What is considered cultural property in Cyprus?
Antiquities are considered cultural property in Cyprus. This includes all movable and immovable objects of architecture importance, as well as paintings, graphics and sculptures, and other forms of art, if they were made and found in Cyprus over 100 years ago.
For works of church and folk art that have a special archaeological, artistic or historical value, slightly different conditions apply: they must have been created before 1940, but their place of origin does not matter.
What are the export regulations?
A license is required for the export of cultural goods from Cyprus. In principle, the export of ancient objects from Northern Cyprus is prohibited, whereby stones, fossils, pieces of clay and “old-looking objects” also fall into this category.
What sanctions are there?
Prison sentences of up to five years and fines of up to 45,000 euros for the illegal export or the aiding and abetting of the illegal export of cultural property may be enforced. Furthermore, prison sentences are enforced and fines imposed for violations of customs or trade laws.