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I am a Chinese Passport holder, living in China and have a valid Schengen residence permit. Last year, I entered Schengen areas with a valid Schengen visa. During my stay in Schengen areas, I was issued a ~2 years residence permit by one Schengen country. When I left Schengen areas, my Schengen Visa was still valid and I didn’t show the residence permit to the customs officer. Now the Schengen visa has expired.

Can I enter Cyprus with the residence permit/card directly? Or do I have to use the residence permit to enter one Schengen country then go to Cyprus?

Thank you guys.

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Yes, you can enter Cyprus with your passport and valid EU common format residence permit issued by a Schengen member state.

Timatic, the database which airlines use to verify passenger travel documents, states in relevant part:

Cyprus (CY)

Passport required.

Document Validity:

  • Passports and other documents accepted for entry must be valid for a minimum of 3 months beyond the period of intended stay.

Visa Exemptions:

  • Passengers with a residence permit issued by Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania or a Schengen Member State for a maximum stay of 90 days. (SEE NOTE 66301)
  • This does not apply to nationals of Azerbaijan and Turkey.

    NOTE 66301: The maximum stay is granted within 180 days.

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