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Having just completed the process today, I thought it may be useful to post the procedure for importing and registering a car from UK to Cyprus for those considering it. I have to say that every interaction I had with Cypriot officialdom was nothing short of extremely polite and helpful. I cannot relate to many expats who complain of the Cypriot attitudes, and suspect that this may be a reflection of the attitude given by the expat in the first place. Remember, for example, that when dealing with the Cypriot Civil Service, that you need to show respect by the way you dress ie shorts and flip flops are not de rigueur in Govt offices!

When our removals survey was done in the UK, we were told that our furniture would not fit into a 20ft container, so we either had to reduce our load, or hire a 40ft container. The 40ft container would also accommodate our car within it, and the difference in cost was around 1,500. We therefore chose to do this. We used Peter Morton as our Cyprus removals agent, and the container - with car inside - was delivered direct to our new home on 3 Nov 14.

However, before delivery, we were required to ensure that we had Cypriot car insurance. We decided to get this from Abbeygate Insurance. They accepted our Direct Line proof of no claims discount, and used the chassis number to issue the insurance certificate. We also had to personally clear customs at the port of entry (Limassol) with Peter Morton agents present. The paperwork needed by Customs was the Cypriot insurance certificate, UK Registration (V5), driving licence and passport. There was nothing to pay at this stage and the total time required here was around 30 mins. A C104 was issued allowing use of the car for 3 months before exercising one of 2 options:

A. Extend for another 3 months via customs & excise (new C104 issued).

B. Register the vehicle. This gives 2 further options - import as personal property with no duty to pay or pay import duty. If you import as personal property, you will still pay a minimum duty of 24.96 but cannot sell or otherwise dispose of your car until the proper import duty is paid.

To register the car:

1. Go to Dept of Transport (for Paphos, this is located in the industrial estate on the Polis/Mesogi Rd opposite the Sports Direct shop). You require your passport and UK Registration (V5). At DoT, you must first register at the front desk. You will require passport and address in Cyprus. They will issue a Driver Registration Number (you need this for all future dealings with the DoT). After issue of the Driver number, go past the reception desk to the last office on the right of the corridor. In this office, present your driver registration number (he can now find your record on his computer) and UK Registration (V5). He will capture all details and issue 2 copies of the emissions certificate. There is no payment at this stage. Total time required at DoT on this visit is around 20 mins.

2. Take all paperwork to the customs clearing agent, which is located in Ypolochagou Rd Paphos (right beside the Govt Buildings). They will issue more paperwork including a C1002 required by customs. There is a 52 fee levied by the customs agent including 2 for revenue stamps for the C1002. Total time required here is 20 mins.

3. Take all paperwork to customs and excise. This is located on the first floor of building E at Paphos Govt offices (opposite Bank of Cyprus) on Neofytou Nikolaidi Road in Paphos. They will retain one copy of the emissions certificate and levy the relevant import tax (for a car up to 120g emissions, the duty is the minimum payable - 24.96). Customs will then issue a C72 to certify that the relevant duty has been paid. Total time required here is 20 mins.

4. Take car for MoT at any authorised garage. They will use the engine/chassis number on the MoT certificate. Cost of MoT is 35 and time will be 45 mins to 1 hour.

5. Return to DoT with customs duty paid certificate (V72), UK Registration (V5), emissions certificate, proof of insurance, MoT certificate and 2 x Revenue Stamps for 1.71 each (available from the Post Office). For a saloon car, you will need to drive into the middle bay at the side of the DoT building where they will check engine/chassis number and all measurements against the UK Registration document (V5). They will then complete a form (note: if you are married, it is advisable to have the car registered in both names to save any problems should anything happen to one of you). Once complete, take all paperwork to the front reception desk. Here, you will be issued with your Cyprus Registration Document (cost is 150) and you have a choice of paying either 6 months or 1 year road tax. For a 120g emissions car, the 1 year road tax cost 70. Set aside around 1 hour for this visit to the DoT.

6. Take the Cyprus Registration document to an authorised Number Plate outlet. In Paphos, this is located on Leoforos Apostolou Pavlou (near the top of the hill of the Kato Paphos Rd). They will make and fit the number plate to your car. Cost 30. Time to set aside - around 15 mins.

7. Return to the insurance agent for issue of a new certificate with the Cyprus Reg No on it.

Simples!

PS. The quoted fee of a well known red tape company here for this was 200 which would not have negated any of the costs or procedures listed above.

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Having just completed the process today, I thought it may be useful to post the procedure for importing and registering a car from UK to Cyprus for those considering it. I have to say that every interaction I had with Cypriot officialdom was nothing short of extremely polite and helpful. I cannot relate to many expats who complain of the Cypriot attitudes, and suspect that this may be a reflection of the attitude given by the expat in the first place. Remember, for example, that when dealing with the Cypriot Civil Service, that you need to show respect by the way you dress ie shorts and flip flops are not de rigueur in Govt offices!

When our removals survey was done in the UK, we were told that our furniture would not fit into a 20ft container, so we either had to reduce our load, or hire a 40ft container. The 40ft container would also accommodate our car within it, and the difference in cost was around 1,500. We therefore chose to do this. We used Peter Morton as our Cyprus removals agent, and the container - with car inside - was delivered direct to our new home on 3 Nov 14.

