Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

General Questions about Cyprus

Difference between Northern Cyprus and Cyprus.

Note that FORLIFY only operates in the European Part of Cyprus.

Northern Cyprus and Cyprus are two different entities that are located on the island of Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Cyprus is an independent country that is a member of the European Union, while Northern Cyprus is a self-declared state only recognised by Turkey.

The two regions have a complex and disputed history, and the boundary between them is known as the "Green Line" or the "Attila Line". Northern Cyprus covers about one-third of the island, while the rest is under the control of the Cypriot government.

The two regions have different political systems, economies, and cultures, and there are ongoing efforts to reunite the island.

How much do you pay for FORLIFY services?

FORLIFY is not taking payment from clients for real estate deals and our client support.

We're getting paid by sellers, as all licensed real estate companies in Cyprus do.

If you're interested in company relocation, tax optimization, or our help with the banking system in the EU, it can be discussed and quoted separately.
Hope to see you as our client soon.


Island life means tranquility, measured  pace, absence of anxiety among citizens. The state of Cyprus is rightfully  considered to be one of the  safest. There are practically no murders, no armed conflicts. Petty thefts  happen rarely, and are immediately investigated by the local police. Thousands  of foreigners choose this place for permanent residence, where you can leave  the doors unlocked, or to leave your phone on the beach unattended – and no  one will pay too much attention.

There are no criminal areas  here, where dysfunctional families would live. The research of the British  newspaper The Guardian confirms that it is the safest island on  Earth.


The country has two international  airports – Larnaca and Paphos (LCA & PFO), and two major ports (Larnaca  and Limassol). Cyprus has one of the best roads in the European Union.  High level of regional and global communications  is provided by a modern telecommunication system.


Beaches are the pride of the  island. They are well equipped, maintained, and suitable for water sports. Most  beaches in Cyprus are wide and sandy; there are numerous seafood restaurants, shops and bars nearby.


Cyprus is one of the sunniest Mediterranean islands. The subtropical climate, warm sea, and clean air are perfect for recreation for adults and children. Life in such conditions provides good health and longevity. This is evidenced by the fact that Cyprus is in the  TOP-30 countries in the number of centenarians.


Traditional cuisine of Cyprus  is one of the attractions of the island, and an entire culture. Throughout the  history of island it was influenced by traditions of Greece, Turkey, Italy  and Syria.

By moving here, you can forget  about harmful additives and chemicals. About the half of the land is used for  agriculture. Climatic conditions make it possible to enjoy fresh and healthy  fruits and vegetables all year round.

Culture and lifestyle of Cypriots

Local people respect traditions  and maintain cultural identity of modern Cyprus. The influence of England, Byzantine  Empire, of ancient Rome and Greece earlier, left a significant mark in the  history and culture of Cypriots. The island has a high standard of living and  is characterized by the hospitality of population.

The country regularly hosts music  festivals, concerts and other cultural events. In addition to public holidays,  everyday life is brightened up by traditional folk festivals. For example, Festival  of the Flood, Carnival, Limassol Wine Festival. Every spring Cypriots celebrate  flower festival Anthestiria. Its traditions reach back to ancient Greece.

The history of winemaking dates  back about 6 thousand years. Cyprus wines are known far beyond the island – a  lot of wineries produce red and white wines, famous knight's wine Commandaria.  The majority of grapes grow on the  mountain slopes in areas of Limassol  and Paphos.

Languages on the island

The state language is Greek. English  is widely spoken as a legacy of British colonization. It's not uncommon to  hear Russian language here owing to many immigrants from the CIS who have  chosen Cyprus as a place of permanent residence. Many Cypriots learn Russian for  comfortable business. For this reason Russian-speaking people move here with  children and parents who don’t need to learn Greek for comfortable living.

Population of Cyprus

The majority of the population are Cypriots (800 thousand of people). Russian-speaking community is the third largest in the European part of the island.

Flying to Cyprus

The Republic of Cyprus has two international airports – Larnaca and Paphos.


Transportation of automobiles from the United Kingdom

For more information about the rules of entry of vehicles from the United Kingdom please visit official website of the Department of Customs and Excise of the Republic of Cyprus.

Transportation of automobiles from non-European Union countries

For more information about the rules of entry of  vehicles from non-European Union countries please visit official website of the Department of Customs and Excise of the Republic of Cyprus.

Transportation of automobiles from European Union member countries

For more information about the rules of entry of vehicles  from European Union member countries please visit official website of the Department of Customs and Excise of the Republic of Cyprus.

Transportation of automobiles to Cyprus

The only way for the transportation of car to Cyprus  is by sea. According to the customs service, first of all you need to get a  Delivery Order from the shipping company that will be transporting your car. 

You can either pay taxes and fees in advance, or  schedule payments for the time when the car arrives at the port. Fee amount  for the car from the third country is 10% of its price. 

At the time of payment of taxes and fees you should  provide the following:

    - customs declaration  (form ΕΔΕ),

    - original payment invoice (if any),

    - original document on  the registration of car in Cyprus,

    - certificate on form  TOM-119 of the mass of emitted carbon dioxide issued by the Road Transport  Department.

If you decided to transport the car from the  European Union country – you need to provide only certificate on form  TOM-119, car registration document, and to pay VAT.

Transportation of personal belongings to Cyprus

The easiest and cheapest way is to send boxes with your  belongings by postal service. Make a description of shipment, pack it, and  send your belongings to Cyprus.

You should better use specialized transport company  for the shipping of fragile and oversized items.

When it is better to use international carrier  service:

    - for the shipping of  fragile items and valuables;

    - for the shipping of  a large quantity of belongings = from 100-150 kg;

    - for the shipping of  bulky items – furniture, bicycles, appliances, etc.

Please note: if shipment contains a lot of precious  metals and stones jewelry, antiquities, works of art, and other such  valuables – the cargo is a subject to special customs clearance.

If you need a professional advice on the choice of  shipping company – please contact our Support Department, and we will help  you to choose the reliable carrier.

Getting here

The Republic of Cyprus has two international airports – Larnaca and Paphos.

You can also find flights landing at the airport  Ercan. Note: it is located in the Turkish territory, so you can't get into the country through this airport.

Things to plan before trip

Collect all necessary documents, find a temporary place to live, and choose several real estate options to view on FORLIFY.

If you have any further questions about the planning of relocation, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our experts. FORLIFY will help you to figure it out.


Startup Visa

New companies can obtain Startup Visa with which you  can live and work in Cyprus for a minimal period of two years. This program  is designed for companies with one owner and team up to five people – all  third country citizens, with specialized education, and highly proficient in  English or Greek languages.                                                                                                                                                                                

Such company should have access to seed funding in  the amount from 20.000 Euros. Sources may include venture capital,  crowdfunding, etc. For more information about Startup Visas and opportunities  for IT professionals, please read our article IT-Cyprus.


