Cyprus has been a Republic since 1960. In April 2003 an accession treaty was signed with the European Union of which Cyprus became a full member of on 1st May 2004.
Cyprus is the 3rd largest island in the Mediterranean and it’s situated at the eastern end of its basin.
Greek is the main language with English spoken almost everywhere. German, French and Russian is also widely spoken.
With an average winter temperature of 18˚C (65˚F), Cyprus is the warmest island in the Mediterranean and one of the hottest in the summer months, easily reaching 32˚C (90˚F) and averaging 340 days of sunshine a year.
Cyprus lies in the time zone of GMT+2 hours.
Visitors can drive in Cyprus if they are in possession of a valid driving licence. Third party insurance is compulsory. Traffic moves on the left of the road and international traffic signs are in Greek and English. Distances and road speed limits are in kilometres. The use of seatbelts for front and back seat passengers is compulsory and the use of mobile telephones whilst driving is illegal.
Distances within Cyprus
Distances between towns are in kilometres and are approximate.
Banking Hours & Use of Credit Cards
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 08:15-13:00 hrs. Afternoon service is available Monday afternoons 13:15-16:45 hrs – September to May. ATMs are widely available and in operation 24 hours. Banks at Larnaca and Paphos airports provide services throughout the day and a night service for most flights. Hotels, restaurants and department stores accept all major international credit cards and exchange rates are published daily in the local press.
Business & Shopping Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 09:00 - 19:00 hrs (lunch break between 13:00 - 16:00 hrs)
Wednesday, Saturday 09:00 - 14:00 hrs
The above opening hours apply to the commercial sector but recognised tourist areas are exempt from this restriction offering longer business hours.
*The currency of Cyprus is the Euro (€) as of 1st January 2008. Notes consist of € 100 € 20, € 10 and € 5 denominations and coins of 1, 2, 5, 10 and 50 cents. Indicative exchange rate as of 24/04/2008: GBP£1 = € 1.25 and € 1 = GBP 0.79
Telecard or coin operated public telephones are installed at central locations in all towns and villages. Telecards may be purchased from banks, post offices, souvenir shops and kiosks. All public card- and payphones may be used for national/international calls. GSM cellular phone service is available with all European, Middle Eastern and North American countries. The number for the local operator is 192.
The electricity supply is 220-240 volts, a.c. 50Hz. Sockets are 5amp or 13amp, square pin.
Entry formalities into the Republic of Cyprus are limited to a minimum. Citizens of Country Members of the Council of Europe do not need a visa. All citizens of EU-member countries may enter Cyprus on presentation of their identity card provided it bears a picture of the holder.
There is a 10% service charge levied in hotels and restaurants and a tip therefore is not obligatory. However, taxi drivers, tour guides and waiters always appreciate some small change.
Return Airport Transfers
Approximate transfer times from Larnaca Airport to:
Approximate transfer times from Paphos Airport to: