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Tourist around the World that wants to enter Cyprus for Tourism, must get a Cyprus Tourist VISA.
The Tourist VISA is a short stay VISA that permits its holders to enter Cyprus, and stay for the period of not more than 90 days within a 180-day period.
This article explains how to apply for the Cyprus Tourist VISA, and the required documents for application.
Cyprus Tourist VISA
You can get the Cyprus Tourist VISA, Regular short-stay VISAs, which allows the holder to stay in Cyprus for up to 90 days within a single 180-day period. They can be issued for single or multiple entries within that 180-day period.
Multiple-entry short stay VISAs, can be issued for 1-5 years, depending on the purpose of travel. However, they also only allow the holder to stay in Cyprus for 90 days within any 180-day period for the duration that the VISA is issued.
Cyprus Tourist VISA Exempted Countries
All EU Countries and EFTA Countries, are exempted from applying for the Cyprus VISA. However, there’s a list of non-EU/EFTA Countries who have reached a VISA-waiver agreement with Cyprus.
Nationals of these VISA-exempt non-EU/EFTA Countries (e.g. the US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan etc.) do not need a Tourist VISA to enter Cyprus.
What type of document would be required, during the application process of this VISA?
This is a good question every applicant must ask, before he proceeds to apply for the VISA. There are several documents you need to submit during the VISA application. They are:
- A Passport or Travel document, issued in the past ten years, valid for at least three more months after leaving Cyprus, and with at least two blank pages to affix the VISA to.
- Cyprus VISA Application Form, completed and signed. For minors, the parent/s or legal guardian/s must sign the form. You can see the application form here.
- Two passport-size pictures with the following specifications:
- Dimensions: 40mm x 50mm
- Your face must take up 70% – 80% of the picture
- Taken in front of a white background
- You must stare ahead with a neutral facial expression
- No older than six months
- One of the pictures must be notarized by a Notary Public on the back
- Flight tickets/itinerary, which show the entry and departure dates from Cyprus. The ticket must be round trip. You do not have to show proof of purchasing the ticket – a reservation is sufficient.
- Proof of sufficient funds which will cover the duration of your stay in Cyprus (e.g. Bank statements from the past three months).
- Proof of accommodation in Cyprus, such as a Hotel reservation or letter of invitation to stay with a host.
- Employment status documents:
- If employed: No Objection Letter from your Employer, stating your position, salary, and the dates you will be absent from work. The letter has to be recent and addressed to the Embassy or Consulate.
- If self-employed: A letter from your Accountant, Solicitor, or Bank Manager, or a letter from the Company and a copy of the Trade License.
- If you are a Student: No Objection Letter from your School/University, confirming your enrollment and the duration of your course/s.
- Proof of Travel Health Insurance, covering at least €30,000 for Medical emergencies and repatriation for the entire time you’ll be in Cyprus.
- If applicable: Proof of legal residence, if you are not a National of the Country in which you are applying from (e.g. a residence permit or long-term VISA)
- If applicable: A completed and signed “Assumption of Responsibility for Hosting Form” from your host in Cyprus, along with the Bank Guarantee Letter, proving your host has paid the guarantee required to host you. Bank guarantees change for different Countries, but vary from €350 to €850.
- Proof of paid Cyprus VISA fee.
How Do I Apply For The VISA?
This is another frequently asked Question.
You have to apply for the VISA at the Cyprus Embassy or Consulate in your Home Country ( in person). However, you may need to follow the steps below in order to get your VISA ready smoothly.
- Find the Cyprus Embassy or Consulate in which you must submit your application.
- Contact them to make an appointment.
- Collect the required documents; You can see the list of the documents you need to gather above.
- Submit the application along with the documents on the date of your appointment.
- Pay the VISA fee. The VISA fees are;
- Regular Tourist VISA (1-90 days) – € 20
- Multiple-entry short-stay VISA (1-5 years) – € 60.
- Wait for the VISA to be processed.
- Pick up your passport and documents. If your application was successful, the Embassy/Consular staff will affix your VISA to your passport.
The VISA fee for Cyprus is non-refundable, even if your application is refused. If you live over 200 km (300 miles) from the Cyprus Embassy or Consulate, you may be allowed to submit your Tourist VISA application by mail. Because of that, you must include a self-addressed special delivery envelope along with the application.
The processing time for the VISA is 5-10 working days for a VISA, and maybe even longer, it depends on several factors, including the Country you’re Applying from.
You can extend your VISA once it expires. The Tourist VISA extension fee is only € 30