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Entry regulations apply only to the areas controlled by the Government of the Republic Cyprus.

1. Passport: Required, except for holders of:
a. Laissez-Passer issued by the United Nations
b. Document issued to stateless persons and recognized refugees.
c. Further to the above, citizens of the European Union countries, as well as of Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, may enter Cyprus with their national identity card provided there is a photo.

2. Admission and transit restrictions:
The Government of the Republic of Cyprus refuses admission to:
a. Holders of Former Yugoslav Republic’s passports bearing a renewal stamp with the name “Macedonia”. Entry is only allowed to holders of Yugoslav passports without the above-mentioned stamp.

b. Holders of “passports” issued illegally by the secessionist entity, the so called “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Other nationalities having stamps or visas of the so called “Turkish Rep. of Northern Cyprus” in their passports are only allowed to enter Cyprus after the above-mentioned visas/stamps are cancelled by the Immigration Authorities of the Rep. of Cyprus.

c. For those intending to be employed in Cyprus the issue of an employment permit by the Migration officer is required and no visa is required in order to travel to Cyprus.

* TRNC has been denied any international recognition and has been condemned and declared as illegal by the whole of International Community through Security Council Resolutions 541/83 and 550/84”.

3. Additional information
The legal ports of entry into the Republic of Cyprus are the airports of Larnaka and Pafos and the ports of Larnaka, Lemesos (Limassol), Latsi and Pafos, which are situated in the area under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus. Any entry into the territory of the Republic of Cyprus via any other port or airport in the area of Cyprus in which the Government of the Republic does not exercise effective control (Turkish occupied area) is illegal.


A. List of third countries whose citizens are required to have a visa.

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzogovina, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burma/Myanmar, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Northern Marianas (Islands), Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia and Montenegro, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Entities and territorial authorities: Taiwan, Palestinian Authorities.

B. No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days for all bona fide tourists nationals of the following countries:

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, Holy See (State of Vatican), Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela.
Special Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic of China: Hong Kong S.A.R., Macao S.A.R.

C. Additional categories of persons who do NOT require visa:

1. Holders of diplomatic, service or other official passports
2. civilian air and sea crew
3. the flight crew and attendants on emergency or rescue flights and other helpers in the event of disaster or accident
4. The civilian crew of ships navigating in international waters
5. The holders of laissez-passer issued by the United Nations to their officials
6. School pupils who are travelling in the context of a school excursion as members of a group of pupils accompanied by a teacher from the school in question.
7. All persons who are in possession of work permit issued by the Migration Officer.
8. All persons who possess permanent or temporary residence permit issued by the Migration Officer.
9. All persons who posses study permit.

Visas will be issued by the Embassies and General Consulates of the Republic of Cyprus and additionally by the British High Commissions/Embassies in the following countries:
Argentine Republic, Bahrein, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, Kazakstan, Kuwait, Norway, Oman, Switzerland, Sudan, UAE (Abu Dhabi, Dubai), Uzbekistan and by Honorary Consulates in the rest of countries.

Fees for visas vary between CY£6.00 - CY£20.00 / €10.27- €34.23 according to the type of visa required.

D. Visa application procedure and documents required:

1. Applications of all applicants are accepted regardless of nationality of the applicant.
2. Applications must be submitted in person. However, for those who reside more than 200 miles or 300 km from the Consulate application may be submitted by recorded delivery enclosing a registered self addressed “special delivery” envelope for the safe return of passport and documents.
3. One completed application form signed by the applicant (or legal guardian in the case of minors) with a passport sized photograph attached.
4. A full national passport valid for at least three months longer than the validity of the visa being applied for. Visitors who wish to obtain a visa are advised to be in possession of a passport valid at least for 6 months beyond the period of intended stay.
5. Visa for the return country must be valid for at least three months beyond the period of intended stay.
6. Provisional Booking or Itinerary of travel arrangements (Round trip ticket with fixed dates). Ticket should not be purchased before the visa is issued.
7. Prior Hotel Reservation faxed by the Hotel Manager.
8. If visiting for business, an official letter of invitation from a Cyprus company must be presented.
9. If visiting friends, a letter of invitation from the friends with their address, phone number and occupation in Cyprus.
10. Evidence that there are sufficient funds to cover the cost of the intended stay in Cyprus, e.g. bank statement or travellers cheques (credit cards only in addition to bank statements and with recent statement confirming credit limit. Please note that cash is no acceptable proof).
11. Recent (less than one month old) official letter from employer addressed to the Cyprus Consulate with proof of wages/salary. If self employed, a letter from the solicitor, the accountant or the bank manager of the applicant. If a student in the country of the Consulate, an original letter from the school or University addressed to the Cyprus Consulate confirming status/attendance and the duration of the course.
12. For further information please contact:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Presidential Palace Avenue, 1447 Lefkosia
Tel: 357 22 40 10 00
Fax: 357 22 30 59 24, 22 66 53 13, 22 66 57 78,
22 66 18 81

