Republic of Cyprus
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Tourism Entry and Exit Advisory


Entry and Exit Advisory

Travellers arriving in the Republic of Cyprus may enter the Republic only through the legal ports of entry: Larnaka and Pafos International Airports, or the ports of Larnaka, Lemesos (Limassol), and Pafos.

As a result of the Turkish invasion and military occupation of the northern part of Cyprus, all airports and ports in the occupied part of the Republic have been declared by the Government of Cyprus as prohibited ports of entry and exit, and no visitor should enter or leave the Republic through these ports.

The relevant restrictions regarding the ports of Famagusta, Karavostasi, and Kyrenia have been imposed by an order of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cyprus issued on 3/10/1974 (P.I. 265/74) and declares the ports in the occupied areas closed for all vessels. The restrictions were taken in order to uphold and maintain the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus over its ports and harbors and due to the fact that safety of navigation could no longer be guaranteed in the areas illegally occupied by the Turkish Army since 1974.

"Ercan" (Tymbou) is an illegally operating airport situated in the occupied part of the Republic of Cyprus. The Government of Cyprus, as the sole competent authority to designate airports in Cyprus that are open to international air traffic, has not requested the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to include so-called "Ercan" in the ICAO Regional Air Navigation Plan. According to international law and practice therefore the potential use of this airport amounts to an illegal entry into and exit from the Republic of Cyprus.


The airport is:

  • 5 km (3 miles) from Larnaka town;
  • 49 km (31 miles) from Lefkosia;
  • 70 km (44 miles) from Lemesos;
  • 46 km (29 miles) from Agia Napa;
  • 139 km (89 miles) from Pafos.

Services offered to travelers at Larnaka International Airport include:

  • Flight Information (24 hours service, Tel: 77 88 33)
  • Tourist Information (08.15 - 23.00 hrs)
  • Foreign Exchange
  • Hotel Reservations (Cyprus Hotel Association)
  • Card and Coin-operated telephones
  • Duty-free shops
  • Cafeterias
  • News-stands, kiosk and souvenir shop
  • Transportation services (mainly private taxis and rates are based on taximeter)
  • Car rental offices
  • Special facilities for handicapped travelers such as truck-lifts for their embarkation and disembarkation from the aircraft, wheelchairs, special washrooms, automatic doors etc.
  • Post Office (closed on Sundays and Public Holidays)
  • Health Inspector’s Office
  • V.A.T. Refund Office
  • Car Park


The airport is:

  • 15 km ( 9 miles) east of Pafos town;
  • 63 km (39 miles) from Lemesos;
  • 129 km (81 miles) from Larnaka;
  • 50 km (30 miles) from Polis;
  • 146 km (91 miles) from Lefkosia.

Services offered to travelers at Pafos International Airport include:

  • Flight Information (24 hours service, Tel: 77 88 33)
  • Tourist Information (service up to 23.00 hrs)
  • Foreign Exchange
  • Card and Coin-operated telephones
  • Duty free shops
  • Cafeteria
  • News-stands, kiosk and souvenir shop
  • Transportation service (private taxis and rates are based on taximeter).
  • Hotel reservations and bookings for self-drive cars can be arranged through the Tourist Information Office.
  • V.A.T. Refund Office
  • Special facilities for handicapped travelers, such as truck-lifts, for their embarkation and disembarkation from the aircraft, wheelchairs and special washrooms.
  • Post Office (closed on Sundays and Public Holidays)
  • Health Inspector’s Office.


Passenger and cruise traffic in Cyprus is served by the multipurpose ports of Lemesos (Limassol) and Larnaka on the south coast of the country.

The use of the occupied ports of Famagusta and Kerynia is illegal, as is the purchasing of goods imported from these ports.

All port facilities of the island are under the jurisdiction of the Cyprus Ports Authority and their activities and the development are centrally planned, coordinated and supervised:

Cyprus Ports Authority
Kritis 23, 1061 Lefkosia
P.O.Box 22007, 1516 Lefkosia
Tel: + 357 22 81 72 00
Fax: + 357 22 76 54 20


The largest port facility on the island, it is situated in the western part of Lemesos town and can accommodate vessels of any L.O.A.

Ferries connect Lemesos port with Greece, Israel, Egypt, Lebanon etc.

The port also serves as a base and stop-over for a large number of cruise ships conducting cruises in the region on a regular and frequent basis.

Services offered to travelers at Lemesos (Limassol) Port, include:

  • Tourist Information (service to all passenger ships)
  • Foreign Exchange
  • Card & Coin-operated telephones
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Cafeteria
  • Transportation service by taxis (rates are based on taximeters)
  • Buses available to the center of the town.
  • Health Inspector’s Office
  • First Aid Station
  • Car Insurance office


Situated on the eastern part of Larnaka town at a distance of 5 km from the Larnaka International Airport, the port can accommodate vessels, not far in excess of 250 m. L.O.A. and longer vessels according to their ability to maneuver.