However, before delivery, we were required to ensure that we had Cypriot car insurance. We decided to get this from Abbeygate Insurance. They accepted our Direct Line proof of no claims discount, and used the chassis number to issue the insurance certificate. We also had to personally clear customs at the port of entry (Limassol) with Peter Morton agents present. The paperwork needed by Customs was the Cypriot insurance certificate, UK Registration (V5), driving licence and passport. There was nothing to pay at this stage and the total time required here was around 30 mins. A C104 was issued allowing use of the car for 3 months before exercising one of 2 options:

A. Extend for another 3 months via customs & excise (new C104 issued).

B. Register the vehicle. This gives 2 further options - import as personal property with no duty to pay or pay import duty. If you import as personal property, you will still pay a minimum duty of €24.96 but cannot sell or otherwise dispose of your car until the proper import duty is paid.

To register the car:

1. Go to Dept of Transport (for Paphos, this is located in the industrial estate on the Polis/Mesogi Rd opposite the Sports Direct shop). You require your passport and UK Registration (V5). At DoT, you must first register at the front desk. You will require passport and address in Cyprus. They will issue a Driver Registration Number (you need this for all future dealings with the DoT). After issue of the Driver number, go past the reception desk to the last office on the right of the corridor. In this office, present your driver registration number (he can now find your record on his computer) and UK Registration (V5). He will capture all details and issue 2 copies of the emissions certificate. There is no payment at this stage. Total time required at DoT on this visit is around 20 mins.

2. Take all paperwork to the customs clearing agent, which is located in Ypolochagou Rd Paphos (right beside the Govt Buildings). They will issue more paperwork including a C1002 required by customs. There is a €52 fee levied by the customs agent including €2 for revenue stamps for the C1002. Total time required here is 20 mins.

3. Take all paperwork to customs and excise. This is located on the first floor of building E at Paphos Govt offices (opposite Bank of Cyprus) on Neofytou Nikolaidi Road in Paphos. They will retain one copy of the emissions certificate and levy the relevant import tax (for a car up to 120g emissions, the duty is the minimum payable - €24.96). Customs will then issue a C72 to certify that the relevant duty has been paid. Total time required here is 20 mins.

4. Take car for MoT at any authorised garage. They will use the engine/chassis number on the MoT certificate. Cost of MoT is €35 and time will be 45 mins to 1 hour.

5. Return to DoT with customs duty paid certificate (V72), UK Registration (V5), emissions certificate, proof of insurance, MoT certificate and 2 x Revenue Stamps for €1.71 each (available from the Post Office). For a saloon car, you will need to drive into the middle bay at the side of the DoT building where they will check engine/chassis number and all measurements against the UK Registration document (V5). They will then complete a form (note: if you are married, it is advisable to have the car registered in both names to save any problems should anything happen to one of you). Once complete, take all paperwork to the front reception desk. Here, you will be issued with your Cyprus Registration Document (cost is €150) and you have a choice of paying either 6 months or 1 year road tax. For a 120g emissions car, the 1 year road tax cost €70. Set aside around 1 hour for this visit to the DoT.

6. Take the Cyprus Registration document to an authorised Number Plate outlet. In Paphos, this is located on Leoforos Apostolou Pavlou (near the top of the hill of the Kato Paphos Rd). They will make and fit the number plate to your car. Cost €30. Time to set aside - around 15 mins.

7. Return to the insurance agent for issue of a new certificate with the Cyprus Reg No on it.

Simples!

PS. The quoted fee of a well known red tape company here for this was €200 which would not have negated any of the costs or procedures listed above.
Very well done this will be so helpful for all those people who are coming here and wondering what to do and how to do it.

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A summary that I'm sure will help others. Although your times quoted are useful at any busy times it should be remembered they can be considerably longer. For example when I registered my car there was a queue of several others in front of me.

I would also add that number plates are available from the large accessories store on the Polis Road near to the registration office which may be more convenient. I paid 15 for supply & fit albeit a few years ago.

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Thanks for explaining the procedure, documents required and costs in such detail - very useful information for all the people planning their imminent move to Cyprus and considering whether it is worth bringing their own vehicle.
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Thank you for the info that was incredibly helpful, I have just one question, how much would it cost to ship, my car there and a small amount of my personal things. My car is quite small a BMW Z3 roadster.
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Thank you for the info that was incredibly helpful, I have just one question, how much would it cost to ship, my car there and a small amount of my personal things. My car is quite small a BMW Z3 roadster.
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You would really need a removals agent to assess the space you require in a container. I reckon that if you could get your car and belongings into a 20ft container, the cost would be around 5.5k. Any spare capacity in the container may be shared with someone else who has a small load which will reduce the cost accordingly.
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If you only ship the car ro-ro it will be done under 1000 pounds but then your stuff has to be left
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Hi Baywatch, just got a quote from www.firstbasefreight- Southampton to Limasol, my car Citreon C1....... 472 R. on R off. Great to know how to Register it now and where.
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Hi Baywatch, just got a quote from www.firstbasefreight- Southampton to Limasol, my car Citreon C1....... 472 R. on R off. Great to know how to Register it now and where.
We loaded our in Italy and paid 350 for the car. And then we paid 700 for two people all inclusive
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