Applications / Forms

In order to download the relevant forms please press the links below:

Visa Application Form
Assumption of Responsibility Form

For any further information please contact the:

Consular Department
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus,
Presidential Palace Avenue,
1447, Nicosia

Tel: +357 22 401222 / 401124 / 401131
Fax: +357 22 661881 / 665313 / 665778


Pedestrians at uncontrolled zebra crossings have precedence over vehicles. Since traffic in Cyprus moves on the left hand-side of the road, pedestrians:

  1. should always walk on the pavements. If there are no pavements they should walk on the right-hand side of the road.
  2. should always look to their right-hand side before using the zebra crossing and
  3. should generally be careful when crossing streets.

LaIki Yitonia, east of Eleftheria square (the capital's main square), the area around it, as well as most of the commercial streets within the walls are now a pedestrian ways in Nicosia.


Cyprus, an island of widely varied landscape offers excellent and countless opportunities to photographers. Breathtaking panoramas, picturesque villages, bustling towns, unique opportunities for flower and wildlife photography - Cyprus has it all.

However visitors must note that there are certain "restricted areas" for photography and they are requested kindly to pay strict attention to such warning signs.

Photography is forbidden:

  1. near military camps or other military installations.
  2. in museums where a special license is required by the appropriate authorities.
  3. in churches with mural paintings and icons, if "flash" is required.

Films of almost all brands are sold in Cyprus, at various stalls, Photo laboratories, Duty- Free Shops etc.


Crime in Cyprus is, comparatively, at a very low level.
The Police is always ready to assist anyone who needs help. In case of emergency, telephone 199 (in all towns).
All policemen speak good English.


Passenger and cruise traffic in Cyprus is served by the multipurpose ports of Limassol and Larnaca on the south coast of the country.

As a result of the Turkish invasion and military occupation of the northern part of Cyprus, the port of Famagusta and the Kyrenia harbor are closed to shipping and navigation, and have been declared by the Government of Cyprus as prohibited ports of entry and exit, and no visitor is allowed to enter or leave the Republic through these ports.

Limassol Port

The largest port facility on the island, it is situated in the western part of Limassol town and can accommodate vessels of any L.O.A.

Ferries connect Limassol port with Greece, Israel, Egypt, etc. The port also serves as a base and stopover for a large number of cruise ships conducting cruises in the region on a regular and frequent basis.

Services offered to travelers at Limassol Port include:

-   Tourist Information (service to all passenger ships)
-   Foreign Exchange
-   Card & Coin-operated telephones
-   Duty Free Shops
-   Cafeteria
-   Transportation service by taxis (rates are based on taximeters)
-   Health Inspector's Office
-   Car Insurance office

Larnaca Port

Situated on the eastern part of Larnaca town at a distance of 5 km from the Larnaca International Airport, the port can accommodate vessels, not far in excess of 250 m. L.O.A. and longer vessels according to their maneuverability.

Services offered to travelers at Larnaca port, include:


- Foreign Exchange
- Card & Coin0operated telephones
- Duty free shops
- Cafeteria
- Transportation service by taxis (rates are based on taximeters)
- Health Inspector's office

Cyprus Ports Authority
Kritis 23, 1061 Lefkosia
P.O.Box 22007, 1516 Lefkosia

Tel: + 357 22 81 72 00
Fax: + 357 22 76 54 20



Postal Services

Post Offices Are Open As Follows:

Monday - Friday: 07.30 - 13.30
Thursday: 15.00 - 18.00 (Not In July & August)

Additional to the above the district Post Offices in Nicosia, Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos, there is the Branch Post Office at Eleftheria square in Nicosia, the City Central Post Office in Limassol and the Post Office in Paralimni remain also open for the following hours:
Monday - Friday:
15.00 - 18.00 (October - April)
16.00 - 19.00 (May - September)
Saturday: 09.00 - 11.00

Post Offices at Eleftherias square, Nicosia and at the City Center in Limassol remain closed on Wednesday afternoon.

