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Travellers - Incoming \ Outgoing - Cash Control - Channel system and concessions

1. Dual Channel System
2. General Allowances
3. Crew Members
4. Temporary Visitors
5. Information


1. Dual channel system
The dual-channel system, known as the “red and green” channel system, is a simplified procedure for the examination of passengers arriving in Cyprus and operates at Larnaca and Paphos International Airports and Limassol Port.

According to the dual-channel system the passenger selects, on his own responsibility, to pass through the green or red channel, according to the goods carried by him. More specifically, if a passenger has nothing more than the duty-free allowances listed below as General Allowances and no prohibited or restricted goods, he may get out of the Customs controlled area through the GREEN CHANNEL, unless an officer asks him to stop for examination.

If a passenger has more goods than the allowances provided by the appendix for General Allowances, or prohibited or restricted goods then he must report to the RED CHANNEL and declare them to an officer. Goods which are imported for commercial purposes or as professional effects or for which prohibitions or restrictions are in force must be declared to Customs.


2. General allowances
Every person entering Cyprus is entitled to import free of duty the following articles (not intended for any commercial purpose), provided that they are carried by him or are contained in his accompanied baggage.

Products
Maximum Quantity
(a) Tobacco products:
    Cigarettes
200 pcs
    or cigarillos (of a maximum weight of 3 grammes each)
100 ocs
    or cigars
50 pcs
    or smoking tobacco
250 grammes
(b) Alcohol and alcoholic beverages:
    Alcohol and alcoholic beverages of an alcoholic strength exceeding 22° or undenatured ethyl alcohol of 80% vol. and over or
Total of 1 litre
    Alcohol and alcoholic beveragesf an alcoholic strength not exceeding 22°
Total of 2 litres
    Still wine
4 litres
    Beer
      16 litres
(c) The value of goods other than those referred above, which are imported exclusively for the personal or family use of the travellers or intend to be given as presents, shall not exceed €430 per person.

For travellers under 15 years old the value of goods shall not exceed €175.

Travellers under the age of seventeen are not entitled to relief on tobacco products and alcoholic beverages.


3. Allowances for crew members

Products
Maximum Quantity
(a) Tobacco products:
    Cigarettes
40 pcs
    or cigarillos (of a maximum weight of 3 grammes each)
20 pcs
    or cigars
10 pcs
    or smoking tobacco
50 grammes
(b) Alcohol and alcoholic beverages:
    Alcohol and alcoholic beverages of an alcoholic strength exceeding 22° or undenatured ethyl alcohol of 80% vol. and over or
Total of 0,25 litre
    Alcohol and alcoholic beveragesf an alcoholic strength not exceeding 22°
Total of 0,50 litres
    Still wine
1 litre
    Beer
      3 litres
(c) The value of goods other than those referred above, which are imported exclusively for the personal or family use of the travellers or intend to be given as presents, shall not exceed €35 per person.


4. Temporary visitors
Temporary visitors are persons who are residents outside Cyprus and intend to depart finally from the island within twelve months from the date of their entry. A person is considered resident abroad, if during the last two years preceding his arrival in Cyprus, he has been a resident abroad for a total period of at least twelve months.

Goods eligible
Temporary visitors are allowed to import free of duty the following articles whether or not such articles are carried by them or are contained in their accompanied baggage:


Prerequisites

The goods:

  1. are intended solely for the personal use of the temporary visitor or his dependants and the quantities imported are, in the opinion of the Director, reasonable;
  2. are imported within a period of two months prior to or after the arrival of the temporary visitor or such greater period as the Director, may, in special circumstances, allow;
  3. are on importation declared to Customs.

Conditions to be observed after importation
The goods:
  1. shall not be lent, hired, pledged, given away, exchanged, sold, or otherwise disposed of in Cyprus without the permission of the Director of Customs;
  2. shall be exported on the day of departure of the person who imported them, but not later than 12 months either from the date of their importation or from the date of the entry of the person, whichever is the earlier date.

Private vehicles and aircraft
Temporary visitors may also import free of duty their motor vehicle or aircraft for use by them during their temporary stay in the Republic under
the temporary importation of private vehicles and aircraft procedure


5. Information
For more information, you may write to the following address:


Fax no 22302031

E-mail; headquarters@customs.mof.gov.cy

For oral inquiries you may call any of the following telephone numbers of the relevant Sections at Customs Headquarters:

  • 22601672, 226018723 or 22601657 for temporary importation, or for relief from duties.



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