Embassies and Consulates in Cyprus

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In most of the countries you will find diplomatic missions, which usually refers to an embassy and/or a consulate. Diplomatic bodies represent other country interests in Cyprus, with the aim of strengthening international relations between the states and providing services for their citizens in Cyprus.

Embassies and consulates are considered legal territories of their home countries. They are not "foreign territory" but they are protected and considered the property of the country using them, meaning that Cyprus does not have jurisdiction over the embassy or consulate of another country.

What is the difference between Embassy and Consulates?

The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations international treaty defines the diplomatic mission’s purpose and framework. The various diplomatic missions offer several services and carry out different missions. For example:

  • Embassy: This is the primary diplomatic representation of a country’s government and is headed by an ambassador. An embassy is the main location for a diplomatic presence of one country in another. A country has at most one embassy in another country, and is always established in the capital city of the host country. In the absence of a consulate in a country, the embassy has also a consular section to carry out all the relevant consular services (see below).
  • Consulate General: This is a diplomatic mission, headed by a consul that provides a full range of services such as: issuing passports/visas, keeping birth and marriage records, assisting expats, providing legal information, translations etc. It can be located in any major city of the host country, although often in the capital city (in certain cases, in the same building as the embassy). In major countries and large territories, you often have more than one consulate.
  • Honorary Consulate: It supplements the Consulate to provide a limited range of consular services and is headed by an honorary consul. They help nationals abroad. For example, in the event of a hospital stay, missing person, death, natural disaster or other emergency. They can also issue emergency travel documents and consular declarations for which the applicant is required to appear in person.

NB: You will usually apply for a visa at the Consulate of the country you want to visit. However, if there is no such representation in Cyprus, you can apply for a visa at the embassy.

Where to find Consulates and Embassies in Cyprus

Not all countries have an Embassy and/or a Consulate as it depends of the political situation, the relationship with the host country, the size of the country, and the number of foreign citizens living there.

In some cases, countries can share representations and you can be assisted by the services of another embassy or consular service to get the information you need.
We recommend you register/contact your country’s embassy at your destination. It is a free service provided by any diplomatic mission and it will allow them to record information about your upcoming trip abroad. It can be used to assist you in case of an emergency.

Registration will also allow you to get routine information from your nearest embassy or consulate, as citizen residing abroad.

The Cypriot capital, Nicosia, hosts 45 embassies.

There are also 70 consulates and one representation in Cyprus (European Union, Nicosia’s European Union Representative Office).

All consulates and honorary consulates are located in Nicosia, except for those countries who own an embassy in the capital of Cyprus and might have another diplomatic mission outside the capital.

You will find below a list of selected countries (the list is not exhaustive) that have a diplomatic mission in Cyprus. The list includes embassies, consulates, honorary consulates and sometime other official representations for you to be able to get information and services.

Embassies and Main Consulates in Nicosia


Embassy of China in Cyprus

Address: 30 Archimidous Street, Engomi, Nicosia P.O.Box 24531
Telephone: (+357) 22 352 183
E-Mail: consulate_cyp@mfa.gov.cn  
Opening hours: 15:00-18:00 on Monday, Wednesday and 9:00-12:00 on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

The Embassy of China in Nicosia provides a range of consular services such as visa and passport processing as well as notary certification. Contact them directly to check the full list of services.


French Embassy in Cyprus

Address: 34 Demostheni Severi av, 2nd floor, Agioi Omologitai, Nicosia 1080
Tel: (+357) 22 585-300
E-Mail: contact.nicosie-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr
Social Media: https://twitter.com/FranceaChypre and https://www.facebook.com/AmbassadeFRChypre
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday: 09:00-15:00

The French embassy in Cyprus provides consular affairs, such as the registration of French nationals established outside France, identity cards and passports, civil status: marriages, births ..., other steps (legalization of signature, driver's license...), elections, national service and assembly of French nationals abroad.

Consulates: In addition to the embassy in Nicosia, France homes consulates in Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos. 


