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|Type of document||Passport|
|Eligibility requirements||Cypriot citizenship|
Cypriot passport are issued to citizens of Cyprus for the purpose of international travel. Every Cypriot citizen is also a citizen of the European Union. The passport, along with the national identity card allows for free rights of movement and residence in any of the states of the European Union and European Economic Area.
According to the Henley Visa Restrictions Index 2014, Cypriot citizens can visit 157 countries without a visa or with a visa granted on arrival. Cypriot citizens can live and work in any country within the EU as a result of the right of free movement and residence granted in Article 21 of the EU Treaty.
The Civil Registry and Immigration Department of the Ministry of the Interior is responsible for issuing and renewing Cypriot passports.
Despite the continuing division of Cyprus due to the Turkish invasion of 1974, all Cypriot passports contain text in Greek as well as Turkish and English, as Greek and Turkish are the official languages of the Republic of Cyprus (according to Article 3, Paragraph 1 of the Constitution of Cyprus). Turkish Cypriots may obtain Cypriot passports and ID cards if they can prove their descent from a citizen of the Republic of Cyprus. Turkish settlers in the northern part of Cyprus are not entitled to Cypriot citizenship.
Biometric passports have been issued since 13 December 2010 and include text in all official languages of the European Union. They carry a microchip containing biometric data such as fingerprints, a biometric photograph and a digital signature. Inside, on different pages there are images of a statue of the goddess Aphrodite on display at the Cyprus Museum, images of a dove carrying an olive branch, images of the Cypriot mouflon and images of the Kyrenia ship.
Gallery of historic images
- "International Visa Restrictions". Henley and partners. 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
- Treaty on the Function of the European Union (consolidated version)
- Kambas, Michele (Dec 23, 2010). "Goddess of Love emerges into foaming Cypriot row". reuters. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
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