Civil registration

Cyprus

Country Report: Civil registration Last updated: 16/04/21

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The procedure for the civil registration of children born in Cyprus is the same for all, regardless of nationality or status.[1] In order to register the new-born child in the Birth Register, an application form must be completed and signed by the Doctor who delivered the child and a copy is kept at the hospital/clinic records, another copy is sent to the Competent District Administration Office by the hospital/clinic, and a third copy is given to the child’s parents, for them to submit it to the Competent District Administration Office. The registration of the child can take place in any District Administration Office, regardless of the district in which the child was born. If the parents of the child are not married, then an affidavit is required by both parents confirming the father of the child.

Birth certificates are issued upon registering the birth and are issued at all the District Administration Offices. The fee payable for each certificate is €5, provided that the birth has been registered within the time period determined by the law: 15 days from the birth of the child. If the birth is registered three months after the birth of the child the following is required: the Birth Registration Form; an affidavit in the prescribed form; and a fee of €60 (until 2019 was €150).[2]

A birth certificate is required in order to enjoy various rights, such as access to medical care, registration in school, and access to benefits such as child allowance, single parent allowance, and minimum guaranteed income scheme.

There are no reports of difficulties in regard to civil registration of beneficiaries of international protection.

 

 

[1]           Article 8 Civil Registry Law.

[2]           Article 16 Civil Registry Law.

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