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CAMPING

The camping sites in Cyprus are licensed by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation. Facilities available in camping sites include: showers, toilets, washing facilities, mini- market, and usually a snack-bar or restaurant. If electricity is installed, an extra amount is charged according to the electricity consumed.

The rates for the camping sites range between: CY1,00 - CY1,50 per day, for a tent or caravan space, plus CY1,00-CY1,50 per person, daily for services and taxes.

The period of operation for each camping site is indicative and customers are advised to confirm whether the sites are open by contacting either the camping sites or any Cyprus Tourism Organisation office in Cyprus or abroad.

1. AGIA NAPA CAMPING SITE
Agia Napa, Tel: (03) 721946
Situated on the west side of Agia Napa resort, close to the beach, has a capacity of 150 tents/caravans.
Open: March - October

2. KALYMNOS (Governor's) BEACH CAMPING SITE
Lemesos, Tel: (05) 632300
Situated 20 km east of Lemesos has a capacity of 111 caravans and 247 tents. Open all the year round.

3. GEROSKIPOU ZENON GARDENS CAMPING
P.O.Box 99 Pafos
Tel: (06) 242277
Situated east of Geroskipou Tourist Beach, on the beach, approximately 3 km, (2 miles) from Pafos Harbour with a capacity of 95 tents/caravans.
Open: April - October.

4. FEGGARI CAMPING SITE
Coral Bay, Pegeia, Pafos
Tel: (06) 621534
Situated 11 km north of Pafos Town, near the Coral Bay beach with a capacity of 47 tents/caravans.
Open all the year round.

5. POLIS CAMPING SITE
Polis, 37 km from the town of Pafos
Tel: (06) 321526
The camping site is on the beach on the north-west coast of the island, in a pleasant eucalyptus grove, (500 metres from Polis town centre). It has a capacity of 200 tents/caravans.
Open from March till the end of October.

6. CAMPING FACILITIES AT TROODOS
Troodos Hill Resort
Tel: (05) 421624
Situated amidst a pine forest, 2 km (11/2 miles) north of the Troodos Hill Resort, off the main Troodos-Kakopetria road.
Open from May till end of October (weather permitting).


CAR BREAKDOWN EMERGENCY SERVICE

Private companies offer 24hrs breakdown service all over the island. Some of these companies are the following:

A.A. CYPRUS 24HOURS BREAKDOWN SERVICE
Odos Chr. Mylona, 12 Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 313131

FIRST AID AUTOMOBIL LTD
Leoforos Makariou III 300, Lakatameia
Tel: (02) 387466

RESCUE LINE AUTOSERVICES LTD
Leoforos Athalassis 169, Dassoupolis, Lefkosia Tel: (02) 315798

SPEED LINE
Tel: (02) 313473

N. T. RESCUELINE AUTO SERVICES LTD
Leoforos Omonoias 4, Lemesos
Tel: (05) 355336

AUTO CLINIC MARIOS
Odos Manis 22, Pafos
Tel: (06) 233842

CHRIS TOWING
Odos Parthenon 2, Pafos
Tel: (06) 234956


CAR DRIVING

As regular transport service is not available to remote areas where many places of interest are to be found, driving in Cyprus is most advisable.

Fairly good surfaced roads complying with International traffic requirements, link the towns and the various villages. Four-lane motorways connect the capital, Lefkosia with the coastal towns of Lemesos and Larnaka.

Minor roads and forest roads are still largely unsurfaced but in good to fair condition. Appropriate care should be taken when using these roads, especially during wet weather.

Visitors wishing to bring their car to Cyprus can do so, provided the car has a valid registration licence of its country of origin. In such a case, the car can circulate in Cyprus for a period of 3 months.

DRIVING LICENCE
Visitors can drive in Cyprus, as long as they are in possession of either a valid International driving licence, or of their National driving licence, provided this is valid for the class of vehicle they wish to drive.

Annual Cyprus Driving Licence: CY5.
Temporary Driving Licence for visitors only: C3 (for a period of six months).

CAR INSURANCE
The Green Insurance card is not accepted in Cyprus. A visitor must be either in possession of an insurance issued by an insurance company authorised to transact motor insurance business in Cyprus or obtain insurance cover upon arrival at Lemesos, and Larnaka Ports. By law it is compulsory to insure against full third party. However full comprehensive insurance is advisable.

PETROL
Motor fuel and unleaded petrol may be bought in unlimited quantities at Petrol stations. Brands available are: B.P., Mobil, Esso, Lina, Petrolina and Shell. Petrol is sold by the litre and is charged as follows:

- Premium petrol (super) is currently 34 cents per litre plus 8% VAT.
- Unleaded petrol costs: 34 cents per litre plus 8% VAT.
- Regular grade costs: 32 cents per litre plus 8% VAT.
- Diesel Oil sells at 10 cents per litre plus 8% VAT.

PETROL STATIONS STAY OPEN:
Monday-Friday from 06.00-18.00 hrs and Saturday from 06.00-16.00 hrs.

