Temporary protection in Cyprus: how to get, entry rules, social support
Ukrainians who found refuge in Cyprus can apply for temporary protection and receive the right to residence and employment. Learn more about the conditions for obtaining temporary protection in Cyprus and refugee assistance
Ukrainians with temporary protection in Cyprus have the right to residence, work and free medicine. Everything, as in most European countries. Also, Ukrainian refugees with the status of temporary protection can receive a one-time financial payment and help with housing. We tell you how to come to Cyprus and get the status of temporary protection here.
Rules of entry to Cyprus
Citizens of Ukraine can enter the territory of Cyprus with a Ukrainian biometric international passport. With it, you can stay here for up to 90 days without obtaining temporary protection, but in this case the local authorities will not provide you with any assistance, because you will be considered a tourist.
Also, Ukrainians fleeing the war can enter Cyprus with one of the internal documents confirming the identity and citizenship of Ukraine (passport booklet or ID card, etc.).
In order to legally stay in Cyprus for a longer period, you must obtain the status of temporary protection (Temporary Protection).
How to apply for temporary protection in Cyprus?
Temporary protection is provided by the Asylum Service. You can apply in person to the migration department or online on the website. Please note that in order to fill out the application for temporary protection status, you need to have a local mobile number, that is, you need to purchase a Cypriot SIM card.
After reviewing your documents, you will receive a status assignment letter. After receiving the letter, you need to go to the immigration office in your area within 48 hours to get a residence permit.
Addresses of migration departments:
• Nicosia, 79 Arch. Makarios III Avenue, Afemia House 1077 Nicosia
• Larnaca, 34 Tasou Mitsopoulou, Larnaka 6027
• Limassol, 223 Fragklinou Rousvelt, Building “D. Nikolaou”, 2nd floor, Limassol 3046
• Paphos, Corner of Eleftheriou Venizelou & Kanigkos 22, 2nd floor, Paphos, 8021
• Famagusta, 83 Eleftherias Street, TAPOLOS Bld, Deryneia Plaza, 1st floor, Deryneia 5380
What assistance is provided to Ukrainians with temporary protection in Cyprus?
Ukrainians who have received temporary protection can apply for free housing in Cyprus. The Ministry of Tourism provides an opportunity to book a hotel room for free. But those who are able to pay the rent are looking for housing on their own.
For Ukrainians with temporary protection, a one-time benefit of €340 is provided. But if you are with a family, the amount will be different. In order to receive payments, you need to fill out a form and indicate a local phone number, which will call you and tell you when to come for the payment.
Addresses of social security offices where you can apply:
• Nicosia, Kalimakli, Nicosia, Cyprus : +357 22804780
• Limassol, Address: 82nd Road No. 3; Kato Polemidia, Limassol, Cyprus : +357 25821895
• Larnaca, 23-25 Pileiou 23-25, C. Matthaiou Court, 4th floor, P.O.Box 40184, Larnaca, Cyprus: +357 24800207 or 54 Agion Anargyron Avenue, P.O.Box 40184, Larnaca, Cyprus: +357 24821080
• Paphos, I. Nicolaides 19, Paphos, Cyprus : +357 97 869158
• Famagusta, 170 April 1, Paralimni, Cyprus : +357 23811720
Free care can be obtained in all public hospitals. For this, you need to contact the hospital registry at your place of residence. Only if it is impossible to reach a doctor yourself or call him home, call an ambulance by calling 112, and you will be taken to the hospital.
Education for children
Public schools provide Ukrainian children with free education. Documents can be submitted through the education department of your region and the child will be placed in the nearest school at the place of residence.
Ukrainians with temporary protection status can legally work in Cyprus without additional permits.
We will remind you! Previously, we wrote about how to get a permanent residence permit in Turkey. For more information about possible options for staying in the country for Ukrainians, see the link.
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The simultaneous stay of visitors in the hotel lobby not more than one person per 10 square meters of serviceable area is allowed.
Persons can visit hotels and stay there (outside hotel room) only if they wear respirator or face mask (including homemade mask), so that the nose and mouth are covered.
Hotel guests are obliged to keep the 1.5 meters distance.
Online check-in making in advance is recommended to avoid queues at check-in to hotel.
Meals in hotels are provided through meals delivery service to rooms upon prior order or at hotel restaurants situated inside or in open areas, provided the distance of at least 1.5 meters between seats at adjacent tables.
Not more than 4 clients are allowed to stay at the table (excluding children under 14 years old). Unless these tables are separated by a special partition;
Self-serve is not allowed.