Cyprus: customs regulations.

Cyprus: customs regulations.
Entry to Cyprus.
The system is red & raquo; and & lt; / RTI & gt; & lt; / RTI & gt; green corridors & lt;
The system is red & raquo; and & lt; / RTI & gt; & lt; / RTI & gt; green corridors & lt; & # 8212; this is a simplified procedure for declaring goods by persons arriving in Cyprus for tourist and other non-commercial purposes. According to this system, a person independently chooses & laquo; corridor & raquo ;, under his own responsibility, depending on the nature of the imported goods. & laquo; Green Corridor & raquo; is intended for persons importing goods for personal use, for which exemption from payment of customs duties and taxes is granted. & laquo; Red Corridor & raquo; should be chosen in the case when in relation to imported goods, duties and taxes are levied or any prohibitions or restrictions apply.
Goods subject to exemption from customs duties and taxes.
The person has the right to import into Cyprus the following goods without payment of customs duties and taxes, provided that such goods are imported:
directly or in accompanying baggage; for non-commercial purposes; within the constraints specified below.
Allowed to import duty-free.
Tobacco products of one type (optional): 200 cigarettes; 100 cigarillos (weight of each of which does not exceed 3 grams); 50 cigars; 250 grams of smoking tobacco. Alcohol products of one type (optional): alcoholic beverages with a volume fraction of ethyl alcohol of more than 22 percent & ndash; 1 liter; fortified wine, champagne and aperitifs with a volume fraction of ethyl alcohol no more than 22 percent & ndash; 2 liters; other faults & ndash; 2 liters. Perfumes: perfumes & ndash; not more than 0,06 liters; toilet water & ndash; not more than 0.25 liters.
It is also allowed to import, without payment of customs fees, any other goods for personal use, with the exception of jewelry, the total value of which does not exceed 100 CYP.
Duty-free import of alcohol and tobacco products is allowed for persons who have reached the age of 17 years.
Crew members arriving in Cyprus have the right to import tobacco products in the amount of 50 grams for each day of stay in Cyprus, but in total not more than 250 grams of tobacco products.
Persons temporarily arriving in Cyprus, & ndash; These are persons permanently residing abroad and arriving in Cyprus for a period not exceeding 12 months. A person is considered permanently resident abroad if during the last two years preceding the entry into Cyprus a person has permanently resided in the territory of a third country for at least 12 months.
Persons temporarily staying in Cyprus have the right to import the following goods with exemption from payment of customs duties and taxes, regardless of whether such goods are imported directly, in accompanied baggage or in any other way:
tobacco, alcohol products, perfumes in the amount of the above quotas, as well as any other goods for personal use, with the exception of jewelry, the total value of which does not exceed 100 CYP; items of clothing and other personal property, as well as goods that may be required to a person during his stay in Cyprus, taking into account the specific circumstances of entry. Such goods usually include: personal jewelry, video and cameras, portable radios and televisions, binoculars, personal computers, sports equipment, items necessary for professional activities and other goods of a similar nature; yachts, pleasure boats and boats, windsurfing boards; one shotgun and one pneumatic gun; not motorized van (trailer / house on wheels).
Requirements for duty-free importation of goods by persons temporarily staying in Cyprus:
goods are intended only for personal use and are imported in reasonable quantities, that is, in quantities that do not indicate the commercial purpose of such goods; goods are imported within 2 months before or after the arrival of a person in the territory of Cyprus. In exceptional cases, this period may be increased; imported goods are duly declared.
Conditions that are necessary after the goods are imported into Cyprus.
can not be rented or leased, sold and otherwise disposed of without the permission of the customs chief; must be taken out on the day of departure of the person from the territory of Cyprus, but no later than 12 months from the time of the importation of such goods to Cyprus or from the time of the arrival of the person in Cyprus & ndash; whichever is earlier.
Persons temporarily arriving in Cyprus can import motor vehicles and aircraft for personal use without payment of customs duties and taxes during their stay in the country.
Import of currency and currency values.
With regard to imported gold and silver coins and medals, the permission of the Central Bank of Cyprus is not required.
Currency of Cyprus & ndash; Cyprus pound, as well as another currency, issued and being a legal tender in the territory of Cyprus.