On Sundays and Public Holidays, petrol stations in rural areas may open from 06.00-18.00 hrs.

Petrol stations in Lefkosia and all seaside areas are equipped with petrol vending machines, accepting bank notes and operating on a weekly 24 hrs a day basis. Certain Petrol Stations provide self- service facilities.

A list of petrol stations can be found in the yellow pages of the Telephone Directory.

PARKING FACILITIES

  1. Parking places (municipal and private) are found in town- centres, charging approximately 50 cents for a half day's parking.
  2. Parking metres in the centre of town may be used on payment of ONE 20-cent COIN per hour, on week days, during office hours. Parking metres do not operate on Saturday afternoons, Sundays and Public Holidays.

Where a double yellow line is painted parallel to the kerb, parking and waiting are prohibited at all times.

If the yellow line is single, loading and unloading is allowed but parking is prohibited at all times.

"MINI" GUIDE TO DRIVERS
- Traffic moves on the LEFT hand-side of the road, NOT on the right. - International road traffic signs are in use, and placed along the roads and highways, on the left hand-side.
- Distances and road speed limits are posted in kilometres and kilometre-per hour (km/h) respectively.
- The maximum speed limit on the motorways is 100 km/h (60 MPH) and the lower speed limit is 65 km/h (40MPH). On all other roads the general speed limit is 80 km/h (50MPH), unless a lower one is indicated.
- The use of seat-belts for front seat passengers is compulsory. - Children under the age of five MUST NOT, under any circumstances sit in the front passenger seat.
- Children from five to ten years old may occupy the front passenger seat only if an appropriate child's seat belt has been fitted.
- It is advisable to stay away from the centre of the towns during rush hours i.e. between 07.30-08.00 / 13.00-13.30 and in late afternoon 17.00-18.00 in winter, or (18.00-19.00 in summer).
- It is advisable to avoid, if possible, driving due West in the late afternoon, as the glare of the setting sun can be unpleasant and potentially dangerous.
- Because of the sometimes intense brightness of the clear Mediterranean sky, drivers are advised to wear sunglasses.
- DRIVING WITH ALCOHOL CONCENTRATION ABOVE THE PRESCRIBED LIMIT:
Driving or being in charge of a motor vehicle or pedal cycle with alcohol concentration in breath or blood above the prescribed limit, is an offence. The prescribed limit in breath is 39 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. The prescribed limit in blood is 90 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.


CAR RENTALS - HIRE CARS

Self-drive car rental firms have offices in all towns, as well as at the Larnaka International Airport.

A list of firms supplying self drive cars can be found in the Cyprus Tourism Organisation's annual "Guide to Hotels, Travel Agencies and other Tourist Services" obtainable from all Cyprus Tourism Organisation Offices in Cyprus and abroad.

"Self-drive cars are known in Cyprus also as Z cars because their Registration number, which is shown on red plates, starts with the letter "Z".

Categories of cars available for hiring: A Category: up to 1000 cc
B Category: 1001-1100 cc
C Category: 1101-1300 cc
D Category: over 1301 cc
Some companies also offer fully automatic cars, full air conditioning cars and 4wheel drive cars.
i. Prices range from C13,00 for a small car to C25,00 for a large car for one day.
ii. In case of damage to a car, the customer is responsible for the first C300 in categories A, B. and C and the first C500 in category D.
iii. Unlimited kilometrage (mileage)
iv. The car can be delivered and collected at the airports by prior arrangement.
v. The car is usually delivered to the customer with a full tank paid for by the customer. When the car is returned, the customer receives a refund according to the amount of petrol left in the tank, unless stated otherwise in the contract.
vi. It should be noted that owing to insurance regulations, some companies do not hire cars to persons under 21 years of age.
vii. Customers should read all information on the rental car agreement and demand fulfilment of all their rights when they rent a car.


CIVIL MARRIAGE

Persons wishing to contract their civil marriage in Cyprus must apply personally to the Marriage Officer at the Municipality of their choice for the necessary prior formalities.
A marriage can be celebrated either
(a) by giving notice of marriage or,
(b) by applying for a special licence. In case of notice, the parties to be married have to stay in Cyprus for at least 15 days.
Prescribed fee: CY50,00
In case of emergency howerver, a special licence can be obtained from the Marriage Officer:
Prescribed fee: C110,00

Parties to be married should be in possession of:
- Legal identification documents and certificates
- Evidence that they are free to marry.

Detailed information may be obtained either directly from the Municipality of one's choice or from the Cyprus Tourism Organisation.


CLIMATE, WEATHER FORECAST, TEMPERATURES

Cyprus enjoys an intense Mediterranean climate, with long dry summers from mid-May to mid-October and with mild winters from December to February which are separated by short autumn and spring seasons.

Summer is a season of high temperatures with cloudless skies, but the sea breeze creates a pleasant atmosphere in the coastal areas.

