Will I need an ETIAS to visit Cyprus?
Cyprus became a member state of the European Union in 2004. Although not yet fully implemented, it is also a member of the Schengen zone.
The whole of Cyprus is E.U. territory, despite joining the E.U. as a de facto divided island. E.U. law is suspended in areas where the Cypriot government does not exercise effective control.
For the visitor, this means that Cyprus will be a part of the ETIAS travel scheme. Visitors will be subject to thorough checks before being issued with an ETIAS. Thanks to shared resources and an automated system, most ETIAS applications will successfully have one attached electronically to their passport within minutes of applying.
For travelers hoping to visit the Turkish occupied, northern side of the island, as long as they cross at the specified border control stations, they will be allowed access.
Showing your passport to the border guards there will be subject to the same scrutiny as if you were entering another country. Providing your ETIAS is valid, your journey will be uneventful.
The Schengen agreement that is in place at the moment allows free movement for nationals of the member countries. Once a Schengen visa has been issued to a non-Schengen citizen, they have the authorization to visit all countries within the Schengen zone.
Travelers are allowed 90 days per 180 days. What some travelers do not understand is that once you start your journey, your 90-day cycle has started, and travel must be completed within that 90 days.
Travelers must then wait for the next 180 day period to travel into the Schengen zone again. The ETIAS system will flag travelers who try to travel outside of their allotted times.
Cyprus is the third largest Mediterranean island; it lies 480 miles southeast of mainland Greece, 60 miles to the west of Syria and 40 miles to the south of Turkey.
The maximum width of the island of Cyprus is 60 miles; it’s maximum length is 140 miles with a combined area of 3,572 sq. miles.
Cyprus has been a nation divided since 1974. In response to a military coup and backed by the Athens government, Turkey invaded the north. After the restoration of constitutional order and the return of Archbishop Makarios III to Cyprus, Turkish troops remained, occupying the northeastern portion of the island of Cyprus.
In 1983 the northeastern part of the island was proclaimed the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus by the Turkish Cypriot leader. This title is recognized only by Turkey.
Cyprus is a member of the European Union. The European Union’s body of common rights and obligations (acquis communautaire) is suspended in the region administered by Turkish Cypriots until a Cyprus settlement can be achieved.
The population stands at 1.1 million people altogether who have the official languages of Greek and Turkish. English is also widely spoken, party because of tourism and partly because of previous British rule of the island. Other languages spoken are Russian, French and German.
The major religions on Cyprus are Christianity and Islam; the currency is divided between the euro in the south and the Turkish lira in the north.
Cyprus at a glance
Timezone: UTC/GMT +2 hours
Languages: Greek 80.9%, English 4.1%, Romanian 2.9%, Russian 2.5%, Bulgarian 2.2%, Arabic 1.2%, Filippino 1.1%, Turkish 0.2%, Other 4.3%, Unspecified 0.6%
Area: 9,250 KM2
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Calling Code: +357
Travel to Cyprus
Cyprus’s major cities, including its capital city of Nicosia, have been influenced by generations of travelers. Despite political difficulties experienced by the island, it remains a favorite tourist destination.
Cyprus enjoys more than three hundred days of sunshine per year, attracting visitors to its many beaches.
East of Larnaca are some of the most popular beaches, with crystal clear water edged by fine white sand. In the resort of Protaras, both FigTree Bay and Konnos Beach are enjoyed by tourists young and old. Ayia Napa’s Nissi Beach is more of a party destination during the summer, off-season it is a quieter destination.
For divers, the preferred destination is Cape Greco, an outcrop of limestone caves and arches, home to one of the world’s most highly regarded diving sites, the wreck of the Zenobia.
Along the coast of Paphos, Aphrodite’s Rock juts out into the Mediterranean sea. According to legend, the goddess of beauty and love was born on the rock and then floated out to sea on a clamshell. Aphrodite’s birthplace may explain why Cyprus is a very popular honeymoon destination.
A short trip from Paphos is the harbor village of Latchi from where it is possible to rent a boat for the day to reach stunning beaches and quiet lagoons inaccessible by land.
The Troodos Mountain range is positioned nearly 2,000 meters above sea level. From January through to the end of March, visitors can ski at the highest point in the range, Mount Olympus.
The US and Cyprus
Travel to Cyprus, whilst being a favorite tourist destination, also opens up further travel opportunities.
There are occasional freighters from European ports, such as Italy, Portugal, and Southampton. A ferry service is operated from Greece, and there are cruises operated between Cyprus and Israel or Egypt. Mini cruises have also run to The Adriatic, The Black Sea, The Greek Islands, Rhodes, Syria, and Lebanon.
There is also a regular ferry service to Turkey.
Bilateral relations between the U.S and Cyprus are very strong. Both belong to the following international organizations
- The United Nations
- World Trade Organization
- World Bank
- International Monetary Fund
- Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
Cyprus is also an observer to the Organization of American States.
For American nationals traveling to Europe, the ETIAS scheme will not be a hindrance. On the contrary, the ETIAS scheme will enable a smoother passage through border control, quicker processing times and greater peace of mind. Greater security will not just benefit European Union residents, travelers throughout the Schengen zone will benefit also.
List of US diplomatic offices in Cyprus
The Embassy of USA in Nicosia, Cyprus
Address: Metochiou & Ploutarchou Street 2407, Engomi Nicosia, Cyprus
Facts: Kathleen Doherty – Ambassador