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Complete Guide To Cyprus Visa Application

Introducing Cyprus

Twenty-one countries have their coastlines feeding on the Mediterranean Seas. Sitting comfortably on that list is the island-country of Cyprus. According to Cypriot myth, the Greek goddess love, Aphrodite, was born from what is now known as the Cypriot island. Due to this little myth, some folks nicknamed the country the Island of Love. Interesting right? Another exciting thing to know about this country is that it is the third-largest island in the Mediterranean.

Beautiful sand beaches, natural attractions, various water sporting activities, and amazing cuisines draw people to this beautiful island country. Others, however, visit the country for business, study, or to gain employment. Cyprus has a place for everyone.

In this article, we’d guide you through the procedures involved in obtaining a permit to be allowed into Cyprus. Let’s jump right in!

Table of Contents

Introducing Cyprus. ………………………………………………………………………….1

Do you need a Cyprus visa?. ……………………………………………………………….2

What Types of Permits are Commonly Issued?. ………………………………………2

Individuals traveling as a group. …………………………………………………………2

Cyprus Visa Application Procedure………………………………………………………3

Individuals staying for a short period………………………………………………….. 3

Individuals staying for an extended period…………………………………………… 3

Payable Fees…………………………………………………………………………………… 4

Covid-19 Guidelines for Cyprus…………………………………………………………… 4

Cyprus Visa Frequently Asked Questions……………………………………………… 5

Can I enter Schengen nations with a Cyprus travel permit?……………………………... 5

Is it possible to have my stay in Cyprus extended?…………………………………………. 5

Is Cyprus a Schengen nation?…………………………………………………………………… 5

Do you need a Cyprus visa?

Well, you may be required to apply for a visa or not as a result of your country of origin. Due to certain diplomatic agreements, some countries are exempt from having a visa to enter Cyprus.

While nationals of certain countries allowed visa-free access to Cyprus.

However, there is a select category of individuals permitted to enter Cyprus visa-free.

If you do not fall into any of the visa-exempt categories, this guide is for you. 

What Types of Permits are Commonly Issued?

The Cypriot government commonly issues the following travel permits:

  • Group visasTransit visas
  • Long-stay visas
  • Short-stay visas 
  • Airport Transit Visas

Individuals traveling as a group

Individuals with intentions of visiting Cyprus or transit through Cypriot territory need visas. It could be a visa used to transit through Cyprus or a visa with a validity of 30 days. Note that individuals traveling as a group must arrive, spend time, and depart the Cypriot territory the same way they came.

For transit purposes

This travel permit allows you to enter and stay on Cypriot lands for a maximum duration of 5 days, after Which you’re expected to carry on with your trip to a third country. To be able to obtain this permit, it is required that you show papers such as flight tickets to your next destination. Furthermore, you must provide evidence that your travel route indeed demands that you make a brief stop on Cypriot territory.

Long validity period

Persons with intentions of living in Cyprus for more than three months have this visa issued to them. The reasons for a visit could range from business-related activities to work and or education.

Short Validity period

For individuals seeking to stay in Cyprus for less than three months, a visa with short validity is given. This visa enables you to visit Cyprus once or multiple times for up to 6 months in a year. A single-entry visa allows you to spend a total of 3 months in Cyprus. On the other hand, a multiple entry visa permits you to visit Cyprus for up to 6 months within a one-year duration. However, you have to spend three months in Cyprus within a 6-month window, after which you have to leave before possibly returning.

For Airport Transit purposes

Much like the regular transit visa, the airport transit visa permits touchdown at a Cypriot airport before moving on to a third country. However, here you don’t spend time in Cypriot cities. You are only allowed to visit the international transit area of Cypriot to continue your journey.

Cyprus Visa Application Procedure

The procedures and requirements for a visa application depend on your purpose of visit. Here, we’ll talk about several visa categories, stating the processes involved and paperwork required for a successful application.

