If you were registered as a resident before 1 January 2021, you will have an MEU1 or MEU3 residence document. If you have a non-EU family member who was resident before 1 January 2021, they will have an MEU2. You can exchange your MEU residence document for the MUKW biometric residence document.

If you do not have an MEU residence document
If you were resident before 1st January 2021 and you did not register before 1 January 2021, you can request the MUKW biometric residence document for yourself and your family..
If you were legally resident in Cyprus before 1st January 2021 for:

  • less than 5 years: you are eligible for a residence document valid for 5 years (MUKW1)
  • over 5 years: you are eligible for permanent residency document (MUKW3), initially valid for 10 years
  • non-EU family members are eligible for an MUKW2 document

Holders of MEU documents (yellow slips)
We strongly recommend that you request the MUKW residence biometric card. Whilst MEU documents remain valid, the MUKW biometric card shows that you have the rights defined within the Withdrawal Agreement. The biometric card is more durable and it will simplify administrative processes in Cyprus. It shows your right to enter Cyprus and exempts you from the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) and visa requirements.

It is worth noting that all old style residency documents must be exchanged for the biometric card by August 2026.

Please note, when travelling within the EU (excluding Cyprus) you are limited to a maximum of 90 days in any 180 days Read the RESIDENCE RIGHTS AND RESIDENCE DOCUMENTS IN THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS and click this link to go to GOV UK for further information.

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