Travel Essentials

All the facts and figures you’ll need if you’re planning a break in Cyprus:

Capital
Nicosia, known locally as Lefkosia , is the capital and largest city in Cyprus, as well as its main business center. Nicosia remaines the only divided capital in the world, with the southern and the northern portions divided by a Green Line.
Language

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.

Visas
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.

Time
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.

Electricity
The current is 240V, 50HZ. Plugs are the same as in the UK.

Telephone
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 Turkish North call: 0123 + number