Individuals staying for a short period

  • Download an Application Form and fill it appropriately before submitting it in person. Persons living far away (more than 200miles or 300km) from the Consulate in their country of residence can use recorded delivery. Enclosing the submitted documents will be a self-addressed special delivery envelope to ensure passport and other important papers are returned safely.
  • You must submit a signed and completed application with two recent passport-sized photographs affixed.
  • It is required that applicants hold a national passport with a validity of an additional 6 months beyond the period to plan to stay in Cyprus.
  • A valid return visa (at least 3 months valid beyond the intended stay) is required.
  • A document showing travel plans must be included. If your visa has not been issued, please do not purchase your tickets.
  • You need to provide proof you have secured accommodation for yourself during your entire stay. Hotel reservations faxed by the manager of a hotel you plan to stay in is needed.
  • Individuals visiting Cyprus for business must provide a letter of invitation from a registered company in Cyprus.
  • Individuals visiting Cyprus to reunite with family members or see a friend must provide a letter of invitation from their host. A Form of Assumption of Responsibility must be filled and signed by the person hosting you.
  • You must provide proof, such as bank statements that show you have sufficient funds to cover your financial needs during your entire stay in the country. 

These are details that will be required of you to provide. However, additional information may be requested by the consulate/embassy handling your application.

Individuals staying for an extended period

To be granted residency in Cyprus, one has to meet specific requirements. There are several categories individuals hoping to get long-stay permits in Cyprus can apply under. They are as follows:

Category A (self-employed):
  • Individuals intending to set up an agricultural business in Cyprus
  • Possession of land for business operations or an authorization to acquire land
  • Have up to CY£ 250,000 as capital.
Category B (self-employed):
  • Individuals with intentions of owning a mining enterprise in Cyprus
  • Must possess all necessary permits
  • Must have a capital of CY£ 200,000.
Category C (self-employed):
  • Individuals intending to set up a trade business in Cyprus
  • Must possess all necessary permits
  • Must have a capital of CY£ 150,000.
Category D (self-employed):
  • Individuals with intentions of offering professional services in Cyprus
  • Must possess relevant academic or professional certifications
  • Must have sufficient funds to set up a business.
Category E (employed):
  • Individuals that have been offered employment in an establishment in Cyprus.
Category F:
  • Individuals with enough income to afford a decent life in the Republic of Cyprus for themselves and their families.
  •  Must have a minimum of CY£ 5,600 as an annual salary.

A residency application is submitted to the Cypriot Civil Registry and Immigration department or via Police Immigration branches. All necessary paperwork for the category applicable to you must be sent together with the application.

Additionally, individuals with intentions to pursue an educational career or work in Cyprus will be required to provide specific documents to be accepted into Cyprus. Please contact the Consulate closest to you for more information. Alternatively, send an email to the Cypriot Ministry of Foreign Affairs at minforeign1@mfa.gov.cy.

Payable Fees

The table below shows the amount charged for visa applications:

Visa TypeFee (CY£)
Airport Transit visa (Category A)10.25
Transit visa (Category B)10.25
Short-stay visa (1-90 days) (Category C)10.25
Multiple-entry visa (1-5 years) (Category C)34.17
Group visa (Categories A, B, and C)34.17 + 1.71 (for each group member)
Visa with limited territorial validity (Category B and C)10.25
National long-stay visa34.17
Visa issued at the port of entry (category B and C)10.25
National long-stay visa valid concurrently as a short stay visa (Categories D and C)34.17
Table showing visa type and amount charged

Source: CyprusVisa.EU

Covid-19 Guidelines for Cyprus

After working tirelessly to reduce and prevent further spread of the Covid-19 virus, Cyprus has been successful.

They have opened their doors for visitors once more if you meet their requirements. They divided world nations into three categories: Category A, Category B, and Category C. This division was made using global etymological data available. For further information on this to check your eligibility status, please follow this link to get a FlightPass. Individuals coming from a Category B nation must present a negative PCR test result, obtained within 72hrs from a recognized laboratory.

Furthermore, social distancing is still practiced in public spaces, and face masks are implemented. Upon arrival at a Cypriot port of entry, individuals exhibiting flu-like symptoms will need to take a PCR test.

Cyprus Visa Frequently Asked Questions

Can I enter Schengen nations with a Cyprus travel permit?

No, a Cyprus visa cannot grant you access to Schengen member nations. This is because Cyprus has not yet received Schengen membership rights. But you can visit countries such as Croatia, Bulgaria, and Romania with it.

Is it possible to have my stay in Cyprus extended?

Individuals with short-stay permits can extend their stay in the Republic of Cyprus if they apply for a visa extension before their current visa expiration.

Is Cyprus a Schengen nation?

Although Cyprus is in the EU, it is not yet a member of the Schengen territory. However, the government is taking active steps to be part of the Schengen nations.

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