The following goods may be imported into Cyprus without incurring
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 C£50.
The items are fruits and fresh flowers.
Cyprus Pound (C£) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations
of C£20, 10, 5 and 1. Coins are in denominations of 50, 20,
10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.
Visitors wishing to obtain non-Cypriot currency at Cypriot
banks for business purposes are advised that this is only
possible by prior arrangement.
MasterCard, American Express, Visa and Diners Club are accepted,
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.
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 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.
Over 38 airlines, including Cyprus Airways (CY), the national
airline of Cyprus, operates scheduled flights within, to and
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
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.
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.
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,
A service charge is added to all bills, but tipping is still
acceptable and remains at the discretion of the individual.