Military Service Information

ISSUING A CERTIFICATE OF PERMANENT RESIDENCE FOR PURPOSES OF MILITARY SERVICE EXEMPTION

Please note that for issuing a certificate of permanent residence for military service exemption purposes you must send all relevant documentation, as outlined below, by email at hclconsular@mfa.gov.cy

The fee for this service is £/UKP 8 (for the moment payable in cash upon collection of the certificate). If you want to receive the certificate by post, you must provide us with a postal order of £/UKP 8 and a signed for / prepaid envelope. 

  1. Necessary Documentation
  • Birth certificate of the applicant.
  • Valid or expired IDs and/or passports of the applicant and their parents.
  • Proof of salary (P60, P45 forms) of the parents and the applicant (if they employed).
  • Income Tax Contribution Certificate and /or State Benefits proof and / or Statement of Social Security Contributions of the parents of the applicant or the applicant (if he is employed).
  • Proof of address of residence: water bills, electricity, council tax and / or copies of bank accounts.
  • Progress Report from Schools and / or official letter from Schools / Colleges / Universities for the complete years of study.

 

2.  Essential Notes

Applicants are requested to submit copies of the original documents as outlined above. The applicants must be prepared to present, upon request, the original documentation.

Provided that the above information is submitted in full and correctly, the certificates will be issued within five working days.

The Consulate General reserves the right to request further information if and when it is deemed appropriate. In such a case, the certificate will be issued in an additional five working days from the completed receipt of the requested additional information.

All the above required and additional evidence that may be requested relate exclusively and solely to the period of stay in the UK and not in any period that the applicant lived in Cyprus or anywhere else.

Applicants can also submit the above information to the local Honorary Consulates of Cyprus in the UK. Provided that the information submitted is complete, the certificates in this case will be issued within ten working days, excluding the days of postage.

The certificates will be sent by regular mail. The Consulate General assumes no responsibility for delays or for any loss. The same applies for Certificates issued directly by the Consulate General, and which the applicants request to have them posted.

The Consulate General will make all the effort to immediately check the submitted information and give instant advice to the applicant. If this is complete and correct, the Certificate will be sent without any further notice. If not, a member of the staff will call to advice further.

VISITS TO CYPRUS OF OVERSEAS CYPRIOTS ELIGIBLE FOR MILITARY SERVICE

Before departing from Cyprus, those aged 15 – 26 and are eligible for military service require an Exit Permit which is issued by the Ministry of Defence and local District Military Offices in Nicosia, Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos.

HOW TO OBTAIN AN EXIT PERMIT

For persons aged 15-26 who are required to obtain an exit permit can do so by visiting the local military office whilst in Cyprus with their passport and their return ticket. They must have also with them, the certificate of permanent residence.

MILITARY OBLIGATIONS

In accordance with the provisions of the Law relating to National Guard, there is compulsory military service for all male citizens of the Republic of Cyprus including persons of Cypriot descent on the male side, who are resident of the Republic. The obligation commences in the year the person becomes 18 and continues to the year of his 50th birthday.

MILITARY OBLIGATIONS OF PERSONS WHO ARE NOT CYPRIOT CITIZENS BUT ARE OF CYPRIOT DESCENT

All those who are not Cypriot citizens but are of Cypriot descent (even if they had not acquired Cypriot citizenship), were born in 1960 or after, and reside in the Republic are obliged to do military service.

PERSONS WHO ARE EXEMPT FROM COMPULSORY MILITARY SERVICE

Those exempt from military service include those who live permanently abroad for as long as they continue to reside in third countries.

The following are also exempt:

  • Persons of dual Cypriot and Greek citizenship provided that during their permanent residence in Greece they fulfilled (and did not buy themselves out) of their obligation to serve in the Greek Army as provided for in the law of the Hellenic Republic,
  • All those who at the date of conscription have four or more dependants i.e. all those with a spouse/civil partner and have three or more children who are minors,
  • All those who upon conscription are considered unsuitable for military service for health reasons,
  • The oldest or the only son of the family whose father or brother was killed or went missing while serving in the National Guard.


ADDRESSES AND CONTACT DETAILS OF THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE AND LOCAL MILITARY OFFICES

Ministry of Defence

5 Emmanuel Roides Ave.

Nicosia

Tel.(Exit Permits, Deferments, Exemptions): +357 22 807542-3

Fax:+357 22 362605

Email: defense@cytanet.com.cy

Nicosia Enlistment Office

5, Zaimi str., Strovolos, Nicosia

Tel.: +357 22 515238, 22417130, 22 417131

Fax: +357 22-515261

E-mail: sglsia@cytanet.com.cy

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Famagusta/Larnaca Enlistment Office

Tel.: +357 24-625376, 24-411300, 24-411302

Fax: +357 24-653991

E-mail: sglkas@cytanet.com.cy

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Limassol Enlistment Office

168, Ayias Fylaxeos str.,

Limassol

Tel.: +357 25 369850, 25 413367, 25-342382

Fax: +357 25-351043

E-mail: sglsou@cytanet.com.cy

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Paphos Enlistment Office

Paphos New Government Offices, Block A

Paphos

Tel.: +357 26-413949, 26-413916, 26-933270

Fax: +357 26-222035

E-mail: sgpafou@cytanet.com.cy