You are permitted to temporarily import your vehicle from the EU and use your vehicle for a period of six months and then re export it without paying any excise duty or VAT in Cyprus.
The car must have been bought and the VAT and any other excise duties applicable must have been paid (and not refunded) in the country of registration. The vehicle must display the normal registration marks and have the registration document of that member state.

The following conditions must also be met: you are the owner or you have the written authority of the owner;

Your normal residence is in another member state;

You are bringing it for your private use only;

You intend to use it during your stay in Cyprus for a period of time not exceeding six months, consecutive or not, per year.

“Normal residence” means the place where a person usually lives, that is for at least 185 days, consecutive or not, in each calendar year, because of personal and occupational ties, or, in the case of a person with no occupational ties because of personal ties which show close links between that person and the place where he is living.

On importation:
If you are bringing a vehicle from the EU, you may leave the port or airport immediately without any customs procedure, provided that it bears number plates and a certificate of registration of the normal registration series of the other member state.

However you are required to declare the vehicle at the nearest Customs Station within 24 hours from the date of its arrival.

If a public holiday or weekend follows the date of arrival, you must make the declaration on the first working day after the expiration of the 24 hours deadline. The declaration shall be made on customs form C.104, a copy of which will be given to you by Customs. The maximum period of stay of the vehicle for private use in the Republic is six months, consecutive or not, per calendar year.

For a stay longer than six months:

Exceptionally you may be allowed to use the vehicle temporarily for a period of time longer than six months, if: - you are a student in Cyprus in which case you will be allowed to use the vehicle throughout your stay in Cyprus exclusively for your studies; or

You are assigned with a task of fixed duration, in which case you will be allowed to use the vehicle throughout your stay in Cyprus exclusively for the accomplishment of your task; or

You have transferred your normal residence from another country to Cyprus and you intend to apply for relief on the vehicle. In such a case, so that you may not be deprived of your vehicle until you make an application and receive an answer, you may be allowed to use the vehicle temporarily up to a period of one month.

You are allowed to drive your vehicle temporarily in Cyprus if: You have a valid certificate of registration and road licence of another member state of the EU. If the foreign road licence expires during the vehicle's stay in Cyprus you must pay the relevant road tax fees to the Inland Transport Department.

You are a holder of a valid driving licence of your country or of an international driving licence.

The vehicle is insured by an insurance company, registered and operating in Cyprus unless it is covered by an International Motor Insurance Certificate, known as Green Card or it bears number plates of a member state of the Multilateral Guarantee Agreement.

The member states to this Agreement are the following: Austria

Belgium

Czech Republic

Cyprus

Denmark

France

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Ireland

Italy

Luxemburg

Netherlands

Portugal

Slovakia

Slovenia

Spain

Sweden

Finland

United Kingdom

While the vehicle is in Cyprus you must comply with the following: you shall not lend, sell, pledge, rent or otherwise dispose of it;

You shall use it exclusively for your own private needs.

Before the expiration of the six months period, or longer period allowed, the vehicle must be: transferred outside Cyprus; or placed in a customs warehouse, or destroyed under customs supervision, or abandoned to Customs, or cleared either on payment of excise duty or on relief from it. In all these cases you must produce to the proper customs official your vehicle and Form C.104, given to you when you declared the vehicle to Customs on its entry into the island.

Temporary Importation from Outside the EU

You are permitted to temporarily import and use your vehicle for a period of six months and then re export it without paying any customs duty, excise duty or VAT in Cyprus.

The following conditions must be met:
You are the owner or you have the written authority of the owner

Your normal residence is in another country, outside the EU.

It is for your private use only.

You intend to use it during your stay in Cyprus for a period of time not exceeding six months, consecutive or not, per year.

“Normal residence” means the place where a person usually lives, that is for at least 185 days, consecutive or not, in each calendar year, because of personal and occupational ties, or, in the case of a person with no occupational ties because of personal ties which show close links between that person and the place where he is living.

On importation you must: Complete form C.104, a copy of which will be given to you by Customs.

You must always have this document in your vehicle and produce it when requested by a Customs or Police Officer.

The maximum period of stay of the vehicle for private use in the Republic is six months, consecutive or not, per calendar year.

For a stay longer than six months:

Exceptionally you may be allowed to use the vehicle temporarily for a period of time longer than six months, if: you are a student in Cyprus, in which case you will be allowed to use the vehicle throughout your stay in Cyprus exclusively for your studies; or

You are assigned with a task of fixed duration, in which case you will be allowed to use the vehicle throughout your stay in Cyprus exclusively for the accomplishment of your task; or

You have transferred your normal residence from another country to Cyprus and you intend to apply for relief on the vehicle. In such a case, so that you may not be deprived of your vehicle until you make an application and receive an answer, you may be allowed to use the vehicle temporarily up to a period of one month.

You are allowed to drive your vehicle temporarily in Cyprus if: You have a valid certificate of registration and road licence of a third country. If the foreign road licence expires during the vehicle’s stay in Cyprus, you must pay the relevant road tax fees to the Inland Transport Department.

You are a holder of a valid driving licence of your country or of an international driving licence.

The vehicle is insured by an insurance company, registered and operating in Cyprus, unless it is covered by an International Motor Insurance Certificate, known as Green Card or it bears number plates of a member state of the Multilateral Guarantee Agreement.

The third countries which are members to this Agreement are the following: Croatia

Iceland

Norway

Switzerland

While the vehicle is in Cyprus you must comply with the following: you shall not lend, sell, pledge, rent or otherwise dispose of it;

You shall use it exclusively for your own private needs.

Before the expiration of the six months period, or any longer period allowed, the vehicle must be: re-exported; or placed in a customs warehouse; or destroyed under customs supervision; or abandoned to Customs; or cleared either on payment of excise duty or on relief from it.

In all these cases you must produce to the proper customs official your vehicle and Form C.104, given to you at the time of importation of the vehicle.

For more information you may write to the following address:

The Director
Department of Customs and Excise
Corner M. Karaoli& Gr. Afxentiou,
1096, Nicosia Fax no 22302031
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For enquiries you may call the following telephone numbers; Temporary Importation Section at Customs Headquarters: 22601753 or 22601748

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