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Cyprus may seem like a small island, but it is an island steeped in historical and natural beauty. Our Cyprus travel information pages and our hotel website will tell you everything you need to know in advance about Cyprus and Christofinia Hotel. Find details on public holidays in Cyprus, driving in Cyprus and essential to most when the shops are open so that you can buy all your holiday souvenirs within good time.
  • Foreign Embassies

    Foreign embassies, consulates, diplomats and official representatives in Cyprus.

    Australian High Commission
    Annis Komninis Street
    Nicosia 1060
    Cyprus
    City: Nicosia
    Phone: + 357 22753001, +357 22756002, +357 22753003
    Fax: +357 22766486
    Website: www.cyprus.embassy.gov.au/

    American Embassy 
    Metochiou & Ploutarchou Street
    2407, Engomi
    City: Nicosia
    Phone: +357-22393939
    Fax: +357-22780944
    Website: http://cyprus.usembassy.gov
    Email: info@americanembassy.org.cy

    Belgian Embassy 
    'The Riverside Forum'
    2A Chilonos Street, Office 102
    1101 Nicosia
    City: Nicosia
    Phone: + 357 22449020
    Fax: + 357 22774717
    Email: nicosia@diplobel.be

    British Embassy 
    Alexander Pallis Street 
    PO Box 21978
    1587 Nicosia
    BFPO 567
    City: Nicosia
    Phone: +357-22861100 
    Fax: +357-22861125
    Website: www.britishhighcommission.gov.uk/cyprus
    Email: brithc.2@cytanet.com.cy

    The Consulate of Canada
    1 Lambousa Street
    1095 Nicosia, Cyprus
    1517
    City: Nicosia
    Phone: (011 357 2) 775-508/777-000
    Fax: (011 357 2) 779-905
    Email: info@consulcanada.com.cy

    Chinese Embassy 
    30 Archimidous Street
    Engomi, Nicosia
    P.O. Box 24531
    City: Nicosia
    Phone: +357-22352182 
    Fax: +357-22353530
    Website: http://cy.china-embassy.org/eng/
    Email: eocinc@spidernet.com.cy

    Embassy of the Czech Republic 
    48, Arsinois Str.
    Acropolis
    P.O.Box 25202, 1307
    City: Nicosia
    Phone: +357-22421118
    Fax: +357-22421059
    Website: www.mfa.cz/nicosia
    Email: nicosia@embassy.mzv.cz

    Egyptian Embassy 
    No 14, Ayios Prokopios Street
    2406
    Postal Address:
    P.O.Box 21752
    1512
    City: Nicosia
    Phone: +357-22449050
    Fax: +357-22449081
    Email: info@egyptianembassy.org.cy

    Finnish Embassy 
    9, Arch. Makarios Avenue
    Severis Building, 2nd floor
    1065
    Postal address: P.O.BOX 21438
    1508
    City: Nicosia
    Phone: +357-22458 020
    Fax: +357-22447 880
    Website: www.finland.org.cy
    Email: sanomat.nic@formin.fi

    French Embassy 
    12, Ploutarchou street
    Engomi
    2406
    City: Nicosie
    Phone: +357-2277 9910 
    Fax: +357 -22781052
    Website: www.ambafrancechypre.org/
    Email: ambachyp@spidernet.com.cy

    Germany Embassy 
    10 Nikitaras Street 
    PO Box 25705 
    Nikosia 
    Cyprus 
    1080 
    Phone:+357-22451145 
    Fax:+357-22665694 
    Website: www.nikosia.diplo.de
    Email:germanembassy@cytanet.com.cy

    Greek Embassy 
    Vyronos Av. 8-10
    P.O.Box 199
    City: Nicosia
    Phone: +357-27680670
    Fax: +357-27680649
    Email: grembnic@spidernet.net

    Royal Danish Consulate 
    7, Dositheou Street
    Parabuilding
    Block C, 4th floor
    1071 Nicosia
    City: Nicosia
    Phone: +357 22377417
    Fax: +357 22377472
    Website: www.ambnicosia.um.dk 
    Email: nicamb@um.dk

    Irish Embassy 
    7, Aiantas Street
    1082
    P.O.Box 23848
    1686 Nicosia
    City: Nicosia
    Phone: +357-22818183
    Fax: +357-22660050
    Email: nicosiaembassy@dfa.ie

    Israeli Embassy 
    4 Ioanni Grypari Street 
    1090 Nicosia
    Cyprus
    City: Nicosia
    Phone: +357-22369500
    Fax: +357-22666338
    Website: http://nicosia.mfa.gov.il
    Email: ambass-sec@nicosia.mfa.gov.il

    Italian Embassy 
    25th March Street, 11
    Engomi
    City: Nicosia
    Phone: +357-22357635
    Fax: +357-22357616
    Website: www.italianembassy.org.cy
    Email: ambnico@italianembassy.org.cy

    Embassy of Lebanon 
    6, Chiou Street
    Ayios Dhometios
    P.O.Box 21924
    1515 Nicosia
    Cyprus
    City: Nicosia
    Phone: +357-22878282, +357-22878283
    Fax: +357-22878293
    Email: lebanon.emb@cytanet.com.cy

