Travel to Cyprus
Area: de facto 5,896 km²
de jure 9,251 km²
Residents: 848,300 (2015, de facto)
1,179,551 (2017, total Cyprus)
Population density: 144 E / km² (de facto)
127 (total Cyprus) E / km²
Form of government: Republic
System of Government: Presidential system
Language: English, Modern Greek, Turkish, Arabic
Republic of Cyprus: Euro
Northern Cyprus: Turkish Lira (TRY)
1 EUR = 10.186 TRY
1 TRY = 0.098 EUR
1 CHF = 9.395 TRY
1 TRY = 0.106 CHF
(rate from 14.07.2021)
Telephone area code: + 357
Time zone: UTC + 2
Mains voltage: 240 V
Ercan (IATA code: ECN, ICAO code: LCEN)
Lefkosia (IATA code: NIC, ICAO code: LCNC)
In 2020, 437 Germans officially emigrated to the Republic of Cyprus and 194 came back to their homeland. Within the 10 years from 2010 to 2019, 2,040 Germans officially emigrated to Cyprus and 1,631 moved back to Germany.
Since July 20, 1974, the Mediterranean island of Cyprus has been divided into two parts: the north occupied by Turkey and the larger southern part, which, as the Republic of Cyprus, has also been a member of the European Union since 2004. If in the following only “Cyprus” is mentioned, then the Republic of Cyprus (EU) is meant.
According to allcitycodes, Cyprus has developed into an important business and financial center in recent years. Relatively low cost of living, a favorable geographical location and tax advantages mean that more and more entrepreneurs in particular set up a company (usually a Cyprus Ltd.) in Cyprus and want to enjoy life on this island. The Non Dom program in particular will provide some recovery and make Cyprus (EU) a tax haven.
But Cyprus has a lot more to offer that you can only really experience on a trip. You can get an insight on page 2 of this article.
General travel regulations (up to the corona pandemic)
To enter the Republic of Cyprus, all you need is a valid travel document, such as a passport or identity card. Temporary ID cards are not accepted in the northern part of Cyprus.
Child entries in a parent’s passport are no longer valid. Every child needs its own identity document. Minors traveling alone should carry a certified declaration of consent from their legal guardian. Entry with only one parent who has custody is easily possible.
In order to be allowed to enter the northern part of the island of Cyprus, the so-called “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus”, you need a valid passport. Every child needs its own identity document. Minors traveling alone should carry a certified declaration of consent from their legal guardian. Entry with only one parent who has custody is easily possible.
Immigration, permanent residence, residence permit
If you are an EU citizen and want to stay in Cyprus for more than 3 months, you must apply for a residence permit at the immigration authorities at least one month before this deadline expires. To do this, it is necessary to arrange a registration date. The following documents and a copy of each must be brought with you to this appointment:
- Application for a residence permit (as PDF on moi.gov.cy)
- Passport (valid for at least 1 year)
- Employment contract (when taking up employment)
- Valid health insurance
- Proof of funds (receipt of bank balance, pension payments, etc.)
- Proof of residence in Cyprus (e.g. rental agreement)
- Payment of the fee of € 20.00
The island is in fact divided into two parts. UN units control the buffer zone between the north and the south. Caution is advised when approaching the buffer zone. Otherwise, EU citizens can move freely on the island. The transition over the green line is only possible at certain transitions. Currently these are (after their Greek names):
- Ledra Palace in Nicosia (only on foot)
- Ledra Street in Nicosia (only on foot)
- Limnitis in Kato Pygros
- Agios Dometios in Nicosia
- Pergamos near Pyla
- Strovilia near Agios Nikolaos
- Zodhia for astromeritis
An identity check (passport or identity card) takes place in both directions during the transition. For the northern part of the island, a leaf visa is issued at the “border crossing” (currently stating your surname, first name, ID number), which must be returned when you return to the south. There is no limit to the length of visits to the north. A residence permit is required for stays of three months or more.
Failure to register within the three-month period will result in a fine. This can be up to € 2,600.