a visa. Additionally, there is also a list of non-EU countries who also enjoy visa-free travel to Cyprus, provided that their stay is less than 90 days, including the US, Australia, New Zealand etc.

Types of Cyprus Visas

Cyprus visas are divided into the following categories:

  • Short-stay visas, for stays of less than 90 days.

  • Long-stay visas, for stays longer than 90 days.

  • Group Visas, issued to groups of people who have been formed prior to the decision to travel, and who will enter and leave Cyprus as a group. It is issued for stays of no longer than 30 days.

  • Airport Transit Visa (ATV), for visa-required nationals who have to change planes in a Cyprus airport on their way to a third destination.

  • Transit Visa, for visa-required foreigners who have to travel through the territory of Cyprus on their way to a third destination.

Cyprus Short-stay Visa

The Cyprus short-stay visa is also known as a travel or tourist visa. They are usually issued for multiple entries and allow the holder to stay in Cyprus for up to 90 days overall within a 180-day period.

There are also multiple-entry short-stay visas for Cyprus which are issued for up to a year. They are only available to foreigners who have a valid reason to travel to Cyprus so often (eg, business trips). In certain cases, some can receive a short-stay visa for Cyprus which is valid for up to five years.

Even in these cases, the stay in Cyprus cannot exceed 90 days within a six-month period.

Cyprus Long-stay Visa

A Cyprus long-stay visa is issued for non-EU nationals who want to enter Cyprus with the purpose of settling long-term (over 90 days). This includes:

In order to remain in Cyprus legally for over 90 days, all foreign nationals have to obtain a residence permit, issued by the Cypriot Minister of Interior and recommended by the Immigration Control Board.

To be eligible for a residence permit/visa, you must fall under one of the allowed categories of immigration.

How to Apply for a Cyprus Visa?

You must apply for a Cyprus visa in person at a Cypriot embassy or consulate abroad or through an authorized visa application center. The application process for a Cyprus visa is as follows:

Find out which Cypriot embassy or consulate you must apply to

It could be one in your country, or the nearest one in case there is no Cyprus diplomatic mission where you live. Contact them to make an appointment or learn more about their requirements.

Additionally, some embassies or consulates have outsourced visa application submissions to visa application centers, so you may have to apply there.

Collect the required documents

The documents you need when applying for a Cyprus visa change depending on your country as well as the specific type of visa you need. However, there is a set of standard documents every applicant must have, such as:

  • Cyprus Visa Application Form, completed and signed.

  • Your passport or other travel document, valid for at least three more months after you leave Cyprus and with at least two blank pages.

  • Passport-size pictures.

  • Proof of accommodation in Cyprus (hotel reservation, home rental)

  • Proof of sufficient financial means.

  • Travel itinerary or a flight ticket.

  • Payment of the Cyprus visa fee.

Submit the documents and pay the visa fee

Once you have gathered the documents you need, you have to submit them on the date of your appointment.  That’s when you also have to pay the visa fee or show proof you have already paid it.

You must apply in person, unless the consulate or embassy in which you have to submit your documents is over 200 km (300 miles) away. In that case, you can apply via mail, but include a self-addressed and pre-paid envelope for the consulate to return your documents to.

If you apply in person, after your visa is processed, you must go retrieve your documents. If your application was successful, the Cypriot consulate or embassy will affix your visa on your passport.

How Long Does it Take to Process a Cyprus Visa?

A Cyprus visa is processed within 5-10 working days at least, but depending on the specific case, it may take longer than that.

Which is why it is advised to apply as well in advance of your intended trip as you can, but no earlier than three months.

Cyprus Visa Fees

You have to pay the Cyprus visa fee when you submit your application. The visa fee is non-refundable, even if the visa application is rejected.

The fees for Cyprus visas are as follows:

Type of  Visa Visa FeeShort-stay visa (1-90 days)€ 20Multiple entry short-stay visa (up to 1-5 years)€ 60Long-stay visa€ 60Airport Transit Visa€ 15Visa Extension€ 30Visa On Arrival (Pro Visa)€ 20

If you apply through a visa application center, it will cost more since you will also have to pay an additional service fee.

How Long Can I Stay in Cyprus With a Visa?

