Wordtravels

Wordtravels

 

 

 

 

 

Cyprus Travel Information

The Basics

Time

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

Electricity

Electrical current is 240 volts, 50Hz. The UK-style three square-pin plugs are used.

Language

The majority of Cypriots speak Greek, and a small percentage speaks Turkish. The Greek Cypriot dialect differs from mainland Greece. English, German and French are spoken in tourist areas.

Travel Health

No vaccinations are required for travel to Cyprus but hepatitis A and B vaccinations are always recommended for travellers by health authorities. A typhoid vaccination is also recommended but only for travellers who intend to eat and drink outside of restaurants and hotels or mean to travel off the beaten tourist track. Travellers are advised to avoid eating fruits and vegetables unless they have been peeled or cooked and to avoid meat that is raw or undercooked. Travellers should also always be wary of food sold by street vendors.

Health services on Cyprus are of a good standard. UK citizens should bring with them a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which enables them to receive free emergency medical treatment. Medical fees are reasonable in Cyprus, but supplies are expensive and it is probably a good idea to take with you any important prescription medications you may require (with the appropriate notes from your doctor to get them through customs). Medical insurance is advised.

Tipping

A 10 percent service charge is levied in hotels and restaurants so a tip is not obligatory, but small change is always welcome. Taxi drivers, porters etc, appreciate a small tip.

Safety Information

The terrorist threat is low, and crime against tourists is rare.

Local Customs

Avoid taking photographs near military establishments. Religious customs such as Ramadan should be respected, particularly in the north where most of the Turkish Cypriots are Muslim; avoid eating, drinking, smoking and chewing gum in public during the holy month. Women should dress modestly.

Business

Business in Cyprus is best conducted face-to-face, as developing a working relationship based on trust is important. Business is conducted formally, and dress should be smart and conservative (a suit and tie are the norm). Greetings are usually made with a handshake, and business cards are exchanged. It is common for women to hold high positions and they are generally well respected in the business world. Punctuality is important, but meetings may not begin on time. Business hours can vary according to the season, but are usually 8am to 1pm and 4pm to 7pm Monday to Friday in summer, closing at 5pm in winter.

Communications

The international access code for Cyprus is +357. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). Area codes are not required. Mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international operators, but not the United States. There are public phones in all towns and villages and can be used for domestic and international calls. Phone cards can be purchased from shops, banks and post offices. Internet cafes are available in the main towns and resorts.

Duty Free

Travellers to Cyprus over 17 years arriving from non-EU countries do not have to pay duty on 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g smoking tobacco; 1 litre spirits with higher than 22% alcohol volume or 2 litres spirits or aperitifs with less than 22% alcohol volume, or 2 litres of wine; 50g perfume or 250ml eau de toilette; 500g coffee; 100g tea; medicines for personal consumption; and other goods to the value of €175. Prohibited items include fresh fruit, meat and dairy products.

Become our Cyprus Travel Expert

We are looking for contributors for our Cyprus travel guide. If you are a local, a regular traveller to Cyprus or a travel professional with time to contribute and answer occasional forum questions, please contact us.

  URI STRING  
/Travelguide/Countries/Cyprus/basics
  CLASS/METHOD  
countries/index
  MEMORY USAGE  
1,614,824 bytes
  BENCHMARKS  
Loading Time Base Classes  0.0520
Controller Execution Time ( Countries / Index )  0.0866
Total Execution Time  0.1390
  GET DATA  
No GET data exists
  POST DATA  
No POST data exists
  DATABASE:  globe_media   QUERIES: 39   
0.0006   INSERT INTO `ci_sessions(`session_id`, `ip_address`, `user_agent`, `last_activity`) VALUES ('46a424a9933e2fd435f36e5297434dc4''54.82.41.206''CCBot/2.0 (http://commoncrawl.org/faq/)'1412202680) 
0.0005   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1412202680, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '46a424a9933e2fd435f36e5297434dc4' 
0.0004   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1412202680, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '46a424a9933e2fd435f36e5297434dc4' 
0.0004   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1412202680, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '46a424a9933e2fd435f36e5297434dc4' 
0.0004   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1412202680, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '46a424a9933e2fd435f36e5297434dc4' 
0.0004   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1412202680, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '46a424a9933e2fd435f36e5297434dc4' 
0.0005   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1412202680, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '46a424a9933e2fd435f36e5297434dc4' 
0.0005   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1412202680, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '46a424a9933e2fd435f36e5297434dc4' 
0.0005   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1412202680, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '46a424a9933e2fd435f36e5297434dc4' 
0.0005   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1412202680, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '46a424a9933e2fd435f36e5297434dc4' 
0.0005   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1412202680, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '46a424a9933e2fd435f36e5297434dc4' 
0.0004   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1412202680, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '46a424a9933e2fd435f36e5297434dc4' 
0.0004   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1412202680, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '46a424a9933e2fd435f36e5297434dc4' 
0.0004   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1412202680, `user_data` = 'a:1:{s:16:\"destination_type\";s:9:\"Countries\";}' WHERE `session_id` = '46a424a9933e2fd435f36e5297434dc4' 
0.0004   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1412202680, `user_data` = 'a:2:{s:16:\"destination_type\";s:9:\"Countries\";s:7:\"country\";s:6:\"Cyprus\";}' WHERE `session_id` = '46a424a9933e2fd435f36e5297434dc4' 
0.0006   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1412202680, `user_data` = 'a:3:{s:16:\"destination_type\";s:9:\"Countries\";s:7:\"country\";s:6:\"Cyprus\";s:13:\"selected_node\";s:6:\"basics\";}' WHERE `session_id` = '46a424a9933e2fd435f36e5297434dc4' 
0.0005   SELECT *
FROM (`config_categories`)
WHERE `type` = 'left'
AND `parent_category_idIN (SELECT id FROM config_categories WHERE link "/countries")
AND `
display_order` != '0'
ORDER BY `display_order
0.0006   SELECT `province_code`, `province_name`, `c`.`country_name`
FROM (`provincesp)
LEFT JOIN `countriesON `c`.`country_code` = `p`.`country_code`
WHERE `c`.`country_name` = 'Cyprus'
ORDER BY `p`.`province_name
0.0026   SELECT rc.id as regions_cities_idrc.region_namerc.major_cityrc.key_regionc.country_namep.province_name  FROM regions_cities rc INNER JOIN countries c ON c.country_code rc.country_code LEFT JOIN provinces p ON rc.province_code p.province_code WHERE c.country_name "Cyprus"  AND rc.major_city AND rc.nfuwt != 1 UNION SELECT rc.id as regions_cities_idrc.region_namerc.major_cityrc.key_regionc.country_namep.province_name FROM regions_cities rc INNER JOIN provinces p ON p.province_code rc.province_code INNER JOIN countries c ON p.country_code c.country_code WHERE c.country_name "Cyprus"  AND rc.major_city AND rc.nfuwt != ORDER BY region_name  
0.0024   SELECT rc.id as regions_cities_idrc.region_namerc.major_cityrc.key_regionc.country_namep.province_name  FROM regions_cities rc INNER JOIN countries c ON c.country_code rc.country_code LEFT JOIN provinces p ON rc.province_code p.province_code WHERE c.country_name "Cyprus"  AND rc.major_city AND rc.nfuwt != 1 UNION SELECT rc.id as regions_cities_idrc.region_namerc.major_cityrc.key_regionc.country_namep.province_name FROM regions_cities rc INNER JOIN provinces p ON p.province_code rc.province_code INNER JOIN countries c ON p.country_code c.country_code WHERE c.country_name "Cyprus"  AND rc.major_city AND rc.nfuwt != ORDER BY region_name  
0.0025   SELECT `r`.`id` as resort_id, `r`.`name`, `r`.`major_resort`, `r`.`attr_ski_chk`, `r`.`attr_beach_chk`, `c`.`country_name`, (SELECT region_name FROM regions_cities WHERE country_code c.country_code AND id r.region_city_code) as region_name
FROM 
(`resortsr)
LEFT JOIN `countriesON `c`.`country_code` = `r`.`country_code`
WHERE `c`.`country_name` = 'Cyprus'
AND `attr_ski_chk` != "Yes"
ORDER BY `r`.`major_resortDESC, `r`.`name
0.0012   SELECT `r`.`id` as resort_id, `r`.`name`, `r`.`major_resort`, `r`.`attr_ski_chk`, `r`.`attr_beach_chk`, `c`.`country_name`, (SELECT region_name FROM regions_cities WHERE country_code c.country_code AND id r.region_city_code) as region_name
FROM 
(`resortsr)
LEFT JOIN `countriesON `c`.`country_code` = `r`.`country_code`
WHERE `c`.`country_name` = 'Cyprus'
AND `attr_ski_chk` = 'Yes'
ORDER BY `r`.`major_resortDESC, `r`.`name
0.0011   SELECT `iata_code`, `name`, `url_name`, `c`.`country_name`
FROM (`port_of_callpc)
LEFT JOIN `countriesON `c`.`country_code` = `pc`.`country_code`
WHERE `c`.`country_name` = 'Cyprus'
ORDER BY `pc`.`name
0.0005   SELECT *
FROM (`config_nodescn)
JOIN `config_nodes_categoriescnc ON `cnc`.`node_id` = `cn`.`id`
WHERE `cnc`.`category_idIN (select id from config_categories where link "/basics")
ORDER BY `cn`.`position`, `cnc`.`display_order
0.0028   SELECT `id`, `headline`, `via_title`, `via_link`, `body`, `event_date`, `end_date`, `anchor_link`
FROM (`news`)
WHERE `for_pro` = 1
AND `end_date` >  '2014-10-01'
AND `country_code` = (SELECT country_code FROM countries WHERE country_name "Cyprus") 
0.0010   SELECT *
FROM (`tour_operators`)
WHERE `country_code` = (SELECT country_code FROM countries WHERE country_name "Cyprus")
AND `
show_in_column` = 1
ORDER BY 
`show_in_columnDESC, `name
0.0006   SELECT country_code FROM countries WHERE country_name "Cyprus" 
0.0010   SELECT from tourop_list WHERE destinations LIKE '%CY%' ORDER BY id DESC 
0.0006   SELECT `country_code`
FROM (`countries`)
WHERE `country_name` = 'Cyprus' 
0.0137   SELECT d.id AS destination_idd.overview AS destination_overviewd.extended_overview AS destination_extended_overviewd.photo as destination_photod.*, c.*, 'Cyprus' AS country_nameLENGTH(CONCAT_WS(d.timed.electricityd.languaged.healthd.tippingd.safetyd.businessd.communicationsd.duty_free)) AS basicsLENGTH(CONCAT_WS(d.embassy_consulate_usd.embassy_consulate_ukd.embassy_consulate_cad.embassy_consulate_aud.embassy_consulate_ird.embassy_consulate_nz)) AS contacts(SELECT money FROM destinations WHERE country_code "CY" ) AS money(SELECT LENGTH(CONCAT_WS(passport_visaentry_req_usentry_req_ukentry_req_caentry_req_auentry_req_irentry_req_nz))
 
