Bear in mind that there are several strikes planned by passport office staff in the next few months, they striked a couple of weeks ago and it caused mayhem for people after emergency passports as all the offices were closed
However, as luci says, as far as official entry requirements for Cyprus are concerned, your passport requires to be valid for the duration of your stay in the country. But, it is always worth checking that your airline or tour operator does not set different minimum passport validity requirements which you may have to comply with.
Whilst this topic is intended for discussion specifically about passport or entry requirements for Cyprus, we also have a separate PASSPORT ADVICE and Q&As topic where you will find general advice and info about passport applications, renewals and other services provided by the UK's Identity & Passport Service.
I emailed the embassy and just got an automated message back with a link which just says your passport must cover you while you are there so not really much help, have phoned thomas cook who the flight is with and they said 6 months so should be okay
I live in Cyprus and just recently took a holiday to Malta (Feb 2010). My passport expires in July this year and I was a bit bothered about the validity period also.
It was suggested to look at the FCO website for the country you are travelling to - but you should also check with the airline carrier also, as they may refuse boarding...
Flights from Cyprus to Malta are with Emirates but this year we made our reservation with Air Malta (they codeshare the flight) as it was cheaper. I checked with both airlines - just in case and they both rely on the country information regarding validity.
My passport was checked at both ends in each direction with no problem.
I did however, print off the documentation from the FCO for Malta and from the airlines website which indicated entry was okay as long as the passport covered you for the duration of your holiday dates.
I'm back in sunny Cyprus but will have to renew my passport before our holiday to Luxor later this year
The UK Civil Service at it's best!!
No problems at all either entering or leaving UK/Cyprus, as AskCy says, go, enjoy, and don't worry..
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We booked with Air Malta but the flight is a code share with Emirates so I printed off the rules and regs from both the carriers websites, plus the FCO for Malta and for my return into Cyprus.
Each said pretty much the same - passport has to be valid for the duration of the visit but it's always better to be safe than sorry and make sure you conform to all that is required.
From the FCO http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/europe/cyprus
Entry Requirements - Passport Validity
British nationals may stay in Cyprus as a visitor for up to 90 days; ensure that your passport is valid for the duration of your proposed stay.
i have just been in touch with the cyprus embassy and they have told me that i need a valid passport for 6 months from the date of entry
If you are a British passport holder, then that does in fact contradict both the Foreign Office and the Cyprus High Commission in London:
But as time is on your side, you could go ahead and renew and have the unexpired period transferred to your new passport, just in case you are travelling with an airline which does have a minimum validity requirement. I'm assuming your tour operator has no such requirement, or they would not have referred you to the embassy. Renewals are currently being processed in around 7-10 days.
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