Winters are mild with some rain and snow on Troodos Mountains (usually starting before Christmas). In Cyprus there is abundant sunshine as indicated in the table. Even in December and January, there is an average of six hours of bright sunshine per day.

The island of Cyprus enjoys almost constant sunshine throughout the year.

WEATHER FORECAST (RADIO / TV/ NEWSPAPERS)

Radio:
Weather Forecasts in English are broadcast every day from the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: "Channel Two" 693 KHz, on Medium wave band. These always follow the news bulletins of 10.00, 14.00 and 20,00 hrs.
Television:
The weather forecast follows the english news bulletin every day at 21.00 hrs on Channel 2 (CyBC TV2)
Newspapers:
The weather forecast is published daily in the "Cyprus Mail" the only english daily newspaper.


CLOTHING AND ACTIVITIES

General information and suggestions on what to wear and do, according to season.
April-May: Days are pleasantly warm, but temperatures may fall a bit at night.
- Medium-weight and summer apparel: Light woollies or long sleeved cotton for the evenings.
- Excellent season for those who prefer to enjoy nature, as the countryside is green and flowers are in blossom.
June-July-August: Warmest months of summer
- Very light-weight summer clothing.
- Ideal for swimming and all beach/water activities.
September-October: Warm days, cool October evenings.
- Light-weight apparel for the day and medium-weight for the evenings in October.
- Swimming and water-sports are still at their best.
November: Pleasantly warm days
- Medium-weight apparel. Light Woollies.
- Ideal weather for autumn travel. Lunches in the open-air still a delight. Sunbathing and even swimming can still be enjoyed, as well as most outdoor sports.
December-January: Winter time for Cypriots...
Autumn for our foreign visitors! It may rain occasionally yet the promise of glorious sunshine is still there.
- Winter clothing-not heavy coats though!
- Outdoor activities and excursions can be enjoyed.
February: The possibility of exceptionally warm days. Almond trees in bloom, occasional rain, and mild day-time temperatures are the harbingers of spring. It can be quite cold however in the evenings.
- Winter apparel.
- Conditions are ideal for snow skiing on Troodos mountains; sunbathing, and even swimming, is possible for the brave and Spartan!
March: Moderating weather with nature at its best.
- Winter apparel with medium-weight wear.
- Most outdoor activities can be enjoyed, and March is an excellent period for long country walks.


CONFERENCE FACILITIES

Cyprus is an ideal location for any business meeting from five to 1,200. In addition to the Cyprus International Conference Centre (CICC) in Lefkosia, more than 85 hotels offer conference facilities all over Cyprus.

The high standard of hotels and services in Cyprus as well as the excellent conference facilities (A.V., recording system etc), its unique geographical location and accessibility make Cyprus an ideal place to meet, talk and exchange ideas.
For further information please contact:

CYPRUS TOURISM ORGANISATION
P.O.Box 4535 CY1390, Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 337715
Telex: 2165, Telefax: (02) 331644


CONSULATES OF OTHER COUNTRIES IN CYPRUS

AUSTRIA - CONSULATE GENERAL
Mr Andreas Chr. Avraamides
Odos Praxippou, 3 Laki Geitonia,
P.O.Box 3961, Lefkosia,
Tel: (02) 451994
Tlx: 2844 LAVRA CY
Fax: (02) 485337, 464528

BANGLADESH - CONSULATE GENERAL
Mr Aram R. Kalaydjian

  1. Odos Korinthou, 28
    Akropolis, Lefkosia
    Tel: (02) 429306
  2. Odos Mitsi 14, Larnaka
    Tel: (04) 652326, Fax: (04) 620822
    Tlx: 3109 KALTEX CY

BELGIUM - CONSULATE GENERAL
Mr Andreas P. Lanitis
Leoforos Arch. Makariou III, 113
Cyprus Popular Bank Bldg.
P.O.Box 1445, Lemesos (Limassol)
Tel: (05) 338204, Fax: (05) 338204
Telex: 3315 SITINAL CY

BRAZIL - CONSULATE
Mr Hagop M. Keheyan
Leoforos Demostheni Severi, 24
First Floor
P.O.Box 1425, Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 463871, Fax: (02) 463538
Telex: 3499 PHAROS CY

BULGARIA - CONSULATE
Mr Spyros Lymbouris
Leoforos Nikis, 42
4th floor
Ag. Omologitae, Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 490736
Fax; (02) 490029

BURUNDI - CONSULATE
Mr Tassos Anastasiades
Odos Romanou, 4-6, Lefkosia
P.O.Box 4731
Tel: (02) 461366, 461267
Telex: 2899 ROYALTRA CY
Fax: (02) 443551

CAMEROON - CONSULATE
Mr Christos Karmios
Leoforos Gr. Afxentiou
DIPA Bldg, Flat 454, Larnaka
Tel: (04) 656071
Fax: (04) 627630

CANADA - CONSULATE
Mr Michael Ioannides
Margarita House
Odos Them. Dervi, 15
P.O.Box 2125, Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 451630,
Telex: 5006 MACRO CY
Fax: (02) 459096

