All the facts and figures you’ll need if you’re planning a break in Cyprus:
The divided city of Nicosia is the capital of both the Greek Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
Close historic links with the UK mean that English is widely spoken, particularly in the Greek-Cypriot South. Otherwise the main languages are Greek in the South and Turkish in the North.
The Cypriot Pound (CY£) is the Republic's unit of currency and is divided into 100 cents. . There are also plenty of ATM's around that issue currency.
Visas aren't required for EU citizens, just a valid passport. Nationals of the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and Singapore can stay for up to three months without a visa. South Africans can stay up to 30 days. When entering the North it is advisable to get customs officials to stamp your entry visa on a separate piece of paper as you might have late difficulties entering Greece or the South.
Cyprus is normally two hours ahead of GMT but has daylight saving time during the summer. Clocks go forward one hour on the last weekend in March and back one hour on the last weekend in October.
The current is 240V, 50HZ. Plugs are the same as in the UK.
To dial the Republic of Cyprus from the UK call: 00357 + number
To dial within the Southern Republic call: 0139 + number.
To dial the Turkish North from the UK call: 0090392 + number
To dial within the Northern Republic call: 0123 + number
The health risks involved when travelling to Cyprus are minimal. No specific vaccinations are required except those travelling from infected areas are required to have smallpox, cholera and yellow fever vaccinations and tetanus boosters should be up to date for everyone. It is wise to drink bottle water or boil the tap water as in most European countries. Skin protection against the strong sun should be used at all times.
The health care service is of a very high standard and available to everyone, and you will probably find that the doctors have qualified in either the UK or USA. Paphos and Larnaca provides a new General Hospital, which is equipped with the latest medical and surgical technology. Private treatment is also available.