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General Information for Visitors to Cyprus

Business/Shopping Hours

Public Service Hours:
(September 1 - June 30)
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri: 07:30 - 14:30
Thu: 07:30 - 14:30, 15:00 - 18:00
(July 1 - August 31)
Monday - Friday: 07:30 - 14:30

Shopping Hours:
(November 1 - March 31)
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: up to 18:00
Wed, Sat: up to 14:00
(April 1 - May 31) and (September 15 - October 31)
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: up to 19:00
Wed, Sat: up to 14:00
(June 1 - September 14)
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: up to 19:30, afternoon recess from 13:00 - 16:00
Wed, Sat: up to 14:00

Office Hours:
(September 15 - May 31)
Monday - Friday: 08:00 - 13:00, 15:00 - 18:00
(June 1 - September 14)
Monday - Friday: 08:00 - 13:00, 16:00 - 19:00

Banking Hours:
(September 1 - April 30)
Monday: 08:30 - 12:30, 15:15 - 16:45
Tuesday - Friday: 08:30 - 12:30
(May 1 - August 31)
Monday - Friday: 08:00 - 12:30
Centrally located Banks provide "afternoon tourist services".

Petrol Station Opening Hours:
(April 1 - September 30)
Monday - Friday: 06:00 - 19:00*
Saturday: 06:00 - 15:00
(October 1 - March 31)
Monday - Friday: 06:00 - 18:00*
Saturday: 06:00 - 15:00
*Wednesday: 06:00 - 14:00 (Nicosia district)
Tuesday: 06:00 - 14:00 (Lemesos, Larnaka, Pafos and Ammochostos districts)

Locally produced items, which are popular to visitors, include leather goods, woven goods (curtains and tablecloths), ceramics, copperware, silverware (especially filigree), baskets, and the famous traditional hand-made Lefkaritika lace. These can be purchased from the many souvenir shops found throughout the island and the Cyprus Handicraft Centres.
Cyprus wines and spirits, which have been famous for centuries, are also high on visitors' shopping lists, and can be purchased from supermarkets or grocery shops.
Shoes, shirts, imported textiles and spectacles are good value for money.
In most of the tourist areas, both souvenir shops and supermarkets remain open until late in the evenings, and all day on Sunday. Supermarkets close one hour later on Friday evening. Just before Christmas and Easter, shops usually remain open until late in the evening.

Chemists Pharmacies/Drug Stores
They stay open during shopping hours. Names, addresses and telephone numbers of chemists which stay open until late at night, on Public Holidays and on Sundays are listed in the daily papers. They can also be traced through the following automatic telephones:

Nicosia 1412
Ammochostos 1413
Larnaka 1414
Lemesos 1415
Pafos 1416

Health and Safety/Inoculations

Medical Services and Hospitals
Medical care needs in Cyprus are met through Government General Hospitals and Private Clinics/Hospitals.
Government General Hospitals and Private clinics/hospitals are mostly concentrated in urban areas, while health centres, sub-centres, and dispensaries function in the rural areas, providing a network to meet the medical needs of the whole population.
All Government General Hospitals as well as some private clinics have Accident and Emergency Departments for emergency cases.
Medical treatment and assistance is offered free of charge to international tourists in case of health emergencies at the Accident and Emergency Department of Government Hospitals/Institutions. Out-patient and in-patient treatment is provided against payment of the prescribed fees. Holiday-makers can also make use of their health insurance, which covers medical expenses, provided that this insurance covers the length of their stay on the island.
Almost all brands of manufactured medicines are available in Cyprus. Local newspapers list pharmacies which are open during the night and on weekends/holidays, as well as the names of doctors who are on call on weekends/holidays.
Information on private doctors on call on weekends/holidays is given by the following telephone numbers:

Nicosia 1432
Ammochostos 1433
Larnaka 1434
Lemesos 1435
Pafos 1436

Most hotels make arrangements for Medical services for their guests upon request.
The majority of doctors are English speaking.
Private doctors' visiting hours: Monday - Friday: 09:00-13:00, 16:00-19:00.
Food Safety and Drinking Water Quality
In Cyprus the safety of food and drinking water quality is monitored by the Health Inspectors of the Medical and Public Services of the Ministry of Health and the Local Authorities. Food and drinking water are of high quality, absolutely safe and no food- or waterborne diseases occur.
Water is safe to drink in Cyprus, as water pollution is negligible and every home has fresh running drinking-water.
All the District Water Boards are in constant collaboration with the Government Health Services and the General Laboratory for the prevention of any toxicological and bacteriological infection of water in Cyprus.
Tap-water in hotels, restaurants, public premises, etc. is safe to drink.
Cyprus is also free from dangerous infectious diseases. No vaccination requirements for any International Traveller.

