Cyprus passport ranked 16th in world passport rankings

Cyprus passport is rated as one of the best european passports in the World. The world passport rankings is provided by Henley visa restrictions index and Nomad Capital index which are listed as below.

Passport Rank  Visa Free countries
Visa Restrictions Index 2017  16 158
Nomad Capital Index 2017 38 159



Cyprus is the largest island in the eastern Mediterranean as well as being the third smallest country in the EU, after Malta and Luxembourg.

Capital:   Nicosia
Geographical size: 9 251 km²
Population: 847 008 (2015)
Population as % of total EU: 0.2 % (2015)
Gross domestic product (GDP): € 17.421 billion (2015)
Official EU language(s):  Greek
Political system:  presidential republic
EU member country since: 1 May 2004
Seats in the European Parliament:  6
Currency:   Euro. Member of the eurozone since 1 January 2008
Schengen area member?  No, Cyprus is not a member a member of the Schengen Area.

The Nomad Passport Index was designed to educate global citizens about the true value of the world’s citizenships.  It ranks the value of citizenship in and, by extension the passport of, 199 countries and territories in the world based on five factors: • Visa-free travel – 50% of ranking • Taxation – 20% of ranking • Perception – 10% of ranking • Dual citizenship – 10% of ranking • Overall freedom – 10% of ranking

The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index is a global ranking of countries according to the travel freedom that their citizens enjoy. For more than a decade, Henley & Partners has analysed global visa regulations to present an index ranking each country and territory in the world by the number of countries that their citizens can travel to visa-free. The index is produced in cooperation with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which maintains the world’s largest database of travel information, and is published annually.

Citizenship by investment

It is possible to invest €2,000,000 euros in cyprus real estate and qualify for instant citizenship in cyprus within 6 months under the Naturalisation by exception scheme (Cyprus CIP) . Cyprus also has cheaper version of permanent residency scheme, by buying a property for €275,000