FROM destinations WHERE country_code "CY" ) AS visa(SELECT group_concat(id) FROM public_holiday p WHERE p.country_code "CY" order by p.weight desc) AS public_holiday(SELECT count(*) FROM tour_operators t where t.country_code d.country_code) AS num_tour_ops(SELECT count(id) AS total_rows FROM tourop_list tl WHERE tl.destinations LIKE ("%CY%")) AS num_tour_operators(SELECT group_concat(name) FROM port_of_call pc WHERE pc.country_code d.country_code) AS ports_of_call(SELECT group_concat(region_name) FROM regions_cities WHERE major_city AND nfuwt != AND country_code d.country_code ORDER BY major_city DESCregion_name ASC) AS cities(SELECT group_concat(region_name) FROM regions_cities WHERE major_city AND nfuwt != AND country_code d.country_code ORDER BY major_city DESCregion_name ASC) AS regions(SELECT group_concat(name) FROM resorts WHERE major_resort AND country_code d.country_code ORDER BY major_resort DESCname ASC) AS resorts(SELECT count(*) FROM dmcs WHERE country_code d.country_code) AS num_dmcs(SELECT concat(caption" © "copyright) FROM images WHERE filename d.photo) AS photo_copyright(SELECT count(*) FROM airports ai where ai.nfuwt != AND ai.country_code d.country_code) AS num_airports(SELECT count(*) FROM events e where e.country_code d.country_code AND show_on_country 1) AS num_events(SELECT count(*) FROM activities where region_city_code "0" AND country_code d.country_code) AS num_activities(SELECT count(*) FROM attractions a where a.country_code d.country_code AND show_on_country AND excursion "No") AS num_attractions(SELECT count(*) FROM attractions a where a.country_code d.country_code AND show_on_country AND show_on_kids AND excursion "No") AS num_kids_attractions(SELECT count(*) FROM attractions a where a.country_code d.country_code AND excursion "Yes") AS num_excursions(SELECT phrases FROM phrase_book pb where pb.country_code c.country_code AND phrases != "") AS num_phrases(SELECT count(*) FROM image_bridge ib LEFT OUTER JOIN images i ON ib.image_id=i.id WHERE ib.destination_code c.country_code) AS num_photos(SELECT count(*) FROM hospitals h where h.country_code c.country_code) AS num_hospitals
FROM 
(destinations d)
LEFT JOIN countries c ON c.country_code d.country_code
LEFT JOIN provinces pr ON pr
.province_code d.province_code
WHERE 
`c`.`country_name` = 'Cyprus' 
0.0007   UPDATE ci_sessions SET last_activity 1412202680user_data 'a:3:{s:16:\"destination_type\";s:9:\"Countries\";s:7:\"country\";s:6:\"Cyprus\";s:13:\"selected_node\";s:6:\"basics\";}' WHERE `session_id` = '46a424a9933e2fd435f36e5297434dc4' 
0.0005   UPDATE ci_sessions SET last_activity 1412202680user_data 'a:4:{s:16:\"destination_type\";s:9:\"Countries\";s:7:\"country\";s:6:\"Cyprus\";s:13:\"selected_node\";s:6:\"basics\";s:6:\"region\";s:0:\"\";}' WHERE `session_id` = '46a424a9933e2fd435f36e5297434dc4' 
0.0007   SELECT TagID FROM FORUM_DiscussionTags WHERE  Tag 'Cyprus'  
0.0005   SELECT DiscussionID FROM FORUM_DiscussionHasTags WHERE TagID IN (632)
                