Pre-issued visa is a document that allows you to  obtain a full-fledged singe-entry visa after you cross the border. It can be  obtained by following strict rules; entry with it is possible only from your native  country strictly through Airports  of Paphos or Larnaca. 

It is valid for 90 days within six months, and the  list of its main advantages includes:

    - simplified  application procedure;

    - minimum of documents  required;

    - fast registration.

You can get pro-visa  one day after the application that is very convenient for those who plan  last-minute vacation.

Type D or C Schengen visas

List of rules for entry to the territory of Cyprus  with type D or C Schengen visas includes the following requirements:

    - in the presence of  type C multi-visa the entry is possible from the territory of any State;

    - type C single-entry  visa gives the opportunity to enter the country only from other States  members of the Schengen Area;

    - with the type D  long-term visa the entry to Cyprus is possible from European Union countries.

Work visa

This type of document should be issued by the  employer on the island. The employer is obliged to make an employment  contract that should be provided by the employee in the Embassy of Cyprus. 

Company recruiting third-country employees is  obliged to prove the State that no similar professionals are found among  Cypriots and EU citizens. Vacancy announcement should be placed in the  database of the Ministry of Labour and in newspapers published on the island.  If no eligible applicants respond to it within 40 days, the Ministry accepts  the application for considering the candidacy of foreign worker. Then monthly  salary should be approved. The employer should have the means on bank account  sufficient for the annual salary payment. Application may be refused if funds  are insufficient, if company does not have enough Cypriot employees, or for  other reasons.

Visitor visa

Visitor visa is issued on the basis of invitation  for a private visit.

Processing of visa for the visit of Cyprus by  invitation of family and relatives living on the island, as well as friends,  acquaintances, and business partners, requires standard package of documents,  and doesn’t require charge of visa fee upon provision.

The difference of visitor visa from tourist visa is  that instead of hotel voucher or hotel reservation you should include in the  package of documents the following:

    -  copy of the  “Statement of responsibility for the guest” (that is called Assumption of Responsibility to Host in  Cyprus). The         document should contain passport data of the invited  person, duration of stay, and address of the place of residence of         the  traveler. This Statement must be signed personally by the inviter and  certified by a notary public or by the consular         officer of Cyprus;

    - copy of inviter’s  passport or copy of the Residence Permit or work (student) visa.

Visas and entry regulations for UK citizens

Citizens of the United Kingdom don’t need to apply  for additional visa to visit Cyprus for a period up to 90 days.

Visas and entry regulations for US citizens

Citizens of the United States don’t need to apply  for additional visa to visit Cyprus for a period up to 90 days.

Visas and entry regulations for citizens of Israel

Citizens of Israel don’t need to apply for visa to  stay in Cyprus for a period up to 90 days.

Visas and entry regulations for EU citizens

Holders of EU Member States passports don’t need  visas to enter Cyprus, but they are required to carry either valid passport  or ID card provided that they contain photograph and indication of  citizenship.

Visas and entry regulations for Ukrainian citizens

Ukrainians with biometric passports don’t need visa to  travel to Cyprus.  Citizens of Ukraine  can stay on the territory of Cyprus for 90 days within every six months.

Types of visas

Although Cyprus is a part of the European Union, the  Schengen Agreement is not applicable to this country. You should have one of  the following types of visas to travel to Cyprus: tourist, visitor, work,  transit, or type D or C Schengen visa.

Can I enter Cyprus on Schengen visa?

Currently Cyprus is not the part of the Schengen  area. Regular Schengen visa is not sufficient for entrance. Visit of Cyprus  is only possible with type D or C Schengen visa. Other Cyprus visas are  invariably national; they only entitle the holder to enter the territory of  the Republic of Cyprus.

Do I need visa?

You can check the list of countries whose citizens  need to apply for a visa to enter the territory of the Republic of Cyprus  here:

Holders of biometric passports don’t need visa for a  short-term stay in Cyprus. Holders of EU Member States passports don’t need  visas to enter Cyprus, but they are required to carry either valid passport  or ID card provided that they contain photograph and indication of  citizenship. 

Please note:  if you plan to stay in the Republic of Cyprus for more than 90 days within  180 days period – you should anyway apply for visa.

Residence Permit

Residence Permit through employment

Work in Cyprus at the official  invitation of company is a common practice. Although in addition to the  invitation (that is the official reason to apply for Pink Slip) you must also  obtain Cyprus work permit. You might need license registration. It depends on  the type of business you are planning to do.

We should also mention that the  decision on work permit issue is made by the staff of the Ministry of Labour  of Cyprus. This procedure is long and complicated (your employer must prove  that citizens of Cyprus are not applying for this position).

Residence Permit for financially independent persons

Life in Cyprus has many  advantages: warm climate, well-developed infrastructure, reasonable cost of  living. That’s why a lot of wealthy people apply for Residence Permit here  without the right to work. This requires confirmation of annual income in the  amount of 30.000 € per applicant, and 5.000 € per each family member.  However, the best option is to declare income in the amount of 70.000 € per  family of three members. 

Please note: adult children  should not be included in the application for obtaining of Residence Permit –  they are considered to be individual applicants.

You must also make a deposit to  the Cyprus bank, and rent a property (submit a rental agreement) for a  minimum of one year.

Residence Permit for starting of business

Starting of business in Cyprus  is not only profitable, but also promising. In recent years the country has  big positive changes in tax optimization, establishing of transparent and  simple reporting, fight against corruption, implementation of effective  pricing mechanisms.

The advantage of this way is  that you can act as a founder of the company, as well as take a leadership  position with formal employment.

Residence Permit for the purchase of real estate

It’s enough to buy a real estate on the island to obtain this type of Residence Permit.  The period for obtaining is two months.

Note: This Residence Permit doesn’t allow you to work in Cyprus.

Acquired real estate must be more than 300.000 € + VAT. The property must be newly built.

The procedure for property purchase  and Residence Permit registration:

    - Buy the property at the price of at least 300.000 € (finance sources must be located outside of Cyprus).

    - Verify your official income (the best is 60.000-70.000 € per family per year).  Applicant must have an income of 50.000 € per year, plus 10.000 € per family member  (spouse and children), and 15.000 € per each parent.

    - Provide the Certificate of a criminal record.

    - Open a  deposit account in a Cyprus bank and deposit 30.000 € in it.

    - Apply for a Residence Permit, including documents confirming the property purchase. These documents must be submitted to the Embassy of  Cyprus, translated into Greek, and notarized.

FORLIFY takes care of the whole procedure, so you actually don't need all this information.

What are the ways of obtaining the Residence Permit?

Residence Permit in Cyprus  (Pink Slip) can be of several types. The most common ways of registration are  the following:

    - Purchase  of real estate in Cyprus,

    - Start  business in Cyprus,

    - Residence  Permit for financially independent persons,

    - Employment  in a Cyprus company,

    - Studying  at a Cyprus university.