All post offices remain closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.
Airmail letters take approximately three to four days to Europe, but Courier services which give a fast "next day or sooner" delivery are available.

Post Offices offer the following services;
- Air Mail (Letter, post items and parcels) with all countries.
- Money orders with most European Countries.
- EMS / DATAPOST - courier service with more than 123 countries.
- SAL (Surface air lifted service) for letter, post items and parcels.

Post offices are open as follows:
District Post Offices (Lefkosia (Nicosia), Larnaka, Lemesos (Limassol), Pafos), Eleftheria Square Post Office in Lefkosia and Lemesos City Centre Post Office:
September - June:
Monday - Friday: 07:30 - 13:30
15:00 - 18:00 (except Wednesday)
Saturday: 08:30 - 10:30
July - August:
Monday - Friday: 07:30 - 13:00
16:00 - 19:00 (except Wednesday)
Saturday: 08:30 - 10:30

All other Post Offices:
September - June:
Monday - Friday: 07:30 - 13:30
Thursday afternoon: 15:00 - 17:30
July - August:
Monday - Friday: 07:30 - 13:00

Stamps may be purchased from: all Post Offices, all Postal Agencies. (Hotels, News–stands Kiosks, etc).

Airmail Postage Rates (including refugee stamp):
a) To Europe and the Middle East:
Letters not exceeding 20grs: CY£0.31 / €0.53
Postcards: CY£0.26 / €0.45

b) To USA, Africa and Far East Australia and New Zealand:
Letters not exceeding 20 grs: CY£0.41 / €0.70
Postcards: CY£0.26 / €0.45
c) Airletters to all countries: CY£0.26 / €0.45

Post Offices offering Poste Restante service:

Lefkosia: Plateia Eleftherias, Tel: 357 22 30 32 19
Lemesos: Gladstonos 3, Tel: 357 25 80 22 59
Larnaka: Plateia Vasileos Pavlou, Tel: 357 24 80 24 06
Pafos: Nikodimou Mylona, Tel: 357 26 94 02 20

Courier Services

Courier services are available in all towns. All major international courier companies (Datapost EMS, DHL, TNT express Worldwide,  Fedexpress, Aramex, etc.) can be found on the island. It takes one to three days to deliver world wide.

1. EMS/DATAPOST Service: Tel: 357 22 80 58 07, 22 80 58 06, 22 80 58 05, 77 77 80 13
2. D.H.L. (Cyprus) Ltd.: Tel: 357 22 79 90 00
3. T.N.T. EXPRESS WORLDWIDE: Tel: 357 22 76 34 64
4. SKYNET WORLDWIDE EXPRESS: Tel: 357 22 76 20 62
5. FEDEX (FEDERAL EXPRESS): Tel: 357 22 71 01 00
6. UPS-UNITED PARCEL SERVICE: Tel: 357 77 77 72 00

1. EMS/DATAPOST Service: Tel: 357 25 80 22 59, 77 77 80 13
2. D.H.L. (Cyprus) Ltd.: Tel: 357 25 87 10 44
3. FEDEX (FEDERAL EXPRESS): Tel: 357 25 34 31 34
4. T.N.T. EXPRESS WORLDWIDE: Tel: 357 25 75 11 55
6. UPS-UNITED PARCEL SERVICE: Tel: 357 77 77 72 00

1. EMS/DATAPOST Service: Tel: 357 24 80 24 06, 77 77 80 13
2. D.H.L. (Cyprus) Ltd.: Tel: 357 24 81 55 88
3. T.N.T. EXPRESS WORLDWIDE: Tel: 357 24 62 28 30
4. SKYNET WORLDWIDE EXPRESS: Tel: 357 24 62 65 55
5. FEDEX (FEDERAL EXPRESS): Tel: 357 24 62 56 10
6. UPS-UNITED PARCEL SERVICE: Tel: 357 77 77 72 00

1. EMS/DATAPOST Service: Tel: 357 26 30 63 05, 77 77 80 13
2. DHL AGENT c/o: Tel: 357 26 93 28 49
3. SKYNET WORLDWIDE EXPRESS: Tel: 357 26 91 04 77