CHILE - CONSULATE
Mr George Zachariades,
Odos Medonos, 5, Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 465424, 313801
Fax: (02) 349747

COLOMBIA - CONSULATE
Mr Pantelis Chr. Tsanos
Verengaria Bldg., 5th Floor
Odos Spyrou Araouzou, 25
P.O.Box 407, Lemesos (Limassol)
Tel: (05) 364163, 365268
Fax: (05) 365269
Telex: 2436 LAVAR CY

COSTA RICA - CONSULATE GENERAL
Mr Costas Economou
Odos Chr. Chatzipavlou, 143E
P.o.Box 17 Lemesos (Limassol)
Tel: (05) 362223, 362537
Fax: (05) 374534,
Telex: 2253 VAPOR CY

DENMARK - CONSULATE GENERAL
Mrs Nadina N. Dimitriou
Leoforos Artemidos 39
P.O.Box 739, Larnaka
Tel: (04) 652427,
Telex: 3180 DIMIT CY

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - CONSULATE
Dr Photos Photiades
Leoforos Arch. Makariou III, 50
Alpha House 1st floor (office 101-102)
P.O.Box 1274 Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 465171
Fax: (02) 365935
Telex: 2285 ASTOR CY

ECUADOR - CONSULATE
Mr Maximos Michaelides
Odos Nikou Pattichi, 38
P.O.Box 167, Lemesos (Limassol)
Tel: (05) 334245, 334116
Telex: 3112 MAXIMO CY
Fax: (05) 336402

FINLAND - CONSULATE GENERAL
Mr Dimosthenis Z. Severis
Leoforos Arch. Makariou III, 9
P.O.Box 1139, Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 444277
Fax: (02) 444897
Telex: 2398 SEVERIS CY

FRANCE - CONSULATE
Mr Takis Solomonides
Odos Eirinis, 1
P.O.Box 259, Lemesos (Limassol)
Tel: (05) 357000,
Fax: (05) 357005
Telex: 2213 SOLID CY

GERMANY - CONSULATE
Mr Costas E. Lanitis
Odos Arch. Kyprianou, 21
P.O.Box 203, Lemesos (Limassol)
Tel: (05) 366230,
Fax: (05) 341361
Telex: 2339 LANITI CY

GUYANA - CONSULATE
Mr George Economides
Odos Poseidonos, 13
P.O.Box 3900, Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 429250
Fax: (02) 425375

HUNGARY - CONSULATE GENERAL
Mr Costas Loizou
Odos Vas. Pavlou, 2
P.O.Box 1301, Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 367210,
Fax: (02) 459800
Telex: 4929 LOUISCO CY

ICELAND - CONSULATE
Mr Michael Psomas
Odos Aharnon 11, Strovolos
P.O.Box 1820, Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 348484,
Fax: (02) 347870
Telex: 5877 PSOMAS CY

INDIA - CONSULATE GENERAL
Mr Felix Cirilli de Nores
P.O.Box 1871, Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 442046, (05) 362094
Fax: (02) 442724

IRELAND - CONSULATE
Mr Stephis A. Stephanou
Leoforos Armenias &
Odos Kalypsous, Flat 301
P.O.Box 523, Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 333985, 336199
Fax: (02) 331580
Telex: 3974 ETIENNE CY

ITALY - CONSULATE
Mr Benito Mantovani
Odos Spyrou Araouzou, 130
P.O.Box 1, Lemesos (Limassol)
Tel: (05) 362045,
Fax: (05) 377842
Telex: 2413 MANTO CY

JAPAN - CONSULATE GENERAL
Mr Umberto V. Mantovani
Odos Sp. Araouzou, 130
P.O.Box 1, Lemesos (Limassol)
Tel: (05) 375600
Fax: (05) 375728
Telex: 2413 MANTO CY

JORDAN - CONSULATE
Mr Michael G. Leptos
Odos Dimitsanis, 9
Galeria Bldg., Flat 101
P.O.Box 4862, Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 473988, (06) 233775
Fax: (02) 461671
Telex: 2561 MILEPTOS CY

LATVIA CONSUL.ATE GENERAL
Mr Adonis Papadopoulos
Odos Thalias 3
P.O.Box 3253, Lemesos
Tel: (05) 341616
Fax: (05) 345285

LIBERIA - CONSULATE
Mr Loizos A. Karageorges
Odos Costi Palama, 20
Aspelia Court
P.O.Box 1020, Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 451127,
Fax: (02) 477485
Telex: 3499 KKLAW CY

LITHUANIA - CONSULATE
Mr Iacovos Iacovides
Leoforos Griva Digeni 81-82
P.O.Box 5674, Lefkosia
Tel: 902) 362555
Fax: (02) 360552, 452663

LUXEMBOURG - CONSULATE
Mr Christos Triantafyllides
Odos Iras 22, Off. 9 & 10
P.O.Box 2411, Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 450832/3,
Fax: (02) 457996
Telex: 3960 TRIANLAW CY

