Entry into Force of EU Regulation no 610/2013 – Amendments regarding the entry conditions of third country nationals
In light of the entry into force, on 19 of July 2013, of the Regulation of the EU no. 610/2013 of the European Parliament and the Council of 26th of June 2013, following the Press Release of the Civil Registry and Migration Department dated 18 of July on the same matter, we would like to clarify the following, for the purpose of better informing the public:
1. The changes introduced by the Regulation in passport controls concern exclusively third country nationals, not EU nationals or Cypriot citizens.
2. The most important amendments of the Regulation provide that third country nationals entering a Member State (eg. Cyprus) must:
· be in possession of a valid travel document, which must be valid for at least 3 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States, and
· the valid travel document must have been issued within the previous 10 years from the date of entry to the Member State.
It must be underlined that, Cyprus, as an EU member state, is obligated to apply the aforementioned amendments, although it has not joined the Schengen area yet.
CIVIL REGISTRY AND