DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change
without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed to practice in the relevant
The Republic of Cyprus and the United States have been treaty partners under the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects
of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention) since March 1, 1995.
For information concerning travel to Cyprus, including information about the location of the U.S. Embassy, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions, aviation safety and more, please see country-specific information for Cyprus.
For information on children abducted to the area administered by Turkish Cypriots in Northern Cyprus, parents or legal guardians should contact the Department of State.
The U.S. Department of State serves as the U.S. Central Authority (USCA) for the Hague Abduction Convention. In this capacity, the Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children's Issues facilitates the submission of applications under the Hague Abduction Convention for the return of, or access to, children located in countries that are U.S. treaty partners, including Cyprus. Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process directly with the foreign Central Authority.
U.S. Department of State
SA-17, 9th Floor
2201 C Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
The Cypriot Central Authority (CCA) for the Hague Abduction Convention is the Ministry of Justice and Public Order. The Ministry
of Justice and Public Order reviews and forwards applications for return and access to the Office of the Attorney General
for proceedings before the district family court where the defendant resides.
The CCA can be reached at:
Ministry of Justice and Public Order
International Legal Cooperation Unit
125 Athalassas Avenue
Telephone: +357 (22) 805 928 / 932
Fax: +357 (22) 518 328 / 356
To initiate a Hague case for return of, or access to, a child in Cyprus, the USCA encourages a parent or legal guardian to
review the eligibility criteria and instructions for completing the Hague application form located at the Department of State
website and contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process directly with the CCA. It
is extremely important that each supporting document written in English be translated into Greek. Please note, however, that
certified translations are not necessary. Any competent person or organization may translate the documents. The USCA is
available to answer questions about the Hague application process, to forward a completed application to the CCA, and subsequently
to monitor its progress through the foreign administrative and legal processes.
There are no fees for filing Hague applications with either the U.S. or Cypriot central authorities. Attorney fees in Cyprus, if necessary, are the responsibility of the applicant parent. Additional costs may include airplane tickets for court appearances and for the return of the child, if so ordered.
A parent or legal guardian may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for return to the United States of a child abducted to, or wrongfully retained in, Cyprus. The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand whether the Convention is an available civil remedy and can provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.
A parent or legal guardian may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for access to a child living in Cyprus. The criteria for acceptance of a Hague access application vary from country to country. The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand country-specific criteria and provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.
In a Hague Abduction Convention case sent to Cyprus, it is not necessary for a petitioner to retain a private attorney because all applications are assigned and presented to the court by Lawyers of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic, on behalf of the CCA.
The CCA will assign a public prosecutor to present the case to the court. However, the public prosecutor does not represent the left-behind parent or legal guardian who submitted the Hague Abduction Convention application. Instead, the prosecutor represents Cyprus and submits the request for return on behalf of the Cypriot Minister of Justice. Applicant parents or legal guardians have the option to hire a private attorney at their own expense in Cyprus to join the public prosecutor in presenting the Hague Abduction Convention case. A privately hired attorney should contact the CCA as soon as possible after the CCA receives the Hague Abduction Convention application.
The U.S. Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus, provides a list of attorneys for U.S. citizens including those who specialize in family law.
This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the following persons or firms. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers..
The USCA is not aware of any government or private organizations in Cyprus that offer mediation services in either abduction or access cases.
The U.S. Embassy in Cyprus can be contacted at:
U.S. Embassy Nicosia
Metochiou & Ploutarchou Street
The Embassy of Cyprus is located in Washington, D.C. at:
Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus
2211 R. St. NW
Washington, DC 20008
Telephone: (202) 462-5772
Telephone: (202) 462-0873
Fax: (202) 483-6710