All About Cyprus

 

Welcome, this page and site will supply you with general  information about Cyprus, from medical care, tourist information, currency, camp sites, youth hostels and public holidays to who to ring to find out the arrival times of planes at the airports.

 If someone in a far off land tells you something about Cyprus, please check before you act upon it. We get calls all the time from people who are for example stuck in Athens because ' someone told them there was a ferry to Cyprus from the port of Piraeus. this was true some years ago, but now we have to send them all the way back to Italy to get on a ferry which again passes Athens, but where they are not allowed to embark or disembark ! Now that is very Cypriot.

Also. The fact is, that if you travel via the North, you can have big problems. It happens all the time and the majority are ok, but it is not officially allowed, so if you are a trouble magnet - don't say you weren't warned.


You will find the navigation bar to other parts of the site at the bottom of the page, where there is tons more to choose from.

Cyprus is known by many names; The actual meaning derives from the word for copper, Kubris - mainly for the copper which was mined here but partly possibly from the colour of the land itself, which has a coppery hue, especially at sunset.

Here are some

Canadian: Xipre
German: Zypern
Esperanto: Kipro
Spanish: Chipre
Finnish: Kypros
French: Chypre
Hungarian: Ciprus
Italien: Cipro or Isla di Cipro
Japanese: キプロス
Portugese: Chipre
Romaian: Cipru
Swedish: Cypern

     Many of you will come to Cyprus for the sun, and so take heed.

Sea , sand and sun in Cyprus

Cyprus smiles on you, but wear a hat Wear a hat .
Cyprus smiles on you, but wear sun block Put on sun block (often) (Buy sunblock without Aluminium or you are trading one hazard for another)
Cyprus smiles on you - drink water Drink plenty of fluids.
Cyprus smiles on you - dont go to sleep in the sun Don't fall asleep in the sun.

So sorry to bend your ears this early in our relationship,
 but this is important stuff, especially for
Children.

  Now for the standard info. Click on the subject that interests you.


The Cyprus tourism organisation will supply you with  leaflets, maps etc.
Click the brown hyperlinks to learn more.

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Phone

Web info

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Offices in Cyprus
Offices Abroad

Embassies and Legations of Sovereign States in Cyprus

Countries

Phone

Visa required by Nationals to enter Cyprus ?


Please note. Having a visa does not give you right of entry - many people with visas are turned away because the officer on duty may not like the look of you. It is at the officers discretion.

American Embassy
Gonia Metochiou & Ploutarchou, Egkomi, 2407 Lefkosia
Office hours: Monday - Friday:
08:00 - 17:00

22-776400
22-393939

No
 

infoATamericanembassy.org.cy

Australian High Commission
Annis Komninis 4,
2nd Floor, 1060 Lefkosia
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 08:00 - 15:50  Wed: 08:00 - 15:20

22-735001
22-753001 or 2

No

nicosia.ahcATdfat.gov.au

British High Commission
Alexandrou Palli,
P.O.Box 21978, 1587 Lefkosia
Monday - Friday: 07:30 - 14:30

22-861100
22-861100

No

infobhcATcylink.com.cy

Bulgarian Embassy
Konstantinou Palaiologou 13,
2406 Egkomi, Lefkosia

Monday - Friday: 08:00 - 14:00

22-672740
22-672486

enquire

bulgariaATcytanet.com.cy

Cuban Embassy
1, Androcleous Str., (corner of Thoukididou), Nicosia
Monday - Friday: 08:30 - 13:30

22-769743

enquire

embacubaATspidernet.com.cy

Egyptian Embassy
Leoforos Aigyptou 3,
P.O.Box 21752, CY 1097 Nicosia.
Monday - Friday 09:00 - 15:00

22-680650
22-680650

Yes before hand

infoATegyptianembassy-org.cy

French Embassy
Ploutarchou 12, 2406 Egkomi, P.O.Box 21671, CY 1512 Nicosia.
Mon - Fri: 08:00 - 13:30, 15:30 - 18:30

22-779910
22-779910

No

ambachyprATspidernet.com.cy

German Embassy
Nikitara 10, 1080 Lefkosia,
P.O.Box 25705, CY 1311
1 October - 30 April:
07:00 - 15:30 (Mon.- Thu.)
08:00 - 14:00 (Fri.)
1 May - 30 September:
07:00 - 15:00 (Mon - Thursday)
08:00-14:00 (Fri.)

