You can apply for a short-stay visa for Cyprus, often known as a tourist visa, if you intend to visit Cyprus for tourism, family visits, business, or any other short-term reason. Every year, the Republic of Cyprus welcomes about 4 million visitors. People travel from around the world to lounge in one of Cyprus’s sunny, golden beaches, visit the many archaeological sites left over from countless civilizations who occupied the territory over the centuries, or see its breath-taking natural beauty. Out of those millions of tourists annually, many of them had to travel with a Cyprus tourist visa.
There is a considerable number of countries whose nationals can enter Cyprus without a visa if they’re only staying for up to 90 days. As Cyprus is a member of the European Union, all other EU nationals enjoy freedom of movement to Cyprus, for short or long stays. Citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, who make up the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), are also exempt from Cypriot visas. Additionally, 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 for Cyprus.
See a more detailed list of who needs a Cyprus visa here.
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, which 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.
They are issued for foreign nationals who must travel to Cyprus frequently, for example businessmen.
Cyprus Pro Visa, which is only issued to Russian nationals, who are travelling to Cyprus via a direct flight from Russia. The Pro Visa is just a simplified tourist visa application, where Russians can apply for a visa online or via email, receive a printable travel authorization, and then get the visa stamp upon arrival to Cyprus.
Additionally, short-stay visas for Cyprus can be issued for the following reasons:
- Social visits
- Attending a conference or seminar
- Participating in a cultural or sporting event
- Medical treatment
- 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.
- Visit Gandhisir.com to submit your application.
- Contact to make an appointment.
- Collect the required documents.
- Submit the application along with the documents on the date of your appointment.
- Pay the visa fee.
- Wait for the visa to be processed.
- Pick up your passport and documents. If your application was successful, our staff will affix your visa to your passport.
The processing time for a Cyprus tourist visa depends on several factors, including the country you’re applying from, the time of year, as well as your specific situation. Expect to wait at least 5-10 working days for a visa, and maybe even longer. As such, you should apply for your visa as early as you can from the time you intend to travel to Cyprus, but no earlier than three months.
How Long is a Cyprus Tourist Visa Valid?
A Cyprus tourist visa is issued for a maximum duration of 90 days within a 180-day period, but may be issued for less.
If you get a multiple-entry visa, you may spread those days across several trips. If you have a single-entry visa, you may only enter Cyprus once, and cannot re-enter even if you have not spent all your issued days.