Credit cards are widely accepted within Cyprus (at hotels, shops, and restaurants, travel agencies, car-rental agencies etc.). Visa, MasterCard and Maestro are the most widely accepted. American Express is less common. Diners Club is pretty rare. Discover, JCB, UnionPay and RuPay are unknown.
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.
Cyprus uses similar GSM mobile networks (GSM 900 and GSM 1800) as Germany so you should be able to normally use your mobile phone.
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.
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.
For local calls within Cyprus, start with the area code. In the case above area code is 23 .
No vaccinations are required to enter this country. The vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for the traveler’s protection.
These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.
In Cyprus you drive on the left side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).
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.
Left turn on red lights is strictly forbidden unless an additional green semaphore arrow allows it.
It is illegal to drive with blood alcohol content higher than 0.05%.
Petrol (unleaded) gas options are called βενζίνη or Βενζίνη Αµόλυβδη (Bentsini amolibdi) 95/98/100. Petrol costs about €1.18 per liter.
Diesel options are called diesel, ντίζελ or Diesel Plus.
Most popular petrol stations in Cyprus are Eni, Agip, Shell, Lukoil, Total, EKO, Petrol, Esso and Petrolina.
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.
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.