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When to Go
Cyprus's climate is typically Mediterranean - long, hot summers contrasting with short, rainy winters. The average annual temperature is 19°C (66°F). However, in summer this can soar to 40°C with eleven hours of sunshine per day. The winters are mild but snow does fall during December and January in the Troodos mountains.

The best times to visit are between March and May and September and November since July and August are very hot and dry.

Larnaca

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Paphos

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The main tourist season runs from April until October and peaks during July and August, when temperatures are at their highest including the temperature of the water. In the peak season late-night bars, taverns and restaurants fill to capacity and the beaches can become packed with sun worshippers.

Those who enjoy the mild warm weather and prefer to avoid the crowds should think about visiting outside the peak season (April, May and October). The water is still fairly warm  and the beaches are not so crowded.

In winter (December - February) it is cool, but more bearable for walking along the beach and taking those long evening strolls. In the Troodos mountains you can even ski.

Passports & Visas

Most visitors, including those from the EU, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not require a visa to visit the Republic of Cyprus and can stay up to 3 months. You should note that visitors can be refused entry if your passport shows that you have visited or entered the north previously.

You can be asked to show when entering the Republic that you are able to support yourself during you stay  (approximately €25.00 per day). No vaccinations or health certificates are required.

What do you need?

Passport                                     Car Registration  

Travel Insurance                          Visa   X

Driving Licence                            Health Certification X

Tourist Offices


 UK  USA
 Cyprus Tourist Office
17 Hanover Street
LONDON
W1S 1YP
Tel: 020 7569 8800
 Cyprus Tourism Organisation
13 East 40th Street
NEW YORK
NY 10016
Tel:212/683 5280
 Northern Region of Cyprus
Tourist Information Office
29 Bedford Square
LONDON
WC1B 3EG
Tel: 020 7631 1930
 Northern Region of Cyprus
Tourist Information Office
1667 K Street, Suite 690
Washington DC 20006
Tel: 202/887 6198


Getting There

By Air

There are two main airports in the Republic of Cyprus- Larnaca and Paphos. Both are international airports and are currently being expanded to cater for the increasing influx of visitors. Cyprus Airways is the national carrier but many other European airlines fly into both airports from various capital cities and regional hubs.

Larnaca airport is only 5km (3 miles) from the city centre. Ther is no bus service service directly to and from the airport but taxis are plentiful and cheap.

Paphos airport is 10km (6 miles) from the city and buses run six times a day between the city and the airport. Taxis to Paphos are inexpensive but onward taxi fares rise sharply and it is advisable to continue your journey by bus.

Charter flights are at their busiest from April-October with weekly departures.

International flights to North Cyprus arrive at Ercan airport. There is no public transport available from the airport but taxis run to Nicosia and Famagusta regularly.

Ferries

If you don't mind a long journey then travelling by ferry is often cheaper than flying. The ferry from Athens to Cyprus takes about 40 hours, and from Crete to Limassol the journey is 24 hours.

For North Cyprus, ferries arrive at Kyrenia and Famagusta harbours. The ferry journey from Tasucu in Turkey to Kyrenia lasts six hours and from Mersin to Famagusta it takes ten hours.


Time Differences

Cyprus Eastern European time from late March to late October (GMT+2)
From late October to late March the time GMT+3

Health Advice

Insurance

Visitors to Cyprus are eligible for emergency medial treatment other services are paid for. UK nationals can arrange benefits with the department of Health before departure. It is advisable for all visitors to take out medial insurance.

Dental Services

Tourists have to pay for all dental treatment. Again it is strongly adivised that visitors take out private medial insurance to cover costs.

Currency

The currency of the Republic is the Euro. Currency used in North Cyprus is the Turkish Lira. Since January 2005 the old Turkish  high denomination notes have been replaced by the New Turkish lira (YTL).

The Euro is accepted in both parts of the island. It is best to change money when you arrive on the island as neither currency is readily available overseas.

National Holidays

 January 1st
New Years Day 
 January 6th
Epiphany
 March 25th
Greek National Day
 April 1st
Cyprus National Day
 April/May Orthodox Easter
 May 1st
Labour Day
 May/June Pentecost/Kataklysoms (Festival of the Flood)
 August 15th
Assumption of Our Lady
 October 1st
Cyprus Independence Day
 October 28th
Greek National (Ohi) Day
 December 24th - 26th
Christmas

Banks, businesss and most shops are closed on these days

 

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