Since the beginning of December, Cyprus, the most popular Mediterranean island among Russians, will follow the EU, making it more difficult for tourists from Russia to obtain a national visa. However, the main complication is the rise in price. The terms for issuing visas will not change.
According to ATOR experts, in fact Cyprus followed the decision of the EU to suspend the visa facilitation agreement with Russia. In this regard, the previously free Cypriot national visa for tourists will become paid. Moreover, the visa fee will immediately be raised to the “pan-European” level – i.e. the visa fee for adult applicants for obtaining a national visa of the Republic of Cyprus will be 80 euros, for children from 6 to 12 years old – 40 euros. By the way, visas will cost the same price for citizens of Kazakhstan. But for tourists – citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Georgia, the price will be 35 euros.
ATOR experts also reminded that due to the suspension of direct flights between Russia and Cyprus, the consulates of Cyprus no longer issue pro-visas to Russians . As a result, you can enter Cyprus with the following document options: a multiple valid Schengen visa, or a multiple national visa of Romania, Croatia or Bulgaria, as well as a Cypriot national visa.
The total period of stay on this visa should not be 90 days in within a 180 day period. The terms for consideration of an application for a Cypriot national visa do not change and range from 3 to 5 working days. Also, Cyprus still lets Russian citizens in without problems (except for the pan-European “closed sky”).
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