CyprusOfficial Name: Republic of Cyprus
6 months recommended
BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:
2 pages for entry stamp
TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:
Not required for stays under 90 days
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:
Embassies and Consulates
Metochiou & Ploutarchou Street
Telephone: +(357) 2239-3939
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(357) 2239-3939; wait for the recorded message and press 0
Fax: +(357) 22-266640
See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Cyprus for information on U.S.-Cyprus relations.
Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
Visit the Embassy of Cyprus website for the most current visa information.
- Passports should be valid for at least six months.
- You need proof of sufficient funds and a return airline ticket.
- You may enter Cyprus for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. For stays longer than 90 days, you will need a temporary residency visa.
The government of Cyprus controls the southern two-thirds of the island and Turkish Cypriots administer the northern third. The United States does not recognize the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus,” nor does any country other than Turkey. For travelers, this means:
- Only enter and exit Cyprus at Larnaca and Paphos airports and at the seaports of Limassol, Larnaca, and Paphos. The government of Cyprus does not consider entry at Ercan Airport in the north to be “legal” entrance into the country.
- You cannot receive a residency permit from the government of Cyprus to reside in the northern third of the island.
- You can stay in the Turkish Cypriot-administered area for less than 90 days by displaying a valid U.S. passport. The government of Cyprus does not recognize residence permits issued by Turkish Cypriots for stays longer than 90 days.
- If you stay in the Turkish Cypriot-administered area for over 90 days, you may be detained by Cypriot officials at Larnaca airport or denied entry into the government-controlled part of the island.
For information on traveling across the U.N. buffer zone, contact Ledra Palace checkpoint at tel. 357 22 451 944 in Nicosia.
Some HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist for visitors to and foreign residents of Cyprus. There are no restrictions for short-term tourist stays and no HIV testing on entry. Authorities will not grant a residence permit for work or study to a U.S. citizen who tests positive for HIV. Please verify this information with the Embassy of Cyprus before you travel.
Safety and Security
Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possibly near term attacks in Europe. All European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations.
- Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to enter the U.N. buffer zone at any place other than a designated crossing point. This area is mined and militarized.
- Never photograph military installations or anything that could be perceived as being of a security interest. Pay particular attention to areas marked with “no photography” signs. Police on both sides of the island strictly enforce these restrictions.
Crime: The State Department’s crime rating for Cyprus is medium. Take precautions.
- Be alert and always vigilant of your surroundings and of your personal belongings. Criminals often target persons who are distracted, alone in an isolated area, or impaired.
- Do not leave any valuables unattended or out in public view.
- Avoid so-called “night clubs” (topless bars), as they reportedly employ women trafficked to Cyprus for sexual exploitation. These establishments can also present foreign patrons with grossly inflated bar tabs, and customers who refuse to pay may be threatened.
- Avoid gambling establishments, as criminal groups have targeted some of these places for improvised explosive device attacks to intimidate rival groups.
Victims of Crime:
Report crimes to the local police at 112 and contact the U.S. Embassy at 22-393939.
Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
- Help you find appropriate medical care
- Assist you in reporting a crime to the police
- Contact relatives or friends with your written consent
- Explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
- Provide a list of local attorneys
- Provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the United States
- Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical
- support in cases of destitution
- Help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
- Replace a stolen or lost passport
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.
For further information:
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Call us in Washington at 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
- See the State Department's travel website for Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts.
- Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
- See traveling safely abroad for useful travel tips.
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Travel in Northern Cyprus: See Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements Above.
Faith-Based Travelers: See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report.
LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Cyprus or in the area administered by the Turkish Cypriots. Despite broad legal protections, LGBTI individuals face societal discrimination and few are open about their sexual orientation or gender identity. Although public attitudes tend to be socially conservative in Cyprus, the U.S. Embassy has not received reports of violence against LGBTI travelers.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance:
- The People with Disabilities Law mandates that public buildings and tourist facilities built after 1999 be accessible to all.
- Older buildings frequently lack access for persons with disabilities.
- Narrow or nonexistent sidewalks and lack of transport, parking spaces, accessible toilets, and elevators all pose problems for persons with disabilities.
- Cypriot law prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in employment, education, access to health care, or in the provision of other state services.
- For information on accessible travel in Cyprus, visit "Accessible Cyprus: Information for Visitors with Special Access Needs."
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for women travelers.
Medical care is available both at government hospitals and private clinics. Water on the island is safe to drink. The standard of medical care in the area administered by Turkish Cypriots generally falls below that found in the government-controlled area.
- We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
- Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
- Obtain supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.
- Check with the government of Cyprus to ensure prescription medication is legal in Cyprus. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.
- Be aware that the dry air on the island may aggravate respiratory ailments and allergies.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
Travel & Transportation
Road Conditions and Safety: While in Cyprus, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States.
- Traffic moves on the left side of the road and modern motorways link the major cities.
- Secondary roads, especially in mountainous areas, tend to be narrow and winding, and not as well maintained as major highways.
- Speeding, tailgating, overtaking, and the running of caution lights are common, although illegal, and are major causes of accidents.
- Road safety conditions in the area administered by Turkish Cypriots are similar to conditions in the south, except that the road network is less developed.
- Insurance purchased in the government-controlled area is not valid in the area administered by Turkish Cypriots, but insurance for that area may be purchased near the UN buffer zone checkpoints.
- Traffic laws, signs, and speed limits are consistent with the standards used throughout Europe.
- The use of seat belts (in front seats) and child car seats is required.
- Motorcyclists are required to wear helmets.
- The use of cellular phones while driving is prohibited unless used with some form of hands-free kit.
- You must have liability insurance.
Public Transportation: There are few public buses and no rail lines in Cyprus. Taxis are widely available.
Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Cyprus, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Cyprus’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.