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1.1. Do I need a visa for Cyprus?

Chinese citizens holders of ordinary and Public Affairs passports are required to possess a visa to visit Cyprus.

Chinese citizens holders of diplomatic and service passports are exempted from the visa obligation, on the basis of the bilateral Agreement on Mutual Exemption of Visas between the Government of the Republic of Cyprus and the Government of the People’s Republic of China (24 July 1990).

Residents of Hong Kong, Macao and holders of Taiwanese passports do not need a visa to travel to Cyprus for short stays not exceeding 90 days within a period of 180 days.

If you are not a Chinese citizen, you can visit the links below to check whether you need a visa for Cyprus.

The Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Beijing is also accredited and covers the following countries:

  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea (South Korea)
  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)
  • Mongolia
  • Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  • Kingdom of Cambodia.

Citizens of the above countries, except for Japan and the Republic of Korea (South Korea), are required to possess a visa to travel to Cyprus for short stays not exceeding 90 days within a period of 180 days.

List of countries, whose citizens are required to possess a visa to enter the Republic of Cyprus: click here.

List of countries, whose citizens do NOT need a visa for a stay up to 90 days, provided they are bona fide visitors: click here.

List of countries whose nationals are required to be in possession of an airport transit visa when passing through the international transit area of airports situated on the territory of the Republic of Cyprus: click here.

Flight crew members who are nationals of a Contracting Party to the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation are exempted from the requirement to hold an airport transit visa.

The categories below do not require a visa to enter the Republic of Cyprus:

  • Citizens of ALL EU member states, as well as, of Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. They can also travel with their Identity Card, provided it bears the holder’s photo.
  • Holders of diplomatic passports of Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia Herzegovina, FYROM, Montenegro and Qatar.
  • Holders of diplomatic and service passports of Armenia, China, Costa Rica, Georgia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Moldova, Russian Federation, Serbia, Seychelles and Ukraine.
  • Holders of diplomatic, service, and special passports of Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morroco, Oman, Syria and of the United Arab Emirates.
  • Holders of diplomatic, official and service passports of Colombia, Cuba, India, Mexico and of Panama.
  • Holders of diplomatic or official passports of the Republic of Korea.
  • Holders of biometric passports of Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, FYROM, Montenegro, Serbia and of Moldova.
  • All flight crew members who are holding Flight crew Member’s License or a Crew Member Certificate issued under the Chicago Convention.
  • The flight crew and attendants on emergency or rescue flights and other assistants in the event of disaster or accident.
  • The civilian crew of ships.
  • The holders of United Nations laissez-passer.
  • The holders of Council of Europe laissez-passer.
  • Holders of valid double or multiple entry Schengen visa or Bulgarian, Croatian and Romanian, as well as residence permits issued by Schengen Member States or by Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania, are not required to hold a short-stay visa to enter the Republic of Cyprus for a time period that does not exceed 90 days in any 180 day period. This provision doesn’t apply to Citizens of Turkey and Azerbaijan who have to follow the regular visa issuance procedure.
  • The Republic of Cyprus has adopted the provisions of Decision No. 565/2014/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 introducing a simplified regime for the control of persons at the external borders based on the unilateral recognition by Cyprus as well as by Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania of certain documents as equivalent to their national visas for transit through or intended stays on their territories not exceeding 90 days in any 180-day period.
  • Holders of travel documents issued to recognised refugees under the Convention relating to the Status Refugees of 28 July 1951, do not require a visa to enter Cyprus, if their travel documents are issued by a member-state of Schengen or by a state listed in Annex II to the Council Regulation 539/2001 as per its amendments.
  • Holders of travel documents issued to stateless persons under the Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons of 28 September 1954, do not require a visa if the documents are issued by a member state of Schengen and the holders of these documents are residing in this Member State.
  • All persons who are in possession of work permit or entry permit issued by the Civil Registry and Migration Department.
  • All persons who possess a permanent or a temporary residence permit issued by the Civil Registry and Migration Department.

(NOTE: The Republic of Cyprus has adopted the provisions of Decision No. 565/2014/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 introducing a simplified regime for the control of persons at the external borders based on the unilateral recognition by Cyprus as well as by Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania of certain documents as equivalent to their national visas for transit through or intended stays on their territories not exceeding 90 days in any 180-day period.)

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