Cyprus Travel information

Cyprus


Cyprus is located in Eastern Europe.

Official languages are Turkish and Greek. Cyprus uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C). Time zone is from UTC+02:00 to UTC+03:00 with daylight saving time.

Sockets & plugs

Adapter required, transformer not needed

Cyprus uses 230V, 50Hz with socket and plug Type G.


Type G


Money

Currency

Cyprus uses the euro (symbol: €), code EUR.

Banknotes come in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 euros. Euro is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 2 and 1 euros and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.


Credit & debit cards

Widely accepted

Credit cards are widely accepted within Cyprus (at hotels, shops, and restaurants, travel agencies, car-rental agencies etc.). Maestro, MasterCard and Visa are the most widely accepted. American Express is less common. Diners Club is pretty rare. Discover, JCB, RuPay and UnionPay are unknown.


Tipping

Not expected, but can leave extra tip

Tipping is usually not expected in Cyprus. However, if you are satisfied with the service provided you can show your appreciation by leaving a small ‘extra’ tip. Receipts usually include a service charge. If there is a service charge there is no need to tip.


ATMs

Common

Automatic teller machines are common in Cyprus. You can usually find them in both large & small cities.

You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.


Communications

Internet

49% slower than in Germany

Internet speed in Cyprus is on average 6.7 Mbps which is 49% slower than in Germany (12.9 Mbps).

WiFi

WiFi coverage in Cyprus is very high. Most hotels, hostels, cafes, restaurants and bars have it.


Mobile phone

0% cheaper than in Germany

You can buy a SIM card for about €17.58, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 5 telecoms: Cyta, KKTC Telsim, KKTC Turkcell, MTN or PrimeTel.

Mobile phones

Cyprus uses similar GSM mobile networks (GSM 900 and GSM 1800) as Germany so you should be able to normally use your mobile phone.

Roaming

According to the EU regulations your messages, calls and Internet mobile data in Cyprus will cost the same as in Germany. Note that there is fair-use policy which means that the use is limited to business & leisure.

Dial code

+357

To call Cyprus from Germany, dial + or 00 (exit code for Germany), then 357 (the country code for Cyprus), then the area code and the local number.

Calling from Germany
+  357 22 1234567
00 357 22 1234567
Local call
22 1234567

For local calls within Cyprus, start with the area code. In the case above area code is 22 .

Health & safety

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are required to enter this country

No vaccinations are required to enter this country. The vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for the traveler’s protection.


Hepatitis A
Routine immunizations

These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.

Hepatitis B
Malaria
Rabies

Health insurance

Covered via European Health Insurance Card

Make sure to bring your European Health Insurance Card (or EHIC) which allows you to receive medical treatment with the same cost as if you were a citizen of Cyprus.


Germany European Health Insurance Card

Travel advisories

No country advisories
World-wide advisories

Advisories that are issued on a world-wide level (may not be related to Cyprus).

Driving

Road rules

In Cyprus you drive on the left side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).

Speed limits

Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 100 km/h (62 mph) on motorways, 100 km/h (62 mph) on expressways, 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas and 80 km/h (49 mph) on undivided highways.

Turn on red

Left turn on red lights is strictly forbidden unless an additional green semaphore arrow allows it.

Alcohol

It is illegal to drive with blood alcohol content higher than 0.05%.

On the road

Fuel

Petrol (unleaded) gas options are called Βενζίνη Αµόλυβδη (Bentsini amolibdi) 95/98/100 or βενζίνη. Petrol costs about €1.30 per liter.

Diesel options are called Diesel Plus, diesel or ντίζελ. Diesel costs about €1.31 per liter.

Petrol stations

Most popular petrol stations in Cyprus are Agip, EKO, Eni, Esso, Lukoil, Petrol, Petrolina, Shell and Total.

Traffic news

Road assistance is available at 22 313131 (Cyprus Automobile Association (CAA)) or 22 446600 (RescueLine). For general news on Cyprus's traffic use Cyprus Automobile Association (CAA) or Traffic 4 Cyprus.





Driving license

Only original license is required

Since both Germany and Cyprus are part of the European Economic Area your driving license will be valid in Cyprus without any additional documents required. If you do not have a new plastic, credit-sized driving license you can still use your existing license.

Other

Emergency numbers

Universal
112
Police
112
Ambulance
112
Fire department
112

Embassy of Germany in Cyprus

Address
10 Nikitaras Street, 1080 Nikosia