Ammochostos / Paralimni
1. EMS/DATAPOST Service: Tel: 357 23 82 14 44, 77 77 80 13
2. SKYNET WORLDWIDE EXPRESS: Tel: 357 23 73 00 23

Agia Napa
1. EMS/DATAPOST Service: Tel: 357 23 72 15 50, 77 77 80 13


January 1: New Year's Day
January 6: Epiphany Day
Variable: Green Monday (50 Days Before Greek Orthodox Easter)
March 25: Greek National Day
April 1: Greek Cypriot National Day
Variable: Good Friday (Greek Orthodox Church
Variable: Easter Monday (Greek Orthodox Church) May 1: Labor Day
Variable: Pentecost - Kataklysmos (Festival Of The Flood)
August 15: Assumption
October 1: Cyprus Independence Day
October 28:Greek National Day (Ochi Day)
December 24: Christmas Eve
December 25: Christmas Day
December 26: Boxing Day






Green Monday





Good Friday
(Greek Orth.Church)





Easter Sunday
(Greek Orth. Church)





Easter Monday
(Greek Orth. Church)





Monday of Penticost (Kataklysmos)





Catholic Easter Sunday






All Public Services, private enterprises ,banks and shops are closed on Public Holidays. In resort and coastal areas, however, shops and certain services remain open.



The Orthodox Church of Cyprus is the predominant Church on the island. The overwhelming majority of the Cypriots belong to the Orthodox Church of Cyprus. According to the acts of the Apostles it was founded by Barnabas, Paul and Mark (45 A.D.). The presence and the contribution of the Orthodox Church is significant to the historical, cultural and social life of Cyprus.

Today, the Church of Cyprus is divided in to 6 bishoprics as follows:

Holy Archbishopric, Lefkosia
Zinonos Kitieos 8, 1016 Lefkosia,
P.O.Box 21130, CY1502 Lefkosia
Tel: +357 22 55 46 00
-Agios Ioannis Cathedral, Archbishop Kyprianos square, 1016 Lefkosia.
Monday-Friday:08:00-12:00, 14:00-16:00, Saturday: 08:00-12:00 and during Mass
Entrance free

Holy Bishopric of Pafos
Agiou Theodorou str.,
P.O.Box 60054, CY 8100 Pafos
Tel: +357 26 93 20 92
-Metropolitan Church of Agios Theodoros, Agiou Theodorou Str., P.O.Box 60054, 8100 Pafos.

Holy Bishopric of Kition, Larnaka,
Metropoleos square,
P.O.Box 40036, 6300 Larnaka
Tel: +357 24 65 22 69
-Metropolitan Church of Sotiros, Metropoles square, P.O.Box 40036, 6300 Larnaka.

Holy Bishopric of Keryneia,
Temporarily based in Lefkosia (due to the Turkish occupation of Keryneia, the permanent base of the Bishopric), Achilleos 3, 2112 Aglangia,
P.O.Box 20258, CY 2150 Lefkosia
Tel: +357 22 44 42 42

Holy Bishopric of Lemesos
Agiou Andreou 306,
P.O.Box 56091, CY 3304 Lemesos
Tel: +357 25 86 43 00
- Metropolitan Church of Panagias Catholikis, Enoseos Str. 6, 3041 Lemesos.
- Agia Napa Cathedral, Agiou Andreou Str., 3041 Lemesos.

Holy Bishopric of Morfou
Temporarily based in Evrychou village (due to the Turkish occupation of Morfou, the permanent base of the Bishopric)
Tel: +357 22 93 24 01
- Metropolitan Church of Agios Georgios, Agiou Georgiou Str., Evrychou.

Greek Orthodox Churches
Throughout The Island:
Masses: Saturday: 18.30-19.15
Sunday : 06.15-09.15


Anglican Church (St. Paul)

Tel: 357 22 67 78 97
Main Service: Sunday: 09:30 hrs, 18:00 hrs (July,August).

Roman Catholic Church (Holy Cross)

Tel: 357 22 66 21 32
Fax: 357 22 66 07 67
Masses: 18:30 Daily except Tuesday 07.30 (Greek),
Sunday: 08:00, 09:30, 18:30 (English)

Greek Evangelical Church of Cyprus

Tel: 357 22 66 47 29, 22 77 42 50
Worship: Sunday 09:00 hrs

German Evangelical Church
St Paul's Anglican Cathedral,
Leoforos Vyronos
Services: every first and third Saturday of the month at 18:00 hrs

Maronite Church
a) Pyli Pafou, Agiou Marona 8,
Tel: 22 67 88 77
Masses: Monday to Saturday: 07:30 hrs, Sunday: 07:30, 08:30(August)

b) Saint Maron, Maronite Church
Agiou Marona, Anthoupolis
Tel: 357 99 68 69 38
Masses: Sunday: 08.30 hrs.

