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Useful Info

Banks - Currency

Banknotes: C£20, C£10, C£5, C£1.

Coins: 1 cent, 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents.

The Cyprus pound is not traded internationally. Commercial Banks quote daily exchange rates of the Cyprus pound against all the major traded foreign currencies.

Cyprus joined the EURO zone from 01st of January 2008.

 

Banking hours for the public: Monday-Friday 08:15 - 13:00 & Monday 15:15 - 16:45

 

Average Temperatures (Celsius)

 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
17.1 1.81 20.5 23.1 27.5 30.1 32.4 33.0 31.2 28.3 23.5 19.0

 

Driving in Cyprus
Traffic moves on the left-hand side of the road, NOT on the right.  Petrol Prices: Unleaded 95 ROM - 120 c., Diesel Oil sells at 125 c.
N.B. The above petrol prices are for indication only and per litre (15% VAT included).

 

Education
Education in Cyprus is rated at a very high standard. Primary schools, Secondary schools, Colleges and the University cover all the needs of a foreign student.

 

Food
The gastronomic pleasure of Cyprus should be savoured at an unhurried pace, to discover new flavours and sample the many traditional dishes. And what better way to learn than to follow local custom with typical "meze" (meaning mixture) which is usually a little of everything that's available that day in a tavern or restaurant. Besides this typically Cypriot type of meal a visitor is offered versatility. There are plenty of charming fish taverns by the sea, and numerous restaurants serving Chinese, Arabic, European and Indian food.

Government
Cyprus is an independent sovereign Republic with a presidential system of government. Under the 1960 Constitution, executive power is exercised by the President of the Republic, elected by universal suffrage for a five-year term of office. The President exercises executive power through a Council of Ministers appointed by him. Ministers may be chosen from outside the House of Representatives.

 

Public Holidays

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

Languages
Major spoken languages are Greek and English.

 

Medical Services and Hospitals

  1. Government General Hospitals
  2. Private Clinics/Hospitals

Almost all brands of manufactured medicines are available in Cyprus. Local newspapers list pharmacies which are open during the night and at weekends and on holidays, as well as the names of doctors who are on call on weekends/holidays.

 

In Cyprus food and drinking water are of high quality, absolutely safe and no food or water-borne diseases occur. Cyprus is also free from dangerous infectious diseases. No vaccination requirements for any International Traveller.

 

Climatic conditions in Cyprus can be termed as excellent from a health point of view. Therefore, the climate is ideal for holiday travellers throughout the year.

 

Pets

Veterinary conditions relating to the importation of dogs and cats into Cyprus: dogs and cats shall not be landed in Cyprus unless and until they are delivered to a Veterinary officer at the port/airport of Import and an Animal Health Certificate is issued by a duly authorized Veterinary Officer of the Government of the exporting country attesting that the animals:

  1. Were clinically examined not more than 72 hours prior to exportation and found to be in good health and free from signs of rabies and any other infectious or contagious disease.
  2. Were kept since birth or for the six months prior to shipment, in the exporting country where no case of Rabies was officially reported during the past two years. or Were kept for the six months prior to shipment in premises where no case of Rabies was officially reported during that period.
  3. Vaccination certificates for Rabies and any other vaccinations that the animal has been given should be attached. Owners of the animals should notify ahead the Department of Veterinary services of the Ministry of Agriculture, CY1417 Lefkosia Tel: 357 22 80 52 01, 22 80 52 08

Useful Telephones

  • Local Dialling Codes
    • Nicosia: 22
    • Ayia Napa/Paralimni/Protaras: 23
    • Larnaca: 24
    • Limassol/Platres: 25
    • Pafos/Polis: 26
    • Mobile phones: 99, 98, 97, 96, 95
  • Ambulance, Fire Service, Police: 199, 112
  • Night Pharmacies: 192 or automatic recording for: Nicosia 1402 Limassol 1405 Larnaca 1404 Pafos 1406 Ayia Napa/Paralimni/Protaras 1403
  • AIDS Advisory Centre: +357 22 30 51 55
  • NARCOTICS Emergency Service: 1401

Voltage - Electricity

The supply in Cyprus is 240 volts, A.C. 50Hz. Sockets are usually 13 amp, square-pin in most buildings.

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