    Honorary Consulate of Luxembourg 
    22 Hera Street
    Office 10
    Nicosia 1061, Cyprus 
    City: Nicosia
    Phone: +357-22450832
    Fax: +357-224410 66
    Email: triant@spidernet.com.cy

    Honorary Consulate General of Malta 
    14 Promytheus Street
    Office No 101
    P.O.Box 27213
    1643 Nicosia, Cyprus
    City: Nicosia
    Phone: +357-22675 331
    Fax: +357-22679 447
    Email: maltaconsul.nicosia@gov.mt

    Royal Netherlands Embassy 
    34 Demosthenis
    Severis Avenue
    P.O. Box 23835
    1686 Nicosia,
    Cyprus
    City: Nicosia
    Phone: +357-22873666
    Fax: +357-22872399
    Website: http://cyprus.nlembassy.org/
    Email: nic@minbuza.nl

    Embassy of Palestine 
    P.O. Box 4669
    City: Nicosia
    Phone: +357-22315010 
    Fax: +357-22494694

    Romanian Embassy in Nicosia 
    K27, Pireos Str., Strovolos - Nicosia
    or PO BOX 22210
    2023, Nicosia
    Cyprus
    City: Nicosia
    Phone: +357-2249533
    Fax: +357-22517383
    Email: embrom@cytanet.com.cy

    Russian Embassy 
    P.O.Box 21845
    1514 Nicosia
    Cyprus
    City: Nicosia
    Phone: +357-22464622
    Fax: +357-22464854
    Email: transl@cytanet.com.cy

    Embassy of Slovakia 
    4, Kalamatas Street
    PO Box 21165
    City: Nicosia
    Phone: +357-22879681
    Fax: +357-22311715
    Email: skembassy@cytanet.com.cy

    Embassy of Spain 
    32, Strovolos Avenue, 4.th floor. 2018 Strovolos, Nicosia, Cyprus
    City: Nicosia
    Phone: +357-22450410
    Fax: +357-22491291
    Email: enmora@cytanet.com.cy,embespcy@mail.mae.es

    Embassy of Sweden 
    Archbishop Makarios avenue 9, tr
    1065 Nicosia
    Postal Address: P.O. Box 216 21
    1511 Nicosia
    Cyprus
    City: Nicosia
    Phone: +357-22458088
    Fax: +357-22374522
    Website: www.swedenabroad.com/nicosia
    Email: ambassaden.nicosia@foreign.ministry.se

    Embassy of Switzerland
    Medcon Tower 
    6th Floor 
    46, Themistokleous Dervi 
    1066 Nicosia
    Tel:+357-22466800 
    Fax:+357-22766008 
    Website: www.eda.admin.ch/nicosia
    Email: nic.vertretung@eda.admin.ch

    Ukrainian Embassy 
    5 Dositheou Str., 044, Lycavitos
    City: Nicosia
    Phone: +357-22758069 
    Fax: +357-22758071 
    Email: gc_kipr@mfa.gov.ua / gccy@cytanet.com.cy

  • Public Holidays

    All public services, private enterprises, banks and shops are closed on public holidays. In resort and coastal areas, however, shops and certain services remain open. Banks are closed on Easter Tuesday.

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

  • Business / Shopping Hours

    Banking Hours:
     
    Monday - Friday: 08.15 hours to 13.00 hours 
    Also during May, June, July, August: Monday: 15.15 hours to 16.45 hours

    Shopping Hours:
     
    Winter Period ( November 1 - March 31 ) 
    Mon, Tue, Thu : Approximately from 09:00 to 19.00 hours
    Wednesday : Approximately from 09:00 to 14.00 hours
    Friday : Approximately from 09:00 to 20.00 hours 
    Saturday : Approximately from 09:00 to 15.00 hours
     
    Summer Period ( April 1 - October 31 ) 
    Mon, Tue, Thu : Approximately from 09:00 to 20.30 hours
    Wednesday : Approximately from 09:00 to 14.00 hours
    Friday :Approximately from 09:00 to 21.30 hours
    Saturday : Approximately from 09:00 to 17.00 hours
    Summer afternoon recess Mon, Tue, Thu and Friday ( June 15 - August 31 ) 
    from 14.00 hours until 17.00 hours

  • Driving In Cyprus

    In Cyprus traffic drives on the left. Also, most traffic signs will be recognizable as they conform to EU standards. 

    Speed limits signs are in Kilometres Per Hour (Kph). The information signs are in Greek and English, with some in Turkish. 

    All occupants of vehicles must wear seatbelts. Mobile phone use is prohibited. (Hands free is permitted by law but not advisable as it impairs concentration). 

    Crash helmets are required to be worn for all mopeds and motorcycles. Traffic laws in general are similar to those in the UK. 

    Visitors to Cyprus can drive using a valid international driving licence, or their national driving licence, provided it is valid for the class of vehicle they wish to drive.

    European driving licences are recognised officially by the law 94(1)/01. Driving licences issued by Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Australia, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, United States of America, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and Russia, must be replaced after a stay exceeding six months.

