Cyprus is part of the European Union and citizens of a number of countries can visit Cyprus visa-free, while nationals from countries not on the visa waiver list will need to apply for a visa before arrival. Expats wishing to live and work in Cyprus must obtain a residence permit.
Expats applying for a visa for Cyprus should be aware of the political situation in the country. The Republic of Cyprus does not recognise the secessionist north and, consequently, its visa rules only apply to the south of the island. It also views all ports of entry in the Turkish-occupied north, including the airports, as illegal and advises that valid visa holders enter Cyprus through the south to avoid any problems.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cyprus, the legal points of entry into the country are the airports of Larnaca and Paphos, as well as the ports of Limassol, Larnaca, Paphos and Latsi, which are all situated in the area under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus.