Posted on: 24th June 2021 in Expats
Until December 30th 2020, UK expats living in Cyprus could freely use their driving licence as the UK was a European Union (EU) member. With the UK having left the bloc on January 1st 2021, some expats wonder if they can still use the UK driving licence in Cyprus. The issue has created confusion as expats are afraid that a random police check could incur a fine.
In our blog, we will clarify what UK expats should do with their driving licences now that they are third-party nationals in the EU.
Nationals coming from EU/EEA countries have the right to use driving licences issued in the countries for six months. After the six-month period, they are obliged to exchange their licences with a Cypriot one.
The Ministry of Road Transport in Cyprus states that drivers can continue to use their UK licence without exchanging it until July 7th 2021. If you hold a licence from Gibraltar, Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man, you may need to take a test.
The Republic of Cyprus also recognises licences issued by the countries listed below:
Australia, Canada, Georgia, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United States of America and Zimbabwe.
Below you can find the list of documents that you have to include in the licence exchange application:
Cypriot authorities require people above 65 years old to have valid medical insurance. The licence exchange costs nothing for the over-65 group of people, but for people under-65 the cost is €40.
Drivers are issued with a temporary paper licence It takes approximately 25 days for the new licence to be prepared. Once the Cypriot driving licence is ready, the Road Transport Department notifies the applicant that the document is ready for delivery.
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