GROUP BY DiscussionID HAVING COUNT(DiscussionID) = 
0.0011   SELECT od.`Name`, od.`DiscussionIDFROM FORUM_Discussion od
                    WHERE od
.`DiscussionIDIN ( 508,560,598,682,692,747,1080,1189,2010,2819,3048,3106,3351,3359,3399,3444,3556,3557,3776,3942,4070,4117,4759,4769,5519,5526,5542,5550,5648,5711,6302,6514,6593,7211,7228,7401,9027 ) ORDER BY od.`DateLastActiveDESC LIMIT 0 15
0.0007   SELECT i.*, e.fullnamee.bioe.pic FROM interviews i INNER JOIN experts e ON i.expert_id e.id
INNER JOIN countries c ON i
.spatial_id c.country_code WHERE i.interview_type 'country' AND c.country_name 'Cyprus' 
0.0004   SELECT TagID FROM FORUM_DiscussionTags WHERE  Tag 'Cyprus'  
0.0003   SELECT DiscussionID FROM FORUM_DiscussionHasTags WHERE TagID IN (632)
                
GROUP BY DiscussionID HAVING COUNT(DiscussionID) = 
0.0004   SELECT od.`Name`, od.`DiscussionIDFROM FORUM_Discussion od
                    WHERE od
.`DiscussionIDIN ( 508,560,598,682,692,747,1080,1189,2010,2819,3048,3106,3351,3359,3399,3444,3556,3557,3776,3942,4070,4117,4759,4769,5519,5526,5542,5550,5648,5711,6302,6514,6593,7211,7228,7401,9027 ) ORDER BY od.`DateLastActiveDESC LIMIT 0 15