There are also other options  for obtaining the Residence Permit, buy they are suitable only for a limited  number of people. These are repatriation – in the presence of proven Cypriot  roots; registration of refugee status (for political/religious reasons). 

More popular way of obtaining  Pink Slip is family reunification. It assumes that one of spouses already has  Cyprus citizenship. Then the second one can apply and obtain the Residence  Permit within a short period of time.

Investment immigration and tax residence

Cyprus tax residency

Tax residency indicates affiliation of a natural or  legal person with country's tax system.

Foreigners who want to move and relocate their  company office to Cyprus will benefit from the new concept of low-tax  jurisdiction.

The main features of Cyprus tax residency are the  following:

    - no taxes on inheritance, property, and no gift  tax;

    - no tax on employment outside of the country;

    - in case of employment in Cyprus the tax-free  minimum wage is € 19.500  per year;

    - no capital gains tax from real estate sales  outside of Cyprus;

    - full exemption from taxation on dividends and on other  passive income from interest paid;

    - no taxation on profits from the sale of  securities;

    - provision of medical services and education at the  same price as  for indigenous people; 

The income tax is 12.5%. Thus, soft taxation is  beneficial for businesses and investors.

Investment immigration

Cyprus Investment  Program is one of the most popular due to the simple process and conditions.  There are no age restrictions to apply, no education or language proficiency  requirements, and no need to renounce current citizenship. It also does not  require permanent stay in the country. Application processing time is not  more than two months. 

You can move to  Cyprus on permanent residence permit for investors or on program of citizenship  by investment. The favorites for foreign investors are the major tourist  cities: Paphos and Limassol. Today Paphos is considered to be the place with  the best price/quality ratio with respect to investments.

Residence Permit is  a document that entitles a foreign citizen with rights and privileges of  Cyprus resident. It gives you the following opportunities:

    - to live in the  Republic of Cyprus within a certain period of time;

    - to buy property  and vehicles;

    - to optimize the  taxation process;

    - to conduct  business activities;

    - to receive an  education and medical services on the territory of the country. 

You have to invest  in real estate minimum of 300.000 Euros to obtain Cyprus Residence Permit.  Residence Permit is issued indefinitely and is valid for the entire investor  family. After 7 years you can apply for citizenship.

Purchase of real estate

If I want to rent out my real estate – what is the average rental price?

Housing prices in Cyprus vary depending on the type  of real estate, rental period, and city where the property is located. For  example, in Paphos city rent is cheaper than in Limassol or Ayia Napa. 

Long-term rental of studio apartment (under the  contract for at least 1 year) can cost from € 500 per month, of three-bedroom  house – from € 1300. Water and electricity are charged separately and paid by  meter. Prices for short-term rent are much higher. In the season even small  apartments cost from € 60-70 per day.

How much should I pay to the realtor if I want to sell/rent out my real estate?

Real estate agents charge 1 month price for a year's  rent, and 30% for daily holiday rental.

If I buy real estate in Cyprus – should I include it in declarations in my country? Will it be taxable in my country?

It depends on the country, but 90% of people don’t do that. For more information ask FORLIFY.

If I am planning to rent out real estate – do I need to register private entrepreneurship? If so, then what is the rental tax?

No, but it depends on the number of properties, and  on the income. If you gain 50.000 from rent per year – you should better register  it. If the amount is up to 19.000 – nothing needs to be registered at all.

Is there any real estate insurance, and does it need to be done?

If you wish, you can get the real estate insurance,  but it is not required. For cheaper insurance you can install cameras/safe/alarm  in the premises.

What is the tax on the purchase of real estate?

From January 1, 2017, Cyprus's annual state real estate tax (immovable property tax IPT) was abolished. 

Taxes to be paid when purchasing the real estate in  Cyprus:

Stamp duty

Probably the first thing to be paid by the future owner of Cyprus real estate is a Stamp duty. It must be delivered within 30 days after signing the sale and purchase agreement; after that, you can submit the contract to the Land Committee. Registration must occur by two months after the conclusion of the contract. 0.15% of the first €  170.800 of the property price, and 0.2% of the amount that exceeds € 170.800,  will be charged. 

Property  Transfer fee

This is a fee for the transfer of title to real estate. Accordingly, you don't have to pay it when buying newly-build property. In the primary market, the buyer is exempted from paying the title fee, i.e., the Property Transfer fee is 0%. 

If you buy the  real estate on the secondary market, the Property Transfer fee is calculated as  follows:

    - 3% shall be paid on the first € 85.000;

    - 5% - on the amount in the range from € 85.000 to  170.0

    - 8% - on the amount exceeding € 170.000.

However, Cyprus laws provide ways to reduce fee.

In FORLIFY, we know all the ways to reduce your taxes as much as possible, and we always provide our clients with the best possible solutions for them.

How to choose the real estate for purchase?

You can use our advanced search, or contact our office to find the most suitable accommodation for you – apartments, flats, or houses.

We  specialize in several types of the real estate for investment, and in obtaining  of Residence Permit:

1. Residential property.

2. Office and  Commercial property.

3. Contribution to local business or investment fund.

It is also possible to buy a secondary real estate. The constant increase in price and demand for housing in tourist areas also allows you to make a profit from the rental or sale in the future. This type of investment is often an option for capital preservation in case of economic instability in the home country.

FORLIFY clients can make the right choice by accessing a wide range of projects from the companies in Cyprus.

How can I check the authenticity of the real estate?

Everything posted on is verified before adding to database. Finding real estate from us you can be sure of the reliability of submitted information.

Business in Cyprus

Financial reporting

According to Cyprus laws, each company must keep  accounting records and transfer data to the register of companies every year.  Annual report on form HE32 (annual return) must be submitted along with  accounting records. Annual report (HE32) must be signed by the director or  secretary of the company. If you delay the submission of documents you will  face a fine of up to € 500. If the fine is not paid, the company may be  liquidated. The first annual report should be submitted within 18 months  after company incorporation, and then annually. If the business has  subsidiaries, then in many cases reporting must be consolidated.

How can I find a good lawyer and accountant?

Our company carries out the selection of lawyers and  accountants for companies who run their business in Cyprus. For more  information please contact us, and our managers will help you to choose  qualified specialists.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, insurance is issued for employees of the  company.

What business taxes do I need to pay?

Cyprus companies pay income tax on profit received on  or off the island. The standard rate is 12.5%, but it can be reduced with  special benefits. For example, IP Box, intellectual property tax relief,  allows to you to reduce the rate to 2.5%.

IP Box is a regime that allows you to reduce the tax  base: to recognize up to 80% of profit as research and development  expenditures. It is often used by IT-companies. Important point: activities  must be carried out on the territory of Cyprus. You can’t develop a program  in your native country and transfer the rights to the company in Cyprus.

