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Travel & Tourism . Tourist Guide to the Country

Cyprus Travel Requirements

Duty Free
The following goods may be imported into Cyprus without incurring customs duty:
a)200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
b)1 liter of spirits or 750ml of wine.
c)600ml of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette.
d)Goods (excluding jewellery) up to C50.

Prohibited imports
The items are fruits and fresh flowers.

Cyprus Pound (C) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of C20, 10, 5 and 1. Coins are in denominations of 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

Currency exchange
Visitors wishing to obtain non-Cypriot currency at Cypriot banks for business purposes are advised that this is only possible by prior arrangement.

Credit cards
MasterCard, American Express, Visa and Diners Club are accepted, here.

Travelers cheques:
May be cashed in all banks. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travelers are advised to take travelers cheques in Pounds Sterling or Cyprus Pounds.

Currency restrictions
The import of local currency is unrestricted, foreign currency for amounts over US$1000 (or the equivalent in other currency) must be declared. The export of local and foreign currency is limited to the amount declared on arrival.

Health care
Health facilities are generally of a good standard. The emergency departments of all hospitals are manned with English-speaking personnel, although it is advisable to seek the assistance of an interpreter for more complex medical matters. International travellers are advised to take out full medical insurance before departure. No health agreement exists with the UK.

Getting There
By Air:
Over 38 airlines, including Cyprus Airways (CY), the national airline of Cyprus, operates scheduled flights within, to and from Cyprus.

By Sea:
Passenger ships from the ports of Limassol and Larnaka connects Cyprus with various Greek and Middle Eastern ports, including Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Haifa, Port Said, Jounieh and many Greek islands. Services are reduced during the winter months.

Getting Around
By Road:
Services connect all towns and villages on the island. Service is efficient and cheap. Although the local buses are sometimes slow, they are a good way of seeing the more remote villages.
Taxis run between all the main towns on the island. Fares are regulated by the Government and all taxis have meters.
c)Car hire:
Cars are one of the best ways to explore the island. They may be hired at airports and commercial centers, but should be reserved well in advance during the summer season. Road signs are in both Greek and English. Traffic drives on the left. An International Driving Permit or national driving licence is accepted for one year.

Social Conventions
Respect should be shown for religious beliefs. Those visitors who leave the confines of their hotel and beach to explore Cyprus will find a warm reception waiting for them in the many villages. It is customary to shake hands and other normal courtesies should be observed. It is viewed as impolite to refuse an offer of Greek coffee or a cold drink. It is acceptable to bring a small gift of wine or confectionery, particularly when invited for a meal.

For most occasions casual attire is acceptable. Beachwear should be confined to the beach or poolside. More formal wear is required for business and in more exclusive dining rooms, social functions.

A service charge is added to all bills, but tipping is still acceptable and remains at the discretion of the individual.


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