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Cyprus guide

 

Cyprus General Information

 

Passport/Visas 

UK nationals must be in possession of a full passport, valid until the date of return. There are no visas required for British Passport holders however; other nationalities will have to check with the Embassy/ Consulate for full visa/entry requirements.

Climate

Cyprus enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with long dry summers from mid-May to mid-October and mild winters from December to February; separated by short autumn and spring seasons. Summer is a season of high temperatures with cloudless skies; the sea breeze creates a pleasant atmosphere in the coastal areas. Winters are mild with little rain and they even see some snow up on the Troodos Mountains (usually starting before Christmas). In Cyprus, there is abundant sunshine. Even in December and January, there is an average of six hours of bright sunshine per day. 

 

Languages 

Greek and Turkish are the official languages but English is also widely spoken. French and German are spoken in popular tourist resorts. 

 

Time Difference

GMT + 2 (GMT + 3 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October). 

 

Health

There are no compulsory vaccinations required. Please consult your local GP for  the latest information and advice.

 

What Clothes to Take

Pack lightweight fabrics during summer months, warmer medium-weight clothing and rainwear during the winter. 

 

Food and Drink

Cypriots make the most of their fresh produce and the abundant seafood, vegetables, pulses, grains and meat that make up the basis of a regular Cypriot diet.

One of the most famous popular plates is meze, when just about everything seems to arrive from the kitchen on to your table in an endless stream. Dining meze-style is a great way to try a wide variety of Cypriot cuisine - you’d better start on an empty stomach. Wine has been produced in Cyprus for thousands of years – there’s proof of Cypriot winemaking dating back to 2000BC. The island is famous for Commanderia, a sweet dessert wine. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous you can order a brandy sour down in the local taverna – made from Cyprus brandy, lemon juice, bitters and soda water.

 

First Aid Kit

A small first aid kit is useful and could contain plasters, antiseptic cream, anti-insect cream (before and after) and sunburn lotion. Stomach upsets are not common but it is wise to carry preparations to combat diarrhoea, just in case!

 

Tipping

Tipping is similar to the UK; 10-15% depending on the service. Some restaurants & hotels will automatically add a 10% gratuity. If in doubt, just ask.

Valuables

It is advisable to avoid bringing items of great value such as jewellery. Observe sensible precautions – use safety deposit boxes in hotels for passports and money and take care of your handbag or wallet when in crowded areas.

 

Getting About

Traffic in Cyprus drives on the left.

Bus services connect all towns and villages on the island every day except Sunday and public holidays when limited services are available. Taxis are frequent and readily available and all have meters.  Taxi fares are regulated by the government. Cars are one of the best ways to explore the island and should be reserved well in advance during the summer season.
 

 

Best Buys

Traditional lace, leatherwear, local crafts and sandals are all great souvenirs or presents. Shopping in Cyprus varies from sophisticated boutiques to weekly markets where you can find a variety of goods.

 

Useful Adresses

High Commission of the Republic of Cyprus in the UK

13 St James's Square, London SW1Y 4LB
Tel:  0207 321 4100.
Website: www.mfa.gov.cy/highcomlondon
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0930-1700; 0930-1300 (consular section).

Cyprus Tourism Organisation in the UK

17 Hanover Street, London W1S 1YP, UK
Tel: (020) 7569 8800.
Website: www.visitcyprus.org.cy

 

Local Embassy/Consulate

 

British High Commission
Alexander Pallis Street (PO Box 21978)
1587 Nicosia

Cyprus or
BFPO 567

+357 22 861100

 

 

 

 

 

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