Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
- How do I establish an office?
- How does the banking system operate?
- What foreign exchange controls are in place?
- What are the import and documentation requirements?
- What applies for temporary entry of goods?
- What are the labeling and marking requirements for Cyprus?
To register a company you must first get approval for the legal entity of the company name by applying to the Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver or through the Point of Single Contact for a fee of €8.54 or €25.36 to expedite the process. You may submit the form in person, through a lawyer, or by mail, accompanied by a check in the name of the Registrar of Companies. You may search though the company names already registered in Cyprus by visiting this website: www.mcit.gov.cy/mcit/drcor/drcor.nsf/index_en/index_en?opendocument.
After securing the legal entity's name, you must submit the relevant documents for the legal entity’s registration (i.e. Memorandum of Understanding, Articles of Association, etc.) depending on the type of the legal form of the entity. In the case of registering a company (private or public) you must submit the documents through an advocate / lawyer practicing in Cyprus. For a complete list of lawyers, visit the Cyprus Bar Association's website: http://www.cyprusbarassociation.org.
There are different forms of legal entities that the Department of the Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver can register. These forms include: Company (Private or public), Branch Company, General or Limited Partnership, European Company, and Business Name. More information on “Legal forms of entities” and “Incorporation fees” regarding the above types of companies are available through CIPA:
Non-EU residents wishing to establish a company in Cyprus need to obtain a residence and employment permit by the Civil Registry and Migration Department. The procedure and regulations for obtaining a work permit for non-EU nationals has recently changed. Please contact the Civil Registry and Migration Department for more detailed information (telephone: +357-22-804502 or fax: +357-22-804587): http://www.moi.gov.cy/moi/citizenscharter/citizenscharter.nsf/dmlimmigration_en/dmlimmigration_en?OpenDocument
The standard of banking services in the Republic of Cyprus compares well with other European countries and the United States. The Central Bank of Cyprus supervises private banks closely and requires them to meet Bank for International Settlements (
There are no restrictions on either incoming or outgoing foreign exchange remittances for legitimate business purposes. However, the following restriction applies to carrying cash in local or foreign currency in or out of the country: travelers both in and out of Cyprus, whether residents or non-residents, may carry local or foreign currency up to €10,000 without any questions asked. Sums over this threshold must be declared to the Department of Customs at the port of entry/exit. When this currency was obtained through a bank, the traveler must display a copy of the bank transaction.
The GOC Department of Customs requires the following documents for clearing products originating from non-EU countries: delivery order for the goods, an invoice and a packing list. Various other documents according to the nature of each import will be required. A health certificate and ingredients’ list is required for imported food products. Additional information for business and trade is available from Customs' website: www.mof.gov.cy/mof/customs/customs.nsf/ced04_en/ced04_en?opendocument
The temporary entry of goods allows for importation without payment of duty. This facility is extended to motor vehicles, goods for processing or repair prior to their re-exportation, goods for exhibition, and commercial samples, provided they do not change their form or character. The initial temporary entry permit, obtained at the time of importation, is valid for three months and can be extended by application to Customs headquarters. Additional information is available from the GOC Department of Customs' website: www.mof.gov.cy/mof/customs/customs.nsf/All/8AF9C47B94C88F2F4225778C003A0859?OpenDocument
Since 1997, food products in Cyprus must comply with a strict law on the labeling of food products, requiring that the product name, ingredients, net contents, and country of origin be in the Greek language, in line with EU norms. A sticker with a Greek translation on the product is acceptable, provided it does not conceal the original label and it has the approval of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism. Additional information may be obtained directly from the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism website:
The "Safety of Consumer Products Law" of 1994 outlines the legal responsibilities of those involved in the production or distribution of consumer products requiring safety warnings (including household appliances, pharmaceuticals, and many other products). One of these responsibilities concerns the proper labeling and packaging of consumer products to render them completely safe to the public. This includes having the necessary safety warnings for consumer products in Greek. The Government has re-doubled efforts for stricter enforcement of the law.