The dialling code for Cyprus is: +357
The dialling code to call the UK is: +44
Aeronautical & Maritime
British High Commission: 228 611 00
Cyprus Tourism Office: 237 21 796
Directory Enquiries: 118 92
Drug Helpline: 1410
Drug Squad: 1498
Emergency Contact In The
Event Of Death
(Paradise Funeral Services): 23741212
Forest Fire Report: 1407
Larnaca Airport: 7777 88 33
Pafos Airport: 7777 88 33
Poison Control: 1401
Protaras, Ayia Napa, Pernera, Kapparis
After Hours Pharmacy: 90 90 14 13
Private Doctor on call: 90 90 14 33
Paralimni Hospital: 23 20 00 00
Police Station Headquarters: 23 803 030
24 Hour Pharmacy: 90 90 14 13
Private Doctor on Call: 90 90 14 32
General Hospital - Larnaca: 24 82 87 68
Immigration Office Larnaca: 24 86 42 42
Larnaca Port: 24 81 52 25
Larnaca Town Police Station: 24 80 40 34
24 Hour Pharmacy: 90 90 14 14
Cyprus Tourism Organisation
(CTO) Regional Offices
Protaras 23 832 865
Ayia Napa 23 721 796
Larnaca 24 654 322
Post Offices - Monday - Friday
District Post Offices 7.30am - 5.30pm
Parcels Post Office 7.30am - 3.00pm
Urban and Rural Post Offices 8.00am - 3.00pm
Cyprus Bank Holidays 2016
19th June (Sun) Whit Monday/Pentecost/Kataklysmos
20th June (Mon) Orthodox Whit Monday
15th August (Mon) Assumption Day
1st October (Sat) Cyprus Independence Day
28th October (Fri) Greek National Day
Supermarket Opening Hours
From April - October Supermarkets located in tourist areas are open 7 days a week from:
From Sept - March The following opening hours apply:
Monday 07:30 - 19.30
Tuesday 07:30 - 20:00
Wednesday 07:30 - 15.00
Thursday 07:30 - 20:00
Friday 07:30 - 20:00
Saturday 07:30 - 20:00
Sunday 11:00 - 19:00
These opening hours are correct at time of print but may vary from shop to shop.
Banks Opening Hours
May to September:
Monday to Friday: 8:15 -13:30
October to April:
Monday: 8:30-13:30 & 15:15- 16:45
Tuesday to Friday: 8:30 - 13:30
Markets and Car Boot Sales
Protaras/Ayia Napa Area
Every Wednesday - Market - Ayia Thekla from 8.00am.
Every Saturday - Farmers Market Next To Dherynia Stadium, Dherynia from 8.00am.
Every Sunday - Sunday Market & Car Boot, Livadhia, Larnaca from 8.00am.
Every Saturday - Market at the Pyla Palace in Pyla. 8.00am - 1.00pm
Cyprus as a whole remains very sunny throughout the year. On average the number of daily hours of sunshine ranges from six in midwinter to twelve or thirteen in midsummer. The invariably clear skies that allow this also mean that rainfall is very low throughout the summer and it is highly likely that any trip you take during this season will see no interruption to the dry weather.
Sea temperatures are exceptionally warm throughout summer, peaking in the high twenties, but are comparatively chilly from December until early April. However, even during the winter the lowest average is still in the high teens.
Summer is the most popular season for its endless heat and sun. If you are not a fan of high temperatures then it is best to visit Cyprus in the off season of spring when the weather is sunny but not too hot and the island is in full bloom. Autumn is also an enjoyable time to visit, though the scorching summer results in the island drying out considerably, only returning to its green beauty after the winter rainfall.
Summer weather in all coastal resorts is generally considered fantastic. The temperature starts to warm up by late April and early May, and peaks in July. The average high temperature sits in the low to mid thirties, but the peak months often see temperatures reaching the 40’s. There is little climatic variation from north to south though the west tends to be very slightly cooler and wetter due to the westerly direction of the prevailing winds. Larnaca lies at one of the lowest altitude points in Cyprus, on the south coast in a sheltered bay. June and September see average daily highs of 30°C while July and August see 32°C. During the summer months there is often no rainfall.