Visa free countries for Cypriot passport

visa free travel countries for cypriot passport

Country Visa requirement Notes (excluding departure fees)
 Afghanistan Visa required[2]
 Albania Visa not required[3] 90 days; ID card valid
 Algeria Visa required[4]
 Andorra Visa not required[5] ID card valid
 Angola Visa required[6]
 Antigua and Barbuda Visa not required[7] 3 months
 Argentina Visa not required[8] 90 days
 Armenia Visa not required[9] 180 days
 Australia eVisitor[10] 90 days on each visit in 12-month period if granted.
 Austria Visa not required[11] Freedom of movement; ID card valid
 Azerbaijan eVisa[12] 30 days[13]
 Bahamas Visa not required[14] 3 months
 Bahrain Visa on arrival[15] 14 days. Visa is also obtainable online.[16]
 Bangladesh Visa on arrival[17] 30 days
 Barbados Visa not required[18] 3 months
 Belarus Visa not required[19] 5 days, must arrive via Minsk International Airport
 Belgium Visa not required[20] Freedom of movement; ID card valid
 Belize Visa not required[21] 1 month
 Benin Visa required[22]
 Bhutan Visa required[23]
 Bolivia Visa on arrival[24] 90 days
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Visa not required[25] 90 days within any 6 month period; ID card valid
 Botswana Visa not required[26] 90 days
 Brazil Visa not required[27] 90 days within any 180 day period
 Brunei Visa not required[28] 90 days
 Bulgaria Visa not required[29] Freedom of movement; ID card valid
 Burkina Faso Visa required[30]
 Burundi Visa required[31]
 Cambodia Visa on arrival[32] 30 days. Visa is also obtainable online.[33]
 Cameroon Visa required[34]
 Canada Visa not required[35] 6 months; eTA required if arriving by air.[36]
 Cape Verde Visa on arrival[37]
 Central African Republic Visa required[38]
 Chad Visa required[39]
 Chile Visa not required[40] 90 days
 China Visa required[41] 72-hours visa free visit when in transit at Beijing, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Guilin, Harbin, Kunming, Qingdao, Shenyang, Tianjin, Wuhan, Xi’an and Xiamen.
144-hours visa free visit when in transit at Hangzhou, Nanjing and Shanghai’s Hongqiao and Pudong international airports, Railway Station and port.
 Colombia Visa not required[42] 90 days – extendable up to 180-days stay within a one year period
 Comoros Visa on arrival[43]
 Republic of the Congo Visa required[44]
 Democratic Republic of the Congo Visa required[45]
 Costa Rica Visa not required[46] 90 days
 Côte d’Ivoire Visa required[47]
 Croatia Visa not required[48] Freedom of movement (HR); ID card valid
 Cuba Tourist Card required[49]
 Czech Republic Visa not required[50] Freedom of movement; ID card valid
 Denmark Visa not required[51] Freedom of movement (DK); ID card valid
 Djibouti Visa on arrival[52]
 Dominica Visa not required[53] 90 days within any 180 day period
 Dominican Republic Visa not required[54] 90 days (10 USD Tourist Card must be purchased upon arrival)
 Ecuador Visa not required[55] 90 days
 Egypt Visa on arrival[56] 30 days
 El Salvador Visa not required[57] 3 months
 Equatorial Guinea Visa required[58]
 Eritrea Visa required[59]
 Estonia Visa not required[60] Freedom of movement; ID card valid
 Ethiopia Visa required[61]
 Fiji Visa not required[62] 4 months
 Finland Visa not required[63] Freedom of movement; ID card valid
 France Visa not required[64] Freedom of movement (in Regions of France); ID card valid
 Gabon eVisa[65] Electronic visa holders must arrive via Libreville International Airport.
 Gambia Visa not required[66] 90 days
 Georgia Visa not required[67] 1 year; ID card valid
 Germany Visa not required[68] Freedom of movement; ID card valid
 Ghana Visa required[69]
 Greece Visa not required[70] Freedom of movement; ID card valid
 Grenada Visa not required[71] 3 months
 Guatemala Visa not required[72] 90 days
 Guinea Visa required[73]
 Guinea-Bissau Visa on arrival[74] 90 days
 Guyana Visa required[75]
 Haiti Visa not required[76] 90 days
 Honduras Visa not required[77] 3 months
 Hungary Visa not required[78] Freedom of movement; ID card valid
 Iceland Visa not required[79] Freedom of movement; ID card valid
 India e-Visa[80] 60 days; e-Visa holders must arrive via 24 designated airports or 3 designated seaports.[81]
 Indonesia Visa not required[82] 30 days
 Iran Visa on arrival[83] 30 days[84]
 Iraq Visa required[85] Visa on arrival for 15 days at Erbil and Sulaymaniyah airports.
 Ireland Visa not required[86] Freedom of movement; ID card valid
 Israel Visa not required[87] 3 months
 Italy Visa not required[88] Freedom of movement; ID card valid
 Jamaica Visa not required[89]
 Japan Visa not required[90] 90 days
 Jordan Free visa on arrival[91] Conditions apply[92]
 Kazakhstan Visa not required[93] 30 days[94]
 Kenya Visa not required[95] 3 months
 Kiribati Visa not required[96] 90 days within any 180 day period
 North Korea Visa required[97]
 South Korea Visa not required[98] 30 days
 Kuwait eVisa[99] 3 months
 Kyrgyzstan Visa on arrival[100] 60 days. Available at Manas International Airport.
 Laos Visa on arrival[101] 30 days
 Latvia Visa not required[102] Freedom of movement; ID card valid
 Lebanon Visa on arrival[103] 1 month extendable for 2 additional months; granted free of charge at Beirut International Airport or any other port of entry if there is no Israeli visa or seal, holding a telephone number, an address in Lebanon, and a non refundable return or circle trip ticket.
