AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS VISITING CYPRUS
TRAVEL INFO AND ETIAS REQUIREMENTS
An ETIAS authorisation will be required for every Australian citizen for short-stay period in Cyprus starting from 2021.
A valid passport is required to enter Cyprus. All tourists entering Cypriot territory from another (Schengen country) are exempted from presenting their passports to Cypriot authorities. In this case, a national identity card is the only document needed.
The passport and other travel documents accepted for entry must be valid for a minimum of 3 months beyond the period of intended stay. All the Passports (or equivalent travel documents) issued more than ten years before the date of travel, may not be accepted.
A Schengen visa is mandatory for all nationals of Australia who stay in the country for a period greater than 90 days.
For short stay visits (less than 90 days within a period of 180 days), the visitors are exempted from obtaining a valid Schengen visa.
An ETIAS authorisation will become a mandatory requirement for every Australian citizen starting from 2021.
ETIAS will have a validity of five years, and it can be used for an unlimited number of entries.
Cypriot custom regulates and blocks the importing of several dangerous items such as weapons (the traveler must hold a valid European Firearm Pass), legal and illegal drugs.
Goods can be imported into Cypriot territory following the mandatory limits regulated by the government:
If arriving from a non-EU country:
- Tobacco: Cigarettes (200), cigars (50), loose tobacco (250g).
- Alcohol: 1L of spirits with more than 22% alcohol by volume (1L), light liquor (2L), wine (4L), beer (16L).
- Perfume: Perfume (50g) and of eau de toilette (0.25L)
If arriving from an EU Member State:
- Tobacco: Cigarettes (800), cigarillos (400), cigars (200), smoking tobacco (1kg).
- Alcohol: Spirits over 22% (10L), fortified wine or spirits up to 22% (20L), wine (90L), beer (110L).
Money Amounts of over €10,000 (or equivalent in foreign currencies) in cash or travelers' cheques must be declared at the point of entry or exit of the EU. Visitors entering Cyprus with a one-way ticket and not having sufficient funds to purchase a return ticket might be refused to enter.
Australia and Cyprus
The Cypriot community in Australia is the second largest outside of Cyprus, numbering over 80,000. They arrived over the years as early migrants or as refugees of the 1974 Turkish invasion. The first of the migrants were attracted by the 1850 gold rushes and by the 1890s they had established a great many retail businesses in the country. After the Second World War, Australia saw the arrival of many Turkish-Cypriots with British passports, and the migration numbers from Cyprus continued to rise thereafter.
Bilateral agreements between Australia and Cyprus include Police Cooperation, Education and Research Agreement, Air Services Agreement and Social Security. Australia’s trade and investment priorities include promoting mutually beneficial investment. The High Commission facilitates Australian businesses to establish operations in Cyprus and supports Australian tertiary institutions in linking with Cypriot institutions to enhance business synergies, research collaboration and educational links.
Following Cyprus’ inclusion in the EU, the recent financial crisis, and growth in Australia-Asia trade, two-way trade between Cyprus and Australia has declined steadily. Australian markets in Cyprus include wine, processed foodstuffs, cooling equipment, pleasure boating products, mining, and beauty products and pharmaceutical. Renewed interest in renewable energy, water and mining markets in Cyprus is evident.
Since Australians currently benefit from the visa liberation policy, they will require a valid ETIAS prior to travelling to Cyprus once ETIAS is rolled out in 2021. ETIAS is similar to Australia’s ETA, Electronic Travel Authorisation, and the process will be as inexpensive and fast.
List of Australian diplomatic offices in Cyprus
Australian High Commission in Nicosia, Cyprus
Address: 7th Floor, Block A, Alpha Business Centre, 27 Pindarou Street, PO Box 21331, 1060 Nicosia, Cyprus
Phone: +357 22 753 001, +357 22 756 002, +357 22 753 003
Fax: +357 22 766 486
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 08:00 - 16:00
Details: Mr Trevor Peacock - High Commissioner
List of Cypriot diplomatic offices in Australia
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