MALI - CONSULATE
Mr Acis Montanios
Odos P. Katelari, 21
Libra House,
P.O.Box 5001, Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 466766,
Fax: (02) 448777
Telex: 2687 MONTANOS CY

MALTA - CONSULATE GENERAL
Mr John M. Louisides
Odos Sp. Araouzou, 101A
P.O.Box 145, Lemesos (Limassol)
Tel: (05) 362642
Fax: (05) 359852
Telex: 2344 SHIP CY

MEXICO - CONSULATE
Mr Nicolas K. Shacolas
SHACOLAS HOUSE
P.O.BOX 1744, Athalassa, Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 482880,
Telex: 4627 NKSHOLDS CY
Fax: (02) 482847

MOROCCO - CONSULATE
Mr Demetrios Haholiades
Leoforos Arch. Makariou III, 57
P.O.Box 173, Larnaka
Tel: (04) 653105, (02) 451788,
Telex: 2229 AMAZON CY
Fax: (04) 624554 (02) 451947

NETHERLANDS (THE) - CONSULATE
Mr Nicos H. Stephanou
New Port Rd.,
P.o.Box 336, Lemesos (Limassol)
Tel: (05) 342294,
Fax: (05) 367246
Telex: 2985 ALERT II CY

NORWAY - CONSULATE GENERAL
Mr Solon A. Triantafyllides
Odos Meletiou Metaxaki, 4
P.O.Box 1012, Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 349414,
Fax: (02) 343149
Telex: 2426 GIABRA CY

NEW ZEALAND - CONSULATE
Mr Tony Christodoulou
Odos Ag. Nicolaou 35, Egkomi
P.O.Box 4676, Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 444104
Fax: (02) 450048
Telex: 4455 ACTION CY

OMAN - CONSULATE
Mr Marcos P. Spanos
Odos Menandrou 1E, 4th floor
P.O.Box 4670 Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 453311/2,
Fax: (02) 453321
Telex: 5188 MARLAW CY

PANAMA - CONSULATE GENERAL
Mr Polakis K. Sarris
Nicosia Tower Centre, 8th floor
Leoforos Lordou Vyronos, 36
P.O.Box 1341 Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 444455,
Fax: (02) 444040
Telex: 3843 SARRILAW CY

PERU - CONSULATE
Mr Christis E. Doritis
Asteria Beach Hotel,
Potamos Germasogeias
P.O.Box 1261, Lemesos (Limassol)
Tel: (05) 321177,
Fax: (05) 327020
Telex: 2370 ASTERIA CY

PHILIPPINES - CONSULATE
Mr John P. Erotokritou
Odos Androkleous, 7
Office No. 22
P.O.Box 1216, Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 472060, 473576
Fax: (02) 367053
Telex: 5797 JERO CY

POLAND - CONSULATE
Mr Loukis Papaphilippou
Odos Agias Fylaxeos 42
Lemesos 205
Tel: (05) 343448, (02) 464411
Fax: (05) 359108, (02) 473388

PORTUGAL - CONSULATE
Mr Iacovos Demetriou
Larnaka Industrial Estate
P.O.Box 143, Larnaka
Tel: (04) 637766,
Fax: (04) 636992,
Telex: 2749 VIALCO CY

RWANDA - CONSULATE
Mr Marcos S. Kyprianou
Glafkou 1, Agioi Omologites
P.O.Box 1255, Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 422355
Fax: (02) 421819
Telex: 6381 KREON CY

SAN MARINO - CONSULATE GENERAL
Mr Petros Anastasiades
Odos Riga Feraiou, 14
P.O.Box 27, Lemesos (Limassol)
Tel: (05) 362341, 362924
Fax: (05) 362924
Telex: 3396 ANTONLEX CY

SENEGAL - CONSULATE
Mr Pavlos A. Anastassiades
Odos Rega Feraiou 14,
P.O.Box 4748 Lemesos
Tel: (05) 362341, 342808
Fax: (05) 342408

SEYCHELLES - CONSULATE
Mr Eugene Kalmanovitch
Leoforos Arch. Makariou III,
Mitsis III Bldg., Suite 507
P.O.Box 6627, Lefkosia
Tel: 02-360640
Fax: 02-365280

SIERRA LEONE - CONSULATE
Mr Theocharis Economides
Oriana Court, 4th floor
Leoforos Arch. Makariou III, 225
P.O.Box 4080, Lemesos (Limassol)
Tel: (05) 366363,
Fax: (05) 364922
Telex: 3318 PHECON CY

SLOVAKIA - CONSULATE
Mr Vassos Hadjitheodossiou
Salamis House,
Leoforos 28 Octovriou
P.O.Box 531 Lemesos
Tel: (05) 355555
Fax: (05) 364410

SLOVENIA - CONSULATE
Mr George Philippides
Leoforos Arch. Makariou III, 70
Afemia Bldg
P.O.Box 7316 Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 453706, 361119