Climatic conditions in Cyprus can be termed as excellent from a health point of view. Therefore, the climate is ideal for holiday travellers throughout the year.

Drugs – Psychotropic Substances – Narcotics
According to Cypriot Law, the Importation, Possession and Use of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, is strictly prohibited.
Health Food
Health food stores with a wide range of high quality health food and health-care products and cosmetics are to be found in almost all towns. Furthermore various health food items and health-care products are found in pharmacies and also in large supermarkets, all over the island.

Currency/Banking/Credit Cards
Currency - Exchange Rates
The currency of the Republic is the Cyprus pound - C£, which is divided into 100 cents.

Notes and coins currently in circulation are as follows:
Bank Notes: C£20, C£10, C£5, C£1.
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 exchange rates of the Cyprus Pound against all traded foreign currencies while the Central Bank quotes daily the Cyprus Pound vis-a-vis the EURO, the U.S. dollar, the Pound Sterling, the Swedish Crown, the Norwegian Crown and other currencies.
For up to date exchange rates please go to the website of the Central Bank of Cyprus

Note: Only the following authorized dealers reporting to the Central Bank of Cyprus are allowed to deal in foreign currency: Bank of Cyprus Ltd., Cooperative Central Bank Ltd., The Cyprus Popular Bank Ltd., Hellenic Bank Ltd., The National Bank of Greece (Cyprus) Ltd., Arab Bank Plc, Commercial Bank of Greece S.A., Alpha Bank Limited and Universal Savings Bank Ltd.

The commercial banks in Cyprus have correspondents in most major cities around the world, and transactions can be negotiated in all leading currencies.
The Central Bank of Cyprus is independent and responsible for formulating and implementing monetary and credit policy. It also supervises banks, administers the foreign exchange reserves, issues currency, and acts as banker and financial agent of the Government.
Commercial Banking arrangements follow the British model, and the majority of Commercial Banks on the island are now full members of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (S.W.I.F.T.).
Banks at the Larnaka and Pafos International Airports provide services in the daytime, as well as a night service for most flights.
Banking facilities are also available at the Lemesos (Limassol) Harbour.
A number of Automatic Exchange Machines operate on a 24hrs basis in central places of all towns and the main tourist resorts Agia Napa and Paralimni. Most currencies and denominations are acceptable.
Hotels, large shops, restaurants, etc. usually accept traveller's cheques and major credit cards. Rates of exchange are published daily in the local press, and are also broadcast at the 10:00 o'clock News Bulletins by the CBC (except Sundays) on Second Radio Channel on 91.1 FM.
Centrally located Banks provide "afternoon tourist services".
Bank holidays are the same as Public Holidays plus Easter Tuesday. Christmas Eve is a working day for banks.

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, Alpha Bank Limited, National Bank of Greece and Arab Bank.
MASTERCARD: Bank of Cyprus Ltd., Cyprus Popular Bank Ltd., National Bank of Greece, Hellenic Bank and Alpha Bank Limited.
AMERICAN EXPRESS: Cyprus Popular Bank Ltd.
More than 11 000 shops, restaurants and hotels accept at least one of the above credit cards. Establishments with P.O.S. accept also VISA ELECTRON and MAESTRO. Usually the card symbol is displayed in the shop window or at the reception.
Euro cheques and traveller's cheques are also accepted by all banks, shops, restaurants etc.
Lost Credit Cards
In case of loss of credit card, please call JCC Payment Systems Ltd. and at the same time contact your bank either in Cyprus or in your country.
For further information please apply directly to:
JCC Payment Systems Ltd.
Stasikratous 16
P.O.Box 21043
1500 Nicosia
Tel: +357 22 868100 (24 hours service)
Fax: +357 22 868591, 868111

What to pack? - 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.
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.

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.

The possibility of exceptionally warm days.
Almond trees in bloom, occasional rain, and mild daytime 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.

Moderate 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.

