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 Cyprus - Formalities

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Information in this listing is specifically for the southern Republic of Cyprus, which lies approximately south of parallel 35°N. Northern Cyprus, controlled by Turkey, is not recognized by most world governments and have no (or little) diplomatic relations.

Cyprus Radio maintains continuous watch on VHF Channels 16 and 26.

The Cypriot courtesy flag must be flown when entering Cypriot waters. Everyone should remain on board until clearance formalities are completed. Ship's papers will be required by the port authority on arrival. Evidence of insurance may also be requested. Printed crew lists will be needed – at least five copies are recommended.

As soon as you land, you must obtain a Marina Pass. Submit two passport size photos to the Marina Office, and write in block letters, behind one of the two photos, your name, surname, passport number, nationality, yacht's name and your profession. Your pass must be left at the marina office on departure, but otherwise it must be carried at all times. Without it you will have difficulty entering and leaving the Marina. Visitors to the boat must also have identification and be met at the gate.

All yachts (EU or not) must clear with Customs.

Cyprus is not in the Schengen Area.

Departure

Port Police and Immigration work 24/7 but Customs Office is only staffed 7am to 3pm Monday to Friday. It is possible to clear out them ahead of time if leaving during a weekend.

If Planning to Visit the North
The captains of boats which have stopped in Northern Cyprus are liable to incur heavy penalties (fines) and possible imprisonment. This is because the authorities in the Republic of Cyprus consider it an illegal act to stop in an area of the island, which is under foreign occupation. This is an extremely serious matter and mariners are therefore advised to avoid at all cost being caught in the politics of the area.

If wishing to visit the south after having cleared out of the north, then it is advisable to visit a Turkish or Greek island first to avoid having any evidence of having been in the north.

Last updated December 2017.

Immigration

Although a member of the EU, Cyprus is not part of the Schengen Area and so is a useful place to wait to 're-set' your Schengen visit limit. (See this report for more information on this matter.)

Visas are not required by citizens of the European Economic Area, and many other counties, for stays of up to 90 days. See the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for an updated list of nationalities that do and do not require a visa.

Cyprus has fairly liberal entry guidelines and operates a policy of allowing visits of 90 days in a 180 day period for many nationalities.

A permit to stay more than three months may be issued by the Chief Immigration Officer in Nicosia (the capitol). In this circumstance, Immigration officials normally retain passports and each person is issued with a landing permit.

Passports of must be valid for 3 months beyond the period of intended stay. Visitors who need to obtain a visa are advised to have a passport valid at least 6 months beyond the period of intended stay.

Admission will be refused to holders of "passports" from the so-called "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus".

Visitors having stamps or visas of the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" in their passports are only allowed to enter Cyprus after the above-mentioned visas/stamps are cancelled by the Immigration Authorities of the Republic of Cyprus.

NOTE: It is not recommended to land in Northern Cyprus as a first port of call. However, there are some reports of cruisers landing in Southern Cyprus, then visiting Northern Cyprus by land and having few problems. The reverse (landing in Northern Cyprus then traveling to Southern Cyprus) is fraught with hassles and even may incur stiff fines or imprisonment.

Last updated December 2017.

Customs

All yachts must report to Customs. EU boats need proof of VAT paid status, boat registration, Bill of Sale and – if possible – a builder's certificate and evidence of conformity with EU/CE regulations and build standards. Many older boats may not have these documents in which case Customs will do an inspection.

Non-EU boats, non-VAT paid are issued with a 6 month import licence which can then be extended (unless another country has issued it, in which case it will be checked for compliance). Proof that the skipper is not an EU citizen (i.e. passport) is required. The import licence can be suspended if the skipper leaves the country as long as Customs is notified of departure and return.

If wishing to import a yacht (or motoryacht) into the EU, the Cyprus applies the lowest rate of VAT (ranging from 3.4% to 11.7%).

Firearms must be declared and surrendered to customs on arrival. Sporting guns require a temporary permit which has to be obtained from the Ministry of the Interior.

Antiques and gold coins may not be exported. Documentation will be required for any exports of antiquities.

Duty-free stores should be declared on entry and may be removed and retained by Customs until departure. Duty-free stores are available 24 hours before departure, spirits being limited to one case per person. Duty-free items may be obtained in all ports where there are bonded stores.

Also prohibited are flick knives (switchblades), long daggers or swords, obscene books, photographs, films and articles, goods bearing a forged trade marks, pirated or counterfeit goods (e.g.computer programmes, DVDs, CDs, etc).

Uncooked meat and fish (and products thereof) and milk (and/or dairy) products will likely require inspection. Usually properly packaged goods are okay; homemade goods may not be allowed.

In order to protect the agriculture of the country from the danger of the introduction of new pests and diseases, the importation of agricultural products such as fruit, vegetables, cut-flowers, dry nuts, seeds, bulbs, bulb-wood sticks, cuttings, etc., is prohibited.

Further details can be obtained from the Customs & Excise Department website.

Last updated December 2017.

Health

Malaria in Northern Cyprus

Though Malaria was declared eradicated in Cyprus in 1967, there have been recent (Sept 2017) cases of malaria in the Kyrenia District in Northern Cyprus. The CDC in Atlanta has designated this particular area to Level 2 ("elevated possibility of exposure") for mosquito-borne malaria. Travelers to the Kyrenia District of Northern Cyprus should take enhanced precautions or take a prophylaxis.

Last updated September 2017.

Fees

There are typically no fees for immigration or clearance procedures.

Customs may charge an overtime fee for clearance procedures outside office hours (07:30-15:00), Sundays, or holidays.

Restrictions

There are military restricted areas along the coasts and yachts should maintain a distance of 1640 ft (500 m) offshore by day and 3280 ft (1000 m) by night unless approaching a port.

Spearfishing is prohibited within designated swimming areas, which are marked by red buoys. A special licence is required for spearfishing with scuba gear. This is issued only to certified divers and is easily obtained from the District Fisheries Departments, on presentation of a certified diving licence. There is no charge.

It is forbidden to take antiquities and sponges from the sea.

All expired flares must be submitted immediately for disposal to the Marina Personnel.

Local Customs

Political Tensions

Be conscious of the fact that Northern Cyprus is considered as an "occupied territory" by the Republic of Cyprus (Southern Cyprus) and that there may be strong political feelings within the country. Take care when discussing these political matters.

There are occasional political rallies or demonstrations regarding this political situation, particularly in the captiol. Though they are normally well-controlled, take caution to avoid the areas involved.

Pets

Cyprus (but not Northern Cyprus) comes under the European Regulations on non-commercial movement of pet animals – Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) – and usual rules apply requiring passport, microchip, current Rabies Vacination Certificate and Health Certificate.

The Authorities must be notified in advance of arrival that the yacht has a pet on board.

Parrots and budgerigars are prohibited.

The following breeds of dogs are not allowed into the Republic of Cyprus regardless of their country of origin:-

American Pitbull Terrier; Pitbull Terrier
Japanese Tosa; Tosa Inu
Dogo Argentino; Argentinean Mastiff
Fila Brasileiro; Brazilian Mastiff

Further information can be obtained from the Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture website.

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