"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

Buckminster Fuller, philosopher, futurist and global thinker (1895 - 1983)

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

The Report of the U.N. Brundtland Commission, Our Common Future, 1987

"If there are to be problems, may they come during my life-time so that I can resolve them and give my children the chance of a good life."

Kenyan proverb


Visa information

A list of countries requiring a Visa to enter Cyprus can be found on the  webpage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs :

Application process and requirements

  • Consular officers at the Diplomatic Mission (or Consulate) of the Republic of Cyprus where the visa application form  is lodged, assess the applicant's purpose of travel and willingness to return to his/her home country.
  • Visa applicants should submit their visa application and supporting documents to the accredited, competent or most easily accessible Diplomatic Mission (or Consulate) of the Republic of Cyprus in their country of habitual residence (or elsewhere), or in the country that they intend to use as transit during their journey to Cyprus.
  • Passports must be valid for at least 3 months from the intended date of departure from Cyprus.
  • Valid proof of residence (visa/permanent residence card/passport) must be submitted.
  • Each applicant must duly complete and sign the visa application form. With his/her signature the applicant certifies that he/she is aware of the legal consequences of providing false or incomplete information in visa proceedings.
  • A passport–size photograph must be affixed on the visa application form.
  • The visa fee (consult relevant table) is non-refundable and should be paid upon submission of the application.
  • Invitation letter from the host-company/ firm/ associate in the Republic of Cyprus. Assumption of Responsibility to Host Form is always required. The form must be completed by the host and certified by a notary public.
  • Flight pre-bookings (round-trip) and hotel reservation or proof of other accommodation. The applicant is advised not to purchase his/her travel.

In order to find out all the details about application process and requirements, please click here:


Admission and Transit Restrictions
Entry regulations apply only to the areas controlled by the Government of the Republic of Cyprus.
A passport is required by all travellers, except for holders of:
- Laissez-Passer issued by the United Nations.
- Document issued to stateless persons and recognised refugees.
Further to the above, citizens of the European Union (EU) countries, as well as of Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway may enter Cyprus with their national identity card, provided there is a photograph.
The Government of the Republic of Cyprus refuses admission to:
Holders of ‘passports’ issued illegally by the secessionist entity, the so-called ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ (TRNC).

Traveller Advice Regarding the Turkish Occupied Areas of the Republic of Cyprus
The Government of the Republic of Cyprus is the only recognised Government on the island; a member of the EU since May 01, 2004, as well as a member of the UN and other International Organisations.
Any entry into the territory of the Republic of Cyprus via any other port or airport in the Turkish-occupied areas of Cyprus is illegal, and travellers doing so may face legal consequences. Therefore you are urged to travel via the recognised ports of entry (Larnaka and Pafos International Airports / seaports of Lemesos (Limassol), Larnaka (Larnaca), Pafos (Paphos) and Latsi).

Detailed information concerning Cyprus Embassies and High Commissions abroad can be obtained by visiting the webpage:

Please note that participants need to have an accepted paper for the conference and the conference fee settled in order to request invitation letter for visa purposes.

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