Republic of Cyprus
Civil Registry and Migration Department

Temporary protection FAQ


TEMPORARY PROTECTION - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Who is entitled to temporary protection? 
  • Ukrainian nationals, refugees in Ukraine, and their family members living in Ukraine before 24 February 2022.
  • Stateless persons and non-Ukrainians living in Ukraine before 24 February 2022 with a permanent residence permit, who are unable to return safely to their country of origin.

2. Entry requirements
All displaced persons from Ukraine may enter the Republic of Cyprus provided they hold 
  • Valid biometric and non-biometric passports, irrespective of the date of expiration
  • Expired biometric and non-biometric passports,
  • Identification cards issued by the Government of Ukraine,
  • Internal passports,
  • Temporary Travel Documents issued by the Government of Ukraine,
  • Permanent or temporary residence permit, issued by the Government of Ukraine.

For all displaced persons, Cyprus Flight Pass or proof of COVID-19 vaccination record ARE NOT requirements to enter Cyprus.

3. When can I apply for temporary protection?
You can apply for temporary protection immediately after your arrival in Cyprus, given that it has taken place on or after 24 February 2022. By applying for temporary protection, you also apply for a temporary residence permit. Applications can be submitted either for individuals or families.

4. Is there a fee for applying?
There is NO fee for applying.

5. Where can I apply for temporary protection?
Applications can be submitted either online through the website of the Asylum Service
http://www.moi.gov.cy/moi/asylum/asylumservice.nsf/index_en/index_en?OpenDocument or at one of the service offices listed below, depending on your district of residence.

1. Nicosia: Asylum Service, 70 Arch. Makarios III Avenue, Afemia House 1077 Nicosia
2. Larnaka: District Immigration Department of the Police, 34 Tasou Mitsopoulou, Larnaka 6027
3. Limassol: 223 Fragklinou Rousvelt, Building “D. Nikolaou”, 2nd floor, Limassol 3046
4. Paphos: Corner of Eleftheriou Venizelou & Kanigkos 22, 2nd floor, Paphos, 8021
5. Famagusta: 83 Eleftherias Street, TAPOLOS Bld, Deryneia Plaza, 1st floor, Deryneia 5380

6. Can I apply with my family under the same application?
Only the spouses and minor children (under 18) can be included in the same application. In case of adult children or other family members a separate application should be submitted.

7. What documents do I need to submit with my application for temporary protection and residence permit?
If you apply online, you should attach on your application a copy of your passport (valid or expired) or ID. If applying as a family these documents should be attached for each member of the family. You should also attach the pages of the passports with the official stamp showing the date that you left Ukraine or the date of arrival to the first country of entry (if available).

These documents should also be provided if you apply in person in one of the service offices.

8. When will I receive the decision for temporary protection and my residence permit if I apply online?
If you apply online, you will receive the decision on your application for temporary protection by the Asylum Service by email. Your application will be processed as soon as possible, however if the required documents are not submitted, this will delay the process. The decision will concern all the members of the family included in the application.

After 48 hours of receiving the email by the Asylum Service (and your family members included in the application) you must visit the service office of your district to provide your biometric data, necessary for the issuance of the residence permit. Please be advised that without providing biometric data the residence permit cannot be issued.

72hours after providing the biometric data, you will be able to pick up the residence permit from the service office of your district. Delay in providing your biometric data will result in the delay of the issuance of the residence permit.

9. When will I receive the decision for temporary protection and my residence permit if I apply in person at one of the service offices?
If you submit your application for temporary protection in person at a service office, you will receive the decision of the Asylum Service in person, covering all members of the family included in the application, within the same day.

Within the same day and at the same office, you will be able to apply for the residence permit by submitting the decision of the Asylum Service and provide your biometric data (all family members included in the application must register and provide biometric data). In case you submitted your application at the Asylum Service in Nicosia, registering and biometric data capturing will take place within the same day at the Civil Registry and Migration Department: Civil Registry and Migration Department, 90 Archbishop Makarios III Avenue, Nicosia 1077.

In all cases you will be able to pick up the residence permit 72 hours after this process from the same office where you submitted your biometric data. Please be advised that without registration and biometric data the residence permit cannot be issued.

10. What is the duration of the temporary protection?
Temporary protection is valid until 4 March 2023. Subsequently, all residence permits issued are valid until the above-mentioned date.

11. What are my rights once my application is approved?
  • residency rights
  • access to labour market to engage in employed or self-employed activities
  • suitable accommodation 
  • social welfare and means of subsistence if needed
  • medical care 
  • medical or other assistance in case you have special needs
  • access to education for children under 18 

12. I have arrived in Cyprus before February, 1st 2022 for a short stay and with a Cypriot Tourist Visa and I cannot apply for temporary permit. What should I do?
You can follow the standard procedures for obtaining a residence permit of a category other than temporary protection, provided that you fulfil the criteria for such a permit. Information for available residency categories can be found on the webpage of the Civil registry and Migration Department www.moi.gov.cy/crmd

13. I was already residing in Cyprus and my residence permit has already or is about to expire and I cannot apply for temporary permit. What shall I do?
All temporary permits for Ukrainian nationals that have or are about to expire can be renewed upon submission of a relevant application, as is the standard procedure. Individuals who cannot submit such an application, can contact the Civil Registry and Migration Department for further information depending on their individual merits www.moi.gov.cy/crmd.



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