There is also a zero tax rate. For example, shipping  companies are not subject to corporation tax.

The VAT in Cyprus is 19%, but it can also be  reduced. Benefits depend on the turnover and on the type of business. Rate  can be reduced to 9.5% and even to zero: certain goods and services are  exempt from VAT.

Service related  companies are eligible for 9% and 5% VAT. For example, restaurants, hotels,  carriers of people and luggage in Cyprus have 9% rate. Companies that sell  food products or supply prepared food and drinks, except for alcohol, pay 5%  VAT. There are also benefits for hairdressers, pharmacies, and nursing  services.

Some companies may  not pay VAT at all. For example, if it is a business engaged in service  maintenance of ships and aircraft, residential rental services, education,  medicine, dentistry, insurance, sports betting and lotteries.


Substance is a confirmation that the company  actually carries out economic activity in the place where it is registered.

In Cyprus substance is confirmed by the following:

- Physical office, place where employees work.

- Local phone number, website and mail on the Cyprus  domain.

- Bank account in Cyprus.

- Presence of employees who receive salary and  registered with the social insurance authorities.

- Professional director – resident of Cyprus. He/she  must be qualified and have relevant experience, not just a figurehead.

- Accounting, operational, financial reports confirming  activities.

Substance is usually verified by banks. To open an  account or continue working with the bank, the company must provide  supporting documents that it actually works, and not just a company on paper.  For example, it could be office lease agreement and receipts of its payment,  various account statements with the reflection of the movement of funds:  salaries, social contributions, documents from social security authorities,  and work visas for foreign employees.

What types of businesses are prohibited on the island?

There are certified types of businesses for which  you must have a license. Among them: pharmacies, sale of weapons,  construction, etc. You can register a company without a license, but it won’t  be able to operate.

What documents are needed to start a business in Cyprus?

Very few documents are needed to register a  business: passport of the owner, certificate from tax authority, certificate  of no criminal record.

Note: before taking the next steps, you should  contact the Registrar of Companies and obtain confirmation of title for the  incorporation of company.

After approval of the company name you need to  submit additional documentation: foundation agreement, legal address of the  company, director and secretary.

Can I start business in Cyprus without registration of residence permit?

Yes. And FORLIFY members can always get detailed consultations about this from us.

Establishment of a limited liability company. How much does it cost?

This is an excellent affordable option to enter the EU market. The total cost of a limited liability company established in Cyprus will cost you around 2000-2500 euros. FORLIFY members can ask us to take care of such paperwork.


The following areas are well suited for the establishment of a limited liability company:

- Asset management joint stock company

- International commerce

- Real estate

- IT

Advantages of company registration in Cyprus

Due to the tax  system, Cyprus is one of the most attractive jurisdictions in Europe for the  establishment of limited liability companies. Cyprus holding companies enjoy  all the benefits of low-tax jurisdiction, such as full tax exemption for  dividends, no withholding tax on dividends paid to non-residents, no capital  gains tax, and one of the lowest corporate income tax rates in Europe – only  12.5%. Moreover, it can be reduced to 2.5% if your company works in the IT  sector and carries out patent research and development in Cyprus.

English law is also  practiced on the island. Its tools enable convenient and safe transfer of  intellectual property rights, structuring of incorporation transactions, etc.  Moreover, Cyprus has a wide network of Double taxation treaties.

Finance and banking

Opening an offshore account in Cyprus

The concept “offshore”, or  carrying out activities outside of the country, is no longer officially used,  but you can open a corporate bank account for the company that conducts  business outside Cyprus.

Opening a company owner account

To open a company owner  account, you need the same package of documents as for opening of an account  for a legal entity.

Opening an account for a legal entity

You need to collect the following package of  documents to open a corporate account in Cyprus bank:

- Title,  legal address of the company, actual address, detailed description of  activities, link to the website (if any).

-  Certificate of Incumbency, Company solvency certificate (Letter of Good  Standing).

- Company  registration certificate.

-  Certificate of Directorate and Secretariat.

- Statute.

-  Memorandum.

- Documents  confirming corporate structure of a legal entity, showing the whole structure  up to and including the beneficial owner. This documentation must be provided  in a clear and understandable form.

- Financial  statements.

- Documents  confirming the legal source of funds.

- Letter of  Good Standing, and recommendation letter less than three months old.

The same package of documents must be  provided to open a personal account for the company owner.

Note: all documents must be in English. If  not, the official translation certified by a notary is required.

Opening an account for a natural person

The  natural person needs the  following documents to open a bank account in Cyprus:

- resume;

- photocopy of passport;

- registration or any proof of  residence;

- proof of annual income (for  example, salary sheet, documents confirming your active or passive income,  dividends, copy of tax declaration, etc.);

- letter of recommendation on  solvency compiled by employees of a bank or of other financial institution  (letter shall be considered valid for three months);

- documents confirming the  source of income, value of property, and legal status of property.

How can I open a non-resident account?

Any non-resident can open an  account in Cyprus having the required package of documents. It will just take  a little longer for third-country residents. Plus, you will need to justify  your goals more specifically.

We can help you to open an  account in Cyprus bank even without your arrival in the country. You can  initiate the procedure remotely from any country. Please contact us to  clarify the cost of the service.

What documents do you need to open a bank account?

- Valid passport.

- Utility bill as proof of your  residential address (from last six months).

- Updated Curriculum Vitae  (CV).

- Personal bank statement for  the last 12 months (please note that this account should be the same with one  from which you will transfer money).

- Recommendation letter from  the bank.

- Documents confirming the  source of funds/income.

- Most recent  filed tax return.        

- Please note that residents of  some regions are prohibited from opening bank accounts (Donetsk, Lugansk, as  well as the surrounding areas).

Opening bank accounts

Different banks of Cyprus offer  different account types. Usually these are personal, savings, corporate or  credit accounts.

Personal and savings accounts are issued to a natural person. Both for residents and non-residents.  Most often it is salary or debit account. If the salary is paid by a local  Cyprus company, the bank provides preferential terms of service for accounts.  The personal account can also be a savings account.

Corporate account is  required for company registration in Cyprus. It is needed for the authorized  capital and for various transactions in the future.

Trade account for  company is a necessary part of functioning of organizations working in the  field of e-commerce. Every online company should have such an account. It is  important to:

- apply for trade account  registration;

- provide Certificate of  registration;

- take care of creating of  secure web page regarding visitors’ personal information security, in order  to connect it to the company account;

- install payment equipment.

Opening of credit account has attractive low interest rate.

For more information about  credit system and opening of other accounts in Cyprus, please contact us, and  we will advise you.

What amount of cash can be imported to Cyprus without declaring?

