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Cyprus Offshore Company.
Cyprus Company Formation.


Cyprus Company - General Information

Advantages of Cyprus Company Formation

  • European jurisdiction
  • Advantageous vehicle for International Tax Planning and use
  • 0% tax on Dividends received (Dividends received by a Cyprus Company, on certain conditions, are free of tax making Cyprus the most competitive jurisdiction for holding companies)
  • 0% withholding tax on Dividend payments (Dividends payable by a Cyprus resident company to its foreign shareholders (whether a company or individual) are not subject to any withholding tax in Cyprus)
  • Full tax exception on the payment of dividends to its non-resident shareholders and has a real advantage over the other traditional holding jurisdictions
  • No capital gains tax is paid on the transfer of immovable property owned by a Cyprus Company abroad (outside Cyprus)
  • 12, 5% Taxation for tax resident companies. (Starting from accounting period of 2014)
  • 0% Taxation for NON tax resident companies
  • Double Tax Treaties (Cyprus has signed a considerable number of Double Taxation Treaties with various countries, to avoid the double taxation of income earned in any of the two contracting states)
  • The minimum number of directors is one. Director can be of any nationality and need not be resident, but Cypriot advisable for purposes of tax residency corporate directors are permitted
  • The minimum number of shareholders is one
  • Nominee Shareholders and Nominee Directors Allowed

Principal Corporate Legislation
Companies Law, Cap 113, as amended.

Type of Law
Civil with many English Common Law influences.

Language of Legislation and Corporate Documents
English and Greek.

Type of Company for International Trade, Investment & Tax Planning
Private Limited Company.

Cyprus Private Limited Company

Share Capital
Standard authorised share capital is EUR 1,000. Minimum paid up share capital is EUR 1.

Classes of Share Available
Registered shares, preference shares, redeemable shares and shares with or without voting rights.

Bearer Shares
Not permitted.

Restrictions on Trading
Banking, insurance, assurance, reinsurance, fund management, collective investment schemes, trust management, trusteeship business provision are not permitted.

Registered Office Required
Each Cyprus company must have a Registered Office in Cyprus.

The minimum number of directors is one. Director can be of any nationality and need not be resident, but Cypriot advisable for purposes of tax residency Corporate directors are permitted.


The minimum number of shareholders is one.

Publicly Accessible Records

Nominee Shareholders and Nominee Directors

Location of Meetings of Directors and Shareholders
Anywhere, but Cyprus advisable for purposes of tax residency.

Disclosure of Beneficial Ownership to Authorities

Personal Presence Required

The corporate tax rate is 12.5%.

Cyprus companies trading from Cyprus may be registered for VAT purposes and the VAT prefix will be 'CY'.

Double Taxation Treaty Access
Azerbaijan, Armenia, Austria, Bulgaria, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan,  Malta, Mauritius, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, Uzbekistan.

Requirements to File Accounts

Audit Requirements


Exchange Control

Language of Name

Restricted Words
Words such as "Assurance", "Bank", "Building Society", "Royal", "Trust Company", "Trustee Company" etc. will require justification.

Name of a Company
The name of each company must end with the word "Limited" or "Ltd".

Time to Incorporate
Two weeks, subject to name approval.

Cost of Cyprus Company Formation
Starting from just €1190 (excl. Government Fees €350)

Cyprus Shelf Company
List of Cyprus Shelf Companies with Prestigious Names:

DESTERACO TRADING LTD Under Registration 1990 EUR
PHARENTACO LTD Under Registration 1990 EUR
ZENESTA LTD 03.02.2015 1990 EUR



Worldwide Incorporation Services provides the following services in Cyprus:

  • Cyprus Company Formation
  • Registered Office Services
  • Secretarial Services
  • Nominee Shareholder/Nominee Director
  • Opening of Bank Accounts
  • Full Cyprus Company Administration Services
  • Mailing Address in Cyprus
  • Virtual Office
  • Book Keeping & Audit
  • VAT Registration
  • EORI Registration
  • Trademark Registration
  • Yacht Registration

Worldwide Incorporation Services - Office Address in Cyprus



Phone: +357 25 812 242
Skype: wis.cyprus 

4 Profiti Ilia
Office 101B
4046 Limassol
Working Hours:
08:30 to 17:30 Sun-Thu (GMT +2)


Regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySec) under License no. 13/196

How to proceed

It could not be easier to proceed with Cyprus Company formation online with Worldwide Incorporation Services. Simply press “Incorporate Now!”, add any services you may require, check out and take 5 minutes to complete your details. It usually takes 1-2 working days to get your new company incorporation approved by Registrar; however, in some cases it may take longer. As soon as your company set is ready the documents will be shipped to you. Shelf companies are available for immediate purchase, please choose the name from the list and press “Buy now!” to proceed.

Worldwide Incorporation Services is one of the world’s leading company formation agents providing clients with online company formation, registered office services, professional directors / shareholders, mail forwarding, virtual office, bank account introduction, bookkeeping and many other related services.

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