Official information for UK nationals living in and moving to Cyprus, including guidance on residency, healthcare and driving.
What you should do
You should follow the advice of the Cyprus Government and your local authority. You can also read our Cyprus travel advice for our latest guidance.
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The Withdrawal Agreement
If you were legally resident in Cyprus before 1 January 2021, your rights will be protected by the Withdrawal Agreement.
You should check that you are correctly registered and should get a new residence document to evidence your rights.
You should also read our guidance on living in Europe.
Visas and residency
You must register as a Cypriot resident if you plan to stay in Cyprus for more than 3 months.
You can apply for temporary residency status from the Ministry of the Interior, Civil Registry and Migration Department.
After living in Cyprus for more than 5 years, can apply for permanent residency status.
If there are changes to residency registration processes, we will update this guidance as soon as information is available. You should sign up for email alerts .
UK nationals who are resident in Cyprus and need help to complete their residence application or registration, can get support from organisations funded by the UK Nationals Support Fund.
This support is only available to people who need additional help to secure their rights under the Withdrawal Agreement. They may include pensioners, disabled people, people living in remote areas or people who have mobility difficulties. Support available includes:
- answering questions about residence applications, such as the documents you need and how the application process works
- guiding you through the process, if necessary
- support if you experience language barriers or difficulty accessing online information and services
If you, or someone you know, are having difficulty completing residence paperwork or have any questions, contact the organisation that covers the region where you, or they, live.
SSAFA: The Armed Forces Charity contact details:
visit the SSAFA website
hotline: 800 77058 (freephone), available Mon - Fri 09.00 - 17.30
for UK-based enquiries call +44 (0) 800 193 0474
CRPG: 800 09009 (freephone)
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Moving to Cyprus
Passports and travel
You should carry your residence document, as well as your valid passport when you travel. If you have applied but not yet received your document, carry your certificate of application.
If you have not yet applied for a residence document, you should carry evidence that you are resident in Cyprus. This could include a tenancy agreement or a utility bill in your name, dating from 2020.
If you cannot show that you are resident in Cyprus, you may be asked additional questions at the border to enter the Schengen area, and your passport may be stamped on entry and exit. This will not affect your rights in Cyprus.
Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip. You can apply for or renew your British passport from Cyprus.
You must have at least 6 months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe (not including Ireland). This requirement does not apply if you are entering or transiting to Cyprus, and you are in scope of the Withdrawal Agreement.
If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months needed.
Renew your passport before booking your travel. if you do not have enough time left on your passport.
As a non-EEA national, different border checks will apply when travelling to other EU or Schengen area countries. You may have to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing. You may also need to show a return or onward ticket.
If you’re travelling to the north of Cyprus, their administration advises that your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from your date of entry to the north.
You can travel to other Schengen area countries for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa for purposes such as tourism.
To stay longer than 90 days in any 180-day period, to work or study, or for business travel, you must meet the entry requirements set out by the country you are travelling to. This could mean applying for a visa or work permit.
Periods of time authorised by a visa or permit will not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit.
Different rules will apply to EU countries that are not part of the Schengen area. Check each country’s travel advice page for information on entry requirements.
Travel to the UK and Ireland has not changed.
You must be properly registered for healthcare as a resident in Cyprus, as well as registering, where necessary, with a health insurer.
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.
You can find information about the new Cypriot state healthcare system GESY on their website. We strongly advise you to take out private medical insurance if you are not eligible for state healthcare.
Read our guidance on who can access healthcare in Cyprus and make sure you are correctly registered.
If your UK employer has sent you to Cyprus temporarily, your access to healthcare is different. Find out how to access healthcare as a posted worker.
State healthcare: S1
If you have a registered S1 form and were living in Cyprus before 1 January 2021, your rights to access healthcare will stay the same if you are either:
- receiving a UK State Pension
- receiving some other ‘exportable benefits’
- a frontier worker who lives in Cyprus and commutes to work in the UK
Read our guidance on using an S1 form in Cyprus to ensure you are correctly registered for healthcare.
European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
If you are resident in Cyprus, you must not use your UK-issued EHIC for healthcare in Cyprus.
If you were living in Cyprus before 1 January 2021, you may be eligible for a new UK-issued EHIC if you’re:
- a UK student in Cyprus
- a UK State Pensioner with a registered S1
- a frontier worker with a registered S1
An EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance, as some health-related costs, including for medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment and non-urgent treatment are not covered. The EHIC is also not valid in north Cyprus.
You should also read guidance on:
Working in Cyprus
If you were legally resident in Cyprus before 1 January 2021, you have the right to work, as long as you remain legally resident.
If you are planning to come to Cyprus to work, you may need a visa. Read the Cypriot government’s guidance on how to get a visa.
To apply for a job you may need to provide a UK police certificate.
If you live in Cyprus and were regularly commuting to work in another EU or EFTA country, before 1 January 2021 you may need a permit to show that you are a frontier worker.
