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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 bona fide 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 third country nationals require a visa.
EU countries, Commonwealth countries and the USA do NOT need a visa. Schengen Visa holders are allowed to enter the Republic of Cyprus. The Schengen Visa has made traveling between 25 member countries (22 European Union states and 3 non-EU members) much easier and less bureaucratic. Traveling on a Schengen Visa means that the visa holder can travel to any (or all) member countries using one single visa, thus avoiding the hassle and expense of obtaining individual visas for each country. A Schengen visa allows the holder to travel freely within the Schengen countries for a maximum stay of up to 90 days in a 6 month period. For further information Click Here.
Citizens of the following countries are required to have an entry visa to Cyprus: Click Here
Citizens of the following countries are not required to have Cyprus visa for a stay of up to 90 days, provided they are bona fide visitors: Click Here
Persons of the following categories are not required to have a Cyprus visa: Click Here
Flying to Cyprus
Cyprus is easily accessible as it is linked with numerous direct and connecting flights with all the main European cities, Middle East, Africa and Asian countries. The main airlines that fly to Cyprus are:
- Aegean Airlines
- British Airways
- Air Malta
- Gulf Air
- Air France
- Etihad Airways
- Blue Air
- Cyprus Airways
Legal ports of entry to Cyprus: view here
Paphos Airport is a 60 minute (70km/43m) drive from the meeting venue. Click Here
Larnaca airport is approximately a 40 minute (56km/35m) drive from the meeting venue. Click Here
Airport Bus Shuttle Service with only €9 per adult and €4 per child (3-12 years) one way, the Limassol Urban Buses Company transfers you from Larnaca or Paphos Airport to Limassol and return with daily schedules, including weekends and public holidays to serve the transportation needs of all travelers (reservations are not necessary). Limassol Airport Express Bus stops very close to the conference venue and tickets are purchased from the bus driver. The route from Limassol to Larnaca Airport takes about one hour and the route from Limassol to Paphos airport takes about 45 minutes.
Public Taxis are always available at both airports (Larnaca & Paphos) for your transfer to Limassol.
If you wish to book a private taxi transfer, please contact the Conference Secretariat Office at: [email protected]
Whatever the purpose of your visit, you can explore Limassol using the city’s public transport which is served by buses. Public buses within Limassol serve famous attractions such as the Kourion Amphitheatre (Bus Nr 16), Amathus Ruins (Bus Nr 30 and 31), Kolossi Castle (Bus Nr 17) and Limassol Medieval Castle which is served by multiple bus routes. You can also use the bus services to visit and enjoy some of Cyprus’ stunning beaches such as the Lady’s Mile Beach and Governor’s Beach.
On the main beach road there is a frequent bus service (Bus Nr 30). The service starts from the Parklane Limassol Resort & Spa which is near the Amathus Ruins, serves the New Port and ends at My Mall on the western side of Limassol. You can use this service to visit local shops in the town centre as well as for an outing in the famous restaurants and café bars in the Limassol Castle area by the old harbor.
Cyprus is in the Eastern European Time Zone. The Standard Time is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).
Greek and Turkish are the official languages. English is widely spoken. French and German are also spoken within the tourism Industry.
General Shopping Hours
The summer period runs from April 1 to October 31; Shop opening times vary depending on their type and location, though shops normally open between 07:00 and 09:00. For the period April 1st – October 31st shops close at 20:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, at 15:00 on Wednesday and, at 19:30 on Saturday.
Chemist Pharmacies / Drug Stores
They stay open during shopping hours. Late night chemists are listed in the daily papers.
Useful Phone Numbers
|Police and all Emergencies||112, 199|
|Pharmacies after Hours||90901415|
|Doctors on Call||90901435|
|Directory Inquiries||11892, 11822, 11800, 11833, 11811|
Cyprus enjoys an intense Mediterranean climate, with long dry summers from mid–May to mid–October, and mild winters from December to February, which are separated by short autumn and spring seasons.
Summer is a season of high temperatures with cloudless skies, but the sea breeze creates a pleasant atmosphere in the coastal areas. Isolated thunder showers are possible mainly over the mountains during early afternoons.
The island enjoys abundant sunshine, and even in December and January, there is an average of six hours of bright sunshine per day, whilst over the six ‘summer’ months, there is an average of 11.5 hours of bright sunshine per day.
Voltage, Frequency and Plug/Outlet Type in Cyprus Electricity
Electricity in Cyprus is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Cyprus with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter. There are three main types of voltage converter. Resistor-network converters will usually be advertised as supporting something like 50- 1600 Watts.
On January 01, 2008, the Republic of Cyprus introduced the Euro (€) as its official currency, replacing the Cyprus pound (CY£) as the legal tender of Cyprus, at the irrevocable fixed exchange rate of €1 = CY£ 0,585274.
All banks operating in Cyprus offer foreign currency exchange services and quote the exchange rates of the Euro against all major foreign currencies daily. Foreign currency can also be exchanged at hotels. More detailed information concerning exchange rates can be obtained from the Central Bank of Cyprus.
Forms of Payment
Hotels, large shops and restaurants accept credit cards, travellers’ cheques, eurocheques and banknotes of major foreign currencies.
Major credit cards are widely accepted throughout Cyprus, especially in major towns and tourist areas that are used for serving tourists. Visa and MasterCard are the most-accepted types of cards, with American Express, Diners Club, Maestro, Carte Blanche accepted less frequently.
Please note that using a credit card overseas often incurs a fee. Some cards marketed to travellers have no fees for overseas purchases, and others reduce the fee from the average 3% charge that most credit cards charge.
Please note that some establishments still accept only cash; it cannot be taken for granted that a credit card will work while travelling in Cyprus.
For lost credit cards, contact JCC Payment Systems Ltd., and at the same time, contact your bank either in Cyprus or in the issuing country.
Tipping is at the discretion of the customer and is a gesture that is appreciated by hotel and catering establishment employees. Taxi-drivers, porters, hairdressers etc., always appreciate a small tip.