Driving in Cyprus
Be careful: In Cyprus we drive on the left hand side of the road! Thus, all vehicles are of a right hand drive system (RHD).
Driving in Cyprus is most advisable as regular transport service is not available to all remote areas where many places of interest are to be found.
Fairly good surfaced roads complying with international traffic requirements link the towns and the various villages.
Four-lane motorways connect the capital, Nicosia with the coastal towns of Lemesos, Larnaka, Pafos and Ayia Napa.
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, for a period up to 3 months provided the car has a valid registration licence of its country of origin. The period may be extended accordingly, provided the person is considered a visitor by the Department of Customs & Excise.
Hands Free During Driving is Mandatory
During driving, the driver should take all necessary measures, so that his/her hands are free at all times in order to have full control of the vehicle. Therefore the use of a mobile phone is strictly prohibited.

Driving Licence
Visitors in 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.

Car Insurance
Cyprus has become a member of the Green Card System and has signed the Uniform Agreement with all Countries of the European Economic Area and Switzerland, with effect from 7 August 1997. The Agreement is also in force with all other members of the Green Card System, with the exception of Turkey, Morocco, Tunisia and Iraq (suspended).

Motor fuel and unleaded petrol may be bought in unlimited quantities at petrol stations. Petrol is sold by the litre.
Petrol stations in Nicosia and all seaside areas are equipped with petrol vending machines, accepting bank notes and credit cards. Vending machines operate during non-working hours, on weekends and on holidays. Petrol stations in rural areas may be found open on Weekends and on Holidays. A list of petrol stations can be found in the yellow pages of the Telephone Directory.

Parking Facilities
Parking places (municipal and private) are found in town centres, charging approximately CY£ 1,00 for a half day's parking.
Parking metres in the centre of towns may be used on payment of one 20–cents coin per hour, on weekdays, during office hours. Parking metres do not operate on Saturday afternoons, Sundays and Public Holidays.
Parking and waiting is prohibited along a double yellow line.
Along a single yellow line, 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 (km) and kilometres per hour (km/h) respectively.
The maximum speed limit on the motorways is 100 km/h and the lower speed limit is 65 km/h. On all other roads the general speed limit is 80 km/h, unless a lower one is indicated. In built-up areas generally the speed limit is 50km/h, unless a different one is indicated.
The use of front and rear seat belts 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.
Rush hours in the towns are approximately 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 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 μg of alcohol per 100 ml of breath. The prescribed limit in blood is 90 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood.

Importing Vehicles to Cyprus
Import of Vehicles

Private Motor Vehicles
According to the existing Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic legislation, a private motor vehicle can be registered in Cyprus provided its age prior to its importation is less than five years old, this counted from the date the vehicle was registered as new in any country or, if the vehicle was not registered, from the date this was bought for the first time as new.

As an exemption to the above, an overage vehicle (more than five years old) can be registered in Cyprus, PROVIDED it is imported by a person having a permanent residence abroad and is coming to Cyprus to reside.

(a) a person may exercise the right to import and register an overage vehicle only ONCE.
(b) the use of the overage vehicle after registration in Cyprus is restricted to the owner and his/her dependants, and
(c) transfer of ownership of the vehicle is only permitted after three years from its registration in Cyprus.
(d) The vehicle should be of a right hand drive steering system. A left hand drive vehicle may be registered if it is imported by a repatriated person provided that:
I. he is in possession of the vehicle for more than two years prior to his arrival to the island,
II. he is a permanent resident of a foreign country for more than two years prior to his arrival to the island and
III. the conversion of the steering system from LHD to RHD is uneconomical, that is the conversion cost is more than 50% of the customs estimated value of the vehicle.

A vehicle can also be registered with a left hand steering system if imported by a diplomat, British Army or United Nations staff. When a left hand drive vehicle is registered in Cyprus it cannot be transferred to a non-entitled person, unless its steering system is converted to right hand, or unless an approval is granted by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles.

Other motor vehicles
As regards importation and registration of other types of vehicles, the above mentioned legislation provides that:
(i) a light or heavy goods vehicle may be registered in Cyprus provided its age prior to its importation is less than four years old, this counted from the date the vehicle was registered as new in any country or, if the vehicle was not registered, from the date this was bought for the first time as new.
(ii) an o/bus may be registered in Cyprus provided its age prior to its importation is less than three years old, this counted from the date the vehicle was registered as new in any country or, if the vehicle was not registered, from the date this was bought for the first time as new.

Registration fee
A registration fee is payable on registering a car in Cyprus and a road tax is payable annually or for a six months period. Both charges vary according to the vehicle΄s weight and type of fuel consumed (petrol or diesel).

How to contact the Department of Road Transport
Telephone: No. 00357-22-807120, 807106.
Fax No. : 00357-22-354030
Web page: mcw.gov.cy.


