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How is Cyprus affected by not being in the Schengen Area?

I am interested in getting a Cyprus passport but am concerned that it is an EU member but not part of Schengen. How does this affect my mobility throughout Europe?

  • Omirou & Omirou LLC
    October 22, 2018

    It does not affect your mobility at all. It would only affect your mobility if you would have obtained Cyprus permanent resident permit instead, but since we are speaking about Cyprus citizenship, then the full privileges of a European citizen apply. Cyprus has been a member-state of the EU since 2004 out of the total of 29 member countries. Full freedom of movement of people, funds, services and goods apply as a consequence of the member-state identity.

    October 19, 2018

    Please note that once a person acquires a Cyprus passport, that person acquires the right to freely move throughout the European Union without the need to obtain a visa.

  • Evagoras Anastasiou & Associates LLC
    October 19, 2018

    No, there will be no problem with your mobility in Europe.

  • Andreas Demetriades & Co LLC
    October 19, 2018

    Cyprus passport holders can enter the Schengen Zone visa-free.

  • Vasiliou Law
    October 19, 2018

    Cyprus citizenship, which will grant you a Cyprus passport, is not affected by Cyprus not being a member of the Schengen Area. Free movement is one of the four core principles of the European Union. However, what is different is that when you have Cyprus residency and not citizenship, then you need a visa to visit the countries that are members of the Schengen Area. To conclude, once you have the Cyprus passport, a Schengen visa is not required since Cyprus is a member-state of the European Union, which means that it does not affect your mobility throughout Europe.

  • Fidescorp Chartered Accountants
    October 20, 2018

    By obtaining a Cyprus passport, one is free to travel within the 28 EU countries freely. There is no need for a visa, so the Schengen issue is not relevant (only relevant for visa holders, not passport holders). Actually, a Cyprus passport allows for visa-free (or visa on-arrival) travel to 158 countries.

  • Christodoulos G. Vassiliades & Company LLC
    October 23, 2018

    No problem with your mobility.

  • Omirou & Omirou LLC
    December 10, 2018

    Your mobility throughout Europe will not be affected. You are going yo obtain the Cyprus citizenship, not the permanent residency. There is a clear difference between these two. Obtaining Cyprus passport grants European citizenship, therefore all the characteristics of such an identity apply: free movement of people, free movement of funds, free movement of goods and free movement of services all over the European Union area.