Visit the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus website for the most current visa information.
The Republic of Cyprus is a member of the European Union but is not a party to the Schengen Agreement. For information about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.
Passports should have at least six months of remaining validity.
You need proof of sufficient funds and a return airline ticket.
You may enter the Republic of 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.
Since 1974, the southern part of Cyprus has been under the control of the government of the Republic of Cyprus. The northern part of Cyprus, administered by Turkish Cypriots, proclaimed itself the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” (“TRNC”) in 1983. The United States does not recognize the “TRNC,” nor does any country other than Turkey. A buffer zone patrolled by the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), separates the two sides. For U.S. citizen travelers:
Enter and exit the Republic of Cyprus ONLY at Larnaca and Paphos airports and at the seaports of Limassol, Larnaca, and Paphos. The Republic of Cyprus does not consider entry at Ercan Airport in the north to be a “legal” entrance into Cyprus.
You cannot receive a residency permit from the Republic 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 possessing a valid U.S. passport. However, the Republic 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 Republic of Cyprus officials at Larnaca airport or denied entry into the government-controlled part of the island.