22-664362
22-451145

No

infoATgermanembassy-nicosia.org.cy

Greek Embassy
Leoforos Vyronos 8-10, 1096 Nicosia.
Monday - Friday: 09:00-12:00

22-680645
22-445111

No

grembnicosiaATcytanet.com.cy

Hungarian Consulate
Pringipos Karolou 2, 2373 Agios Dometios, Nicosia.
Monday - Friday:08:30 -14:30

22-677210
22-459130

No

huembnicATcytanet.com.cy

Indian High Commission

22 - 351741

Yes - before hand

Israeli Embassy

22 - 664195

No

Italian Embassy

22 - 357635

No

Lebanese Embassy

22 - 774216

Yes - Get it at entry point

Romanian Embassy

22 - 379303

No

Russian Embassy

22 - 774622
22 - 776832

3 months allowed

Swiss Embassy

22 - 766261

No

Syrian Embassy

22 - 764481

By invitation

Turkish Embassy

22 - 465242

Unavailable

Yugoslavian Embassy

22 - 777511

No

 

Cyprus Airport Information

Phone the numbers below from anywhere in Cyprus to obtain the latest flight information, this means you don't need to wait at the airport so long, they have an ETA on most flights into both Larnaca and Paphos airports. Press 2 when prompted for the information in English, if you miss it, you will have to listen to it in Greek.

If you want to take a transfer from the airport to your hotel or accommodation, try booking with Cyprus car hire, the prices are from 1 5 people 6 -11 and 12+ with room for your luggage. Less stress and not as expensive as you would think.

Larnaca    7777 8833
Paphos   7777 8833

A Cyprus bus - well in the villages anyway.

Cyprus car hire - for all types of transport in Cyprus

The Bus and Service Taxi

Buses in Cyprus do not all look like this, but these are my favourites. Services are pretty regular from all towns, and from Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos you can get a service taxi , which is usually a diesel 6 seater Mercedes to any of the other main towns. You can board these from service taxi offices, or call them up and they will pick you up from where you are staying and drop you where you are going. The cost for this service is generally less than 10 euros.

     Normal taxis are not expensive , and each has a meter installed, typical across town charge.. around 10 euros   See transfers from Cyprus car hire.

If you want to hire a bus like the one in the picture (known locally as a chicken bus) for special outings or maybe as wedding transport, look here.                                               

Cyprus Banks and Currency 


There are many banks in Cyprus and they all change foreign currency and travellers cheques. The rate of exchange is usually slightly better in Cyprus than in your local bank at home. There is no restriction on the amount of cash you may bring in, however amounts over 15,000 Euros should be declared, this means that if you do not spend it all, you may re-export it without hassle if you come from outside the European Union. eye move.gif (640 bytes)

The up to date regulations for the importation of currency, gold and coins may be seen here.
   
The exchange rates obviously fluctuate on a daily basis, but as a rough guide the British pound is worth around 1 euro and 20 cents (2008), there are 100 cents to a Euro. i.e. 100 sterling = 120 Euros. If you wish to see today's live exchange rates  on The Banking page press this button:

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All hotels and many shops will also change money for you if you get stuck, although the rate will not be as good as a bank so check before you change.

All major credit cards are accepted, and there are many hole in the wall facilities, normally with a 200 - 400 Euros a day restriction.

Banking hours are generally: Monday- Saturday 8.30am -12 pm but many banks have an afternoon service for tourists.

  If you wish to buy a holiday or second home here, see Banking for advice and loans information. Also we have a new service offering preferential rates for amounts over 5000 sterling, useful when purchasing property etc. Please inquire here, or take a look at this.

Cyprus Telecommunications Authority

To see the history of CYTA in Cyprus, click here
 

Newspapers and Magazines

There are a number of Newspapers and periodicals in Cyprus.
The main English language ones are The Cyprus Mail (Daily) and the Cyprus Weekly. You can also get most English  and International Newspapers the next day, or the same day if you go to the British bases areas. Here also is an RS feed with the Cyprus news

 


 

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