The key requirements are:

* Invest in stocks, bonds or real estate in Cyprus for a minimum value of €2,000,000 (to be held for at least three years)

* Must possess a permanent privately-owned residence in Cyprus, the purchase price of which must be at least €500.000, plus VAT

* Be aged 18 and over

* Have no criminal record.

Take an in-depth look at the requirements of Cyprus’ citizenship by investment programme

AS A FULL MEMBER OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, GAINING A CYPRIOT PASSPORT GIVES YOU THE FREEDOM TO VISIT, WORK AND EVEN LIVE IN ANY OTHER EU MEMBER STATE. HOWEVER, IF YOU CHOOSE TO VISIT CYPRUS FREQUENTLY YOU’LL BENEFIT FROM YEAR-ROUND DESIRABLE WEATHER, CLOSE PROXIMITY TO ASIA AND AFRICA, AND THE LOWEST CRIME RATE IN EUROPE (AND RANKED 5TH SAFEST IN THE WORLD!)

Requirements

High-value investors who have access to at least €2 million can meet the requirements of Cyprus’ citizenship by investment program.

To be eligible for citizenship through Cyprus’ program, you must:

* Invest in real estate, Cypriot businesses/companies, or stocks and bonds

* Purchase a private residence valued at £500,000 or more

* Maintain a clean criminal record

You also need to make sure that you apply for a residence permit along with your citizenship application.

About the investment routes

1. Real estate – This is the most popular investment route due to its flexibility. You are free to let the properties you invest in, and can benefit from strong returns after a number of years. More information about this investment route can be found in ‘Frequently asked questions’.

2. Cypriot businesses or companies – You can either purchase and take over, or participate in, a Cyprus-based business or company that operates in Cyprus. This business must employ at least five Cypriot citizens and have a clear presence in the country. Any type of business qualifies as long as these criteria are met.

3. AIFs or financial assets – You can invest in a variety of financial assets including Alternative Investment Funds, bonds or other securities that are in companies regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission.

Take an in-depth look at the requirements of Cyprus’ citizenship by investment programme