 Lesotho Visa not required[104]
 Liberia Visa required[105]
 Libya Visa required[106]
 Liechtenstein Visa not required[107] Freedom of movement; ID card valid
 Lithuania Visa not required[108] Freedom of movement; ID card valid
 Luxembourg Visa not required[109] Freedom of movement; ID card valid
 Macedonia Visa not required[110] 90 days; ID card valid
 Madagascar Free visa on arrival[111] 30 days
 Malawi Visa on arrival[112]
 Malaysia Visa not required[113] 30 days
 Maldives Visa on arrival[114] 30 days
 Mali Visa required[115]
 Marshall Islands Visa not required[116] 90 days within any 180 day period
 Mauritania Visa on arrival[117] Available at Nouakchott–Oumtounsy International Airport.
 Mauritius Visa not required[118] 90 days
 Mexico Visa not required[119] 180 days
 Micronesia Visa not required[120] 90 days within any 180 day period
 Moldova Visa not required[121] 90 days within any 6 month period
 Monaco Visa not required[122] ID card valid
 Mongolia Visa required[123]
 Montenegro Visa not required[124] 90 days; ID card valid for 30 days
 Morocco Visa not required[125] 90 days
 Mozambique Visa on arrival[126] 30 days
 Myanmar eVisa[127] 28 days, eVisa holders must arrive via Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw or Mandalay airports.
 Namibia Visa required[128]
 Nauru Visa required[129]
   Nepal Visa on arrival[130] 90 days
 Netherlands Visa not required[131] Freedom of movement (European Netherlands); ID card valid
 New Zealand Visa not required[132] 3 months
 Nicaragua Visa not required[133] 90 days
 Niger Visa required[134]
 Nigeria Visa required[135]
 Norway Visa not required[136] Freedom of movement; ID card valid
 Oman Visa on arrival[137]
 Pakistan Visa required[138] Visa on arrival when travelling on business valid for 30 days. Conditions apply.[139]
 Palau Visa not required[140] 90 days within any 180 day period
 Panama Visa not required[141] 180 days
 Papua New Guinea Free visa on arrival[142] 60 days
 Paraguay Visa not required[143] 90 days
 Peru Visa not required[144] 90 days within any 6 month period[145]
 Philippines Visa not required[146] 30 days
 Poland Visa not required[147] Freedom of movement; ID card valid
 Portugal Visa not required[148] Freedom of movement; ID card valid
 Qatar Visa on arrival[149] 1 month
 Romania Visa not required[150] Freedom of movement; ID card valid
 Russia Visa required[151]
 Rwanda eVisa[152] Visa is obtained online.[153]
 Saint Kitts and Nevis Visa not required[154] 3 months
 Saint Lucia Visa not required[155] 90 days within any 180 day period
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Visa not required[156] 90 days within any 180 day period
 Samoa Visa not required[157] 90 days within any 180 day period
 San Marino Visa not required[158] ID card valid
 São Tomé and Príncipe Visa not required[159] 15 days
 Saudi Arabia Visa required[160]
 Senegal Visa not required[161] 90 days
 Serbia Visa not required[162] 90 days within any 6 month period; ID card valid
 Seychelles Visa not required[163] 3 months
 Sierra Leone Visa required[164]
 Singapore Visa not required[165] 90 days
 Slovakia Visa not required[166] Freedom of movement; ID card valid
 Slovenia Visa not required[167] Freedom of movement; ID card valid
 Solomon Islands Visa not required[168] 90 days within any 180 day period
 Somalia Visa required[169] Visa may be obtained on arrival, provided an invitation letter by the sponsor had been submitted to the authorities before arrival.
 South Africa Visa not required[170] 30 days
 South Sudan Visa required[171]
 Spain Visa not required[172] Freedom of movement; ID card valid
 Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authorization[173] 30 days
 Sudan Visa required[174]
 Suriname Visa required[175]
 Swaziland Visa not required[176] 30 days
 Sweden Visa not required[177] Freedom of movement; ID card valid
  Switzerland Visa not required[178] Freedom of movement; ID card valid
 Syria Visa required[179]
 Tajikistan Visa on arrival[180] 45 days at Dushanbe International Airport. Visa also available online. E-visa holders can enter through all border points.[181]
 Tanzania Visa not required[182] 90 days
 Thailand Visa on arrival[183] 15 days
 Timor-Leste Visa not required[184] 90 days within any 180 day period
 Togo Visa on arrival[185] 7 days
 Tonga Visa not required[186] 90 days within any 180 day period
 Trinidad and Tobago Visa not required[187] 90 days within any 180 day period
 Tunisia Visa required[188]
 Turkey eVisa[189] 1 month
 Turkmenistan Visa required[190]
 Tuvalu Visa not required[191] 90 days within any 180 day period days
 Uganda Visa not required[192] 3 months
 Ukraine Visa not required[193] 90 days within any 180 day period
 United Arab Emirates Visa not required[194] 90 days within any 180 day period[195][196]
 United Kingdom Visa not required[197] Freedom of movement (in Constituent countries); ID card valid
 United States Visa required[198]
 Uruguay Visa not required[199] 90 days
 Uzbekistan Visa required[200]
 Vanuatu Visa not required[201] 90 days within any 180 day period
  Vatican City Visa not required[202] ID card valid
 Venezuela Visa not required[203] 90 days
 Vietnam Visa required[204]
 Yemen Visa required[205]
 Zambia Visa not required[206] 90 days
 Zimbabwe Visa not required[207] 3 months