Embassy of Germany in Cyprus

Address: 10 Nikitaras Street, 1080 Nikosia.
Tel: (+357) 22 79 00 00 and Emergency telephone number: 00357 – 99 68 93 25 (after office hours)
E-Mail: FORM
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/AuswaertigesAmt/ and https://twitter.com/auswaertigesamt
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from  9:00h to 16:00h and Friday from 9:00h to 12:00h - Appointment only (including collection of passports)

The German embassy in Nicosia provides passports and ID cards’ services, nationality, family and inheritance matters, criminal records, visa and entry, lawyers, doctors and translators and customs service, etc.


Embassy of Greece in Cyprus

Address: 8-10, Vyronos Avenue, 1096 Nicosia (P.O.Box 21799, 1513 Nicosia)
Tel: (+357) 22 445 111 - Emergency call (+357) 97 700 529 For non working days/hours
E-Mail: gremb.nic@mfa.gr and grcon.nic@mfa.gr (for Consular Services)
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/GreeceinCyprus/ and https://twitter.com/GreeceinCyprus
Opening hours: Monday- Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

The Greek embassy in Nicosia shares the same building as the General Consulate. The Consular Department is in charge of handling consular and legal affairs. Among the tasks of the Consular Department are also registry or conscription issues, certification of signatures and copies (documents issued by Greek Authorities), Greek passports visas, repatriation issues, as well as the assistance of Greek prisoners and Greek nationals in emergencies (issuing emergency travel documents to return to Greece).


Embassy of the Japan in Cyprus

Address: 5 Esperidon Street, Strovolos 2001, Nicosia
Tel: (+357) 22-394 800
E-Mail: embjapan@cy.mofa.go.jp   
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/JPembCY/
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 8:15-12:30 & 13:30-17:00
Consular department: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9:00-12:00 & 14:00-16:00

The Japanese embassy provides a range of consular services such as visa and passport processing as well as document legalization. Contact them directly to check exactly the full list of services available.


Embassy of Russia in Cyprus

Address: Ayios Prokopios & Arch.Makarios III Str. 2406 Engomi, Nicosia
Tel: (+357) 22 774-622
E-mail: consul@cylink.com.cy
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064750864224 and https://twitter.com/RusEmbCyprus
Opening hours: Monday-Wednesday: 08:00 - 14:00 and 15:00 - 19:00 & Thursday and Friday: 08:00 - 15:00

The Russian consulate shares the same buildings as the embassy. It provides a range of services such as visa and passport processing as well as document legalization and notarial services.

General and Honorary Consulates: In addition to the embassy in Nicosia, Russia homes a consulate in Paphos. 

United Kingdom (Great Britain)

British Embassy in Cyprus

Address: Alexander Pallis Street, PO Box 21978, Nicosia 1587
Tel: (+357) 22 861 100 / (+44) 20 7008 5000
E-Mail: ukincyprus@fco.gov.uk
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/ukincyprus and https://twitter.com/UKinCyprus
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 08:00- 16:00

The British embassy provides a range of consular services such as emergency visa and passport processing as well as document legalization and notarial and documentary services.

USA (United States of America)

Embassy of the United States of America in Cyprus

Address: Metochiou & Ploutarchou Street, 2407, Engomi, Nicosia 1385
Tel: (+357) 22 393-939
E-Mail: infonicosia@state.gov
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/USEmbassyCyprus and https://twitter.com/USEmbassyCyprus and https://www.youtube.com/USEmbassyCyprus
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 07:30- 16:30

The US representation in Cyprus provides a range of consular services such as regular passport applications and renewals, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA), and notarial services.

Honorary Consulates in Cyprus

Contact directly the Embassy/Consulate website for more information.

For countries with no consulates or embassies in Cyprus, the Honorary Consulates are supervised by diplomatic representations located in other country, often Athens, in Greece for Cyprus.

Honorary Consulates in Larnaca

  • Albania
  • Italy
  • Morocco

Honorary Consulates in Limassol

  • Belgium
  • Malta

Honorary Consulates in Nicosia