A Cyprus visa is valid for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period but may be issued for less. You can spend the days you were issued consecutively, or, if you received a multiple-entry visa, you may spread them out over the six months.

However, the amount of days you spend in Cyprus on all combined entries may not exceed the amount of days you were issued.

If you have a multiple-entry Cyprus visa which is valid for 1-5 years, the same requirements apply: you can only spend up to 90 days in every six-month period.

Can You Extend a Cyprus Visa?

Yes, holders of short-stay visas for Cyprus are allowed to apply for a visa extension but must do so before their current visa expires.

To extend a Cyprus visa, you must apply at a local Immigration Unit in Cyprus. If the visa you have states it is “Final”, you must receive permission from the Schengen and Consular Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Is Cyprus Part of Schengen?

No, despite being a member state of the EU, Cyprus has not been accepted as part of Schengen yet. Cyprus, along with Croatia, Romania, and Bulgaria are expected to join the border control-free zone of Schengen.

However, if you have a valid Schengen visa, you can still enter the territory of Cyprus, provided that the visa still has entries and remaining days left.

Can You Visit Schengen With a Cyprus Visa?

No, since Cyprus has not joined Schengen yet, you cannot enter any Schengen country if you only have a Cyprus visa.

However, a Cyprus visa does allow the holder to enter Bulgaria, Croatia, and Romania as well under the conditions of Decision No 565/2014/EU of the European Parliament.

Applying for a Cyprus Visa From UK

If you are a UK citizen, you do not need to apply for a Cyprus visa if you only intend to stay there for up to 90 days.

If you’re wondering about what will happen after Brexit, worry not. The visa-free travel will also apply after Brexit as the EU and UK have reached a reciprocal agreement allowing visa-free travel for UK nationals provided that EU nationals can also travel to the UK visa-free.

However, after Brexit, UK nationals will still need to register through the upcoming ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System), which is expected to come into force in 2021.

Additionally, they’ll need to get a work and study permit just as other non-EU citizens.

Applying For a Cyprus Visa From India

India is not included in the list of countries whose nationals are exempt from holding a Cyprus short-stay visa. So, if you are from India, then you must apply for a Cyprus visa, depending on your purpose of travel.

The Cyprus visa for Indians is issued at a Cypriot consulate or embassy in India.  You may apply through an authorized visa application center such as VFS Global by scheduling an appointment beforehand.

On the date of your appointment, you must submit all the required documents and pay the Cyprus visa fee.

Visiting Northern Cyprus

Although they share a similar name, the Republic of Cyprus and Northern Cyprus (officially the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus) are not the same.

The Republic of Cyprus is an EU country, whereas Northern Cyprus is a self-declared country, only recognized by Turkey.

As such, visa requirements for Northern Cyprus are different than the ones for the southern part.

If you intend to stay for only up to 90 days, then you do not need a visa for Northern Cyprus, unless you are from  Armenia or Nigeria. You can enter Northern Cyprus via air, sea, or land points connecting from the Republic of Cyprus. If travelling by plane, you may only connect through Turkey as there are no other international airlines.

However, if you enter Northern Cyprus first, you may not cross into the Republic of Cyprus without a valid visa. In some cases, you may not be allowed entry at all, as the two regions are in conflict and have a turbulent relationship.

Cyprus Visa Required Documents

When you submit a Cyprus visa application, you must have several supporting documents. The Cyprus visa requirements differ based on the type of visa you are applying for as well as the country you are in.

Do I Have to Collect the Required Documents for a Cyprus Visa?

No, because not everyone has to apply for a Cyprus visa. Learn who is exempt from Cyprus visas here.

Required Documents for a Cyprus Visa

The required documents for a Cyprus visa are:

  • A valid passport.

  • Cyprus Visa Application Form.

  • Visa photos in line with Cyprus visa requirements.

  • Proof of legal residence.

  • Flight tickets/itinerary.

  • Proof of sufficient funds.

  • Proof of accommodation in Cyprus.

  • Employment status documents.

  • Travel health insurance.

  • Cover letter (if required).

  • Proof of paid Cyprus visa fee.

  • Self-addressed, pre-paid envelope (if applying by post).

  • Additional documents depending on the purpose of travel.

Valid passport

You must have a valid passport or another travel document which has been issued in the past ten years. The passport must be valid for at least three more months starting from the time you intend to leave Cyprus.