Visa requirements for Cypriot citizens for visits to various territories, disputed areas, partially recognized countries and restricted zones:

  •  Abkhazia — Visa required.[208]
  • Flag of the Greek Orthodox Church.svg Mount Athos — Special permit required (4 days: 25 euro for Orthodox visitors, 35 euro for non-Orthodox visitors, 18 euro for students). There is a visitors’ quota: maximum 100 Orthodox and 10 non-Orthodox per day and women are not allowed.[209][210]
  • Belarus Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park — visa-free for 3 days;[211] must first obtain an electronic pass.[212]
  • Autonomous Republic of Crimea Crimea — Visa issued by Russia is required.[213]
  •  Faroe Islands — Visa not required.[214]
  •  Gibraltar — Visa not required.[215]
  •  Guernsey – Visa not required.[216]
  • Guernsey  Alderney – Visa not required.[217]
  • Guernsey  Sark – Visa not required.[218]
  •  Isle of Man — Visa not required.[219][220]
  • Norway Jan Mayen — permit issued by the local police required for staying for less than 24 hours[221] and permit issued by the Norwegian police for staying for more than 24 hours.[222]
  •  Jersey – Visa not required.[223]
  •  Kosovo — visa free for 90 days.[224]
  •  Nagorno-Karabakh Republic — Visa required (issued for single entry for 21 days/1/2/3 months or multiple entry visa for 1/2/3 months).[225][226] Travellers with Nagorno-Karabakh visa (expired or valid) or evidence of travel to Nagorno-Karabakh (stamps) will be permanently denied entry to Azerbaijan.[227]
  • Russia Closed cities and regions in Russia — special authorization required.[228]
  •  South Ossetia — Visa free. Multiple entry visa to Russia and three-day prior notification are required to enter South Ossetia.[229][230]
  •  Transnistria — Visa free. Registration required after 24h.[231][232]
  •  Eritrea (outside Asmara) — visa covers Asmara only; to travel in the rest of the country, a Travel Permit for Foreigners is required (20 Eritrean nakfa).[233]
  •  Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (Western Sahara controlled territory) — Visa not required up to 3 months.[234]
  •  Somaliland — Visa issued on arrival (30 days for 30 US dollars, payable on arrival).[235][236]
  •  Sudan — All foreigners traveling more than 25 kilometers outside of Khartoum must obtain a travel permit.
  • Sudan Darfur — Separate travel permit is required.[237]
  •  Hong Kong — Visa not required for 90 days.[238]
  •  India — Protected Area Permit (PAP) required for whole states of Nagaland and Sikkim and parts of states Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh. Restricted Area Permit (RAP) required for all of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and parts of Sikkim. Some of these requirements are occasionally lifted for a year.[239][240][241][242][243][244]
  •  Iraqi Kurdistan — Visa on arrival for 15 days is available at Erbil and Sulaymaniyah airports.[85]
  •  Kazakhstan — Special permission required for the town of Baikonur and surrounding areas in Kyzylorda Oblast, and the town of Gvardeyskiy near Almaty.[245]
  • Iran Kish Island — Visitors to Kish Island do not require a visa.[246]
  •  Macao — Visa not required for 90 days.[247]
  • Malaysia Sabah and Sarawak — These states have their own immigration authorities and passport is required to travel to them, however the same visa applies.[248]
  • Maldives Maldives — With the exception of the capital Malé, tourists are generally prohibited from visiting non-resort islands without the express permission of the Government of Maldives.[249]
  •  Palestine — Visa not required. Arrival by sea to Gaza Strip not allowed.[250]
  •  Taiwan — Visa not required for 90 days.[251]
  • Tajikistan Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province — OIVR permit required (15+5 Tajikistani Somoni) and another special permit (free of charge) is required for Lake Sarez.[252][253][254]