Omeriye Mosque
Trikoupi & Plateia Tyllirias
Prayer: Friday: 12:30–13:30 hrs


Anglican Church (St. Barnabas)
Worship: Sunday: 10:00 hrs.

Armenian Church
Vasili Michaοlidi
Tel: c/o 357 24 65 44 35
Services: Every other Sunday: 09:00 hrs

Greek Evangelical Church of Cyprus

Worship: Sunday: 10:30–12:00 hrs
Bible study: Wednesday: 19.00–20.00 hrs

German Evangelical Church
a) 5B, Isavelas Str.,
Germasogeia Village
Tel: 357 25 31 70 92
Services: every first and third Sunday at 11:00 hrs
b) St Barnaba's Church
Limassol (opposite the old Hospital)
Service: last Saturday of the month at 18:00 hrs

Coptic Orthodox Church
St Mary Church (behind Agios Athanasios Cemetery)
Tel: 357 99 61 57 93 Father Veniamin
Service: Sunday: 08.30-11.00 (in Arabic and Greek)
Sat: 19.30-21.00 (in English)
Wed: 05.00-07.00 hrs

Russian Orthodox Church
Agios Stylianos (old Church) in Linopetra area
Tel: 357 25 33 36 18, Father Savvas Michaelides
Liturgy: Sunday 08:30 hrs
Sat: 17:00 hrs (In winter)
Sat: 18:00hrs (In summer)


Anglican Masses
Res. Chaplain
Tel. 357 26 95 30 44 (Father Brian)
Services: Sunday: 08:30 hrs and 18:00 hrs
Wednesday: 09:00 hrs

Roman Catholic Masses
a) Agia Kyriaki / Chrysopolitissa Church, Kato Pafos,
Tel: 357 26 93 13 08, 26 95 34 59, Fax: 357 26 93 13 08
13:00 hrs (German, Polish)
b) Pissouri Beach area, c/o tel: 357 26 93 13 08
Sunday: 18:00 hrs.

German Evangelical Church
Agia Kyriaki / Chrysopolitissa Church
Kato Paphos
Service: every second Saturday of the month at 16:00 hrs

Polis, Pafos District

Roman Catholic mass at St. Nicholas Church
c/o Tel: 357 26 93 13 08
Sunday: 10.00 hrs


Anglican Church (St. Helena)

Tel: (10:00- 12:00)
Sunday: Holy Communion: 09:30 and Evening worship: 18:30

Armenian Church
Armenikis eklisias,
Services: Every other Sunday: 09:30 hrs.

Santa Maria Catholic Church
Terra Santa 8,
Tel: 357 24 64 28 58

Masses: Mon-Sat: 08:00 hrs (Latin);
Monday-Saturday 18:30 hrs (English)
Sunday: 08.00 (Greek), and 09:30 hrs (English) and 18:30hrs(Polish)

Greek Evangelical Church of Cyprus

P.O.Box: 42114

Worship Service: Sunday: 09:00 hrs (English),
11:00 hrs (Greek), 13.00 hrs (Philippnino)
Bible study: Thursday: 19:00 hrs (English).

At the Cyprus Jewish Community Centre
Diogenous 7, 6020 Larnaka
P.O.Box 42461, 6534 Larnaka
Tel.: 24 82 87 70, 99 9316 79, Fax.: 24 82 87 71
Shabbat Service: Saturday: 10:00 hrs


Anglican Mass (Anglican South-East Church)
Hadjikakou 28, 5284 Paralimni
Tel.: 23 81 10 45 (Father Michael Crawford)

Roman Catholic Mass
At Scandinavian Church (off Nissi Avenue), Agia Napa
c/o Tel.: 24 64 28 58
Mass: Sunday: 16:00 hrs (English)


- It is expected that visitors to any place of worship will show the courtesy and respect of proper (Not over - casual) dress, and will obtain permission before taking photographs.

- All public services, private enterprises ,banks and shops are closed on public holidays. In resort and coastal areas, however, shops and certain services remain open. 

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