The Ministry of Finance of  Cyprus determined the amount of cash which can be imported to the territory  of the Republic of Cyprus without declaring. It is € 10.000 (or its equivalent in another currency).  For detailed information on declaration of the imported property, please  visit the website of the Ministry of Finance.

What is the currency in Cyprus?

Since  January 1, 2008, Euro became the national currency of Cyprus, replacing the  Cyprus Pound. Now all payments are accepted only in Euros.


Income insurance

Income protection insurance plan  is particularly useful for business people and self-employed people, who thus  can provide themselves a permanent source of income if they are temporarily  out of business.

Health insurance

Despite the presence of public  health insurance system (GeSY), only individuals meeting certain requirements  are entitled to state-subsidized medical care within this system. Usually beneficiaries  of health insurance system are citizens of Cyprus and foreigners officially residing and receiving income in  Cyprus, who contribute to the state health insurance fund, and their family  members; therefore foreigners who  do not meet the system requirements can only rely on paid medical care.

Besides, even if you have state  insurance – private health insurance policy will allow you to get necessary medical care in any public or private  medical institution, and not only in  institutions registered with GeSY.

Health insurance in Cyprus can  be of two types:

- basic insurance, covering hospitalization  expenses, – Inpatient.

- additional insurance,  covering ambulatory expenses, – Outpatient.

Health insurance in Cyprus  covers up to 100% of hospitalization  costs, private hospital room, and all prescribed procedures, tests, and  medications.

To choose the appropriate  insurance coverage, please contact us. Our managers will help you to find the most suitable option.

Real estate insurance

Real estate insurance is not  required in Cyprus, but can be done easily.

An important criterion for  insurance is your economic interest in safety and security of real estate.

For cheaper insurance you can  install cameras, safe, and alarm in the house, that will provide additional  security of property.

To choose the appropriate  insurance coverage, please contact us. Our managers will help you to find the  best and most convenient option.

Auto insurance

Auto insurance in Cyprus is obligatory. Basic information required for car insurance is the following – driver's  license, proven driving experience, and experience of driving in Cyprus or in  other countries with the left-hand traffic, frequency of vehicle use, history  of accidents and insurance claims, make and model of car, and engine power to  determine car performance.

All details and the final  insurance amount are determined individually, on a case-by-case basis. In  order to choose the best insurance please contact us, and our managers will help  you with this question.

Real estate insurance tips

For cheaper insurance you can  install cameras, safe, and alarm in the house.

What are the types of insurance in Cyprus?

You can get  various types of insurance in Cyprus, depending on your needs.

The most  common types of private insurance are: real estate, auto, life and health, for  immigration services, tourist, and others.

For  business: cyber risks, investment, shipping, insurance of employees,  director, or business itself, and many more.

Work in Cyprus

Where can I find vacancies?

Search engines and social media.  You can type in the search bar – Job in Cyprus, and the system will display  most popular job sites in Cyprus. You can also actively develop your pages in  LinkedIn and Facebook, meet recruiters, and join various thematic groups.

Who does not require work permits?

EU citizens, volunteers, exchange  students, refugees, famous and  recognized worldwide scientists  and artists.

Official employment

For official employment and  legal work in Cyprus citizens of non-EU countries need to find an employer in  advance and to sign an employment contract. On this basis, visa and permission  to work in the country will be issued.

Demanded professions in Cyprus

According to  Cyprus job sites, the most in-demand professions in 2022 are the following:  teachers, lawyers, doctors, service industry employees, bank officials, IT  specialists, financiers, accountants, and tourism industry staff.

Cyprus for IT professionals

How IT professional can get Work Visa and move the family?

The easiest way to obtain work permit and residence  permit is to become an employee of the company with foreign interests located  on the island. Such companies have at least 50% of authorized capital owned  by foreign beneficiary.

Another option – the amount of direct investment of  foreign parent company or natural person should be from 171.000 Euros. It’s  easy for companies with foreign investments to obtain work and residence  permits for employees in positions of manager, mid-level specialist, and key  technical/administrative staff. In this case IT immigration to Cyprus has no time  limits for work permits and residence permits. The employment contract should  be made by the employer, and you can extent documents according to the dates  of work contracts.

By the way, in this way you can easily move to the island  with your family. Employees of companies with foreign participation can apply  for reunification to obtain residence permit for spouse and minor children.  But in this case only company employee has the work permit, family members  are only allowed to live in Cyprus, without formal employment opportunities.

Taxes for IT business

The tax burden for IT companies in Cyprus is fairly  comfortable.

For example:

- corporate tax – 12.5% (one of the lowest rates in  Europe).But it can be reduced even to 2.5% if patent research and development  were carried out in Cyprus;

- no withholding tax on dividends;

- exemption from income tax;

- no capital gains tax;

- wide network of Double taxation treaties, and application  of the EU directive.

It is also important to consider features of PIT  calculation – income in excess of 19.500 Euros is subject to 20% tax.

How can I get Startup Visa?

This program is designed for companies with one  owner and team up to five people – all third country citizens, with  specialized education, and highly proficient in English or Greek languages.

Such company must allocate at least 10% of its operating  expenses to research and development for at least one in the last three  years.

Also such company should have access to seed funding  in the amount from 20.000 Euros. Sources may include venture capital,  crowdfunding, etc.

Prerequisites for obtaining a startup visa are  location of headquarters on the island and Cyprus tax residence. An  application for status is being considered by the Deputy Ministry of  Research, Innovation and Digital Policy. If approved, the corresponding  certificate is valid for three years.

Startup has two years to develop. If the project  launch was successful, the term of work for employees and period of residence  for their family members can be extended indefinitely.

The process for obtaining startup visa:

- Submission of an Application by email. You need to  attach business plan and documents confirming funding of at least 20.000 Euros  to the letter. The application shall be considered within five weeks. If  approved, the applicant will receive prior work permit for a period of two  years.

- Submission of Visa Application. It shall be  considered within three weeks.

What is Startup Visa?

New companies can obtain Startup Visa with which you  can live and work in Cyprus for a minimal period of two years.

How to find a job as an IT professional

If you want to move,  but don’t have a job offer from local company yet, you can use various job  sites.

All websites are typical job search engines on the island. They  have no significant difference. You can find other portals by yourself, using  a search engine. In any case, consideration of candidates and further  employment depend on your level of qualification and on relevant skills for a  particular vacancy. Mostly offers with high salaries and attractive bonuses  are made by headhunters. We recommend you to actively  develop your page in LinkedIn, and to make friends with a few experts, in  order to be in their sight.

Cars and transport

Insurance and vehicle inspection

We wrote more about insurance  and technical inspection of vehicles in the our Article - Driving in Cyprus.

Car purchase on the island

If you are a citizen of a  non-EU country, you can officially buy a car only after obtaining temporary residence  permit (pink slip), permanent residence permit, F visa, or passport with  multiple visa. In other words, any document which authorizes you to stay on  the island for a long time. Read more in the Article - Driving in Cyprus.

