Cyprus - Country Commercial Guide
Trade Financing
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Methods of Payment

The usual method of payment for business transactions is via 90-day letters of credit.

For more information about the methods of payment or other trade finance options, please read the Trade Finance Guide.  


Credit rating reports are available through the following firms:

GlobalSource LLC

Address: 36 Grivas Digenis Ave, 1066 Nicosia

Tel.: +357-22-102201


InfoCredit Group Cyprus Ltd.

Address:  Philippou Hadjigeorgiou 5A, Acropolis, Nicosia 2006

Tel.:  +357-22-398000

Fax:  +357-22-458937


Rime Information Bureau Ltd

Address: 8 Vasiliou Voulgaroktonou, Politis Newspaper Building, Nicosia 1010

Tel.:  +357-22-768662

Fax:  +357-22-768660


Argus Information Service Ltd.

Member of Lyssiotis Group

Address: 10A Salaminos Ave., Alexia Court, 2nd Floor, P.O. Box 21176, 1503 Nicosia

Tel.:  +357-22-348042

Fax:  +357-22-348020



Artemis Bank Information Systems Ltd

Address:  77 Strovolos Avenue, Office 501, 2018 Strovolos, Nicosia

Tel.:  +357-22-454791, +357-99-621168 (cell)

Fax:  +357-22-454786



Note: InfoCredit Group Cyprus Ltd. and Rime Information Bureau Ltd., also offer debt collection services.

Visa, Mastercard, and American Express credit cards are widely used and accepted.

For more information about the methods of payment or other trade finance options, please read the Trade Finance Guide.

See section on financing under the U.S. Department of State Investment Climate Statement website.

Banking Systems

Republic of Cyprus

The banking sector has made significant progress since the 2013 financial crisis resulted in a “haircut” to uninsured deposits, followed by numerous bankruptcies and consolidations.  The island’s two largest banks – Bank of Cyprus and Hellenic – have returned to profitability, and the local banking sector overall has satisfactory liquidity and capital adequacy.  Non-Performing Loans (NPLs) in Cyprus, however, remain the highest in the EU at 9.0 percent of total loans at the end of April 2023, compared to 11.4 percent a year earlier.  This is considerably lower than in 2014, when NPLs reached 47.8 percent.  Banks are striving to reduce their NPLs further, by selling off NPL portfolios to credit-acquiring companies or foreclosing.  Aggregate banking sector data is available here. Standard banking services in the ROC are comparable to those in other European countries and the United States.  The Central Bank of Cyprus supervises private banks and requires them to meet Bank for International Settlements (BIS) standards as well as corresponding directives of the European Union.  Bank financial statements comply with international standards and are audited by internationally recognized auditors.  Bank deposits are guaranteed up to EUR 100,000 per depositor/per bank under a deposit insurance system.

Area Administered by Turkish Cypriots

Banking supervision has improved in the past few years.  The “Central Bank” oversees and regulates all branches of local banks, foreign banks, private banks, and international banking units.  In addition to the “Central Bank” and the “Development Bank”, there are 21 banks in the area administered by Turkish Cypriots, of which 16 are Turkish Cypriot-owned banks, and five are branch banks from Türkiye.  Two of five members of the “Central Bank’s” “Board of Directors” are from Türkiye, as is the “Central Bank Governor.”  Turkish Cypriot banks do not have access to the SWIFT system so Turkish Cypriot banks rely on their correspondent banking relationships for foreign currency transactions.

Visit this link for more information about banks ( and the banking system in the area administrated by Turkish Cypriots (Note: the banking system website is only available in the Turkish language). Note specific features of the banking system and rules/laws that might impact U.S. business.

Foreign Exchange Controls

Republic of Cyprus:

There are no capital restrictions in the Republic of Cyprus.  As with other EU countries, travelers to the Republic of Cyprus must declare cash sums greater than 10,000 euros upon arrival. 

Area Administered by Turkish Cypriots:

There are no capital controls in effect.  Travelers exiting the area administered by Turkish Cypriots — whether residents or non-residents — may carry up to $10,000 in local or foreign currency without prior permission.  Travelers must obtain authorization from the Turkish Cypriot “Central Bank” for sums over this threshold and declare the money to the “Department of Customs” at the port of exit.  There is no restriction for the import of currency into the area administered by Turkish Cypriots.

U.S. Banks and Local Correspondent Banks:

Republic of Cyprus:

There are no U.S. banks operating in Cyprus but there are 26 other banks in Cyprus, six of which are incorporated locally.  The remaining banks are branches or subsidiaries of foreign-incorporated banks or representative offices, conducting their operations mainly with non-residents.  Some of them have subsidiaries dealing with insurance services, investment banking, and other related services.  Most of these banks, particularly those incorporated domestically, have correspondent arrangements with U.S. banks and offer all types of services, including deposit accounts, lending advances, leasing, credit card facilities, and automatic banking machines.  Though the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and Ex-Im Bank do not offer any specific programs for the Republic of Cyprus, exporters may still be able to avail themselves of export financing assistance if the transaction meets appropriate criteria.  For more information on the banking system, please visit the Central Bank of Cyprus.

For additional information, visit the U.S. Department of State Investment Climate Statements.

Area Administered by Turkish Cypriots:

Some branch banks have correspondent facilities with the United States.  The full list of domestic banks in the area administered by Turkish Cypriots can be obtained from the Turkish Cypriot Banks Association (Note: The website is only available in the Turkish language).