It must also have at least two blank pages so the visa can be affixed.

Along with the original passport, also submit photocopies of all the used pages on your passport, including all previous visas, personal information and issuance/expiry date.

Cyprus Visa Application Form

You can find the Cyprus Visa Application Form on the websites of the Cyprus Consulates and Embassies. You must complete it and sign it before submission.

If you are applying by mail, then a Notary Public must certify your signature.

For minors: Both parents or legal guardians have to sign the Application Form instead.

Cyprus visa photo requirements

Along with your Cyprus visa application, you must submit two passport-sized pictures with the following requirements:

  • Dimensions: 40mm x 50mm.

  • Your face must take up 70% – 80% of the picture.

  • Taken in front of a white background without any patterns.

  • The picture must be high quality, with good lighting. That means no over or under-exposure, no shadows, no red-eye or glare.

  • The picture must be recent: No older than six months.

  • You must have a neutral facial expression, mouth closed and staring straight ahead.

  • You are not allowed to wear any headgear, unless it is for religious purposes. Even so, it cannot obstruct your face in any capacity.

  • Glasses are generally not allowed. However, if you need to wear them you must make sure they do not obstruct your eyes and face, and that there is no glare. Sunglasses or any other tinted glasses strictly not allowed.

  • One of the pictures must be notarized by a Notary Public on the back.

If you are submitting a picture for a baby or infant who is unable to support themselves, take a picture of them lying down, from above. Your hands supporting them cannot be in the picture.

Proof of legal residence

If you are not a citizen of the country from which you are applying, you must include proof of legal residence, such as a photocopy of your residence permit/visa etc. They must be valid for at least another three months from the time you intend to leave Cyprus.

Flight tickets/itinerary

You must submit proof of booked flight tickets – you do not have to pay for the tickets beforehand. You can wait to pay until after your visa is approved.

Proof of sufficient funds

You must prove you have sufficient funds to cover the entire duration of your stay. Depending on the country you’re applying from, you may submit:

  • Bank statements from the past three months which are stamped by the bank.

  • Traveler’s cheques

  • Saving books

You cannot show proof of financial solvency by presenting cash.

Proof of accommodation in Cyprus

You must show that you have accommodation in Cyprus, such as a hotel reservation, letter from a host, or other forms of tourist accommodation.

Employment status documents

Depending on the status of your employment, you have to submit one of the following:

  • If you are employed: No Objection Letter from your employer, stating your position, salary, and the dates you will be absent from work. The letter has to be recent and addressed to the embassy or consulate.

  • If you are self-employed: A letter from your accountant, solicitor, or bank manager or a letter from the company and a copy of the trade license.

  • If you are a student: A letter from your school/university, confirming your enrollment and the duration of your course/s.

Travel health insurance

You must purchase travel health insurance before travelling to Cyprus, which covers at least €30,000 of medical emergencies and repatriation for the entire duration of your stay.

If you have a current health insurance plan in your country which covers medical emergencies abroad, then you must submit proof of that.

Cover letter

Some embassies or consulates may request a cover letter, written by the applicant, introducing themselves and explaining the reason why they want to travel.

Cyprus visa fee

Before you submit your documents, you must make sure which is the consulate/embassy’s preferred method of payment of the Cyprus visa fee.

The Cyprus visa fees are as follows:

Type of  Visa Visa FeeShort-stay visa (1-90 days)€ 20Multiple entry short-stay visa (up to 1-5 years)€ 60Long-stay visa€ 60Airport Transit Visa€ 15Visa Extension€ 30Visa On Arrival (Pro Visa)€ 20

If you apply through a visa application center, you will also have to pay a service fee.

Cyprus visa requirements for minors

If the Cyprus visa applicant is under 18 years of age, the following requirements apply:

  • The Cyprus Visa Application Form must be signed by the parent/s or legal guardian/s.

  • Copies of the parent/s and legal guardian/s passports

  • Copy of the minor’s birth certificate or adoption papers, as applicable.

  • Additional documents that prove the relationship between the minor and the parent/guardian. For example:

    • If the parents are divorced, include the custody papers.

    • If one of the parents is deceased, include the death certificate.

  • If the minor will travel alone authorization from the parent/s or legal guardian/s allowing the minor to travel

  • If the minor will be accompanied by only one parent or legal guardian, include authorization from the other parent/legal guardian.

