British High Commissioner to Cyprus
We develop and sustain the important and longstanding relationship between UK and Cyprus.
We deal with a wide range of political, commercial, security and economic questions of interest to the UK and Cyprus. We also have a consular section that deals with a wide range of issues in a country that receives almost a million British visitors a year and where tens of thousands Britons live for all or part of the year.
Out-of-hours emergency assistance
British nationals who need emergency assistance outside normal office hours should call +357 22 861 100 where they will be given details on how to proceed and how to contact a duty officer if needed.
For information on how to apply for your first passport or renew an existing passport, please visit the overseas passport section of this website.
Emergency travel documents
We may be able to provide an emergency travel document if you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel. If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, you should contact the High Commission as soon as possible. For all other applications, please check what you must bring with you and then make an appointment at the High Commission using the link below. Please call the High Commission for advice before making an appointment if:
- you have never applied for a British passport before
- you are applying on behalf of a child
An emergency travel document does not guarantee entry to every country. Read what an emergency travel document does.
This High Commission does not deal with visa matters. For information on whether you need a visa to travel to the United Kingdom and how to apply, please see the UK Visas & Immigration page.
Pensions and benefits in Cyprus
Healthcare in Cyprus
A guide for British nationals living, or planning to live, in Cyprus on the different ways to access healthcare.
Notarial and documentary services
Information about official documents, certificates, letters, and notes.
A guide explaining the rules for British citizens applying for residency in Cyprus.
Registering births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships
Understanding your legal requirements in Cyprus and how to register births, deaths and marriages.
List of lawyers and interpreters
A list of English speaking lawyers in the Republic of Cyprus and in north Cyprus who may be able to help you with legal matters. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British High Commission or the UK government.
Arrested or detained in Cyprus
Guides we produce
We also produce guides for British nationals who need information about services that are not provided by the High Commission, but that you may find useful in specific circumstances.
- Living in Cyprus - a general set of information and links for British nationals who have a residence in Cyprus
- Buying a property in Cyprus - information to help you make a full and considered decision about your property purchase.
- Travelling with children
How else we can help
In addition to the services listed above we can also:
- provide information about transferring funds
- provide appropriate help if you have suffered rape or serious assault, are a victim of other crime, or are in hospital
- help people with mental illness
- do all we properly can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you have been detained
- offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, death of relatives overseas, missing people and kidnapping
- contact family or friends for you if you want
- make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters
UK law says we have to charge for some services. Details of our current fees and the standards of service you can expect to receive are on display in all our consular offices.
What we cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:
- get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings
- help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfere in another country’s immigration policy or procedures
- give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases, such as English-speaking lawyers
- get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
- pay any bills or give you money (in very exceptional circumstances we may lend you some money from public funds, which you will have to pay back)
- make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
- make business arrangements on your behalf