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A Guide To Moving To Cyprus From The UK

Ah, the wonderful Mediterranean island of Cyprus, one of the most beautiful vacation spots on earth. Now imagine how great it would be if you didn’t have to leave! Sounds like a dream, right?

Well, this dream could become your reality.

Cyprus is fast becoming a hotspot for UK ex-pats for so many reasons, the gorgeous weather and beautiful beaches being just two of them. But packing up your life and moving abroad is not a decision to take lightly; it requires a lot of careful forethought and planning.

And that’s where we come in.

If you’ve decided that starting a new life abroad might be just what you need, we can help. Before you book your plane tickets, sell your house and ship your belongings, check out our comprehensive guide on moving to Cyprus from the UK.

This will make the transition to your new life much smoother and far more relaxing, which is ideal for quickly fitting in with Cypriot’s laid-back lifestyle.

Why move to Cyprus

Just in case you’re still on the fence about whether this move is going to be the right decision for you, let’s quickly look at what makes Cyprus such a great place for UK expats. Some of the top reasons Brits love it so much include:

English speakers: Cyprus is a majorly English speaking, and it is home to lots of other English-speaking ex-pats. This makes it much easier to fit in and adapt to the change in location

Relaxed lifestyle: The Mediterranean culture in Cyprus means life is very laid-back there and much slower than in Western Europe and the UK, which is perfect if you’re looking for a change of pace!

The weather is great: Boasting one of the best climates in Europe, Cyprus has limited rainfall and is warm year-round (particularly when compared to UK weather)

Friendly locals: The Cypriot people are very welcoming and friendly, and just like their culture, they are very laid-back as well

Of course, these are just some of the reasons that Cyprus is a great place to live - there are plenty more. But for now, let’s focus on what it takes to make the move and start a new life there.

Getting the right visa

One of the most important things you need to do before moving to Cyprus is to ensure you’re approved for a visa. Since the UK’s exit from the EU, this has been a little different.

UK nationals need a visa to live and work in Cyprus, whereas EU citizens don’t need this. There are several different types of visas available, so it’s important to choose the right one.

There are temporary visas, but if you’re planning to move, it’s unlikely that these are going to be a long term solution as these only cover you for a period of 90 days. That said, these can be extended for various different reasons. And if you need to go over to Cyprus temporarily to look for houses or choose your new location, this is the visa for you.

Then there is the one-year visa for those looking to live and work there for up to a year. These applications must be backed by a letter from your employer or from an accountant or solicitor.

However, the most likely option is going to be a permanent visa. A permanent residence visa is valid for up to five years but can be renewed before the expiry date. In order to get a permanent visa, you must have held a temporary residence permit for a minimum of five years, providing you did not leave Cyprus for any longer than three months over that time.

Alternatively, you can buy a property on the island at a value of €300,000 minimum. This is a much quicker way to get a residency.

In any case, if you’re unsure what visa is going to be best for you and what the rules and regulations are, you should seek professional advice.

Buying a property in Cyprus

Buying a property in Cyprus has also changed since Brexit. UK citizens can still buy property there, though there are now some new restrictions to take into account. If you buy a house, the size of the plot of land might be restricted. Not only this, but there could be restrictions on how long you can stay in that property without applying for permanent residency.

If you can’t buy outright, getting a mortgage on a property or finding somewhere to rent can be a bit trickier. For this reason, it’s advisable to find yourself a reputable international broker before giving up your home in the UK. They will be able to help you.

The average cost of living in Cyprus

It is widely accepted that the cost of living in Cyprus is cheaper than that of the UK, though it varies how much. In some of the more popular destinations, it can be around 20% cheaper to live there than in the UK, but in lesser know places, it can be up to 50% cheaper.

To give you a better understanding, Living Cost Org has pulled together some of the average costs in Cyprus compared to the UK. Though a monthly salary in Cyprus might be lower, the average cost of living for one person is £1,015 compared to £1,593 in the UK.

Not only this, but rent for one person averages £539 in Cyprus compared to £969 in the UK. Food and transport costs are also lower in Cyprus, so if you choose to make the move here, you could slash your monthly outgoings.

Working in Cyprus

Finally, we briefly mentioned above that UK nationals needed a visa to work in Cyprus but let’s dive a little deeper into getting a job there. If you’re planning to move after you retire, this may not be relevant to you, but if you’re still of working age, you need to consider your career before you decide to move.

For those who plan to work, you might be able to continue your current job remotely, though you will need to get an approved letter from your employer when applying for your visa. Alternatively, there are lots of jobs in industries like hospitality or as an English teacher - depending on the industry you currently work in and what you’re hoping to do while you’re out there.

Καταχωρήθηκε από Cyprus By Bus, Τετάρτη, 10 Αυγούστου 2022   Πίσω     

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