  •  Turkmenistan — A special permit, issued prior to arrival by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is required if visiting the following places: Atamurat, Cheleken, Dashoguz, Serakhs and Serhetabat.[255]
  • China Tibet Autonomous Region — Tibet Travel Permit required (10 US Dollars).[256][257][258]
  • United Nations Korean Demilitarized Zone — restricted zone.
  • United Nations UNDOF Zone and Ghajar — restricted zones.
  • Vietnam Phú Quốc — can visit without a visa for up to 30 days.[259]
  •  Yemen — Special permission needed for travel outside Sana’a or Aden.[260]
Caribbean and North Atlantic
  •  Anguilla — Visa not required for 3 months.[261]
  •  Aruba — Visa not required for 30 days.[262]
  • Netherlands Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba — Visa not required for 3 months.[263]
  •  Bermuda — Visa not required for 21 days (extendable).[264]
  •  British Virgin Islands — Visa not required for 1 month (extendable).[265]
  •  Cayman Islands — Visa not required for 6 months.[266]
  •  Colombia — Visitors arriving at San Andrés and Leticia must buy tourist cards on arrival.
  •  Curacao — Visa not required for 3 months.[267]
  •  Montserrat — Visa not required for 6 months.[268]
  •  Greenland — Visa not required.[214]
  • Venezuela Margarita Island — All visitors are fingerprinted.[269]
  •  Puerto Rico — Visa required.[270]
  •  Saint Pierre and Miquelon — Visa not required.[271]
  •  Sint Maarten — Visa not required for 3 months.[272]
  •  Turks and Caicos Islands — Visa not required for 90 days.[273]
  •  U.S. Virgin Islands — Visa required.[274]
  •  American Samoa — Visa required (entry permit).[275]
  • Australia Ashmore and Cartier Islands — special authorisation required.[276]
  • France Clipperton Island — special permit required.[277]
  •  Cook Islands — Visa free access for 31 days.[278]
  • Fiji Lau Province — Special permission required.[279]
  •  French Polynesia — Visa not required.[280]
  •  Guam — Visa required.[281]
  •  New Caledonia — Visa not required for 3 months.[282]
  •  Niue — Visa on arrival valid for 30 days is issued free of charge.[283]
  •  Northern Mariana Islands — Visa not required.[284]
  •  Pitcairn Islands — 14 days visa free and landing fee 35 USD or tax of 5 USD if not going ashore.[285][286][287][288]
  • United States United States Minor Outlying Islands — special permits required for Baker Island, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Midway Atoll, Palmyra Atoll and Wake Island.[289][290][291][292][293][294][295]
  •  Wallis and Futuna — Visa not required.[296]
South Atlantic and Antarctica
  •  Falkland Islands — Visitor Permit valid for 4 weeks is issued on arriva.[297][298]
  •  Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
    •  Ascension Island — Entry Permit must be obtained minimum 28 days in advance (3 months for 20/30 pounds sterling, single/double entry).[299]
    •  Saint Helena — Entry Permit (£25) for 183 days is issued on arrival.[300]
    •  Tristan da Cunha — Permission to land required for 15/30 pounds sterling (yacht/ship passenger) for Tristan da Cunha Island or 20 pounds sterling for Gough Island, Inaccessible Island or Nightingale Islands.[301]
  •  South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands — Pre-arrival permit from the Commissioner required (72 hours/1 month for 110/160 pounds sterling).[302][303][304]
  • Antarctica and adjacent islands — special permits required for  French Southern and Antarctic Lands,  Argentine Antarctica, Australia Australian Antarctic Territory, Antártica Chilena Province Chilean Antarctic Territory, Australia Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Norway Peter I Island, Norway Queen Maud Land, New Zealand Ross Dependency.[305][306][307][308][309][310][311][312][313][314][315]
  •  Arab League — Certain countries will deny access to holders of Israeli visas or passport stamps of Israel because of the Arab League boycott of Israel. It is possible to get the stamp on a separate piece of paper.


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