Cyprus, Nicosia

What is a ‘white passport’ and how to get it?

Updated: 3 months ago

Many have heard of the so-called "white passport". We tell you what kind of document it is.

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White passport in Northern Cyprus

The white passport in Turkish is called Beyaz kimlik and is essentially one of the types of residence permits. However, to obtain it, the applicant must meet a number of requirements.

Requirements for Beyaz kimlik

  • The applicant must have had a work or business visa continuously for 6 years.
  • The candidate must have their own or rented property in Northern Cyprus.
  • The candidate for obtaining Beyaz kimlik must have a conclusion from a state hospital indicating the absence of the following diseases: tuberculosis, hepatitis B and C, AIDS, and some others.
  • A certificate of no criminal record.

Frequently asked questions about visas and residence permits in Northern Cyprus

Does a conviction for a traffic violation affect the application?

As already mentioned, a certificate of no criminal record is required to obtain a "white passport". However, legal proceedings for traffic violations are not taken into account when considering an application for Beyaz kimlik.

How to independently apply for a residence permit?

The so-called "white passport" is not the only way to legalize in the country. In our article on self-registration of residence permits, we talked about different types of permits.

The process of submitting documents for a residence permit begins with registration on the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Here you can read about how to do it.

The largest Telegram forum in Northern Cyprus has a special chat where issues related to legalization on the island are discussed.

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