SPAIN - CONSULATE GENERAL
Mr Spyros A. Araouzos
Gonia Poleodomias &
Odos Faidras, Kaimakli
P.O.Box 1244 Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 433151,
Fax: (02) 430880,
Telex: 2282 PAVARAL CY

SRI LANKA - CONSULATE
Mr Doros A. J. Jeropoulos
Odos Spyrou Araouzou, 2
P.O.Box 278, Lemesos (Limassol)
Tel: (05) 374308,
Fax: (05) 379689
Telex: 2444 SIGMA CY

SWEDEN - CONSULATE GENERAL
Mr George P. Vryonides
(Acting Honorary Consul General)
Princess Zena de Tyras Bldg, 2nd floor
P.O.Box 5487, Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 442483
Fax: (02) 455783
Telex: 2597 SVENSK CY

SWITZERLAND
Mr Dimitris J. Shukuroglou
Odos Louis Loizou 18, Penhill Estate
Latsia - Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 487171
Fax: (02) 482331

TANZANIA - CONSULATE
Mr Nicos L. Mavroudis
Odos Agias Fylaxeos 66A
P.O.Box 1330, Lemesos (Limassol)
Tel: (05) 352878
Fax: (05) 352756
Telex: 2073 IRIS CY

THAILAND - CONSULATE
Mr Elias Panayides
Odos Diagorou 33,
Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 444666
Fax: (02) 463021

URUGUAY - CONSULATE
Mr Eleftherios Montanios
Odos P. Katelari, 21
Libra House
P.O.Box 5001, Lefkosia
Tel: (02) 466766,
Fax: (02) 448777
Tel: 2687 MONTANOS CY


CONSUMERS' ASSOCIATION

The Cyprus Consumers' Association was founded in 1973 and is a member of IOCU (International Organisation of Consumers Unions).

As an independent organisation, the Association strives to safeguard the Rights of the consumers.

The Association provides the following:
- Information on Cyprus Consumer Protection Laws
- Information on Consumer Rights & Responsibilities
- Advice on Complaint Procedures for faulty damaged or unsatisfactory products and / or services
- Reading Library on Consumer Publications such as WHICH, (U.K.) Consumer Reports (U..S.A.), Consumer Choice (Ireland)
- Consumer Related Services

Own Publications:
- O Katanalotis (in Greek with a briefing on current events in English)
- Cyprus Good Food Guide (in English with symbols translated in French, German and Greek)
Published in May 1992, the Guide includes articles on Cyprus wine, on eating out and information on Restaurants offering Good Value for Money.

Cyprus Consumers' Association

  1. Leoforos Ouilliam Gladstonos, 20,
    1095 Lefkosia
    P.O.Box 4874, 1304 Lefkosia
    Tel: (02) 451092, 474543
    Fax: (02) 467080
  2. Odos Ath. Diakou, 45, Lemesos
    Tel: (05) 347041
    Fax: (05) 347043
  3. P.O.Box 27, Larnaka
    Tel: (04) 625125


COST OF LIVING

Cyprus is in general an inexpensive country and the "Supermarket basket" here is considered among the cheapest in Europe. Detailed information on cost of living indexes can be obtained from the Cyprus Tourism Organisation Offices.

Indications: - Pork: CY1,30 per kilo
- Tomatoes: 50 cents per kilo (in season)
- Melons: 30 cents per kilo (in season)
- Dinner in a taverna: CY6,00-7,50 per person
- Two bedrooms, unfurnished flat: CY10-C130 (rent per month) for long term tenancy(over a year).

 
Rate of inflation : 4.4% in 1991
: 6.5% in 1992
: 5.0% in 1993


CREDIT CARDS

Visitors in possession of any of the following international credit cards may contact the appropriate bank for the withdrawal of cash.

VISA CARD: Bank of Cyprus Ltd, Cyprus Popular Bank Ltd, Hellenic Bank, Barclays Bank, Arab Bank and Lombard Natwest Bank.
DINERS CLUB, CARTE BLANCHE: Bank of Cyprus Ltd
MASTERCARD: Bank of Cyprus Ltd, Cyprus Popular Bank Ltd, National Bank of Greece and Hellenic Bank.
EUROCARD: Bank of Cyprus Ltd, Cyprus Popular Bank Ltd, National Bank of Greece and Hellenic Bank.
AMERICAN EXPRESS: Cyprus Popular Bank Ltd.
J.C.B.: National Bank of Greece.

More than 8.500 shops, restaurants and Hotels accept at least one of these Credit Cards. Usually the Card symbol will be displayed in the shopwindow or at the Reception.

Eurocheques and travellers cheques are also accepted by all Banks, in shops, restaurants etc.

