Frequently Asked Questions


Can I take my pet with me to Cyprus?


Yes you can
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Please click here to download the provisions governing the non commercial movement / entry of companion animals into the territory of the Republic of Cyprus.

 
Can foreign nationals take up employment in Cyprus?

EU citizens who wish to be employed in Cyprus do not need a work permit, but a residence permit is necessary if their stay will exceed the 3 months. In that case within the first 3 months of their arrival in Cyprus, they have to apply for a residence permit (for 6 months stay, temporary residence permit is needed) at the Migration Officer in Nicosia. The following must be submitted: a) 2 photos, b) a valid passport or ID card, c) a health certificate, obtained either from the Cyprus hospitals or from their home country (in this case the documents must be certified) and d) an employment certificate, issued by their employer, stating the nature of the job and the emloyment period.

The fee for the issue of a residence permit is CYP 5,00 (10,30 Euro).

Nationals of third countries (non-EU countries)may be employed in Cyprus provided they can first find a local employer who is willing to employ them. The Cyprus employer must then submit an application for the issue of a work permit, on behalf of the foreign national, to the competent authority (i.e. the Immigration Office at the Ministry of Interior). If the application is approved the foreign national will hold a work permit for the specific job and for limited period of time (please note that work permits are not general and are not valid indefinitely). Recruitment is therefore made directly by the employers or through agents; you have to make your own direct contacts with interested employers, intermediaries or employers' organisations if you wish to take up employment in Cyprus.


Can a foreign national visit the north part of the island, which has been under Turkish military occupation since 1974?

Yes, he/she can. But everybody must be aware of the potential problems and risks when visiting the non-government controlled areas of the Republic of Cyprus. So, please have in mind the following:

Last year's developments in Cyprus following the partial lifting of restrictions on the freedom of movement, that have been imposed by the occupation regime since 1974 in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus, have wrongly created the impression that the occupation has ceased and a solution to the Cyprus problem has been reached.

As this is not the case, the purpose of this document is to make people aware of the situation as regards visits to the occupied area and to alert them as to the potential problems and risks they may face.


At the outset it should be noted that the Government of the Republic of Cyprus does not impose any restrictions on the freedom of movement of persons or goods, which have entered the territory of the Republic through legal points of entry situated in the Government controlled areas of the Republic. Entry into the territory of the Republic of Cyprus through any illegal point of entry situated in the occupied non-government controlled areas is illegal and subject to the relevant laws of the Republic.


The authorities of the Republic of Cyprus maintain their position that all properties situated in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus including hotels, restaurants, shops and other establishments, are not evidently owned, controlled and managed by their legal owners. These properties have been illegally aliened by the occupation regime to people that manage them, without the consent of their rightful owners. The conscious use of such property and particularly overnight stay in the aforesaid hotels or other resorts is illegal and subject to the laws of the Republic regarding the conscious use of stolen property.


Overnight stay in the occupied areas is also strongly discouraged for reasons of compatibility of the establishments in the occupied area with the hygienic, security and other standards. The Republic of Cyprus cannot guarantee the standards or safety of the establishments in the north of Cyprus. Any claims for compensation based on established European consumer protection acts can be denied by the occupation regime as Turkey’s subordinate local administration in the occupied area of the Republic is deprived of any legal status. Furthermore the laws of the Republic of Cyprus and the Acquis Communautaire cannot be enforced, as this is a non-government controlled area.


The Government of the Republic of Cyprus cannot guarantee or ensure the safety of visitors in the occupied areas and the authorities of the Republic will be unable to offer any help in case of accident, injury, theft, illness etc. and thus foreign nationals may find themselves isolated in the case of need.


As Turkey's subordinate local administration in the occupied areas does not enjoy any international recognition and hence is deprived of any legal status, it is not feasible to obtain recognized evidence to support any claim.


According to Article 6 of the Travel Agencies and Tourist Guides law, tour operators that bring tourists to Cyprus are obliged to have a licensed Cypriot travel agent as a representative.


Article 12 of the above law places a responsibility of the Cyprus Tourist Organisation to oversee travel agencies and ensure that they follow and apply the conditions of their license. The travel agencies are obliged to submit to the CTO all promotional material or programs for planned excursions / sightseeing tours for approval and the organisation of such excursions / tours without the use of licensed tourist guides is not allowed.

It is also useful to have in mind the following Code on the movement of persons through the Line:

CODE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF REGULATION 866/2004EK OF THE COUNCIL ON A REGIME UNDER ARTICLE 2 OF PROTOCOL 10
OF THE ACT OF ACCESSION

(MOVEMENT OF PERSONS THROUGH THE LINE)


1. E.U. CITIZENS


(a)EU citizens may cross the line from and to the Government controlled areas of the Republic, regardless of their point of entry into the territory of the Republic.

(b)When they cross the line from the non-Government controlled areas to the Government controlled areas, they shall undergo a check in order to establish their identity (identity card, passport or other travel document checks).

