Moving to Cyprus, Useful information about moving to Cyprus, Cyprus Health Care, Cyprus Tax laws, Cyprus Immigration Laws, and other legislation.The Health System etc.
Medical care is provided by the government medical services and the private medical sector. The government medical services can be used by anyone who chooses to be treated at a medical establishment.
The government medical services provide treatment free or with reduced charges for certain groups of individuals. Further information can be obtained from the Ministry of Health. Free government medical services are provided inter alia for the following groups:
unmarried persons with annual income of not more than 9,000 Cyprus pounds; members of families with income of not more than 18,000 Cyprus pounds, increased by 1,000 Cyprus pounds for each dependent child; persons suffering from certain chronic illnesses medical services at reduced cost are provided for unmarried persons with annual income exceeding 9,000Cyprus pounds but not exceeding 12,000 Cyprus pounds and for members of families with income exceeding 18,000 Cyprus pounds but not exceeding 22,000 Cyprus pounds, increased by 1,000 Cyprus pounds for each dependent child
emergency care is provided free for all persons who arrive at accident and emergency departments of the government hospitals. Any further treatment in acute cases is provided on the basis of the conditions described above.Persons who opt for the private sector pay the costs themselves. Certain population groups are covered by trade union or employer insurance funds which provide full or partial cover of medical costs for their members. The private sector has a very large number of doctors who operate their own surgeries. In addition a large number of doctors work at health centre's in the cities which provide a wide range of medical services.
Citizens of the European Union on temporary visits to Cyprus and non-working residents receive treatment free of charge at state medical establishments on presentation of the relevant document (such as Form E111 and Form E121) issued to them by the country of origin in which they are insured and according to specific criteria. For more information, those interested are encouraged to visit the Ministry of Health website or to phone the Ministry.
All of the districts now have new hospitals, and construction of the New General Hospital in Nicosia is in its final stages. In recent years, in particular, there has been substantial development of tertiary medicine, and, as a result, cases which used to be sent abroad for treatment are now treated in Cyprus.
Ministry of Health, Free Movement of Patients
At: Ministry of Health, 1448, Nicosia
Tel: 224 00115
* Ministry of Health, General Coordination of EU Affairs
At: Ministry of Health, 1448, Nicosia
Tel: 224 00195Registration Procedures
The European acquis guarantees freedom of movement and establishment and the freedom to work for the citizens of Europe in all countries of the EU. Any European citizen can enter the territory of the Republic of Cyprus with an identity card or a valid passport.
A European citizen who wishes to work in Cyprus for a period shorter than three months must declare his presence to the Department of the Population and Migration Archive or to an office of the Aliens and Migration Service of the police within eight days of entering the country.
European citizens may enter the territory of the Republic of Cyprus without an employment contract and seek work for a period of three months. Upon finding work, they must contact the Department of the Population and Migration Archive or an office of the Aliens and Migration Service of the police in order to obtain the appropriate permit and to be registered in the relevant archives.
A citizen of Europe who comes to Cyprus and wishes to work for a period longer than three months must register (within three months) with the Department of the Population and Migration Archive or with an office of the Aliens and Migration Service of the police in order to obtain the appropriate permit (residence permit). When a European citizen has found work, the statement of recruitment must be stamped by the Department of Labour of the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance. The statement of recruitment should state the duration of the employment, the duties and other relevant particulars.
Dependants who accompany a citizen of Europe who wishes to work in Cyprus must register with the Department of the Population and Migration Archive or the Aliens and Migration Service of the police and its district offices. It is anticipated that dependants (spouse, children, other family members) will be required to lodge relevant documents such as a valid passport or identity card, a certificate proving the family relationship with the European citizen, a health certificate and a certificate proving that the person concerned is maintained by the European citizen or lives with him or her under the same roof. Dependants enjoy the same rights as the European citizen whom they accompany. A dependant who is not a national of an EU country must have a visa.
Under the European acquis, citizens of Europe are subject to the same taxes and deductions as the citizens of the Republic of Cyprus.
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