The civil registry and migration department has introduced two free SMS services, an automatic update and information service for passports and ID cards and one for residence permits for third-country nationals.
According to the department, the SMS automatic update service must be activated and after activation, stakeholders will automatically be sent alerts and reminders about the issue and expiry of passports and ID cards via SMS.
They will receive two reminders, the first a month prior and the second 15 days before the expiration of the document. An immediate notification will also be sent when the new document has been issued.
For registration and activation of the service, interested parties should send a free message to 8999, stating:
RGT(space)Number of ID card(space)Date of issue (For example: RGT 123456 01/01/2010).
Those who want to receive a message on the progress of their application for a passport or ID card, can do so without registering.
To receive the information, residents should send a free message to 8999 which says: STATUS(space)Number of application (For example: STATUS 1234567)
Receiving a message on the status of an application for a residence permit by a third country national is also possible without registration and is free.
A message should be sent to 8999 with the text STATUS(space)Number of application (For example: STATUS 1234/2016).
More information and details can be found on the website of the department (in Greek): www.moi.gov.cy/crmd