Foreign currency & ndash; any other currency that is not Cyprian.
Gold & ndash; gold pounds, coins, bars or ingots of gold that meet international standards, with the exception of gold used for commercial or industrial purposes.
When entering and leaving Cyprus, it is necessary to declare any amount of imported or exported Cypriot or foreign currency and the value of gold being moved if they exceed the limit of 7.300 Cypriot pounds. This rule applies regardless of whether the currency or gold moves from / to the territory of the Member States of the European Union or from / to the territory of any third countries.
When declaring a currency or gold, it is necessary to fill out a special declaration issued by a customs officer. In the case of the movement of currency or gold by members of the same family, only one declaration is filled in which indicates the total amount of the currency being moved or the value of the gold being moved.
In the case of non-declaration of the amount of currency or the value of gold imported to Cyprus or exported from the territory of the country, measures of liability shall be imposed on the person in the form of a fine, the amount of which can not exceed 50,000 Cypriot pounds.
Moving to permanent place of residence.
Permanent residence means that a person lives in the territory of a particular country for at least 185 days during one calendar year.
Personal property means property used for personal needs. The nature and quantity of such property should not indicate its commercial purpose. Personal property, in particular, are:
household items, that is, home furnishings, household linen, furniture and other items intended for personal use by the person and for meeting his daily needs; bicycles, motorcycles, personal vehicles and trailers, camping trailers, pleasure boats and private airplanes; necessary food products; Pets and animals for riding; objects of applied arts and humanities necessary for the implementation of work.
Moving to Cyprus for permanent residence from the territory of the member countries of the European Union.
Exemption from payment of excise is granted in respect of personal property, including vehicles imported by a person when moving to Cyprus for permanent residence. Exemption is granted in respect of one vehicle imported by a person with a valid driver’s license.
Requirements for such vehicles:
the person owned and used the vehicle at the place of his permanent residence abroad for at least 6 months before the move to Cyprus; in respect of the imported vehicle, exemption or refund of import duty, excise tax or VAT is not provided; the vehicle must be imported to Cyprus within 12 months from the date of the person’s permanent residence in Cyprus.
Such a vehicle can not be rented, sold or otherwise disposed of without the permission of the customs chief.
Confirmation of the fact of permanent residence abroad.
A person moving to a permanent place of residence in Cyprus must confirm the fact of permanent residence in the territory of a foreign state for no less than 12 months.
As such evidence can be, in particular, presented:
contract of sale or lease of real estate abroad; Certificate confirming the fact that children visit the educational institution abroad; accounts for payment of utilities; other documents.
It is also necessary to provide confirmation of the intention to move to a permanent place of residence in Cyprus.
With respect to the imported vehicle, the following documents are required:
a document on registration of the vehicle; insurance certificate; other documents.
Moving to Cyprus for permanent residence from the territory of countries outside the European Union (hereinafter referred to as “third countries”)
Exemption from payment of import duty, excise and VAT is granted in respect of personal property imported by a person in connection with the move to Cyprus for permanent residence. Exemption is granted subject to the following conditions:
the person owned and used such property at the place of his residence in the territory of a third country for at least 6 months preceding the move to a permanent place of residence in Cyprus; such property will be used for the same purpose for which it was used when residing by a person in the territory of a third country; a person has permanently resided in the territory of a third country for at least 12 months preceding the move to a permanent place of residence in Cyprus; personal property must be imported within 6 months before or 12 months after the person’s permanent residence in Cyprus.
Restrictions.
Personal property in respect of which exemption from customs payments is granted can not be leased, granted as collateral, sold and otherwise disposed of within 12 months at the time of importation, unless customs payments are paid and the permission of the customs chief is obtained.
Exceptions.
Exemption from customs payments is not granted in respect of:
alcohol products; tobacco and tobacco products; vehicles used for commercial purposes; objects necessary for the implementation of trade and other professional activities, tools of applied arts and humanities.
Confirmation of the fact of permanent residence abroad.
A person moving to a permanent place of residence in Cyprus must confirm the fact of permanent residence in the territory of a third country, the period of which must be at least 12 months.
As such evidence can be, in particular, presented:
contract of sale or lease of real estate abroad; Certificate confirming the fact that children visit the educational institution abroad; accounts for payment of utilities; other documents.
