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General Information

  • English is the second language and is widely spoken.Agreater Knowledge of French and Germarn is increasingly noticeable.
  • The currency of the Republic is the Cyprus Pound (CY£) which is divided into 100 cents. Notes are issued in £20, £10, £5 and £1 denominations .
  • Banks in Cyprus open for the, public from 08:30 to 12:30 midday. Certain banks in tourist areas open during the afternoon.
  • The voltage on the island is 240 Socket outlets are of flat 3 pin-type.
  • All types of medication are available in well stocked pharmacies all over Cyprus.
  • Telephone: Cyprus automatic telephone dialling system reaches 206 countries. Telecards can be purchased from Post Offices, kiosks and souvenir shops.
  • It is forbidden to remove antiquities from the bottom of the sea, or to take any antiquities out of Cyprus without a special export licence.
  • Visitors should respect ecclesiastical tradition and avoid wearing shorts and sleeveless garments in churches and monasteries
  • Public holidays: January 1,6, March 25, April 1, May 1, August 15, October 1 , 28, December 24, 25, 26. There are , another four public holidays whose dates are variable. These are: Green Monday (50 days before the Greek Orthodox Easter), Good Friday and Easter Monday (Greek Orthodox Easter) and Pentecost.
  • Cruises to Egypt and the Holy Land can be taken on one of the many comfortable cruise ships which offer full board accommodation and entertainment at very reasonable prices.

Useful information

The Cyprus Tourism Organisation
(Main Office) 19 Leoforos Lemesou
(For postal enquiries only) P.O. Box 4535, CY-1390 Nicosia (Lefkosia) Cyprus
Tel: + 357-2-337715
Telefax: + 357-2-331644

There are CTO offices in every town. They open every morning except Sundays, and on Monday and Thursday afternoons.


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