We analyze the example of the Austrian Embassy in Nicosia.
Q. Can non-Cypriots do the Austrian Schengen in Cyprus?
A. Yes, you can. To do this, you must have documents confirming your legal residence in Cyprus (residence permit).
Q. Is it better to apply for a Schengen visa in Cyprus or in your own country?
A. It all depends on your plans and location. If you apply for a visa through the embassy in Cyprus, then its validity period will be tied to the residence permit. Our residence permit is valid until 01-feb-2020, when submitting documents in November 2019, we were also issued a visa until 01-feb-2020.
Q. What are the advantages and disadvantages?
- Fast processing time. In our case, the first week was spent waiting for the day after the appointment, and the second week was spent on the registration itself.
- Pre-registration with the choice of date and time of visiting the embassy.
- The English level Intermediate will be enough for communication in the embassy.
- Payment of the duty at the embassy. The cost for Russian citizens is 35 euros per person.
- You don’t need to fly to Russia on purpose to apply in Moscow.
- Only personal presence when submitting documents.
- There is no built-in postal / courier delivery of the finished visa to the recipient. But you can negotiate with third-party services (such as GAP Akis Express) and write an email. a letter to the embassy with permission to hand over their passports to couriers.
- The visa is issued only before the validity of the document on residence in Cyprus. We applied 2 times at the Austrian embassy and were for 6 or 12 months, while in Russia we received a visa for 3 years.
Q. Where can I park my car?
A. You can park your car in the church area, near the embassy.
A complete list of required documents and a questionnaire is available in PDF format on the official website of the embassy in the Visa for non-EU-Citizens section (there are changes due to the Covid-19 pandemic).
The Cyprus Foreign Ministry website has a list of embassies of different countries with all contact information.