Investment Visa Overview

Cyprus Residency & Citizenship options

The Cyprus Citizenship by investment program was suspended on 1 November 2020, putting an end to one of Europe's most coveted passport-by-investment programs. After this program ended, the only countries left in Europe that offer Citizenship by Investment directly are Malta and Montenegro. However, Cyprus does have a very attractive residency by investment program, that is still open.

Program 1
  • Name
    Real Estate Residence
  • Description

    By investing in real estate in Cyprus, you can obtain a Cyprus Permanent Residence Permit. This permit entitles you to live and work in Cyprus, and gives you access to healthcare and education. Furthermore, it allows you to travel freely within the European Union.

  • Requirements

    The applicant must submit title deeds or a sale contract in his/her name and/or that of his/her spouse, which has been officially filed with the Department of Lands and Surveys, of a real estate with a total market value of at least €300,000 (excluding VAT) and official payment receipts of at least €200,000 (excluding VAT), regardless of the delivery date of the real estate. It should be emphasized that the full payment of the real estate value must be deposited into a bank account in Cyprus.

  • Validity
    A person's Immigration Permit will be automatically revoked if he or she fails to acquire residence in Cyprus within one year of the application's approval if he or she is residing outside the country. Additionally, it will be revoked if the holder acquires permanent residence abroad or is absent from Cyprus for two years.
  • Investment Type
    Real Estate
  • Avg. Processing Time
    2 months
  • Investment Amount
  • Avg. Agent Fee
  • Physical Presence Requirement
  • Can family be included?
Program 2
  • Name
    Cyprus Startup Visa
  • Description

    For the Cyprus Startup Visa, the Startup must be innovative. The enterprise will be deemed innovative if its research and development expenses comprised at least 10 percent of its operating expenses in at least one of the three years preceding the application, as certified by an external auditor using international accounting standards. In the case of a new business with no financial history, the evaluation will be based on the applicant's Business Plan.

  • Requirements

    The applicant has access to €50,000 in funding, which may come from venture capital, crowdfunding, or other sources.

  • Validity
    1 year
  • Investment Type
  • Processing Time
    2 months
  • Investment Amount
    50,000 EUR
  • Avg. Agent Fee
  • Physical Presence Requirement
  • Can family be included?
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Investment Types
Passport Overview

According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the Cypriot passport is presently ranked 16th. It allows anyone to travel to 177 countries without needing a visa. It is one of the highest-ranking passports in the world, with a high mobility score. Visa-free travel and visa-on-arrival are available to Cypriot passport holders in countries such as the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Japan, and the European Union as a whole. This enables for almost instantaneous travel opportunities all around the world. Cypriot passport holders, on the other hand, need a visa to visit 52 countries around the world. China, India, and the United States are among the countries that require a visa.

Passport Rank


Visa Free Countries


Mobility Stats
  • Dual Citizenship Allowed?
  • Visa Free Destinations
  • Visa on Arrival
  • Visa Online
  • Visa Required
  • Visa Free Access
    Schengen, UK, Canada, Japan
  • World Surface Area Reachable
  • Unesco Heritage Sites Access
Passport Ranking Factors

Cyprus Passport Visa Free Countries

The number of countries Cyprus passport holders can enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) is added to the number of countries Cyprus passport holders can enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) (eTA). There are now 142 visa-free countries for Cyprus passport holders, 32 visa-on-arrival countries for Cyprus passport holders, and three eTA destinations. In total, Cyprus passport holders can visit 177 countries without a visa, via a visa on arrival, or via an eTA. As a result, Cyprus' passport is currently ranked 16th in the world. Apart from the visa-free and visa-on-arrival countries, there are 52 other countries where Cyprus passport holders will require either a physical visa or an eVisa (i.e. visa required countries). The Cyprus passport is one of the world's most powerful and sought-after passports. It allows its users to travel to over 175 countries and territories without needing a visa. Citizenship in Cyprus can be obtained in a variety of ways, including through birth, descent, or marriage. Individuals can also apply for Cypriot citizenship through the Cyprus Golden Visa program after seven years of stay. The Cyprus Permanent Residency Permit is one of the simplest and fastest Golden visa procedures available. It allows investors and their families to obtain Permanent Residency Permits (PRP) without having to go through the lengthy immigration process. Permanent residency in Cyprus can be secured in as little as two months by investing in real estate.

Citizenship by Descent

Cyprus Citizenship by Descent

Citizenship through descent is only available through the first generation. To satisfy the general conditions for Cypriot citizenship by origin, you must be at least 18 years old and:

  • You were born to Cypriot parents in Cyprus after 16 August 1960.
  • You were born outside of Cyprus after August 16, 1960, and either your father or mother was a Cypriot citizen. Your birth was recorded within two years.
  • You were born after June 11, 1999, and your mother was a citizen of Cyprus.

If your parents become eligible for British citizenship, remember that particular conditions apply.

Citizenship by Descent - Details
  • CBD Available?
  • Generations
  • Avg. Processing Time (mo.)
  • Avg. Cost
Citizenship by Descent - Footnotes

Note: Keep in mind that the costs for citizenship by descent applications can vary and depend on many factors, such as:

  • The availability of official documents in different countries (if past family members migrated);
  • The availability of historic documents;
  • Sworn translation costs;
  • Price only includes main applicant, in case of adding children or spouses, this can incur additional costs);
  • Whether or not a genealogist is needed to prove ancestry;
  • Other unforeseen costs.

* In the case of first generation citizenship by descent, we assumed ONLY administration costs, which will be around $100 or less (usually free if application is done in the same country versus foreign embassy or consulate)

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