If you plan to visit the Republic of Cyprus without being its citizen or without a national residence permit, you will need a valid international passport and visa authorizing the entry. State control is conducted at the airports and ports of Larnaca, as well as Limassol, Paphos, Latsi. It is illegal to enter Cyprus elsewhere.
Only citizens of the European Union, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein are allowed visa-free entry with national passports.
Types of Cyprus entry visas
Visa is an official permit for a citizen to cross certain geographical borders under pre-determined conditions. There are several types of visas: transit, short-term, long-term, as well as individual and group. Each visa has its own characteristics and eligibility terms. Before the trip, you choose the best visa option to apply for in the Consulate of Cyprus.
Airport transit visa
This type of visa permits you to stay on the territory of Cyprus during an international transfer, assuming that you will not actually visit the Republic itself. This permission is required for all citizens transferring in Cyprus, except holders of EU passports and residence permit in the European Union, EU member-state, United States, Canada, Andorra, Japan, San Marino, or Monaco.
This permit is required when crossing Cyprus by land. A transit visa is issued for a single trip lasting no more than 5 days. The permit may sometimes imply multiple transit. To be eligible for this type of visa, your entry needs to be guaranteed, and the usual route requires crossing the Cyprus borders.
This permit is issued for a group of 5 to 50 people and is valid for up to 30 days. To obtain a group visa, it is important to ensure that the entire delegation will enter and leave the territory of Cyprus in the same composition. The person in charge shall have an international passport and valid visa.
This type of permit is issued only to citizens of Russia or Ukraine provided that they directly fly to Cyprus. PRO-visa permits you to stay in the Republic for up to 30 days within 6 months. Before you apply for this type of visa, make sure that the remaining validity period of your passport exceeds six months.
PRO-visa to Cyprus is issued free of charge within one business day. You can apply for PRO-visa via special e-system or email.
Short-term visa to Cyprus
This permit is issued to those who visit the Republic without the immigration purpose. The short-term visa permits you to stay in Cyprus for up to 90 days. This visa is suitable for both one-time and multiple visits to Cyprus in the designated period.
This type of visa permits you to visit Cyprus once or repeatedly for no more than 90 days within 6 months.
This type of visa is valid for 1 year and permits you to visit the Republic several times provided that the total travel period does not exceed 90 days within every 6 months. A multi-entry visa is suitable for those who plan to do business in Cyprus or have other goals requiring frequent trips there.
The cost of a multiple-entry visa to Cyprus depends on the urgency of obtaining. You will also have to pay the agent from EUR 60 to EUR 150. The processing period for a multiple-entry visa to Cyprus varies from 10 to 15 business days.
Cyprus is not yet part of the Schengen Area. However, holders of Schengen visa do not need to obtain a national Cyprus visa. If you have already been in the Schengen Area and your permit has not expired, you can visit the Republic of Cyprus in the remaining time.
This is essentially an immigration permit issued by the decision of the Minister of Interior. Individuals of one of the following categories can submit an application and documents for a long-term visa to Cyprus.
- C category Employees and entrepreneurs in the trade or other fields. The applicant shall have EUR 430,000, sufficient land plot, and conduct the activity with no negative impact on the economy of Cyprus.
- E category Individuals offered permanent employment in Cyprus. Their activity shall not create unfair competition with local residents.
- F category Individuals with at least EUR 9,568.17 of annual income. If the applicant has dependent family members, then each of them shall have at least EUR 4,613.22 of additional annual income. This level of income confirms the availability of funds for a decent living in Cyprus without the obligation to engage in business or employment.
The immigration permit is also issued to those applicants who purchase real estate in Cyprus at a price of EUR 300,000. Such individuals automatically fall into F category.
How to get a Cyprus passport?
The government of the Republic has developed a special program for obtaining national citizenship for investment. To be eligible for the program, you need to invest at least EUR 2,000,000 in the economy of Cyprus. You can do this by purchasing shares, bonds, other securities, real estate, or opening a business. Program advantages: 6 months to obtain a Cyprus citizen passport that guarantees EU benefits and freedoms, 3 years to return the investment by selling the purchased real estate or securities.
If you decide to participate in the national program for obtaining citizenship by investment and dream to purchase a house, villa, cottage, or apartment on the territory of the Republic, please contact the experts of P.L. Property Gallery Developers & Constructors Ltd. Our company is the biggest developer in Cyprus and offers a wide range of real estate for every demand, as well as other related services on resolving migration issues. Choosing our company, you can quickly and easily obtain a Cyprus passport and become an EU citizen without any financial or legal risks.
Cyprus has suspended its citizenship-by-investment program, in its current form, effective from 1 November 2020.