Updated: September 27, 2023
Cyprus temporary residence permit, the so-called Pink Slip, allows non-European Union passport holders to extend their stay in Cyprus for more than 3 months (90 days). It will also enable tourists and visitors to extend their stay no matter what was the duration of their initial visa. They should apply before their current visa expires.
Under this permit, a person is allowed to live in Cyprus as a visitor (without the right to work). Also, his family members, spouse, and children (under 18 years old) can get the pink slip as dependants. The whole family applies simultaneously; each member files a separate application form and gets his/her temporary residence card.
Pink Slip in Cyprus is valid for 1 year and can be renewed annually, provided the applicant still meets the requirements. In cases where the applicant’s passport expiration is sooner, the residence permit validity will be set to end three months before that.
To be eligible for a Pink Slip, the applicant is required to show:
To obtain a temporary residency permit in Cyprus, the applicant needs to apply with the following required documents:
One for each family member.
The rental agreement must be for a one-year minimum (Rental Agreement and a copy of it certified by Muhtar or a certifying officer & stamped at the tax office).
Deposit/Transfer € 24.000 in a Bank account in Cyprus, which should be transferred from abroad. If brought in, cash needs to be declared at the airport on arrival and get the confirmation document. (Learn how to open a bank account in Cyprus).
If a bank transfer, one needs swift or confirmation from the bank in Cyprus that this amount was transferred from abroad.
This amount is increased by 20% for the spouse and 15% for each child.
Set up a bank guarantee in a Cyprus bank, one for each family member. The amount depends on nationality:
Processing time for the bank to issue guarantees is 1-2 days.
Applicants from the following countries do not need to provide bank guarantees: the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Singapore, Norway, Andorra, Bahrein, Kuwait, Lebanon, Monaco, Qatar, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates.
It can be international health insurance if the applicant already has one, or it can be made in Cyprus. The average cost is € 200 for each person. It can be made in 1 day.
They are done in Cyprus, and they are blood tests showing that the applicant does not suffer from the following:
They need to be stamped by a specialist doctor.
It can be any stable income, i.e., employment, bank deposits, pension, etc. This income should enable the temporary residence holder to cover his living expenses in Cyprus.
Annual income estimates:
The documents with (*) must be translated into English and bear the «APOSTILLE» stamp. OR be certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country that will issue them and by the Cyprus Embassy of that Country.
Application for the first time or renewal: € 70 for each family member.
Registration: € 70 for each family member (payable only the first time of application).
The applicant needs to apply to the Immigration Unit of the City they are living in. The applications are further forwarded and examined by the Civil Registry and Migration Department.
Below are the addresses of each city’s immigration unit.
Agamemnonos 6, Engomi, 2411 Nicosia
Franglinou Rousvelt 223, Zakaki, Building ¨D. Nikolaou¨, 2nd floor, 3046 Limassol
Piale Piasha 75, 6027 Larnaka
Eleftheriou Venizelou & Kaningos 22, 2nd floor, 8021 Pafos
Eleftherias 83, Tatolos Bld, Derynia Plaza, 1st floor, 5380 Derynia
We advise our clients to transfer money from abroad to their bank account in Cyprus and use a visa or credit card for their expenses instead of cash.
This will assist in a subsequent application for Pink Slip renewal as their bank statement will clearly show that they bring money to Cyprus from abroad. And that they spent them on their living expenses.
Our Law Firm will undertake the entire procedure for your application to ensure it runs smoothly. We will book the date for the meeting for submission, prepare application forms, provide advice on required documents, attend the meeting with you, follow the application process, receive the immigration permit cards, and deliver them to you.
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How can I check my Pink Slip application status?
Send an SMS to 1199 with the text: STATUS(space)ApplicationNumber. You can easily find the application number on your receipt for paying the application submission fee (form Γ.Λ. 301B). Note that there is a charge of 3.4 cents per SMS (as of September 2023). An example of the SMS text message you need to send is STATUS 1243/2016
I live with my girlfriend, and the rental agreement is only in my name. We are not married. Is it acceptable for her to present that rental agreement for the submission of her application for Pink Slip?
To be acceptable, you need a letter from the Landlord to confirm that he knows she lives there and accepts it.
How long in advance do we need to book our meetings for the Pink Slip application?
It is recommended to book the meetings as early as possible following your arrival to Cyprus. The meeting will be set at about 2-3 weeks.
What documents are needed to book our meeting?
You need a copy of the passport, visa, and arrival stamp.
From where will I receive my residence permit?
You will receive your residence permit from the place where you applied. We can receive it on your behalf if you sign the relevant authorisation.
When shall I apply for the renewal of my temporary residence permit?
You shall apply to renew your temporary residence permit at least one (1) month before the expiry.
Should I be present while applying for a temporary residence permit or renewal?
You must be present for capturing biometrics (fingerprints and photos) and signature samples.
Does a Cyprus temporary residence permit (Pink Slip) allow you to travel to Europe without a visa?
Yes, to Bulgaria and Romania. Following Decision No 565/2014/EU of the European Parliament and the Council, you can travel visa-free to Bulgaria and Romania for short-stay purposes. Short stay means up to 90 days out of any 180. For other countries, including Greece, you need a visa. The arrangement used to apply to Croatia, but since Croatia has entered Schengen, it does not.
Please explain which are the Cyprus Pink Slip benefits.
A Cyprus pink slip allows the holder and his family to stay in Cyprus for the duration of it and re-enter Cyprus if they travel abroad without needing a visa. There are no other unique benefits.
How long is a Pink Slip valid for?
A pink slip in Cyprus is valid for one year; the applicant can apply for renewal one month before expiration.
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