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  • Cyprus is a member of the European Union since May 1st 2004. It is also a member of the United Nations, Council of Europe, the Commonwealth and many other international organisations.
  • Visas are not required from citizens of the EU member states. A valid passport is required for a stay of up to 90 days for citizens outside of the EU. Further information can be obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding any passport queries Tel: 00 357 22 40 10 00 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • The capital of Cyprus is Nicosia.
  • No vaccinations are required.
  • Tap water is drinkable.
  • The voltage is 220/240 AC 50Hz. UK standard square pin sockets.
  • Remember to bring your driving licence with you. Driving is on the left hand side of the road. All resorts are connected by modern dual- carriage motorways.
  • Language is Greek but English is widely spoken. 
  • Cyprus converted to the metric system of weights and measures in 1987. Weather temperature reports are given in degrees Celsius, petrol is sold by the litre, grocery items in grams and kilograms and fabric lengths in metres. Road speeds and distances are posted in kilometres per hour and kilometres respectively.
  • All international credit cards - Visa, Mastercard, Diners Club, Carte Blanche, and American Express are accepted.
  • Flights are available from 14 UK airports. The time difference is 2 hours ahead of the UK.
  • VAT (value added) tax is 15% and is added on most goods and services.
  • Fight time from the UK is approx 4 hours & 30 minutes.
  • Currency is the Euro since January 1st 2008
  • Average costs for a typical three-course set meal for lunch without wine 10.00 -13.50 Euro per person.
  • Cyprus’ international airports are located at Larnaca and Paphos.
  • The resort of Limassol is situated 70 km (44 miles) from Larnaca Airport and 60 km (38 miles) from Paphos Airport. The resort of Paphos is 15 km (9 miles) Paphos Airport.
  • To make a phone call from abroad dial 00 357 and the eight digit phone number.
  • To make a phone call abroad while in Cyprus dial 00 followed by the country code and telephone number.
  • The climate is exceptional offering plenty of year round sunshine with minimal rain during the winter months. Summer and winter minimum and maximum temperatures are as follows: - August 21 C min and 40 C max. February 6 C minimum and 16 C max.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 August 2009 )