Fines on the island

Reasons for fines on the island  are similar to fines in any other country – speeding, illegal parking, absence  of child car seat, etc. Read more about what are the other fines in Cyprus in the Article - Driving Cyprus.

Car rental

In Cyprus you can rent a car  for a long time, or use carsharing. How to do that – read more in the Article - Renting a car in Cyprus.

Left-hand traffic on the island

This rule  has been in effect since the  territory was under control of the  British Empire. Right-hand drive cars prevail here. Therefore, at first  drivers from other countries should be more careful, because dimensions feel  different in these cars, and you need to get used to shift the gearbox with your left hand. To  make it easier to adapt you should better choose car with an automatic  transmission when buying or renting vehicle.

Learn more about road traffic, car rental and purchase on the island in the Article - Driving in Cyprus.

Marriage in Cyprus

Marriage registration in Cyprus for Israelis

Israel, like most other  countries, recognizes the legitimacy of marriage concluded in Cyprus.

Marriages with a wide variety  of situations took place on the island, but there are four types of couples for  whom the marriage registration in Cyprus is good:

- Both partners have  citizenship or permanent resident status in Israel, and are allowed to cross the border of the country.

- One in a couple is Israeli,  another is a foreign citizen, but he/she is staying in Israel legally (education,  work contract, etc.).

- One in a couple is Israeli,  another one is a foreign citizen, living in Israel illegally.

- One in a couple is Israeli,  another is a foreign citizen and he/she is staying outside Israel.

Important to remember: if, as  in three last options, one of the future spouses is not a citizen of Israel, he/she may face  difficulties in entering the country right after the marriage registration.  It is necessary to obtain permit for entry immediately after marriage in Misrad  Hapnim either with a lawyer in advance, or to wait for permission staying  outside of the country. Obtaining  such a permit may take from  several months to a year.

Note! For marriage registration  in Cyprus:

- foreign spouse needs to check  conditions of entry into Cyprus, and to get a visa if needed; Israelis don’t  need to apply for visa to visit Cyprus;

- take originals of all  documents with you;

- after registration get a  marriage certificate and check for apostille;

- submit a certified marriage  certificate to the Ministry of  Interior of Israel to change the marital status.

List of documents for marriage registration

Bureaucratic component of  marriage in Cyprus is minimal. Groom and bride will need:

- original birth certificates;

- non-marriage certificates;

- divorce certificate, if this  is not the first marriage for someone.


All documents must be  translated into English or Greek and apostilled. The list of documents may be  supplemented.

International marriages in Cyprus

Citizens of  any country can get married in Cyprus. There are absolutely no restrictions on  citizenship or religion of people getting married. Most countries in the  world recognize the legitimacy of marriage concluded on the island.

Cyprus with pets

Rules for transporting on board

Though documents for the import  of dogs to Cyprus are always the same, rules for transporting animals are different for each airline. Before  departure you should study this issue in detail on the official website of  the airline, or by calling customer support number. Some of the most common  requirements on board the aircraft are the following:

1. You can take into the cabin  only those animals whose weight does not exceed 8 kilograms. All other  animals will travel in the luggage compartment.

2. Regardless of how much the  animal weighs you need to buy a special container to travel with pet. Without  it the owner and the animal will not be allowed on board, and tickets will  not be refunded.

3. Animal transportation is  subject to a separate charge. The cost can be found out at the time of ticket  purchase.

List of documents for the import of animals

1. Animal passport. It can be  obtained in the same place where you can get the chip – in public or private  veterinary clinics that are licensed to issue passports. It is worth considering that you need a passport  of international standard for a trip abroad. It should also include all  records of vaccinations given to an animal.

2. Veterinary certificate (Animal  Health Certificate). It is also issued in veterinary clinics. To get it, pet must  be vaccinated against rabies. This must be done 30 days prior to departure.  Test result for the presence of  antibodies against the rabies virus must be attached.

Cyprus requirements for the import of animals

1. At the  time of booking or purchase of tickets you must notify the air carrier that  an animal will fly with the passengers. This information is needed not only for  the carrier, but also for Cyprus airport that will be notified by the carrier  48 hours prior to plane landing about date of arrival of passengers with  animals.

2. The animal  that is imported into the country must have an identifying microchip. In  addition to the microchip, documents providing that it is placed in an animal  that crosses the border must be attached. It should be noted that the  installed microchip must meet international standards ISO 11784 or ISO 11785.  Any other device will be a problem when importing pets into Cyprus.

3. It is  prohibited to import into Cyprus large dogs such as American Pit Bull  Terriers and Dogos Argentinos.

4. After  landing animal with owner will be sent to the veterinary inspector. If it  will seem to employees that something is wrong with the animal – it may be  quarantined.

Utilities and services

How else can I pay utility bills?

At the time of real estate purchase you (or your  lawyer) will open an account in a Cyprus bank. All your payments will be  linked to it. Money will be automatically debited according to invoices  issued. You can fund your account in advance for the required amount. You can  check the movement of funds through online banking.

In case of payment delays you will first receive a  reminder, and then your communications will be turned off. Reconnection will  require payment of debts and penalties.

Internet, TV, telephone

Leading providers in Cyprus are CYTA, Primetel,  EPIC, Cablenet, Nova Cyprus. You can check current tariffs on their websites.

On average, home Internet at a speed of 40-50 Mbps  will cost 30-40€ monthly. Package including TV and phone will cost 40-60€.

Energy efficiency ratings of houses

Building energy efficiency rating is a measure that  evaluates the efficiency of thermal and electrical energy consumption in the  operation of the building.

There are five ratings of building energy  efficiency: A, B, C, D, and E. The less heat and electricity the building  consumes compared to baseline average building of a particular region, the  higher its energy efficiency rating is. A is the highest rating.

In Cyprus you can get Energy Performance Certificate  (EPC) of a building or of an apartment issued by an independent appraiser. The  Certificate is issued for a period up to 10 years and renewed when reselling  or renting to a new tenant. Unfortunately, this procedure is not very popular  on the island 

Houses with high energy efficiency ratings A and B  are in high demand and are sold for at least 10% more expensive price than  their counterparts with lower rates 

In Cyprus buyers of secondary housing get used to  measure the energy efficiency “by eye”. Very few of real estate sellers are  really bothered by getting an EPC. But when it comes to new buildings, the  energy efficiency rating shall be indicated by the developer mandatory.

Rate A includes completely green and passive buildings  (low energy consumption due to the passive energy saving methods),  zero-energy buildings (consume only the energy they generate), and active  buildings (produce more energy than they consume through engineering  technologies installed on buildings).

Rate B includes low energy buildings. Usually these  are new houses, or built after 2010 but recently renovated. They require not  more than 60 kWh/m2 per year for heating.

