Northern Cyprus: British Nationals Abroad

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 8th October 2019.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are any restrictions on UK residents in Northern Cyprus travelling across the border into the Republic of Cyprus; and whether UK residents in Northern Cyprus will be able to travel across the border into the Republic of Cyprus after Brexit.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

The Prime Minister has been consistently clear that safeguarding the rights of British nationals living in the EU after Brexit is a priority. We welcomed the commitments and action taken by the Republic of Cyprus government to safeguard the rights of British citizens in the event of a no deal. The British High Commission in Nicosia continues to work closely with the Republic of Cyprus on the detail of these arrangements. Under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, British nationals across the whole island of Cyprus can continue to exercise freedom of movement until the end of the transition period. In the event of a no deal, British nationals should still be able to cross the Green Line. The EU's Green Line regulations allow non-EU nationals to cross the line provided they have a valid travel document, and if required, a valid visa for the Republic. The Republic of Cyprus government is clear that travellers who enter Cyprus via an illegal port of entry are in breach of the national law.

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