Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

Cyprus - Maternity benefits

In what situation can I claim?

Maternity allowance is paid to insured employees, self-employed and voluntarily insured women working for a Cypriot employer overseas who are expecting a child or who, with their husband, have adopted a child, for the first 12 years after the child's birth or who have got a child through surrogacy. The benefit is paid for a period of 18 weeks starting between the ninth and second weeks preceding the week of the expected birth or for a period of16 weeks in the case of adoption or for a period of 14 weeks in the case of surrogate mothers starting 2 weeks before the expected week of confinement. In the case of a multiple birth, the period of 18 weeks is increased by 4 weeks for each child. In the case of getting a child through surrogacy, the benefit is paid for a period of 18 weeks starting 2 weeks before the expected week of confinement or from the week of the real confinement, according to the choice of the claimant. 

Paternity allowance is paid to insured employees, self-employed and voluntarily insured men working for a Cypriot employer overseas or who have adopted a child or who have got a child through surrogacy. The benefit is paid for a period of 2 consecutive weeks between the week of confinement and the following 16 weeks or between the week of confinement and the termination of maternity leave in the case of a multiple birth for natural fathers or between the week of adoption and the following 16 weeks in the case of adoption.

The childbirth grant is paid in addition after the birth of each child if the mother or her husband meets the insurance conditions.

What conditions do I need to meet?

The conditions for the payment of maternity/paternity allowance and childbirth grant are:

  • to have actual insurance equal to at least 0.50 insurance points and for at least 26 weeks to have elapsed since the insurance commenced, and
  • to have actual or assimilated insurance equal to at least 0.39 insurance points in the relevant contribution year;
  • in the case of the childbirth grant, the grant is paid if either the mother or her husband meets the above insurance conditions.

What am I entitled to and how can I claim?

Maternity allowance

Maternity allowance is paid to natural mothers for a period of 18 weeks starting between the ninth and second weeks before the week of the expected birth.

If the infant is treated in an incubator because of premature birth or receives treatment because of another health problem, the maternity benefit may be extended by an additional week for each 21 days of treatment for a maximum of 6 weeks.

Adoptive mothers receive the allowance for 16 weeks from the week of the adoption if the child is less than 12 years old.

Surrogate mothers receive the allowance for 14 weeks starting 2 weeks before the expected week of confinement. In the case of getting a child through surrogacy, the benefit is paid for a period of 18 weeks starting 2 weeks before the expected week of confinement or from the week of the real confinement, according to the choice of the claimant. 

Paternity allowance

Paternity allowance is paid to natural fathers for a period of 2 consecutive weeks between the week of confinement and the following 16 weeks or between the week of confinement and the termination of maternity leave for the case of a multiple birth.

Adoptive fathers receive the allowance for a period of 2 consecutive weeks between the week of adoption and the following 16 weeks.

Maternity/Paternity allowance:

Basic benefit

Supplementary benefit

In% of the weekly value of the insurance points in the basic insurance during the relevant contribution year.

Applicant

72%

72%

Dependent member: 1

80%

-

Dependent members: 2

90%

-

Dependent members: 3

100%

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The maternity/paternity benefit is not paid if the person concerned receives their full salary during the period in which maternity allowance is granted. If they receive a reduced wage, the sum of that wage and the allowance must not exceed the full wage.

Childbirth grant

A lump sum of €544.08 per child (for the year 2018) is paid to the mother if she or her husband are insured for the birth of a live child or a stillbirth after a pregnancy of at least 28 weeks.

Special maternity benefit for unmarried mothers

Women who have given birth and have resided in Cyprus for the last 12 consecutive months are entitled to the special childbirth grant (a lump sum of €554.08 which is paid at the time of the birth) if they are not entitled to the childbirth grant from the social insurance services.

To be awarded the childbirth grant, an application form has to be submitted accompanied by the required certificates within 1 year of the birth, whereas to be granted the maternity allowance the application form and the required certificates may be submitted after the end of the 25th week of pregnancy and must be submitted within 21 days of the day on which the benefit is required.

Jargon busters

  • Basic insurance: includes the insurable earnings for each year up to the amount of the basic insurable earnings i.e. up to one point.
  • Supplementary insurance: includes insurable earnings for each year above the amount of the basic insurable earnings.
  • Insurance points: the result arrived at by converting actual and assimilated insurable earnings to insurance points.
  • Relevant contribution year: in relation to benefits, this means the last contribution year before the benefit year which includes the date on which the insurance conditions attached to the benefit must be satisfied (i.e. the relevant contribution year is 2016 for the first half of 2018 and 2017 for the second half of 2018).
  • Benefit year: the period of time which commences on the first Monday of July each year and ends on the last Sunday before the first Monday of July in the following year.

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Social Insurance Services

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