Education and professional qualifications
You will be eligible for broadly the same support as Cypriot nationals, as long as you were legally resident in Cyprus before 1 January 2021. Check that you are correctly registered for residency. Read our guidance on:
You may need to get your professional qualification recognised if you want to work in a profession that is regulated in Cyprus. When doing this, you will be subject to the third country regulations.
If your qualification was officially recognised by the relevant regulator in Cyprus before 1 January 2021, make sure you understand the terms of your recognition decision by checking with that regulator.
Money and tax
The UK has a double taxation agreement with Cyprus to ensure you do not pay tax on the same income in both countries. Ask the relevant tax authority your questions about double taxation relief.
Existing double taxation arrangements for UK nationals living in Cyprus have not changed.
You should read the guidance on:
- tax if you leave the UK to live abroad
- tax on your UK income if you live abroad
- paying income tax in Cyprus
You should get professional advice on paying tax in Cyprus. Find an English-speaking lawyer in Cyprus.
Find out if you need to pay National Insurance in the UK or social security contributions in Cyprus.
Whether UK banks can provide services to customers living in the EEA is a matter of local law and regulation. Your bank or finance provider should contact you if they need to make any changes to your product or the way they provide it. If you have any concerns about whether you might be affected, contact your provider or seek independent financial advice.
Read the Money and Pension Service guidance on banking, insurance and financial services changes for more information on cross-border banking.
Read our guidance on entitlement to UK benefits and pensions while you are living in Cyprus.
If you retire in Cyprus, you can claim:
- your UK State Pension or new UK State Pension. Please contact the International Pensions Centre to claim
- your Cypriot and UK state pension through your local citizen service centre if you have worked in Cyprus
- pensions from abroad, if you have worked in other EU countries
Read the Money and Pension Service guidance on pension and retirement changes for more information on cross-border pensions.
Life certificates for UK State Pensions
If you get a ‘life certificate’ from the UK Pension Service, you must fill it in promptly, otherwise your payments may be suspended.
Read our guidance on entitlement to UK benefits and pensions while you are living in Cyprus.
Check which UK benefits you can claim while abroad and how to claim them.
If you’re abroad for more than 4 weeks, many income-related benefits such as pension credit and housing benefit cannot be paid to you.
You may be able to claim some 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.
Driving in Cyprus
If you are resident in Cyprus, you should exchange your UK licence for a Cypriot one.
For information on driving in Cyprus, read the guidance on:
- what you need to drive abroad
- renewing or exchanging your licence while abroad
- bringing a private car into Cyprus
- standards of driving in Cyprus
Driving in the UK with a Cypriot licence
You can use your Cypriot licence in the UK for short visits, or exchange it for a UK licence without taking a test. We will update these pages if there are any changes to the rules, as soon as information is available.
Bringing a UK-registered vehicle to Cyprus
You cannot import vehicles through the northern part of Cyprus. The authorities may seize your vehicle.
You should read the European Union’s guidance on car registration and taxes in Cyprus.
You may be exempt from some of these taxes. If so you will need certificates of exemption.
You cannot vote in elections in Cyprus or European Parliament elections.
You may be able to vote in some UK elections. You can:
Births, deaths and getting married
If your child is born in Cyprus, you will need to register a birth abroad.
If someone dies in Cyprus, you can:
- read our guidance on what to do after someone dies
- read our guidance for UK nationals on bereavements in Cyprus
Find out how you can get married abroad.
Find out about notarial and documentary services for UK nationals in Cyprus.
You may also need:
If you have a pet passport issued by Cyprus or another EU member state, you can use it to travel with your pet to Great Britain and elsewhere in the EU.
A GB-issued EU pet passport is not valid for travel to the EU or Northern Ireland. You should speak to your vet before you travel to get the necessary pet travel documents and ensure you’re compliant with the EU Pet Travel Regulations.
Read guidance on:
- bringing your pet to GB
- travelling with your pet in the EU
- travelling to Northern Ireland with your pet
Check the rules of the country you’re travelling to for any additional restrictions or requirements before you travel.
You can dial the European emergency number on 112, or Cyprus also has 199.
If you’re the victim of crime, have been arrested, or are affected by a crisis abroad, contact the British High Commission Nicosia.
Accommodation and buying property
Read guidance on buying a property abroad.
Returning to the UK
Tell the UK and Cypriot authorities if you are returning to the UK permanently.
To move your pension to the UK, contact the International Pension Centre.
If you get healthcare in Cyprus through the S1 certificate, you must contact the Overseas Healthcare Team on +44 (0)191 218 1999 to make sure your S1 is cancelled at the right time.
Read the guidance on returning to the UK permanently which includes information on, amongst other things, access to services and bringing family members.
Please note that this information is provided as a guide only. Definitive information should be obtained from the Cypriot authorities. The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information.