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Factsheet for measure CY-2022-13/2219 Updated – measures in Cyprus

Temporary protection visas for Ukrainian nationals

Προσωρινή έκδοση κάρτας για Ουκρανούς πρόσφυγες

Country Cyprus , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 22 March 2022 – 04 March 2024
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Protection of vulnerable groups (beyond employment support)
Author Loucas Antoniou (INEK) and Eurofound
Measure added 09 May 2022 (updated 13 June 2023)

Background information

Following the decision of the Council of the European Union Implementing Decision on the ‘establishing the existence of a mass influx of displaced persons from Ukraine within the meaning of Article 5 of Directive 2001/55/EC, and having the effect of introducing temporary protection’ (EU 2022/382), the Cabinet decided on 22 March 2022 to issue temporary visas for Ukrainian refugees fleeing war. The duration of the measure will be from 22 March 2022 to 4 March 2023.

Content of measure

Ukrainian nationals, refugees in Ukraine and their family members living in Ukraine before 24 February 2022 and stateless persons and non-Ukrainians living in Ukraine before 24 February 2022 with a permanent residence permit, who are unable to return safely in their country of origin are eligible for temporary visas in Cyprus.

Eligible Ukrainians of the temporary protection shall apply at the district offices of the Immigration Department and the Asylum Service in Nicosia of the Ministry of Interior or on-line. The rights granted to beneficiaries with the issuing of the temporary visas are:

  • Residency rights,
  • Access to labour market for employment or self-employment,
  • Accommodation,
  • Social welfare and means of subsistence if required,
  • Medical care,
  • Medical or other assistance in case of special needs,
  • Access to education for children under 18 years of age.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

04 March 2023

The Cabinet decided to renew the temporary protection visas for Ukranian national for both existing and new cases for another year, up until the 4 March 2024.

Use of measure

The number of Ukrainian refugees eligible for receiving the temporary protection would be difficult to determine precisely. It seems that there has been an on-going flow of Ukrainian refugees arriving in Cyprus since 24 February 2022. The Minister of Interior stated on 17 March 2022 that the estimated number of Ukrainian refugees in Cyprus is around 8,000. On 30 March 2022 the Minister announced that the number of Ukrainian refugees in Cyprus reached 14,000. Reports in May 2022 predicted that there were 15,096 Ukrainian refugees living in Cyprus.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Migrants or refugees

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
No special funding required

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


This measure was decided by the members of the Cabinet after the EU directions. Social partners were not involved in the process of designing the measure; no social partner has been invited to contribute. The Ministry of Interior is the responsible agency for the implementation and monitoring of the measure.

Views and reactions

Particular reactions of trade unions and employers’ organizations in regards to the measure and its provisions have not been recorded.


  • 31 March 2022: What you need to know about temporary protection (
  • 31 March 2022: Frequently asked questions for applicants of temporary protection (


Eurofound (2022), Temporary protection visas for Ukrainian nationals, measure CY-2022-13/2219 (measures in Cyprus), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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