Cyprus Entry Requirements

Cyprus Entry Requirements

Passport and visa regulations


Passport required visa required Return ticket required
Austria no no no
Other EU countries no no no
Germany no no no
Switzerland no no no
Turkey Yes Yes, 1 Yes

ID cards/identity cards

i.a. Citizens of the following countries listed in the table above can enter the country with a valid ID/ID card for stays of up to 90 days: EU countries and Switzerland.

Passport information

Generally required. If a visa is required, it must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the validity of the visa. If there is no visa requirement, the passport must be valid during the stay.

Note on the passport

EU citizens can move freely throughout the island. However, the crossing over the Green Line is still only possible at certain crossings, which can be requested from the Cypriot authorities (currently Ledra Palace and Ledra Street (only on foot); Limnitis at Kato Pygros, Agios Dometios in Nicosia, Pergamos at Pyla, Strovilia at Agios Nikolaos, Zodhia at Astromeritis. At the crossing there will be an identity check (passport or ID card) in both directions. Whether the ID card is sufficient is at the discretion of the border official. It is therefore safest to have one Passport to be carried.A visa is required for the northern part of the island and can be obtained at the crossing. It is placed in the passport and must be returned when you return. Previous restrictions on the duration of visits to the north have been abolished. Swiss and other travelers who are not EU citizens may only cross the Green Line under special conditions. These include: Entry via a port or airport in the south or when entering via the north. They also need a visa or residence permit from the Republic of Cyprus or a long-term visa/residence permit from an EU member state.

Visa information

A visa is generally required, except for citizens of the following countries listed in the table above for a tourist stay of up to 3 months: EU countries and Switzerland. Attention: Citizens of Turkey also need a visa for Cyprus if they are holders of a valid residence permit for an EU country or are holders of a valid Schengen visa (type: double or multiple visa).

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Visa fees for Turkish applicants with a residence permit for Germany, Austria or Switzerland, among others. Short-term visa (category C): 20 € Transit visa: 15 € Long-term visa (category D): 60 € The stay can only be extended on site. Citizens of some countries receive visas free of charge. Fees can only be paid in cash and are based on the current exchange rate.

Visa types and costs

Including single, multiple, group and transit visas.


Max. 3 months from the date of issue. Transit visa: max. 5 days, provided valid travel documents and an onward ticket can be presented.


[1] Turkish citizens do not need a transit visa for Cyprus only if they are holders of a Schengen visa or a residence permit for an EU country or for a country of the European Free Trade Association or for Andorra, Monaco, Canada, Japan, San Marino or for the United States of America are. In person at the consulate or the consular section of the embassy. Postal only for applicants who live more than 300 km from a consulate.

Application required

(a) 1 application form. (b) 2 passport photos. (c) Passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the stay. (d) Proof of sufficient funds and/or proof of employment. (e) Flight reservation (round trip). (f) Cash Fee. (g) Residence permit for Germany, Austria or Switzerland, which must be valid for at least 3 months on the day of entry. (h) Hotel reservation or, in the case of private accommodation, completed Assumption of Responsibility Form (if the host is not Cypriot, attach a copy of their “ARC”. (i) Unaccompanied minors: Authorization signed by parents/guardians to apply for a visa. ( j) Business Visa: Company letter with reason for visit.

Temporary Residence

Inquiries to the competent consular representation. Applications can only be processed by the Immigration Office in Cyprus.

Processing time

Application in person: same day. Application by post: approx. 1 week. 4 weeks if the application has to be sent to Cyprus for processing.

Documents required upon entry

Travelers requiring a visa must have return/onward travel tickets, sufficient funds for the stay and proof of accommodation upon entry. Excluded are EU citizens and Swiss, among others.

Extension of stay

EU citizens who want to stay in Cyprus for more than 3 months must apply to the responsible police for an “Alien Registration Certificate” within four months of entering the country and after 5 years of stay a permanent residence permit from the responsible immigration authority (Ministry of the Interior, Civil Registration & Migration Department, Nicosia). This is also required for longer stays in North Cyprus.

Entry with children

German: Machine-readable children’s passport, identity card or your own passport. Austrians: identity card or own passport. Swiss: Identity card or own passport. Turks: Own passport. Note: The same visa requirements apply to children as to their parents. Attention: Unaccompanied minors should carry a certified travel permit from their parents or legal guardians who are not present. If the minor is accompanied by at least one parent/guardian, no travel permit from the absent parent/guardian needs to be presented. Unaccompanied minors must be authorized by an employee of the airline the child is traveling with be accompanied and picked up at the destination airport by relatives or friends. Since June 27, 2012, children need their own travel document (passport / children’s passport) for trips abroad (also within the EU). Entries of children in the parental passport are no longer possible.

Entry restrictions

Travelers of all nationalities who have a Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus visa in their passport may be refused entry. Current information from the responsible consular post.

Entry with pets

The import of pets under 3 months is prohibited. For birds from all countries, a state health certificate is required per animal. A certificate is also required from the pilot of the aircraft on which the animal was transported, stating that the animal was not in contact with other animals or poultry during transport and that the animal was brought to Cyprus directly from the country of origin. Note: The introduction of parrots into Cyprus is prohibited. Dogs, cats and ferrets from EU countries and non-rabies-free third countries need an EU pet passport (pet pass) or a national pet passport, which can only be issued by authorized veterinarians, and must wear an implanted microchip on their neck as their identifier. The pet passport must show that the animal has had a valid rabies vaccination and, if necessary, a valid booster vaccination against rabies. The import is limited to 5 animals. The following additional regulations apply to dogs, cats and ferrets, as well as to birds and small animals from third countries that are not rabies-free: For entry into the EU area, pets must be tested for the presence of vaccinal antibodies 3 months before entry. A health certificate is required for each animal in accordance with the provisions of the import permit issued prior to departure by the Bureau of Veterinary Services at the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The 3-month period does not apply to pets whose EU pet passport shows that the blood was taken before this animal left the territory of the Community and that the blood analysis showed sufficient antibodies to rabies. At least 48 hours before arrival, the owner must notify the official veterinarian in Larnaca (tel: 24 30 42 75), in Limassol (tel: 25 81 95 12) or in Paphos (tel: 26 30 62 69) of the animal’s arrival in take notice. A quarantine period of 6 months is mandatory. The quarantine can also be carried out under certain conditions at the pet owner’s place of residence. Further information is available from the Cyprus Veterinary Office. For dogs, cats and ferrets from rabies-free third countries (e.g. Switzerland, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Vatican City) the pet passport, which confirms a valid rabies vaccination, can also be used for import. Note: The import of dog breeds American Pitbull, American Pitbull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Tosa Inu, Dogo argentino and Argentinian Mastiff, Fila Brasileiro and Brazilian Mastiff is prohibited.

Cyprus Entry Requirements