LOST CREDIT CARDS:
In case someone loses his credit card he can call JCC Payment Systems Ltd on 02-365655 and at the same time contact his Bank either in Cyprus or in his country. For further information please apply directly to:

JCC PAYMENT SYSTEMS LTD
P.O.Box 1043, Lefkosia
Tel : 02-365655 (24 hours service)
Fax: 02-459559 (24 hours service)


CRUISES FROM CYPRUS

Cyprus is often referred to as the gateway to the Eastern Mediterranean. Many Cypriot cruise companies take you through that gateway to Egypt and the Holy Land. The cruise programmes have been designed specifically to suit all varying travel requirements, including departure days and destinations by offering three types of cruises:

i Two-day cruises to Egypt which include a visit to the Cairo Museum and the Pyramids.
ii Two-day cruises to the Holy Land which include a visit to the Holy places in Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
iii Three-day combination cruises to Egypt and the Holy Land which include the above mentioned excursions.

The ships usually leave Lemesos harbour late afternoon arriving in Haifa or Port-Said the next day, early in the morning and departing again from there in the evening to return to Lemesos the following morning.

The cruises are usually operational all year round by large and comfortable cruise ships which offer full board accommodation and entertainment at very reasonable prices thus making a Holiday in Cyprus richer and more beautiful.

Booking for short cruises can be made while on holiday in Cyprus through the representatives of the tour operators or a Travel Agency. Please note that many tour operators in Europe are featuring the cruises in their holiday brochures.

From April to October visitors to Cyprus can extend their stay by taking a 7-day cruise from Lemesos to Greece and the Greek islands, Egypt and the Holy Land.


CTO PUBLICATIONS

All Cyprus Tourism Organisation (C.T.O) publications are distributed free of charge, and can be obtained from any CTO Office in Cyprus or abroad.

CYPRUS - GENERAL INFORMATION BROCHURE
A comprehensive publication of the island of Cyprus.
Published in: Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Dutch, Arabic, Norwegian, Spanish.

CYPRUS, 9000 YEARS OF HISTORY AND CIVILISATION
This is a special publication which provides a concise and authentic outline of our history, archaeology, culture and tradition.
Published in: Greek, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Finnish and Danish.

CYPRUS TRAVELLERS HANDBOOK
An Informative guide on all topics which will help visitors get the most out of a holiday in Cyprus.
Published in: English.

DIARY OF EVENTS
Annual guide listing and describing most of the important events of the year.
Published in: English.

CYPRUS - HOBBY & SPECIAL INTERESTS TOURISM An introduction to the hobby world of Cyprus, listing more than 42 interests than can be pursued in Cyprus.
Published in : English and German.

A GUIDE TO HOTELS, TRAVEL AGENCIES AND OTHER TOURIST SERVICES This annual guide includes:

  1. Hotels and Hotel Appartments officially registered and classified by the C.T.O.
  2. List of Travel Agents (licensed by C.T.O.).
  3. List of Firms supplying self-drive cars.
  4. All Cyprus Tourism Organisation offices in Cyprus and abroad.

The publication is in English with the General Notes (front pages) in Greek, English, French, German, Swedish, Italian and Dutch.

FLAVOURS OF CYPRUS
An introduction to Cyprus Cuisine and gastronomical habits.
Published in: English

CAMPING AND PICNIC SITES IN CYPRUS
A brochure - guide to the camping and picnic sites on the island.
Published in: Greek and English.

NATURE TRAILS
Leaflets on the organised Nature Trails, on Troodos and Akamas (Pafos area).
Published in: Greek, English, French and German.

TROODOS MOUNTAIN RESORTS
A brief guide to the Troodos region, its innummerable natural beauties, Byzantine churches, and picturesque villages.
Published in: Greek, English, German, French, Dutch and Arabic.

FOLK ART AND HANDICRAFTS
A special leaflet on our folk art and our traditions which have been preserved with loving care from generations long gone by.
Published in: Greek, English, French and German.

LEFKOSIA (Nicosia)
A comprehensive guide of Lefkosia the capital. Published in: English

CYPRUS - PROMOTIONAL LEAFLET
Leaflet aiming at the development of tourism between Cyprus and countries in Eastern Europe.
Published in: Hebrew, Polish, Hungarian, Czech and Russian.

- Additional to the above publications, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation issues detailed information sheets, known as Info-papers. These cover various subjects such as: Transportation, Boats, Youth Hostels, Camping, Cost of Living, etc...

The Cyprus Tourism Organisation also issues the following Maps: - A visitor's Map of Cyprus
- Map of Lefkosia-Centre / Major Lefkosia
- Map of Lemesos (Limassol) Town / Map of Lemesos (Limassol) area
- Map of Larnaka Town / Map of Larnaka area
- Map of Pafos Town / Map of Pafos area
- Map of Agia Napa Village / Map of Agia Napa area
- Map of Paralimni / Map of Paralimni area
- Map of Troodos and Hill Resorts

The following publications are available only from:

  1. The Cyprus Tourism Organisation, Main Office
    Leoforos Lemesou 19, P.O.Box 4535
    CY 1390 Lefkosia
  2. All CTO offices abroad
CONVENTIONS - MEETINGS - SEMINARS
Published in: English
INCENTIVE TOURISM
Published in: English
ANNUAL REPORT
Published in: Greek and English


CULTURAL LIFE / EVENTS

Cyprus is a country where the 20th century still rubs shoulders with history, where one may enjoy customs, festivals and religious fairs, whose origins stretch back into antiquity and at the same time enjoy performances of modern dance or theatre as all art forms continue to flourish on the island.

