When you submit a Cyprus visa application, you must have several supporting documents. The Cyprus visa requirements differ based on the type of visa you are applying for as well as the country you are in.
Do I Have to Collect the Required Documents for a Cyprus Visa?
No, because not everyone has to apply for a Cyprus visa. Learn who is exempt from Cyprus visas here.
Required Documents for a Cyprus Visa
The required documents for a Cyprus visa are:
- A valid passport.
- Cyprus Visa Application Form.
- Visa photos in line with Cyprus visa requirements.
- Proof of legal residence.
- Flight tickets/itinerary.
- Proof of sufficient funds.
- Proof of accommodation in Cyprus.
- Employment status documents.
- Travel health insurance.
- Cover letter (if required).
- Proof of paid Cyprus visa fee.
- Self-addressed, pre-paid envelope (if applying by post).
- Additional documents depending on the purpose of travel.
You must have a valid passport or another travel document which has been issued in the past ten years. The passport must be valid for at least three more months starting from the time you intend to leave Cyprus.
It must also have at least two blank pages so the visa can be affixed.
Along with the original passport, also submit photocopies of all the used pages on your passport, including all previous visas, personal information and issuance/expiry date.
Cyprus Visa Application Form
You can find the Cyprus Visa Application Form on the websites of the Cyprus Consulates and Embassies. You must complete it and sign it before submission.
If you are applying by mail, then a Notary Public must certify your signature.
For minors: Both parents or legal guardians have to sign the Application Form instead.
This is how an application form looks like.
Cyprus visa photo requirements
Along with your Cyprus visa application, you must submit two passport-sized pictures with the following requirements:
- Dimensions: 40mm x 50mm.
- Your face must take up 70% – 80% of the picture.
- Taken in front of a white background without any patterns.
- The picture must be high quality, with good lighting. That means no over or under-exposure, no shadows, no red-eye or glare.
- The picture must be recent: No older than six months.
- You must have a neutral facial expression, mouth closed and staring straight ahead.
- You are not allowed to wear any headgear, unless it is for religious purposes. Even so, it cannot obstruct your face in any capacity.
- Glasses are generally not allowed. However, if you need to wear them you must make sure they do not obstruct your eyes and face, and that there is no glare. Sunglasses or any other tinted glasses strictly not allowed.
- One of the pictures must be notarized by a Notary Public on the back.
If you are submitting a picture for a baby or infant who is unable to support themselves, take a picture of them lying down, from above. Your hands supporting them cannot be in the picture.
Proof of legal residence
If you are not a citizen of the country from which you are applying, you must include proof of legal residence, such as a photocopy of your residence permit/visa etc. They must be valid for at least another three months from the time you intend to leave Cyprus.
You must submit proof of booked flight tickets – you do not have to pay for the tickets beforehand. You can wait to pay until after your visa is approved.
Proof of sufficient funds
You must prove you have sufficient funds to cover the entire duration of your stay. Depending on the country you’re applying from, you may submit:
- Bank statements from the past three months which are stamped by the bank.
- Traveler’s cheques
- Saving books
You cannot show proof of financial solvency by presenting cash.
Proof of accommodation in Cyprus
You must show that you have accommodation in Cyprus, such as a hotel reservation, letter from a host, or other forms of tourist accommodation.
Employment status documents
Depending on the status of your employment, you have to submit one of the following:
- If you are 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 you are 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: A letter from your school/university, confirming your enrollment and the duration of your course/s.
Travel health insurance
You must purchase travel health insurance before travelling to Cyprus, which covers at least €30,000 of medical emergencies and repatriation for the entire duration of your stay.
If you have a current health insurance plan in your country which covers medical emergencies abroad, then you must submit proof of that.
Some embassies or consulates may request a cover letter, written by the applicant, introducing themselves and explaining the reason why they want to travel.
Cyprus visa fee
Before you submit your documents, you must make sure which is the consulate/embassy’s preferred method of payment of the Cyprus visa fee.
The Cyprus visa fees are as follows:
|Type of Visa||Visa Fee|
|Short-stay visa (1-90 days)||€ 20|
|Multiple entry short-stay visa (up to 1-5 years)||€ 60|
|Long-stay visa||€ 60|
|Airport Transit Visa||€ 15|
|Visa Extension||€ 30|
|Visa On Arrival (Pro Visa)||€ 20|
If you apply through a visa application center, you will also have to pay a service fee.
Cyprus visa requirements for minors
If the Cyprus visa applicant is under 18 years of age, the following requirements apply:
- The Cyprus Visa Application Form must be signed by the parent/s or legal guardian/s.
- Copies of the parent/s and legal guardian/s passports
- Copy of the minor’s birth certificate or adoption papers, as applicable.
- Additional documents that prove the relationship between the minor and the parent/guardian. For example:
- If the parents are divorced, include the custody papers.
- If one of the parents is deceased, include the death certificate.
- If the minor will travel alone authorization from the parent/s or legal guardian/s allowing the minor to travel
- If the minor will be accompanied by only one parent or legal guardian, include authorization from the other parent/legal guardian.
Additional Cyprus visa requirements depending on the purpose of travel
If you’re travelling to Cyprus to visit a friend or family member, they must fulfill the following requirements:
- Write a Letter of Invitation, which states their full address, phone number and profession in Cyprus
- Submit a photocopy of their passport
- Complete and sign a “Assumption of Responsibility for Hosting Form”, which is available on the websites of Cyprus diplomatic missions. The form must also be signed by an Aliens and Immigration Office in Cyprus.
- Submit a Bank Guarantee Letter, proving they have paid the guarantee required to host you. Bank guarantees change for different countries, but vary from €350 to €850.
If you are travelling for business, include:
- A Letter of Invitation from the company in Cyprus, including the reason and details of your trip.
If you’re travelling as a member of an official delegation, include:
- A copy of the official invitation
- A letter from a competent authority in your country confirming you’re travelling for official purposes
If you’re applying for a Cyprus airport transit visa, include:
- A flight ticket for the next country of destination
- A visa for the next country of destination (if a visa is required)
If you’re applying for a Cyprus Student Visa, submit:
- Your educational certificates
- Letter of enrollment in the Cyprus educational institution
- Certificate of police clearance
If you’re applying for a Cyprus Work Visa, submit:
- Your work contact, stamped by the Cyprus Department of Labour of the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance
- Certificate of police clearance
Keep in mind:
All the documents that you submit have to be in English. If they are not, you must have them translated by an official translator.
This is not an exhaustive list of Cyprus visa requirements as they change country-to-country. The Cyprus embassy or consulate also has the right to ask for additional documents if they see fit.
What Should I Do After I Collect the Required Documents?
After you collect the required documents, you can apply for a Cyprus visa at the offices of a Cypriot diplomatic mission abroad (consulate or embassy). Some diplomatic missions, however, have also outsourced visa submissions to visa application agencies. So, before you apply, you should contact the consulate or embassy.
You must apply in person unless the consulate or embassy responsible for your region is further than 200 km (300 miles) away. In this case, you may apply via mail.