Additional Cyprus visa requirements depending on the purpose of travel

If you’re travelling to Cyprus to visit a friend or family member, they must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Write a Letter of Invitation, which states their full address, phone number and profession in Cyprus

  • Submit a photocopy of their passport

  • Complete and sign a “Assumption of Responsibility for Hosting Form”, which is available on the websites of Cyprus diplomatic missions. The form must also be signed by an Aliens and Immigration Office in Cyprus.

  • Submit a Bank Guarantee Letter, proving they have paid the guarantee required to host you. Bank guarantees change for different countries, but vary from €350 to €850.

If you are travelling for business, include:

  • A Letter of Invitation from the company in Cyprus, including the reason and details of your trip.

If you’re travelling as a member of an official delegation, include:

  • A copy of the official invitation

  • A letter from a competent authority in your country confirming you’re travelling for official purposes

If you’re applying for a Cyprus airport transit visa, include:

  • A flight ticket for the next country of destination

  • A visa for the next country of destination (if a visa is required)

If you’re applying for a Cyprus Student Visa, submit:

  • Your educational certificates

  • Letter of enrollment in the Cyprus educational institution

  • Certificate of police clearance

If you’re applying for a Cyprus Work Visa, submit:

  • Your work contact, stamped by the Cyprus Department of Labour of the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance

  • Certificate of police clearance

Keep in mind:

All the documents that you submit have to be in English. If they are not, you must have them translated by an official translator.

This is not an exhaustive list of Cyprus visa requirements as they change country-to-country. The Cyprus embassy or consulate also has the right to ask for additional documents if they see fit.

What Should I Do After I Collect the Required Documents?

After you collect the required documents, you can apply for a Cyprus visa at the offices of a Cypriot diplomatic mission abroad (consulate or embassy). Some diplomatic missions, however, have also outsourced visa submissions to visa application agencies. So, before you apply, you should contact the consulate or embassy.

You must apply in person unless the consulate or embassy responsible for your region is further than 200 km (300 miles) away. In this case, you may apply via mail.

Do You Need a Visa for Cyprus

If you wanted to visit Cyprus, there are plenty of things you can do and see. This tiny island has countless ancient and archaeological sites, leftover from the many empires that ruled it over the centuries. And of course, there’s the sunny, golden beaches which attract millions every year.

But, do you need a visa for Cyprus?

Whether you’re travelling for tourism, business, or visiting, you must be aware of the visa requirements for the Republic of Cyprus before you travel.

This article will detail who needs a Cyprus visa, who is exempt, as well as touch on the visa application process and requirements.

Do I Need a Visa for Cyprus?

You need a visa for Cyprus if you are from one of the following countries:

AfghanistanAlgeriaAngolaArmeniaAzerbaijanBahrainBangladeshBelarusBelizeBeninBhutanBoliviaBotswanaBurkina FasoBurma/MyanmarBurundiCambodiaCameroonCape VerdeCentral African RepublicChadChinaComorosCongoCôte d’IvoireCubaDemocratic Republic of CongoDjiboutiDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEquatorial GuineaEritreaEthiopiaFijiGabonGambiaGeorgiaGhanaGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiIndiaIndonesiaIranIraqJamaicaJordanKazakhstanKenyaKosovoKuwaitKyrgyzstanLaosLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyaMadagascarMalawiMaldivesMaliMauritaniaMongoliaMoroccoMozambiqueNamibiaNauruNepalNigerNigeriaNorth KoreaNorth MacedoniaNorthern Marianas (Islands)OmanPakistanPalestinian National AuthorityPapua New GuineaPhilippinesQatarRussia*RwandaSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSierra LeoneSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth SudanSri LankaSudanSurinameSwazilandSyriaTajikistanTanzaniaThailandTogoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanUgandaUzbekistanVietnamYemenZambiaZimbabwe

*Russia passport holders are eligible for a simplified application process known as the Cyprus Pro Visa (see below).

Cyprus Visa Exemptions

Cyprus is part of the European Union, which means that nations of all other EU Member States can freely enter Cyprus without a visa. Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway (who form the European Free Trade Association (EFTA)) are also allowed to enter Cyprus visa-free.