Services offered to travelers at Larnaka Port, include:

  • Card & Coin-operated telephones
  • Cafeteria
  • Transportation service by taxis (rates are based on taximeters)
  • Health Inspector’s Office


Apart from Larnaka Marina and St. Raphael Marina mentioned here below, there are also a number of ports and fishing shelters in Cyprus.


Larnaka Marina is situated in the bay of Larnaka and lies 110 nautical miles from Beirut and Tripoli, 145 n.m. from Tel-Aviv, 230 n.m. from Port–Said and 250 n.m. from Rhodes. The position of the Marina is 34 deg. 55 min. North - 33 deg. 38 min. East.

The Marina, an official Port of Entry, has berthing facilities for 450 yachts of various sizes. The minimum depth of the usable part of the Marina is approximately 1.5m and the maximum is 4.0m. The Marina is entirely protected from all weather conditions.

Access to the Marina is controlled and limited to yacht owners and crews. The Marina has security guards on a 24hour basis.


All yachts moored in the Marina may use all facilities and services available, at a reasonable charge.

  • Water: Supplied on board (free of charge)
  • Electricity: Supplied on all quays at 240 volts/50HZ (consumption measured)
  • Telephone, Telefax and E-mail Services are available at the Marina Office.
  • Diesel-Fuel is available at the end of the main North pier and Petrol at the Main Marina Fuel Station as well as butane gas cylinders.
  • Yacht Repair/Facilities: many independent private companies operate inside the Marina for the hauling / launching and servicing / repairing of yachts. Insurance and job-terms are independently agreed.
  • Laundry-Showers-Lockers-Post Office boxes: Available within the Marina.
  • Fire Fighting equipment is installed throughout the Marina reaching yachts within the area.
  • Public Address System to all areas

  • Serviced Asphalted Hard standing areas
  • English and French speaking schools 15min. on foot from the Marina
  • Independent Brokerage
  • Dry Cleaners
  • Mini Market, food and Provisions store
  • Chandlery
  • Toilets, Showers and Coin-Operated washing machines
  • Osmosis treatment units
  • Independent private Boat Travel Hoists up to maximum 50.000 kgs and maximum beam of 4.8 metres.

Berthing Charges:

These vary according to the duration of stay and the length of the vessel.

As charges are liable to change please contact for any further information:

Larnaka Marina, CY 6023 Larnaka
Tel: +357 24 65 31 10, 24 65 31 13
Fax: +357 24 62 41 10

Note: It is absolutely imperative to reserve space in the Larnaka Marina well in advance.

Yachts coming to or leaving Cyprus, can clear Customs and Immigration formalities from within the Marina.

Larnaka Marina has a Marine VHF communication service on a 24hrs basis (Listening: Ch16 Working Ch.8).


The Marina, located at longitude 33 deg. 11 min. latitude 34deg. 42min., is a very special feature of the Resort, ideal for motor and sailing yacht enthusiasts. There is 24-hour security with guards patrolling the Marina grounds for the safety of the guests.

The breakwater is constructed in such a way as to protect the Marina from waves up to 5 metres in height.

Fire fighting equipment is installed throughout the Marina reaching all yachts within the area.

The space available for each yacht is fully supported by a Mediterranean type mooring system for stern Mooring.

There are 227 berths accommodating boats up to 30m LOA and 4m draught.

Yachts are berthed to 3 concrete piers with all facilities, including connected freshwater, electricity, telephone, T.V. and hooked-up in-house video.

  • Shuttle bus to/from town
  • Public bus transportation
  • Taxi service

  • Floodlit Marina
  • Public Address System
  • Ample parking
  • Toilets and Showers
  • Slipway maximum LOA 8.5m
  • Brokerage
  • Laundry and Dry Cleaners
  • Ship Chandler
  • Mini Market
  • Workshop for scrubbing off, painting, electrical or any other repairs and maintenance are available.
  • Marine Hoist up to 60 tons capacity
  • Fuel Station
  • Watersports
  • Driving
  • Fishing trips
  • Chartering

Yachtpersons are part of the clientele of the resort and have access to all St. Raphael Hotel facilities.

Yachts coming to, or leaving Cyprus can clear Customs and Immigration formalities from within the Marina Offices.

For further information please apply to:

St. Raphael Marina
P.O.Box 51933, CY 3509 Lemesos
Tel: 357 25 83 42 55
Fax: 357 25 63 52 08

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