Can I take my pet with me to Cyprus?
Yes you can
Can foreign nationals take up employment in Cyprus?
EU citizens who wish to be employed in Cyprus do not need a work permit, but a residence permit is necessary if their stay will exceed three months. In that case, within the first three months of their arrival in Cyprus they have to apply for a residence permit (for six months stay, temporary residence permit is needed) at the Migration Office in Nicosia. The following must be submitted: a) 2 photos, b) a valid passport of an ID card, c) a health certificate, obtained either from a hospital in Cyprus or from a hospital in the applicant's home country (in this case the documents must be certified) and d) an employment certificate, issued by their employer, stating the nature of the job and the employment period. The fee for the issuance of a residence permit is 10,30 Euros. Nationals of third countries (non-EU countries) may be employed in Cyprus provided they can first find a local employer who is willing to employ them, The Cypriot employer must then submit an application for the issuance of a work permit on behalf of the foreign national to the Immigration Office of the Ministry of the Interior. If the application is approved, the foreign national will hold a work permit for the specific job and for a limited period of time (Note: Work permits are not general and are not valid indefinitely). Recruitment is therefore made directly by the employers or through agents. The applicant must approach himself / herself the prospective employer, intermediaries or employers' organisations if he / she wishes to take up employment in Cyprus.
Can a foreign national visit the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus?
Yes, he / she can visit the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus. But everybody must be aware of the potential problems and risks involved when the non-government controlled area of the Republic of Cyprus. Please have in mind the following: The partial lifting of the restrictions in the freedom of movement imposed by Turkey and the regime of the illegal, secessionist entity in the Turkish-occupied part of the Republic of Cyprus, have wrongly created the impression that the Turkish military occupation has ceased and that a solution of the Cyprus problem has been reached. As this is not the case, the purpose of the following paragraphs is to ensure that people are aware of the prevailing situation with regard to visits to the Turkish-occupied area of Cyprus and to caution them about the potential problems and risks they may face. At the outset, it should be emphasized that the Government of the Republic of Cyprus does not impose any restrictions on the freedom of movement of persons or goods that have entered the territory of the Republic through the legal points of entry, situated in the government-controlled area of the island. However, entry into the territory of the Republic through any illegal point of entry situated in the Turkish-occupied area is illegal and subject to the relevant laws of the Republic. The authorities of the Republic of Cyprus maintain their position that all property situated in the Turkish-occupied area of the island, including hotels, restaurants, shops and other establishments, are not evidently owned, controlled and managed by their legal owners. These properties have been illegally confiscated by the occupation regime and handed over to others, who manage them without the consent of their rightful owners. The conscious use of such property, including staying in the aforesaid hotels or other resorts, is illegal and subject to the laws of the Republic regarding the conscious use of stolen property. Overnight stay in the Turkish-occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus is also strongly discouraged for reasons of compatibility of the establishments in the occupied area with the hygienic, security and other standards. The Republic of Cyprus cannot guarantee the standards or safety of these establishments. Any claims for compensation based on established European consumer protection acts can be denied by the occupation regime as Turkey's subordinate local "administration" in the occupied area of the island is deprived of any legal status. Furthermore, the laws and regulations of the Republic of Cyprus and the Acquis Communautaire cannot be enforced, due to the fact that the Turkish-occupied area is not under the control of the Cypriot Government. Moreover, the Government cannot guarantee or ensure the safety of visitors to the occupied area and will be unable to offer any help or assistance in case of accident, injury, theft, illness etc, and as a result, foreign nationals may find themselves isolated in the case of need. It should also be emphasized that as Turkey's local, subordinate administration in the occupied area of the island does not enjoy any international recognition and hence is deprived of any legal status, it is not feasible to obtain recognized evidence to support any claim.
Do I need a visa to enter Cyprus?
Citizens of India do require a visa to travel and enter the Republic of Cyprus.
Can I get a residence permit or a long-term visa for Cyprus from the High Commission in New Delhi?
High Commissions / Embassies of the Republic of Cyprus are only authorized to issue tourist / visitor visas with a maximum duration of 90 days. In exceptional cases, multiple entry visas may be issued for a longer duration. Anyone wishing to stay in Cyprus for more than 90 days for any reason should enter Cyprus as a tourist as a tourist / visitor for apply to the Immigration Authorities for an extension of stay, stating the reason.
How is the income (pension of other) of a foreign national who moves to Cyprus after retirement taxed?
With the tax reform approved by Parliament in July 2002, Cyprus has adopted the principle of taxing its residents on their worldwide income. The definition of "resident" for individuals entails a total stay of 183 days, in a particular year of assessment, in Cyprus. Pension is taxable at the rate of 5% for amounts exceeding 3,420 Euros. There is no income tax on dividends and interest received by individuals. However, such income is subject to a special contribution for the defence at the rate of 15% for distributed dividends and 10% for interest. In cases where the income subject to tax in Cyprus is also taxed in the country of source, a tax credit in respect of the foreign tax paid in allowed against the Cyprus tax but the credit should not exceed the Cyprus tax. Lastly, husband and wife are separately assessed to tax in Cyprus.
Can foreign nationals have a civil wedding in Cyprus? If yes, what is the relevant procedure?
Yes, foreign nationals can celebrate their civil marriage in Cyprus. Detailed information as to how and where this can be done is available at the relevant section of the "Union of Cyprus Municipalities" website.