Cyprus Banking System

The Republic of Cyprus, located to the south of Turkey, is a member of the European Union (EU). Its corporate income tax rate at 12.5 % is the lowest among all EU countries.

Cyprus’s banking sector is regulated under Central bank of Cyprus, and under the direct supervision of European Central Bank (ECB) within the framework of Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) provisions, which has come into effect since Nov 2014.

Since the financial crisis in 2013, Cyprus has undergone economic reform to enhance its financial stability and improve functions of the banking sector. Until now, high bad debt (non-performing loans) still remains as a challenge facing the future of Cypriot banking system.

Banks in Cyprus are classified into two groups: domestic-oriented banks and international banks. Three key players in the banking landscape are Bank of Cyprus, Hellenic Bank and RCB bank, the remainders are occupied by over 25 branches and subsidiaries of international banks in EU and other countries.

We currently don’t support opening bank accounts in Cyprus. Fortunately, we can set up your Cypriot company bank account in other jurisdictions including financial centres like Singapore, where you can find a reputable banking system with no foreign exchange control.

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Required Documents

Different banks might demand a distinct set of documents for account opening process on a case-by-case basis. The below list presents some common documents required by most banks.
  • Account application forms
  • Bank statements
  • Bank reference letter
  • Certified copies of passports, proofs of residence for all directors/shareholders
  • Business plan
  • Business trading proofs (sales/purchase orders, invoice…)
  • Certified copies of Cyprus company incorporation documents
  • Government certification of company good standing status.

You had better consult BBCIncorp to know the exact documents needed for your case.

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