Rate C includes buildings developed 15-20 years ago  with double glazing and some insulation. They require not more than 150  kWh/m2 per year.

Old buildings with energy efficiency below C rate  can consume more than 300 kWh/m2 per year.


Cyprus has no central heating. However, it can be  cold for three months of a year. Apartments are heated with electricity (air  conditioners, floor heating, electric heaters), houses can use gas fired  boilers.


Cyprus has no central gas supply. People buy gas  cylinders that cost 20€. On the first purchase sellers charge a deposit of  40€ per cylinder. One cylinder is enough for two-three months or for a year –  if nobody lives in the apartment permanently.

Water supply

Water Development Department is responsible for  water supply in Cyprus, and has smaller subordinate branches all over the  island. These are the ones that set the final water prices for the managed  area.

Water rates are progressive. The more you use, the  more expensive each cubic meter is. There is also a small fixed amount to be  paid in any case.

In addition, there is a monthly sewer connection fee  – 0.56€ per cubic meter used.

If water is used sparingly, water bill for one  bedroom apartment should not exceed 30€ monthly. The average water bill in an  apartment for a family of three people is 40-60€. Residents of villas with  plots that require irrigation pay two or three times more.

Water bill comes quarterly. You can pay it in cash  or by credit card in the office of Water Development Department, in a bank  branch, via ATM, or online on the website

Please note! There is no central hot water supply in  Cyprus, every house or apartment address this issue independently: using  boilers or solar panels.


The cost of electricity in Cyprus consists of fixed  and variable parts. The first is paid in any case, and the second depends on  meter readings.

You will receive electricity bills once in two  months. If you don't pay in time, you will receive reminder. If there will be  no payment after that – electricity will be turned off.

On average, family of three people living in an  apartment with one-two bedrooms pays 150-300€ for two months. Owners of  spacious houses pay 250-500€. The lion’s share of that money is spent for  conditioning.

You can pay the electricity bill in cash, by credit  card in the office of EAC, in a bank branch, via ATM, as well as online on  the website

Homeowners association

If your property is located in a complex with  swimming pools, children's playgrounds, and other common infrastructure, you  will pay for their maintenance. The amount of contributions to Homeowners  association depends on the area of housing, complex quality, and variety of  accessible infrastructure.

You will have to pay 50-100€ monthly for an  apartment of about 70 sq.m. located in middle class residential complex with  communal pool and recreation area.

Private houses that are not part of an organized  settlement don’t have these expenses. But there owner has to take care of the  garden and the pool by himself.

Sewer fee

The registered property owner must pay annual sewage  tax calculated on the basis of the market value of the property as at 1  January 2013. Usually the tax amount is approximately 100-200€.

Fees of local authorities

Depending on the size of property, local authorities  charge between 85€ to 500€ annually for regular garbage collection, street  lighting, sewerage, and similar utilities. Payment should be made to the  local authorities at the location of the property.

Municipal tax

Homeowners are required to pay annual municipal tax.  Each municipality sets the rate of this tax independently and notifies  taxpayers.

You can pay the tax directly at the municipality, or  online on the website JCCsmart.

Terms of payment are set independently by each self-  governing body. Usually deadline is linked to the date of relevant  notification. Late payment of this tax entails penalties. In Limassol and  Larnaka, for example, the penalty is 10% of the unpaid tax amount.

Work of public services

Public Service  Offices on the island are open only in the morning. All utility related  questions are resolved by phone or in person. Sometimes you could be asked to  write to the mail, but it is better to call.


Types of Health Insurance

There are two types of insurance policies in Cyprus:  inpatient and outpatient coverage. Inpatient treatment involves  hospitalization of patient with further treatment; in case of outpatient  treatment the patient is reimbursed with funds spent on a doctor's house call,  and prescribed medications in addition to hospitalization.

Also, insurance vary in the amount of coverage. The  price range is really impressive: from several hundred Euros to 2 million. In  the first case, the cost includes outpatient and inpatient treatment; in the  latter case – surgical intervention, treatment of chronic diseases in advanced  stages, cancer diseases, and others. With insurance coverage, you have the  opportunity to receive treatment not only in Cyprus, but in other EU  countries as well.

Health insurance

Cyprus has public and private insurance. The public  type of insurance is provided by the employer, i.e. the company pays  insurance contributions to the Social Insurance Fund, but not the worker. The  latter in this case gets access to free medical care in all state  institutions.


If you are not a resident of Cyprus, and do not have  an EU citizen's passport or permanent formal employment within the Republic,  you need to get insurance that provides coverage for treatment only in  private clinics. Insurance in Cyprus is publicly available and is issued by  private insurance companies. You can buy insurance policy both from island  companies, and from international insurance agencies. Usually the latter have  significant pricing advantage.


If a family has children, they must be vaccinated; otherwise  they won't be accepted to school or kindergarten.

Childbirth in Cyprus

Expectant mothers are undergoing regular checkups  and are under the supervision of a gynecologist-obstetrician before  childbirth and after, within 10 days, receive consultations from a  pediatrician.

It should be noted that such service is available  only in private clinics for non-residents of the island. Additionally, you  need to take care of insurance, and to pre-register with a  gynecologist-obstetrician.

Private medicine

Private medical care in Cyprus is funded by incoming  investments and wealthy clients undergoing treatment in private clinics. Just  as the public sector of medicine in Cyprus, the private one is governed by  the Ministry of Health, but the state funding is excluded. Private hospitals,  clinics, pharmacies, diagnostic centers, and independent professionals can get  a medical license in Cyprus.

Medical record

Medical cards that allow you to receive medical  services of all kinds in public hospitals are especially prevalent on the  island. Depending on the type (color) of the card the patient can get a  specific set of medical services only in public clinics in Cyprus.

With medical cards the patient can get outpatient  and inpatient treatment, and permission for surgery depending on the severity  of treatment.

Cyprus medical cards can be issued both for one  person and for all family members, and can be of two types:                    

Medical card  for free use medical services (pink)

This type of card is issued to citizens of Cyprus  falling under the following categories:

- Foreigners who received permanent residence permit  and have health insurance in their home country. In this case bilateral  agreement between his/her country and Cyprus applies to a non-resident.

- If your family has many children (4 or more  children).

- Low-income pensioners (the average pension is less  than 500€ monthly).

- Families with annual income up to 15.000€ per  person, or up to 30.000€ per family. Including a child, in which case 1.700€  is added to the total amount.

- Civil servants.

- People living on government assistance. 

It is also worth noting that the free treatment in  public hospitals of Cyprus also has some exceptions, and you may be denied service  if the condition of the patient under treatment is the result of  circumstances when the treatment is covered by a third party (beating, road  accident, and others). 