Additionally, even though Cyprus isn’t a part of the Schengen Area yet, it has adopted the same visa requirements as Schengen countries. This means that if you are exempt from a Schengen visa, you are also exempt from a Cyprus visa.

As such, you do not need a visa for Cyprus if you are from the following countries and you intend to stay in Cyprus for only up to 90 days within any 180-day period:

Albania*AndorraAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaAustraliaBahamas BarbadosBosnia and Herzegovina*BrazilBruneiCanadaChileColombiaCosta RicaDominicaEl SalvadorGeorgiaGrenadaGuatemalaHondurasHong KongIsraelJapanKiribatiMacauMalaysiaMarshall IslandsMauritiusMexicoMicronesiaMoldova*MonacoMontenegro*New ZealandNicaraguaNorth MacedoniaPalauPanamaParaguayPeruSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSerbia*SeychellesSingaporeSolomon IslandsSouth KoreaTaiwanTimor LesteTongaTrinidad and TobagoTuvaluUkraine*United Arab EmiratesUnited States of AmericaUruguayVanuatuVatican CityVenezuela

*Only applies to holders of biometric passports.

Additionally, you also do not need a visa for Cyprus if you have a diplomatic, service, or official passport issued by:

  • Colombia

  • Dominica

  • Grenada

  • Kiribati

  • Marshall Islands

  • Palau

  • Peru

  • Samoa

  • Lucia

  • Vincent and the Grenadines

  • Tonga

  • Tuvalu

  • United Arab Emirates

  • Vanuatu

  • Τrinidad and Tobaco

Cyprus Visa Exemptions for Bulgaria, Croatia, and Romania

Cyprus along with Bulgaria, Croatia, and Romania are EU member states that have not been accepted into the Schengen Area yet.

However, the four countries have an agreement which allows visa-holders of one of those countries to enter any of the others without having to apply a separate visa.

This means that if you have a short-stay visa or a residence permit for Bulgaria, Croatia or Romania, then you can enter Cyprus without having to apply for a separate Cyprus visa.

Reciprocally, Cyprus visa or residence permit holders can also enter Bulgaria, Croatia, and Romania without a separate visa for either of those countries.

Cyprus Pro Visa

Only holders of Russian passports who are travelling with a direct flight from Russia to Cyprus are eligible for a Cyprus Pro Visa.

To get a Pro Visa, you must first complete an electronic application at the Consulate of the Republic of Cyprus. After that, you will receive a printable authorization which you can use to travel to Cyprus, where you’ll receive your entry stamp.

Do I Need a Visa for Cyprus if I Have a Schengen Visa?

No, if you already have a valid Schengen visa, you do not need a separate Cyprus visa. You can enter Cyprus with your Schengen visa, provided that the visa still has at least two entries left as well as sufficient remaining days.

Can I Enter Schengen With a Cyprus Visa?

No, since Cyprus is not part of Schengen yet, if you have a Cyprus visa, you cannot enter any country within the Schengen Area.

Do I need a Long-stay Cyprus Visa?

Yes, all non-EU/EFTA nationals have to get a long-stay visa for Cyprus if they intend to stay for longer than 90 days. Visa exemptions for non-EU/EFTA nationals only apply for short stays (less than 90 days).

In addition to a long-stay visa, foreign nationals who wish to live in Cyprus long-term also have to get a Cypriot Residence Permit.

Do I need a Cyprus Airport Transit Visa (ATV)?

You only need to obtain a Cyprus Airport Transit Visa if you are from one of the following countries:

  • Afghanistan

  • Bangladesh

  • Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Eritrea

  • Ethiopia

  • Ghana

  • Iran (excluding holders of diplomatic and service passports)

  • Iraq

  • Nigeria

  • Pakistan

  • Somalia

  • Sri Lanka

  • Turkey

What Should I Do If I Need to Apply for a Visa to Cyprus?

If you are from a visa-required country, you must submit a Cyprus visa application in person at a Cypriot diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate) in your country or nearest to you. You will have to collect the required documents and present them at the embassy or consulate.

Cyprus visa applications via mail will only be accepted if you live a considerable length away from the diplomatic mission (over 300 km / 200 miles). If you apply by mail, you must also include a self-addressed special delivery envelope for the embassy/consulate staff to return your documents with.

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