Cyprus Visa

The Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus has been divided into the government-controlled south and the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which is not recognized only by Turkey. The south has its own visa regulations, while the north has the same visa regulations as Turkey.

A tourist visa may be issued solely for leisure travel such as vacationing, sightseeing, cruising, and such other activities for recreation. Visitors must apply for a business visa if they intend to conduct business or commercial activity during any portion of their trip to Cyprus. Those intending to undertake paid employment in Cyprus need to obtain a work visa.

For United States citizens entering the government-controlled south, a visa is not required for a visit of up to 90 days. For a longer stay, a visa or residence permit is required. Likewise, American citizens entering the Turkish Cypriot-administered north need not obtain a visa for visits of less than 90 days. However, stays for 90 days or longer require a temporary residency visa issued by Turkish Cypriot authorities, who are known to have deported foreigners who violated this requirement. This requirement cannot be circumvented by periodically visiting the government-controlled south. It is important to note, however, that the Government of Cyprus does not recognize residence permits or visa issued by Turkish Cypriot government in the north.

For more information on entry requirements for Cyprus, travelers may contact the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus at 2211 R Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20008-4082, tel. (202)462-5772, the Cypriot Consulate in New York at 13 East 40th St., 5th Floor, New York, NY 10016, tel. (212)686-6016/17 or log on to,, or

For more information on the various visa requirements visit:
US Passport Service Guide
Project Visa

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