Frequently Asked Questions – Obtaining EU Insurance Passporting via Cyprus
Cyprus Insurance Companies – Licensing FAQs and Important Considerations
Insurance companies from 3rd countries and the UK are using Cyprus as their entry point within the EU to sell their insurance products and services. As a result, Cyprus is becoming a hub for insurance EU passporting due to its straightforward licensing applications and reasonable and simple licensing requirements.
Cyprus Set Up
Cyprus Company Created and Regulated by the Registrar of Insurers usually acting for an overseas (3rd country or to a less extent EU) insurance company.
Some frequently asked questions from various applicants are mentioned below
1. How long does it take to receive the Insurance Agents / Brokers License?
It takes 2-3 months, but you need to take into account the following:
Company must be formed
Its Memorandum & Articles of Association (M&A) must include specific provisions to its insurance activities; they must clearly stipulate that the company can trade as an insurance Agent or Broker.
Company Name – tricky
Your preferred company name must be approved by two registrars!
First, the name must be approved by the Cyprus Registrar of Insurers and then by the Cyprus Registrar of Companies. The Cyprus registrar of companies usually accepts the approved name by the registrar of insurers.
Timeframe: Each name application takes usually <10 working days to be approved so be prepared that both name applications could take 1 month to be approved.
2. What about Company substance? Is it required?
Yes. Regulated entities in Cyprus must have local substance. Office and staff.
In addition, management must have passed its Insurance Certifications which will be checked by the regulator and this is conditional for the license to be granted.
However different requirements exist for insurance agents and brokers. Detailed breakdown of the differences can be obtained here.
3. Licensing – what is the Key requirement?
Licensing for an insurance agents or brokers license Key requirement are the credentials of one of the directors as they should be holders of professional insurance qualifications.
Even though the differences in licensing requirements between insurance agent and broker are large, if management can not have the appropriate credentials the application will be void.
Detailed breakdown of licensing requirements can be obtained here.
4. Cyprus Company Set Up – applicable scenarios
Application for General Insurance License: Once of the directors of the Company must be a holder of an international accredited certificate for general insurance acceptable by the Cyprus Insurance Regulator.
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Equivalently, a Life insurance License: One of the directors of the Cyprus Company musty be a an international accredited certificate for general insurance acceptable by the Cyprus Insurance Regulator.
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5. Composition of the board/ management of the Company
The Cyprus Registrar of Insurers can accept various combinations of the board composition as long as the substance and regulatory requirements mentioned above are met;
Simple Scenario: Cyprus company must have a local director residing in Cyprus holding International Insurance Accreditations relevant to the operations of the Company.
Common Scenario: Cyprus company has a local director with no insurance credentials and an overseas director (residing anywhere but not in Cyprus) who holds the International Insurance Accreditation relevant to the operations of the Company.
6. EU Passporting via Cyprus
Is it easy? Fast?
Once you obtain a Cyprus Insurance License then passporting becomes easy as in Cyprus it is a structured and relatively straight process.
Passporting usually takes ½ months to be approved by the Cyprus Registrar of Insurers.
Once we obtain the local Cyprus (EU) insurance license we will then apply for EU passporting. Specific EU countries must be specified in the application.
7. Cyprus Companies acting as agents of overseas companies.
Cyprus Limited companies are becoming increasingly popular for acting as insurance agents to overseas insurance Companies, usually outside the European Union.
Insurance companies from 3rd countries find Cyprus their ideal partner for passporting as Cyprus:
- Fast and relatively straight forward licensing process
- Cheaper costs to set up and maintain the agents / broker’s license
- Low tax costs and great relocation incentives (read here for more benefits)
- Passporting is the simplest in Europe
- Cheap application and consultation fees when compared to other EU countries.
More information about obtaining a Cyprus Insurance License can be obtained from our website in the licensing section, click here.
Want to know more?
General information about insurance requirements in Cyprus
Insurance Brokers license information requirements
Insurance Agents, license information requirements
Differences between the Agents and the Brokers licenses.
CYAUSE Audit Services has assisted many international insurance companies primarily from the UK (following the Brexit) obtaining EU Insurance passporting via the creation of a Cyprus company which was used for EU passporting purposes.
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