All you need to know to help plan your stay and make it more enjoyable.
As a member of the European Union, Cyprus follows European norms and standards. English is widely spoken, as are other European languages, especially in the resort areas. Check out the information below, such as entry requirements, currency, electricity voltage and time zone, to help you get organised and keep any red tape to a minimum. Find out what the average temperatures for all the months of the year are, to get an idea of when to come and what clothes to bring. Discover how easy is to get around in our compact world using the efficient road network and the variety of transportation options available. Don’t get caught out by local holidays or shop closing times. You’ll find all the information you need at your fingertips.
Travelling to Cyprus is very easy. The documentation required varies, depending on your nationality. A valid passport is required for a stay of up to 90 days for all bonafide tourists except citizens of European Union countries, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway who may enter Cyprus with their national identity card provided it bears a photo. Some non-EU country nationals require a visa.
Legal Points of Entry.
The legal ports of entry into the Republic of Cyprus are the airports of Larnaka (Larnaca) and Pafos (Paphos) and the ports of Larnaka (Larnaca), Lemesos (Limassol), Latsi and Pafos (Paphos), which are situated in the area under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus. Entry into the territory of the Republic of Cyprus via any other port or airport in which the Government of the Republic does not exercise effective control (Turkish occupied areas) is illegal.
Travelling With a Pet.
If you are coming from an EU Member State, you are allowed to bring your pets to Cyprus provided they possess either a passport or an Animal Health Certificate. But, if you are coming from a non-EU country, you will also need a Vaccination Certificate (especially showing vaccination against rabies).
Please also note the following:
Animals should be transported in cages made in accordance to IATA specifications.
Animals and their accompanying documents are inspected on arrival by the Veterinary Officer or by the duty Customs Officer acting on behalf of the Veterinary Services.
Animals that fulfil the relevant veterinary provisions will be allowed to enter without being subject to quarantine.
The Veterinary Officer in charge decides on the basis of the relevant veterinary provisions whether the animal will be quarantined or not.
The date, time of arrival and flight number of the aircraft or the name of the vessel with which the animal is due to arrive in Cyprus must be communicated to the District Veterinary Officer at the point of entry, 48 hours prior to arrival.
The following breeds of dogs are not allowed into the Republic of Cyprus regardless of their country of origin.
American Pitbull Terrier; Pitbull Terrier.
Japanese Tosa; Tosa Inu.
Dogo Argentino; Argentinean Mastiff.
Fila Brasileiro; Brazilian Mastiff.
Further information can be obtained from the Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment.
Every person entering Cyprus is entitled to import the following duty free articles (not intended for commercial purposes), provided they are carried in the passengers’ hand luggage or accompanying baggage:
800 cigarettes – 400 cigarillos – 200 cigars – 1kg of tobacco.
10 litres of spirits – 20 litres fortified wine, (such as port or sherry) – 90 litres of wine (of which, a maximum of 60 litres of sparkling wine) – 110 litres of beer.
*Travellers under the age of seventeen are not entitled to duty free tobacco products and alcohol.
It is prohibited to import agricultural products or propagating stock such as fruit, vegetables, cut flowers, dry nuts, seeds, bulbs, bulb-wood sticks, cuttings, etc., without the approval of the competent authorities. The import, possession and use of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances are strictly prohibited. The import of fire arms, ammunition, explosives, flick knives, daggers, swords, obscene books, photographs, films and articles as well as goods bearing a forged trademark or false trade description is prohibited or restricted. Also prohibited or restricted are pirated or counterfeit goods, animals, birds, uncooked meat and fish and products thereof, milk and dairy products.