Cyprus launches visa application centres in the UK

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By Stelios Orphanides

Cyprus’s embassy in London had four “visa application centres” launched by the UK-based VFS Global, tasked with accepting applications for visas from residents of the UK, which two years ago voted to leave the European Union.

“Although UK visitors do not need a visa if they are staying less than 90 days, the new service will be of use to those who stay longer, such as those with holiday homes, those who spend more time in Cyprus visiting relatives, or those on long term business trips,” the company which offers similar services to almost five dozen governments said in an emailed statement. “Foreign nationals living in the UK may need a visa for shorter periods, depending on their circumstances”.

VFS Global services are offered in four cities in the UK, London, Manchester, Edinburg and Cardiff, the company said. Cypriot High Commissioner to the UK Euripides Evriviades inaugurated the new service in the presence of VFS Global’s chief operating officer Anirudh Pratap Singh.

“For higher quality and a more personalised service, applicants can opt for the premium service at these centres that offer assistance by dedicated staff member during the submission process, including assistance in filling in the visa application and verification of documents and free access to photocopy, photo booth, SMS and courier services,” VFS Global said.

The UK is traditionally the largest source of incoming tourism for Cyprus which hosts a large community of British expats, including retired homebuyers.

“Many foreign nationals living in the UK also visit Cyprus each year,” said Singh. “We are confident that our world-class service expertise and service solutions like the premium service at our centres will ensure a pleasant experience and efficiently cater to increasing demand”.

The service includes application submission via prior appointment only, premium lounge offering personalised service, one-stop-shop for photocopy, photo-booth and printing services, passport delivery via courier service, SMS alerts on the status of an application and a website with information about visa categories, fees and more, VFS Global said.

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Stelios Orphanides is a journalist at CyprusBusinessMail.com. To contact Stelios Orphanides: [email protected]

  • The Truth

    Anybody know what the rules will be for Cyps going to UK? How long can they stay without a visa. Take it it will be 90 days to ensure reciprocal arrangements.

    • A is B

      I would have thought that it would be the same.

      • The Truth

        Let’s hope so and charge for Hospital treatment have.

        • A is B

          ?? Who and where.

          • The Truth

            Health tourists

          • A is B

            I gathered that, to where.

          • The Truth

            Be both ways – but suspect Cyps visiting relatives will be the bigger No as most Tourist going to Cyprus have insurance.

          • A is B

            I must admit that a lot of people in the UK say the health system is open to and abused..

    • Guest

      Better if they banned racist people like you.

      • The Truth

        EU Passport from ROI

        • Guest

          Yes, we all know about the Irish stereotype, thanks for confirming it.

          • The Truth

            UK cheapskates – Irish ?? Said the totally perfect GC. Opinionated and deluded GC that spews out total shite.

          • Guest

            No, that’s your job paddy.

          • The Truth

            You just show that you a racist, opinionated and deluded knob. But what I love is that so thick to see it yourself. Keep posting as we all need a somebody to make a fool of himself.

          • Vaso

            And you calling Pakistanis “pakis” is not racist!
            Hypocrite!

          • The Truth

            Vaso – You total Knob. It was not me who posted that. Recommend you see who did and retract. Me thinks I will be waiting a long time as GC is never wrong.

          • Vaso

            I see now it was Guest! I apologize! I admit when I am wrong! I am however not a knob as you said!

          • The Truth

            It take back the Knob

          • Guest

            Okay Paddy.

      • David Wilson

        We subsidised them for long enough The fish and chip shops are all being run by pakis now Bye bye stavros

  • David Wilson

    Well the cyps can all go to muther russia. ROC is finished

    • .ROC

      Oh the Turk expert that uses a Christian name, Laffs

  • Good pro-active response by the Cypriots; like the Dutch, who have expanded facilities at Rotterdam port to handle customs administration of UK freight.

  • Bob Ellis

    Visa’s will kill the UK market for property sales and winter sun in Cyprus, particulalry as there will be financial cost. Spain, Portugal and France are already talking about special conditons for UK citizens.
    Any foreigner who wants to open a bank account now has to have residency papers, which requires 2-3 visits to an inconveniently located alien registration centre where the dregs of the civil service treat people like cattle.
    Any more hurdles we can create ? Maybe a quarantine for all UK visitors for 48 hours at the airport, a border tax or written entrance exam in Greek ?

    • Georgina anne

      I’m putting my property on the market this summer and hope it will be sold before Brexit. I don’t want to do it but as the future is still so undecided I anticipate it could become a headache in future. Having to pay for a visa could only be the start .

      • Jaded

        Great! Thank you for sharing with us. Will look for it online. This will open opportunities for foreign nationals (non EU) that would like to purchase a home and get an EU Visa with it.

    • Cydee

      What nightmare before-us.

    • peemdubya

      Bob, residency application is straightforward (or it was when we came here 5yrs ago) – a visit to the office (inconveniently located in Paphos town centre) to book an appointment and get the list of documentation, then turn up for your appointment with all the relevant documentation, 10 minutes across a desk, yellow slip issued. Where is the problem? Okay, some people don’t take all the required documentation but that is their fault, the list is quite simple.

      • Yaz

        I took EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING, they did not want to book an appointment for me in Larnaca, finally went to Nicosia and they said they were doing us a favour! Keep getting letters, requiring stuff which is not in line with EU law, even threatening to remove status within 15 days if not supplied (which technically they cannot do!). Want to visit our property, said they want to search through out stuff, we have been married for more than two years and they are still questioning, all because my husband is 3 country national, all Social Paid etc. They even had the cheek to write a letter to my husband asking why I was abroad (Your EU spouse is abroad?) – since when did you have to report going away for a few weeks? When we went to mainland Europe for a holiday, at border control in Larnaca on our return, had some silly man at desk, asking for stuff which they are not permitted to, such as payslips, bank account statements (I mean, who travels with such things for a holiday???) , as we both had our residency papers and passports, then he got into a discussion, that he shall let us in this time, but soon we won’t be permitted to?!! Informed him, that nothing has been agreed on regarding movement of British nationals within the EU and when the time comes, we shall deal with it, so it was a moot point and not fact. Personally, I am thinking of leaving, too much stress and too many control freaks in government positions who are not following the law! They wanted in the EU but not willing to comply!

  • .ROC

    Some of the DumbA comments here are a joke,Roc has to do this what you lot all seem to forget its an EU requirement and its the UK that decided to pull out of the EU so stop attacking for the sake of trolling and think.

    • Douglas

      North Cyprus is part of the EU ?

      • Cadmus

        Legally yes. North Cyprus is territory of the RoC occupied , in defiance of UN resolutions, by Turkey. EU law applies but is suspended.

    • The Truth

      Wrong – Others are looking at special status. Visa are just a cash cow for those who can get the dirty mitts on the money.

  • Douglas

    I just checked with the North of Cyprus website and it states that just a valid passport is required, confusing ?

  • Cadmus

    That is a very interesting question. The TRNC is RoC territory occupied by Turkey. Therefore you would need a visa to stay for more than 90 days. (Of course if you flew into and out of Ercan you could avoid it). The people most affected will be UK nationals living in Cyprus who have never registered. Their illegal status will be impossible to hide.

  • Banjo

    Most of Europe will go bankrupt overnight if British tourism isn’t maintained.

    If a deal isn’t forthcoming with the EU after Brexit , would British holidaymakers boycott EU countries.

    • Othello

      Do you realise how ridiculous you sound?

      • Georgina anne

        Turkey is much cheaper than Cyprus these days ! !

      • Banjo

        Would you like to see the results if British tourism to Europe stopped…..see how ridiculous it is.