What's Your Name?
Pos se lene?
POHS seh LEH-neh
My Name Is…
Do You Speak English?
I Don't Understand
Can You Help Me?
Borite na me voy thee se te?
bo-REE-teh na me voy-THEE-se-te?
What Time Is It?
Ti ora ine?
tee OH-rah EE-neh
How Much Is It?
Learn to Speak Basic Greek Words and Phrases
The language spoke in Cyprus is Greek.
Knowing a few words or phrases of essential Greek always comes in handy and local people always appreciate any effort to speak the language even if it is just ‘Hello’ or ‘Thank you’.
Here are a few key words and phrases to help you along your way.
The English word is shown in bold with the Greek word underneath and the pronunciation / phonetic beneath that. The capital letters denote the sound where the emphasis or accent should be made.
Good Afternoon / Evening
How Are You?
Well / Good
You're Welcome / Please
Arrivals into the UK from EU Countries
Cyprus is an EU country operating within the laws of the European Union.
You don’t pay duty or tax on goods you bring in from the European Union (EU) as long as you:
a. Transport them yourself.
b. Will use them yourself or give them away as a gift.
c. Have paid duty and tax in the country where you bought them.
If a customs officer thinks you may be bringing in goods to sell, they may stop you to make checks and ask:
The type and quantity of goods you’ve bought.
Why you bought them.
How you paid for them.
How often you travel.
How much you normally smoke or drink.
Although there are no limits to the alcohol and tobacco you can bring in from EU countries, you’re more likely to be asked questions if you have more than the amounts below:
Type Of Goods Amount
Beer 110 litres
Wine 90 litres
Spirits 10 litres
Fortified wine ( sherry, port) 20 litres
These quantities can be seized if customs are satisfied that they are of a commercial nature.
Import laws for countries other than EU countries may vary. Please check your countries import laws.
For more information go to: www.cyprus.visahq.com/customs
Or visit your government website from your country of origin.
Currency Export regulations Cyprus:
As part of the Enforcement of Restrictive Measures on Transactions in case of Emergency Law of 2013, exports of Euro notes and/or foreign currency notes exceeding €3,000 or its equivalent in foreign currency per physical person per journey abroad from Cyprus is prohibited, unless the prior approval is obtained. This information is subject to change at short notice, for updated information, please refer to www.centralbank.gov.cy
Most pharmacies keep normal shop opening hours. They display the ‘Green Cross’ sign and the words farmakeio or eczane.
A list of pharmacies open at night and on holidays can be found in the English language Cyprus Mail or by calling the 24 hour pharmacy phone numbers on page 153.
In an emergency, an all night pharmacy can offer medical help and advice.
In tourist resorts and large cities most pharmacists speak English. They can usually advise and provide short term remedies for minor ailments and injuries.
If you need specialist prescription drugs it is best to bring an adequate supply with you.
Medical Care & Attention
E111 European Health Insurance Card
The EHIC issued in the UK is normally valid for three to five years and covers any medical treatment that becomes necessary during your trip, because of either illness or an accident.
The card gives access to state-provided medical treatment only, and you'll be treated on the same basis as an 'insured' person living in the country you're visiting. Remember, this might not cover all the things you'd expect to get free of charge from the NHS in the UK. You may have to make a contribution to the cost of your care.
What Is Not Covered.
Remember that the EHIC won't cover you if getting medical treatment is the main purpose of your trip.
You are advised to take out comprehensive private insurance for visits to all countries, regardless of whether you are covered by your EHIC.
The EHIC is not a substitute or replacement for private travel insurance. You should always take out an appropriate private policy in addition to carrying your EHIC.
It will not cover the costs of private healthcare or services that are not part of the state healthcare system.
It will not cover the costs of being brought back to the UK.
It will not allow you to go abroad to specifically receive treatment (including going abroad to give birth).
The card may not be used in some regions, as there may be no state provided healthcare available.
Regardless of your country of origin it is strongly advised you gain information and guidelines about your entitlement to health care aboard prior to your travel.
This information is a guideline ONLY.