Guidance

Living in Cyprus

Official information British people moving to and living in Cyprus need to know, including residency, healthcare and driving.

Brexit: what you need to know

There will be no change to the rights and status of UK nationals living in Cyprus while the UK remains in the EU.

While the government continues to negotiate Brexit, you should:

Before you go

See our travel advice for Cyprus and sign up for up-to-date information on local laws and customs, safety and emergencies.

See moving or retiring abroad.

Visas and residency

See entry requirements for Cyprus in our travel advice.

If you plan to stay in Cyprus for more than 3 months, you must apply for a registration certificate from the Ministry of the Interior, Civil Registry and Migration Department.

After living in Cyprus for more than 5 years, you can apply for permanent residence.

Healthcare

See our travel advice for Cyprus.

The NHS has information about healthcare for British people living in and visiting Cyprus.

Once you are registered as resident, you may be entitled to state healthcare. You should check with the Ministry of Health or at your local citizen service centre to see if you are covered. We strongly advise you to take out private medical insurance if you are not eligible for state healthcare.

You are entitled to a free, Cyprus-issued European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if you hold a Cyprus medical card. If you receive an exportable UK pension or benefit through the S1 form the UK will issue your EHIC.

You can find English-speaking doctors in Cyprus. You should also check your prescriptions are legal in Cyprus.

S1 form – healthcare paid for by the UK

You may be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK if you live in Cyprus and get an exportable UK pension, contribution-based Employment Support Allowance or another exportable benefit.

You need to apply for a S1 form – contact the Department for Work and Pensions’ International Pensions Centre.

You should register the S1 form with your local state hospital or health facility through your local citizen service centre before you obtain your medical card.

Working in Cyprus

See working in another EU country.

Some jobs may require a UK criminal records check (known as a DBS check).

Tax

See tax if you leave the UK to live abroad and tax on your UK income if you live abroad.

The UK has a double-taxation agreement with Cyprus to ensure people do not pay tax on the same income in both countries.

See information about paying income tax in Cyprus.

See the Cyprus Ministry of Finance, Tax Department.

You may be able to pay National Insurance while abroad in order to protect your State Pension and entitlement to other benefits and allowances.

Pensions

See State Pension if you retire abroad and new State Pension.

If you have worked in Cyprus, you should apply for your UK state pension through your local citizen service centre.

If you haven’t worked in Cyprus, you should claim your UK state pension by contacting the International Pension Centre.

If you’ve worked in several EU countries, see state pensions abroad.

You may be entitled to a Cyprus state pension, depending on your work history. You should contact your citizen service centre for advice.

Life certificates for UK state pensions

If you get a ‘life certificate’ from the UK Pension Service, you need to respond as soon as possible – your payments may be suspended if you don’t.

Benefits

See claiming benefits if you live, move or travel abroad.

Find out which UK benefits you might be able to get while you’re abroad and how to claim them.

Many income-related benefits such as Pension Credit and Housing Benefit can’t be paid if you’re abroad for more than 4 weeks.

You may be eligible to claim some Cyprus social security benefits – see Cyprus social security benefits. When you are checking whether you are eligible for benefits in Cyprus you should make sure you declare any National Insurance contributions you made in the UK.

You can request proof of National Insurance contributions from HM Revenue and Customs, if you are asked for this information.

Driving in Cyprus

See driving abroad and road travel in Cyprus.

See driving licence renewal and exchange and taking a vehicle out of the UK.

See information on importing a vehicle into Cyprus. You cannot import vehicles through the northern part of Cyprus – the authorities may seize your vehicle.

The Road Transport Department has information about driving in Cyprus.

Voting

British citizens living abroad can vote in some UK elections – you’ll need to register as an overseas voter.

If you’re resident in Cyprus, you can vote in local municipal and European Parliamentary elections.

Births

See register a birth abroad.

Deaths

See what to do after someone dies.

See also bereavement information for Cyprus.

Getting married

See getting married abroad.

Renewing passports

See overseas British passports applications and get an emergency travel document (sometimes called an emergency passport).

Pets

See travelling with pets.

Emergencies

As well as the European emergency number 112, Cyprus also has 199.

See Cyprus – emergency numbers.

If you need urgent help, contact the British High Commission Nicosia.

Accommodation and buying property

See buying a property abroad.

Other useful information

Returning to the UK

To move your pension to the UK, contact the International Pension Centre.

See tax if you return to the UK.

See bringing your pet to the UK.

Disclaimer

Please note that this information is provided as a guide only. Definitive information should be obtained from the Cypriot authorities. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information.

Published 22 March 2013
Last updated 4 April 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added link to information on new double taxation agreement.
  2. Complete revision of guidance to ensure it's up to date and accurate.
  3. Information added on changes to EHIC rules and health cover for early retirees.
  4. Update information on life certificates for UK state pensions and added link to Living in Cyprus leaflet.
  5. First published.