(c)Checks may be also carried out for the purpose of preventing any threat to public order and security.

(d)Crossing the line may be made either without a car, or with a car register in the Republic of Cyprus or any other EU member state or in non-Government controlled area.

(e)In case of crossing by car, occasional checks may be carried out on the car and on items which are in the possession of persons crossing the line.


2. THIRD COUNTRY NATIONALS

(a) The following categories of third country nationals are entitled to cross through the line to and from the Government controlled areas:

(i)Persons entering the territory of the Republic from legal points of entry (ports and airports in the Government controlled areas) and/or reside lawfully in the Republic.

(ii)Persons who are not subject to a visa requirement and who enter the Republic from non authorized points of entry (ports and airports in the non Government controlled areas).

(iii)Persons who reside legally in the non-Government controlled areas (with a residence permit issued by the Migration Officer).

(iv)Persons who are subject to a visa requirement and who enter the Republic from non authorized points of entry and they possess the necessary visa.

(v)Persons who possess a long-term visa granted by another member state or who have permanent residence permits of any EU member state and who are entitled to travel as visitors in the EU and who enter the Republic from non-authorized points of entry.

(b) All third country nationals who are allowed to cross the line in accordance with the above shall only be allowed to cross the line provided:

i.They possess either a residence permit issued by the Republic, or a valid travel document, and if this is required, a valid visa for the Republic, and

ii.There is no information that they represent a threat to public order and security.

(c)In case of crossing by car, occasional checks may be carried out on the car and on items which are in the possession of persons crossing the line.

(d)Third country nationals who are subject to a visa requirement who enter the Republic from a non-authorized point of entry and do not possess the necessary visa shall not be allowed to cross the line, and unless they seek asylum, the provisions pertaining to illegal entry into the Republic of the “Aliens and Immigration Law” shall be applied.

OTHER CATEGORIES OF PERSONS

A. Children of mixed marriages of T/C citizens with any foreigner may cross the line from and to the non-Government controlled areas, irrespective of whether the foreign parent enters or resides illegally in the Republic.

B. Foreign spouses of T/C citizens may cross the line from and to the non-Government controlled areas irrespective of whether they enter or reside illegally in the Republic.

C. The identity of persons falling into categories A and B above is checked when crossing the line from the non-Government controlled areas to the Government controlled areas (identity card check, passport check or checking of other travel or other documents). In the event that foreign spouses of Turkish Cypriot citizens are subject to a visa requirement no such visa is demanded for the purpose of crossing the line.

GENERAL

The entry stamps placed on passports or other travel documents in the non-Government controlled areas are not invalidated.


Do I need a visa to enter Cyprus?
No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days for all bona fide tourists nationals of:

Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea (South), Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vatican City, Venezuela, Hong-Kong Special Administrative Region (the exemption concerns only the holders of HKSAR passports) and Macao S.A.R. (the exemption concerns only the holders of Macao S.A.R. passports) provided they are in possession of a valid passport.

However, a valid passport with a visa is required for the nationals of all other countries.


Detailed information on how to obtain a visa is available in the Consular Section of this website.


Can I get a residence permit or a long-term visa for Cyprus from the Embassy?

Embassies of the Republic of Cyprus are only authorised to issue tourist/visitor visas with a maximum duration of 90 days. Anyone wishing to stay on the island longer for any reason should enter Cyprus as a tourist and apply to the Immigration Authorities in Cyprus for an extension of stay, explaining their reasons. Please note that student visas are usually arranged for by the relevant Educational Institutions (for work permits please see relevant answer above).



How is the income (pension and other) of a foreign national who moves to Cyprus after retirement taxed?

1. With the tax reform approved by Parliament in July 2002, Cyprus has adopted the principle of taxing its residents on their worldwide income. The definition of «resident» for individuals entails a total stay of 183 days, in a particular year of assessment, in Cyprus.

2.Pension is taxable at the rate of 5% for amounts exceeding CY₤ 2000, but taxpayer has the option, for every year of assessment, to be taxed at the normal rates of taxes for individuals, set out below:

As from the year 2004

Chargeable income  Tax rates 
Up to £10.000
Nil 
 £10.001-£15.000  20%
 £15.001-£20.000  25%
 Over £20.000  30%

3.

There is no income tax on dividends and interest received by individuals. However, such income is subject to special contribution for the defence at the rate of 15% for distributed dividends and 10% for interest.



4. There are no personal allowances.

5. In cases where the income subject to tax in Cyprus, is also taxed in the country of source, a tax credit in respect of the foreign tax paid, is allowed against the Cyprus tax but the credit should not exceed the Cyprus tax.

6. Husband and wife are separately assessed to tax in Cyprus.


Can foreign nationals have a civil wedding in Cyprus? If yes, what is the relevant procedure?

Yes, foreign nationals can celebrate their civil marriage in Cyprus. Detailed infromation as to how and where this can be done is available at the relevant section of the Union of Cyprus Municipalities website.