Brexit and Cyprus’ Entry requirements for British Citizens

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The authorities in the country or territory you’re travelling to are responsible for setting and enforcing the rules for entry. If you’re unclear about any aspect of the entry requirements, or you need further clarifications, you’ll need to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to.

You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Cyprus; you don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.

Visas

If the UK leaves with a deal, travel to the EU will remain the same as now until at least 31 December 2020. You will not need to apply for a visa to travel or work in the EU during this time.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the rules for travelling or working in Europe will change after 29 March 2019.

The European Commission has proposed that in a no deal situation, if you are a British Citizen, you would not need a visa for short stays in the Schengen area or elsewhere in the EU. You would be able to stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. Visits to the Schengen area within the previous 180 days before your date of travel will count against the 90-day limit.

If you’re intending to stay in the Schengen area for longer than 90 days, or your stay would take you over the 90 days in the 180-day limit, you may need to get a visa before you travel.

Travel to EU countries currently outside the Schengen area (Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Cyprus) would not count towards the 90-day total.

On arrival in the Schengen Area, you may be asked to confirm that you have sufficient funds available for the duration of your stay. As non-EEA nationals, different border control checks will apply, and you may also be asked to show a return or onward ticket. UK nationals would not have an ongoing right to use the separate lanes provided for EU, EEA and Swiss nationals.

The 90-day visa-free period does not entitle you to work in the Schengen area. Most countries will require a visa and work permit.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Cyprus.

Travelling with children

 

Parents are advised to seek the consent of the other parent before leaving the country. Although there is no law that prevents one parent taking the child out of the country, either parent can place their child/children on a ‘Stop File’, via the Cypriot Immigration authorities, to prevent them leaving the country. A parent, who decides to leave Cyprus with his or her children without first seeking the approval of the other parent, or in breach of a custody court order, could be subject to criminal prosecution and may find themselves charged with abduction.

A European Arrest Warrant can be issued for his/her arrest. Under Cypriot law, similar to that of the UK, parents have equal parental responsibility over their children. Therefore, in the absence of a court order, parents have equal rights and responsibilities over the care of a child. If parents cannot agree how to share parental authority, either parent may ask the court to decide.

Cyprus (excluding the northern part of Cyprus) and the United Kingdom are both signatories to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. This is an international agreement which primarily aims to ensure the return of an abducted child to the country where he or she normally lives (Habitual Residence), so that issues of residency (custody) and contact (access) may be resolved. This Convention aims to protect the rights of parents and children by preventing one parent from taking a child from its country of residence without the knowledge or consent of the other.

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