Useful Information

General Information

Cyprus is a member of EU;

Tele-communications in Cyprus operate and are inexpensive. International country calling code: +357. Direct calls to more than 200 countries.

Internet connection is available.

Time zone UTC/GMT +3 hours.

Orthodox make 78 % of the country’s population, Muslims – 18 %.

80% of the local population speaks English, the Official language is Greek. It is useful to note that all road signs, direction markers and signboards on the stores are written in English, you will find that the signboards are also in written in Russian. Many people in Cyprus speak Russian, French, and German.

International Airports are situated in Pafos and Larnaka;

International Ports are located in Limassol and Larnaka;

There are 39 beaches that meet international standards;

You must not forget that in Cyprus driving is on the left-hand-side. Therefore it is necessary to be attentive, especially during the first days of your stay on the island.

Accordingly to the statistics from Interpol, the level of crime in Cyprus is only one sixth of the average level of crime in other European countries. It will pleasantly astonish you that the cars here are very rarely stolen; therefore they are frequently left unlocked or with windows open.

Helpful to know:

The Medical service in Cyprus corresponds to the highest European standards, and is inexpensive. The majority of doctors studied for their dipolomas in the USA, Great Britain, Germany, and also in Russia. In addition many doctors work at city health centres, which provide a wide range of medical services (including dentistry, optometry and other health-related services such as laboratory analysis, radiology and chiropody). The accident and emergency departments of all the hospitals are manned with English-speaking personnel, but it’s advisable to seek the assistance of an interpreter for more complex medical matters.
Emergency treatment in the Accident and Emergency department is free to tourists.

Food products in Cyprus are excellent. Vegetables, fruits, meat and fish are always fresh; and in the supermarkets there is always a wide selection of goods. Prices are completely accessible, the fruit and vegetables are acceptable on the prices. Bananas, kiwis, oranges, mandarins, apples, grapes, melons and avocados grow in abundance in Cyprus. Cyprus tends to sell whatever is in season;

The local and foreign newspapers, are both daily, and weekly, they are sold in the majority of kiosks and supermarkets. Books of a pocket series, periodicals and other publications in different languages also are easily attainable.

The programs and news of radio and television are ether in the English or Greek language. The television programs in English are a special popularity of the world service, VVS and British forces broadcasting service (BFBS), there are also other foreign channels. You can install the satellite antenna, which have channels from the all over the world;

Voltages for domestic appliances are: 240 volts. Frequency: 50 Hertz;

Banking hours for the public 

May, June, July, August & September
Monday-Friday: 08:15 – 13:30

For the rest of the Year:
Monday: 8:30-13:30 & 15:15- 16:45
Tuesday to Friday: 8:30 – 13:30

Banks are closed at weekends and on public holidays and Easter Tuesday. Christmas Eve is a working day for banks.

Emergency Number for Ambulance, Fire or Police 199 / 112
Police and Fire Services – Duty Officer 1499
Medical Assistance – Hospital Information 1400
Directory Enquiries 24-hour Service 11892
Larnaca and Paphos International Airports 77 778833

Public Holidays

January 1: New Year’s Day
January 6: Epiphany Day
Variable: Green Monday (50 Days before Greek Orthodox Easter)
March 25: Greek National Day
April 1: Greek Cypriot National Day
Variable: Good Friday (Greek Orthodox Church)
Variable: Easter Monday (Greek Orthodox Church)
May 1: Labour Day
Variable: Pentecost-Kataklysmos (Festival of the Flood)
August 15: Assumption
October 1: Cyprus Independence Day
October 28: Greek National Day (Ochi Day)
December 24: Christmas Eve
December 25: Christmas Day
December 26: Boxing Day

Notes: All Public Services, private enterprises, banks and shops are closed on Public Holidays.
In resort and coastal areas, however, shops and certain services remain open. Banks are closed on Easter Tuesday but not on Dec. 24.