Medical card  for discounted service (blue)

This kind of card provides the possibility to  receive subsidies for treatment in public institutions for families with low  annual income. The patient will receive blue card in case if annual income of  his/her family is from 15.000 to 38.000€, in the presence of a dependent  child.

All types of cards indicate the name of the medical  card holder, his/her marital status, and in the presence of spouse and minor  children – this information is included in the card, validity period, serial  number, and holder’s personal identification number.

Foreigners can also apply for Cyprus medical card.  To do this, you need to fill out a certain form according to the specified documents,  a list of which can be found out in any medical facility, or on the official  website of the Ministry of Health.

Public medicine

GeSy (General Healthcare System) is a system that  allows you to receive medical care at reduced cost. This includes the  possibility to make an appointment with a doctor, to sign up for a  vaccination, and to keep track of your medical records in general.

Only foreigners permanently residing on the island  of Cyprus can benefit from the system, regardless of whether they own real  estate, or not. There are some restrictions: for example, services are  provided only to citizens of the European Union having yellow slip,  third-country migrants having permanent residence permit or LTRP, their  family members, and official refugees. If you only have a temporary residence  permit diagnostic and treatment expenses will be costly, and you have to be  prepared for this.


GeSy (General Healthcare System) is a system that  allows you to receive medical care at reduced cost. This includes the  possibility to make an appointment with a doctor, to sign up for a  vaccination, and to keep track of your medical record in general.

Only foreigners permanently residing in Cyprus can  benefit from the system. Regardless of whether they own real estate, or not. Also  there are some restrictions; for example, services are provided only to  citizens of the European Union having yellow slip, third-country migrants  having permanent residence permit or LTRP, their family members, and official  refugees. If you only have a temporary residence permit diagnostic and  treatment expenses will be costly, and you have to be prepared for this.

Medicine in Cyprus

Public and private medicine  in Cyprus is a service of high quality and is available to everyone. Most  doctors working on the island were educated at the world's leading medical  universities located in the USA, Germany, Great Britain, and Israel. Also  Cyprus doctors are fluent in English; some of them can also know Russian, so  foreigners and expats have almost no language barriers in health care in  Cyprus.


Language courses

Advantages of language courses in Cyprus:

- British system. Cyprus has been a British colony  for many years that had an impact on many areas of the country including  education. English is taught according to the British system, and there are  many native speakers from Britain, New Zealand, and Ireland among teachers.

- Prices. A week of study is relatively cheap – 234  USD. For comparison: in the USA – 430 USD/week, in Canada – 350 USD/week, in  Australia – 296 USD/week.

- Summer and family courses. There are many courses  for kids, teenagers and their parents in Cyprus. On family programs groups  are divided not by language level, but by age. There are even special  kindergartens with English courses for children aged 1-3 years. In the  morning they learn language in different groups, but go on excursions and  rest together. There are various summer and winter camps with accommodation  in residences for teenagers in Cyprus.

- Language courses at universities in Cyprus

Most universities have free language programs, but  only as optional courses for already admitted students. For all the others there  are not many options. Such courses are offered by the University of Cyprus,  Cyprus University of Technology, and only a few others.

Higher education

Higher education for foreigners in Cyprus is paid in all types of universities.

But there are always a lot of people who want to get an education here. Such interest in country's universities is explained by high quality education and relatively low cost. Besides, there are various scholarships and grants for foreign students that may partially or fully  cover the tuition and living expenses. For example, state financial aid program for foreign students allows you to get a tuition discount in the amount from 30 to 50 percent.

All universities of Cyprus provide good practical assistance to every student in finding housing. Most of the universities have their own  hostels and campuses, but if there are no more places left the administration  of the institution helps student to find the best housing option for him/her.  Students from other counties also have a good opportunity to work during the holidays – every student can legally work on the island after six months of residence in the country.

Most educational institutions adhere to the American education system. This system allows students to manage academic workload independently,  and to choose subjects they are interested in. This reduces the tuition expenses significantly, because the fewer subjects a student studies the less he/she pays for tuition.

For university admission you need only knowledge of  English that can be confirmed by the IELTS certificate (not less than 5.5). If  an applicant does not have the required score he/she can take language courses at the university.

Higher education system:

- Bachelor degree – duration of study from 3 to 4  years.

- Master’s degree – duration of study from 1 to 2  years.

- Doctorate degree – 3 years.

Universities in Cyprus offer not only high quality educational program, but interesting leisure too. Excursions around the  island and abroad, themed student nights, movie screenings – this is only a  small part of leisure activities offered by the university.

School education

Almost all schools of Cyprus provide education on programs  similar to European ones. Education in public schools is provided only in  Greek language, but there are also a number of private institutions with  English or Russian language of instruction.

Like in the most countries in Europe, children in  Cyprus go to school at the age of six years, and graduate approximately at  the age of 18. The first period of studying takes place in gymnasiums. Those  who are preparing for university must continue their studies at the lyceum after  graduation from gymnasium. Lyceum curriculum is flexible. Depending on  inclinations and interests of students they are offered different  specializations. Private lessons that help students to study the subject in  depth and to prepare for university are also in demand in Cyprus.

A popular English-style school is The International  School of Paphos that accepts children from different countries. Quality  schooling in Cyprus for Russians is offered by schools “Pupils of Pythagoras”,  “LITC”, “Morfosis” in Limassol, school “Erudit” and Russian School in Paphos.

Pre-school education

Pre-school education in Cyprus is optional. Nevertheless,  kindergartens are in demand on the island, so you need to apply for a place  in a suitable kindergarten in advance. There are three types of kindergartens  in Cyprus: 

- Public;

- Community;

- Private.

Community kindergartens are only opened if there is  a lack of public institutions in a certain area. Funding for community  gardens is provided by communities of parents, and the Ministry monitors the  quality.

Kindergarten education is predominantly intended for  children aged three to six years. There are also nurseries where you can send  your child at the age of six months.

Kindergartens in Cyprus are small and take small  groups of children. Only one teacher can work in some preschool institutions.  The educational program focuses on the development of the emotional  intelligence of students, development of thinking, interpersonal skills, and development  of creativity. Education in kindergartens is conducted in Greek; British  kindergartens are also popular.

Education in Cyprus

It is a unique  opportunity to get an education of the European standard, to get a diploma  recognized by all EU countries, and to master English at a native speaker  level. The education system in Cyprus is of high quality – starting from  kindergarten the child gets a good education, necessary knowledge and skills.  Moreover, studying in institutions on the island is comfortable not only for  indigenous people of Cyprus – kindergartens, schools and universities provide  good conditions for foreigners too.

Studying will be  especially comfortable for Russian-speaking people, since there are many  institutions on the island with Russian language of instruction. Therefore,  if you decide to buy property in Cyprus and to move to the island with the  whole family, you don't have to worry about education of your children, whatever  age they are at the time of moving.