The visitor's participation in such events is warmly encouraged, as giving the most direct introduction to the Island's culture.

  1. For up to date information visitors are advised to consult the Cyprus Tourism Organisation's "Monthly Events" guide, available in all hotels and Tourist Information Offices on the island.
  2. The Cyprus Tourism Organisation's annual "Diary of Events" booklet, lists the entire year's various organised activities and can be obtained from any of the C.T.O. offices in Cyprus and abroad.


CURRENCY - EXCHANGE RATES

The currency of the Republic is the Cyprus pound - CY, which is divided into 100 cents.
Notes and coins currently in circulation are as follows:-
Bank Notes: CY20, CY10, CY5, CY1.
Coins: 1 cent, 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents.
The Cyprus Pound is not traded internationally. Commercial Banks quote daily the the exchange rates of the Cyprus Pound against all traded foreign currencies while the Central Bank quotes daily the Cyprus Pound vis-a-vis the ECU (European Currency Unit), the U.S. dollar, the Pound Sterling, the Deutsche Mark and the Greek Drachma.

Exchange rates (selling by Banks) are as follows (These rates are applicable on the 20th October 1994 and are given as an indication only):
Sterling 1 = CY 0,75
US $1 = CY0,48
DM1 = CY0,31
F.Fr 1 = CY0,09
CY1 = GDR 493.

For Import:

  1. Visitors to Cyprus can import up to C50 in Cyprus Currency notes. There is no limit on the amount they can import in foreign currency notes, cheques, travellers-cheques and other negotiable instruments. Amounts of Foreign exchange in excess of the equivalent of US dollars 1000, - should be declared at Customs on form D (NR) to facilitate deposit in external or foreign currency accounts with banks in Cyprus, aquisition of property, or re- export.
    For Export:
  2. Visitors can export up to C50 in Cyprus currency notes. The unspent balance of currency notes originally imported and declared at the customs on arrival on form D (NR) and the unspent balance of imported cheques, travellers cheques, etc., not having been converted into Cyprus pounds, can also be exported. Visitors can also export upto the equivalent of USD 1.000 in foreign currency notes, which they imported even without the production of a D (NR) form.

NOTE: Only the following authorised dealers reporting to the Central Bank of Cyprus are allowed to deal in foreign currency: Cooperative Central Bank, Bank of Cyprus Ltd., The Cyprus Popular Bank Ltd., Barclays Bank PLC, National Bank of Greece (Cyprus) Ltd, Hellenic Bank Ltd., Arab Bank Ltd and Lombard Natwest Bank Ltd.


CUSTOMS FORMALITIES AND FACILITIES

All travellers with the exception of crews and transit passengers, may import the following articles in the quantities specified without payment of import duty.

ENTRY
Origin: All countries
Articles:
Tobacco: 250 grams
Spirits, other than perfumed spirits: 1 litre
Wine (one bottle): 0,75 litre
Perfumed spirits and toilet waters: 0,30 litre including one bottle of perfumed spirit of not more than 0,15 litre.
Articles of any other description (except jewellery): up to a total value of CY50,

NOTES:

  1. However when, a passenger re-enters the Republic of Cyprus after a stay abroad of less than 72 hours, he is allowed to import free of duty only 250 grams of tobacco.
  2. Notification to travellers. The Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources wishes to inform all travellers that, in order to protect the agriculture of the country from the danger of the introduction of new pests and diseases, the importation of agricultural products or propagating stock, such as fruit, vegetables, cut-flowers, dry nuts, seeds, bulbs, bulb-wood sticks, cuttings, etc., without the approval of the competent authorities, is prohibited. According to the Diseases of Plants (Prevention) Law and the Importation of Produce (Control) Orders, the transportation of agricultural products or propagating stock from abroad is prohibited unless a relevant licence has been previously issued by the Director of the Department of Agriculture. Upon their arrival in Cyprus, such products should be declared at the Customs Officers, whereupon they will be kept for phytosanitary inspection by Authorised Agricultural Officers.
    Any person contravening the Law and the Orders made under it, is liable, in case he is found guilty, to a fine and / or imprisonment.


CYPRUS AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION (CAA)

The Association offers a range of services to its members, including:
- Breakdown Service (inland).
- Legal advice regarding motoring.
- Discounts on air/sea tickets, hotel rates (inland).
- Touring facilities etc.,
Cyprus Automobile Association
Odos Chr. Mylona 12, P.O.Box 2279
Lefkosia 141
Tel: (02) 313233
Fax: (02) 313842


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