Cyprus is putting in place special arrangements for British citizens in the event of a no-deal Brexit, including a visa waiver for short term stay, it emerged on Thursday.
A bill, approved by the cabinet, is expected to be submitted to parliament on Friday. It will only come to effect in case of a no-deal Brexit.
The head of the House interior committee, Eleni Mavrou, said Cyprus must make arrangements in case the UK fails to reach an agreement with the EU.
“The bill regulates the cases in which people who live in Cyprus will have the right to stay under the procedures currently in force,” Mavrou said. “At least during a transition period; if along the way the EU makes other decisions other arrangements would have to be made.”
Mavrou added that British citizens will not need a visa for a three-month stay on the island.
The UK is Cyprus’ top market of incoming tourism with over one million visitors in recent years.
After parliamentary approval, which has to be given by April 12, the day the UK is scheduled to leave the bloc officially, it would be up to the cabinet to put the law into force.
Parliament will decide on Friday whether the bill will be discussed as a matter of urgency
“You do realise time is pressing,” Mavrou said.