    Non European citizens and citizens who come from the previously mentioned countries are allowed to drive holding their national driving licence for a period of about 30 days ( this period is not strictly enforced ). If they are holders of an international driving licence they are allowed to drive provided their licence is valid.
  • Electric Current - Voltage

    The supply in Cyprus is 240 volts, a.c. 50Hz. More than one low current rating appliance may be operated from the same supply point, by using an adaptor (i.e. radios, electric clocks etc.). The use of adaptors for operating high current rating appliances is not recommended (i.e. irons). 
  • What To Pack

    General information and suggestions on what to wear, according to season.

    April - May 
    Days are pleasantly warm, but temperatures may decrease at night.
    Medium-weight and summer apparel. Light woollens or long sleeved cotton for the evenings.

    June - July - August 
    Warmest months of summer.
    Very lightweight summer clothing.

    September - October 
    Warm days, cool October evenings. 
    Lightweight apparel for the day, with warmer clothing for the evenings in October

    November 
    Pleasantly warm days 
    Light Woolens.

  • Entry Regulations

    Entry regulations apply only to the areas controlled by the government of the Republic of Cyprus.

    Passport: required, except for holders of:
    1. Laissez-Passer issued by the United Nations
    2. Document issued to stateless persons and recognised refugees.
    3. Further to the above, citizens of the European Union countries, as well as of Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, may enter Cyprus with their national identity card provided there is a photo.

    Admission and transit restrictions. The government of the Republic of Cyprus refuses admission to:
    1. Holders of Former Yugoslav Republic's passports bearing a renewal stamp with the name "Macedonia". Entry is only allowed to holders of Yugoslav passports without the above-mentioned stamp.
    2. Holders of "passports" issued illegally by the secessionist entity, the so called "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Other nationalities having stamps or visas of the so called "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" in their passports are only allowed to enter Cyprus after the above-mentioned visas/stamps are cancelled by the Immigration Authorities of the Republic of Cyprus.
    3. For those intending to be employed in Cyprus the issue of an employment permit by the Migration officer is required and no visa is required in order to travel to Cyprus.

    *" TRNC has been denied any international recognition and has been condemned and declared as illegal by the whole of International Community through Security Council Resolutions 541/83 and 550/84".

  • Facts On Cyprus

    Cyprus is known as the playground of the gods. Legend says that Cyprus is the birthplace of the ancient Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. Certainly the natural beauty of Cyprus adds to this legend. Here though are some important Cyprus facts to help you prepare for your holiday. Cyprus is the largest island in the eastern Mediterranean. An important Cyprus fact is that it has one of the oldest civilisations of the area, going back some 10,000 years. Conquered throughout the ages, all that came to her shores have left their mark in some way. These include: the Tombs of the Kings and the Medieval Walls of Nicosia. Within the surrounding areas of Ayia Napa you have the Ayia Napa monastery and the Macronissos tombs, which date back to the Hellenistic and Roman times. Also, there is Stavrovouni Monastery in the Troodos Mountains which is the oldest monastic site in Cyprus founded in the 4th century by St Helena. The Sanctuary of Apollo Ylatis near Kourion, which was built in the 5th Century BC, is the largest & one of the most important historic religious sites in Cyprus. Cyprus became a province of the Roman Empire in 45AD, and was the first country to be governed by a Christian. Cyprus is steeped in history. Cyprus has an amazing coastline with a wide variety of beaches, which incorporate secluded bays, lively resorts, sandy beaches and rocky coves. Its expansive coastline means there are plenty of water sports for you to take part in – will it be snorkelling or diving, or some other exhilarating activity. One of the world's most famous shipwrecks lies off the Cypriot coast near Limassol Harbour. The Zenobia, with its cargo of vehicles, sunk in 1980 and attracts those who love diving. More than 45 beaches on Cyprus have been awarded the EU Blue Flag for cleanliness and safety. Also, 260 species of fish circle the warm Mediterranean waters around Cyprus. Cyprus is one of only a few places in the world where Green Turtles and Loggerhead Turtles’ nest. There are four large cities – Nicosia the capital, Larnaka, Lemesos and Pafos. They are busy modern commercial and business areas, with old town centres containing historical buildings and narrow streets which you can stroll along at your leisure. One last fact – Cyprus is a must for bird watchers as the island is on the migration path between Europe, Asia and Africa. Around 10,000 Flamingos temporarily stop over to feed at the salt lakes near Larnaca Airport every autumn during their migration south to warmer climates. Cyprus also has its own national animal, the Cyprus Mouflon which is a kind of wild sheep found in the mountains of Troodos and Paphos and exists nowhere else in the world.
  • Weather In Cyprus

    Cyprus’ climate is sub-tropical, Mediterranean and semi-arid type, with very mild winters and warm hot summers. Cyprus has the warmest climate – and warmest winters – in the Mediterranean, part of the European Union. The average annual temperature on the coast is around 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Generally, summer’s holiday season lasts about 8 months, begins in April with average temperatures of 21-23°C during the day and 11-13°C at night. Middle of summer is hot and dry, with temperatures up to 40°C during the day and 34°C at night.

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