It is also necessary to provide confirmation of the intention to move to a permanent place of residence in Cyprus.
With respect to the imported vehicle, the following documents are required:
a document on registration of the vehicle; insurance certificate; other documents.
Payment of VAT on the import of goods subject to customs duties.
VAT is paid in respect of all imported goods. Payment of VAT occurs at the time of payment of import duties.
To all imported goods, with rare exception, the VAT rate of 15% is applied.
The taxable base consists of:
customs value of imported goods, determined in accordance with applicable law; the amount of taxes, duties and other charges levied upon the importation of goods.
Prohibitions and restrictions on imports.
It is forbidden to import into Cyprus the following goods:
narcotic substances, psychotropic drugs, other medicines containing dangerous substances; pornographic materials (videotapes, films, books, magazines, etc.); folding knives; counterfeit goods; nuclear, chemical, toxic, biological weapons and similar substances; counterfeit bills and coins; firearms and other weapons, as well as shells (cartridges) to it; goods shipped or produced in countries for which the UN Security Council and the European Union have embargoed (Iraq, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Sudan).
When leaving Cyprus.
Persons departing from Cyprus, as well as their luggage, are subject to verification by customs officials.
Goods temporarily imported for a period not exceeding 12 months should be presented to the customs officer and declared properly. If the period of temporary stay of the goods in Cyprus has expired and the person wishes to extend it, it is necessary to apply for a special permit to the main customs office at Michael Karaoli Street, 1096, Nicosia (Nicosia).
VAT refund when exporting goods.
Individuals have the right to use the VAT refund scheme paid for goods purchased in Cyprus stores.
To do this, you must simultaneously meet the following conditions:
goods are subject to VAT; goods are intended for personal use by a person or members of his family; goods are carried by the person directly or in hand luggage; The value of the goods exceeds 100 CYP, but it does not exceed 10,000 CYP per person.
These conditions do not apply to the following products:
goods for which an export license is required; equipment, stocks (fuel) and food products intended for pleasure boats, personal airplanes and other vehicles used for non-commercial purposes.
When you purchase an item, an invoice is issued to the person. The invoice and the goods must be presented at the customs office when leaving the territory of Cyprus. Goods must be removed within 3 months from the date of purchase.
The customs officer certifies the invoice and returns it to the person, who then sends it by mail to the store owner who refunds the VAT.
Prohibitions and restrictions on export.
These rules apply to the return of goods or their transit through the territory of Cyprus. The export of the following goods is forbidden:
goods prohibited for importation into Cyprus (reference); goods prohibited under the laws of Cyprus.
Postal items.
With respect to international mail sent, with rare exceptions, the same rules apply as for the import or export of goods by other means.
The following rules apply to shipment sent:
The customs declaration is submitted in cases when the customs chief requires it; in the case when a customs declaration is not required, the amount of customs payments is calculated by customs officials.
In the event of confiscation of mail items, notification of this is sent to all consignees regardless of whether they are owners of the goods being sent or not.
Parcels containing goods exempted from customs duties and taxes, as well as private shipments containing goods whose fees are less than 2 Cypriot pounds, are delivered to the addressee immediately, provided that no prohibitions or restrictions apply to the goods being shipped.
With respect to private shipments of any value and trade items worth not more than 500 Cypriot pounds intended for domestic use, a simplified procedure for customs clearance is used.
Commercial mailings valued at more than 500 CYP, containing goods subject to conditional exemption from payment of payments or refund of payments, as well as for shipment containing goods for storage in warehouses, transit or temporary admission, are subject to customs clearance in the general order.
The postal service has the right:
return the mail to the sender, which was not received within 2 months from the date of delivery to the recipient of the notification of the arrival of the parcel; destroy the postal item; hand over the mail to the customs.
Customs shipments containing goods whose movement is prohibited by customs or other legislation, as well as postal items delivered to customs by the postal service, are considered confiscated goods and sent to the republican warehouse for sale or otherwise disposed of by them.
Challenging decisions.
The interested person has the right to challenge:
decisions made by the Customs and Excise Department concerning the implementation of the provision of customs or tax legislation; cases where an application submitted to the customs and excise department was not considered within 30 days from the date of filing such an application, unless another period is provided for by law.
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