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Country Information

Cyprus

Travel money

Recommended:
  • Travel Cash Card in Euro (EUR)
    For ATM cash withdrawals
    For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online
  • Banknotes in euro (EUR)
    For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination

Travel Cash

Phone +41 31 710 12 15

Credit cards

  • Customary credit cards are accepted in most places. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.
  • Credit cards are recommended for car rentals. Prepaid cards are generally accepted for payment but not for reservations. Please check the possible payment methods with the car rental company in advance.

Banknotes

Local currency / ISO Code
Euro EUR
Currency exchange rate (effective date)
EUR 1 =~ CHF 1.12 ; CHF 1 =~ EUR 0.89 (09/2019)
Import local currency
unlimited; the equivalent of EUR 10'000.00 or more must be declared
Import foreign currency
unlimited; EUR 10'000.00 (equivalent) or more must be declared
Export local currency
unlimited; the equivalent of EUR 10'000.00 or more must be declared
Export foreign currency
unlimited; EUR 10'000.00 (equivalent) or more must be declared

Time difference with Switzerland

+ 1h

National language

Official language
Greek
Language capabilities
English, German and French

Capital

Nikosia (Lefkosia / Lefkosa)

Country code for calling Switzerland

00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

220/240 volt / adapter required

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport still valid after end of stay or valid ID card, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds for stays up to 3 months.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Nikosia, Medcon Tower, 6th Floor, 46 Themistocles Dervis Street
Tel. +357 22 466800

Opening hours

Banks
8.30 - 12.30 h and 15.15 - 16.45 h (Mon)
8.30 - 12.30 h (Tue - Fri)
Stores
9.00 - 20.30 h (Mon, Tue, Thu; April - October)
9.00 - 14.00 h (Wed; April - October)
9.00 - 21.30 h (Fri; April - October)
9.00 - 17.00 h (Sat; April - October)
Cloesed from 14.00 to 17.00 h (June - September)
9.00 - 19.00 h (Mon, Tue, Thu; November - March)
9.00 - 14.00 h (Wed; November - March)
9.00 - 20.00 h (Fri; November - March)
9.00 - 15.00 h (Sat; November - March)

Driving

Left-hand driving.
Swiss driver's license accepted for car rentals if obtained at least 3 years previously, varies by rental company.
Minimum age for car rentals: 21 to 25 (varies by company).
CH sticker and breakdown triangle mandatory.
Blood alcohol limit: 0.5 ‰.

Health situation

Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, polio and measles recommended.

Other information

Cyprus is divided into two parts: Republic of Cyprus (southern part of the island) and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (northern part of the island).
This country is in an active earthquake zone.
Security
Entering the prohibited area is forbidden (zone between the South and the North).
Special legal regulations
Photographing persons wearing an uniform, military installations and public buildings (airports, bridges etc.) is prohibited.
Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs.

Tourism

For current travel informations visit also http://www.eda.admin.ch/

Important

While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.