Minimum ages
For category J, a person must be at least 17 (seventeen) years of age.
For categories D, E, F, H, I, a person must be at least 18 (eighteen) years of age.

For categories A, B, C, G, K and L, a person must be at least 21 (twenty one) years
of age.

A person may classify for a driving licence of the categories A and C, provided he/she has been a holder of a driving licence of categories B or D for a period of at least two years.

A person may classify for a driving licence of categories K and L, provided he/she is a holder of a driving licence of category B.

The relevant fees for the driving licence are:

£ 3 pre-examination test for the issue of a learners licence.
£ 5 fees for the issue of a learners driving licence of 1 year validity
£ 6 fees for a driving test
£35 fees for the issue of a driving licence valid up to the age
of 70 year of the holder

After the age of 70 years, the driving licence of the holder is renewed every two years provided a doctor΄ s certificate of good health is presented.

Conversion of driving licenses issued by other countries
The driving licences of the following 29 countries may be converted into a Cyprus driving licence provided, those not in Greek or English Language are translated officially by the Cyprus Press and Information Office:

United Kingdom, Germany, Greece, Italy, France, Luxembourg, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Netherland, Ireland, Poland, Czeck, Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Slovenia, Australia, Canada, South Africa, Japan, Russia, Russia, United States of America, Switzerland, Norway, New Zeland.

The holder of a licence issued in all other countries not mentioned above, may be converted into a Cypriot licence provided the holder passes the driving licence theoretical and practical test.

A motor vehicles having seating accommodation for more than twenty – two (22) passengers
B (i) heavy goods vehicles and
(ii) motor vehicles other than those prescribed in any other class the weight of which unladen exceeds two tons.
C motor vehicles having seating accommodation for more than eight (8), but not more than twenty-two (22) passengers.
D (i) light goods vehicles
(ii) motor vehicles having seating accommodation for not more than eight (8) passengers, and
(iii) motor vehicles other than those prescribed in any other class the weight of which unladen does not exceed two tons.
E motor tractors with pneumatic tyres.
F (i) truck laying tutors and
(ii) heavy motor vehicles,
G Road Rollers
F Motor bicycles (with or without a side-car)
I Motor tricycles
J Autocylces
K Motor Vehicles other than those prescribed in classes A to J
L Articulated vehicles

Acquisition of Immovable Property by Foreigners
Foreigners who wish to acquire an immovable property in Cyprus should submit through the Embassy to the Ministry of Interior for consideration the following documents:
· Survey plan.
· Copy of the title of ownership.
· Copy of the building permit for the erection of the house/block of flats or for the residential development of estates. If separate titles of ownership have been issued for the flats of the block or if the house is mentioned on the title of ownership, applicants do not need to submit a copy of the building permit. For plots under division, applicants must submit a copy of the division permit.
· Copy of the deed of sale.
· Sectional view of the building or the flat. Very old houses mentioned on the title of ownership are exempted. A division plan must be submitted in the case of division of plots. In areas of residential development, the plan must be submitted showing the position of the house on the entire holding.
· Area in square metres of the plot, which is to be acquired.
· Documents proving the financial situation of the applicants.
· Copies of the pages of the applicants' passports and those of their spouses (the pages containing the data and the photo of the holders and stamps of arrival to and departure from Cyprus).
· Certificate of marriage of the applicants or relevant attestation of their Embassy and in cases where the spouses do not have the same surname and when the name of the husband is not written on the wife's passport.
· Copy of residence permit and work permit of the applicants in Cyprus.
· Application COMM 145, duly completed. (It is available only at the Ministry of Interior, tel: +357 22 804112, 804111, e-mail: dlslic@cytanet.com.cy).
· If the applicant is a company or a shareholder in an offshore company, it is necessary to submit the certificates of registration, of shareholders and of the registered offices of the company.
· If the applicant is a company, a copy of the company's Articles of Association must be submitted and written information must be furnished on the company's activities in Cyprus and the staff it employs, both Cypriots and foreigners with the social insurance numbers.

Nationals of the Member States of the European Union: Living and Working in Cyprus

Living and Working in Cyprus
The Free Movement and Residence of Nationals of the Member States of the European Union and their Families Law of 2003 [Ii. 92 (E)(2003)] which was adopted on 18 July 2003 by the House of Representatives and entered into force on 1st May 2004, the date of Cyprus’ s accession to the European Union, provides inter-alia the following:

Nationals of any Member State who move to Cyprus in order to pursue activity as employed persons are granted a residence permit. The residence permit is valid for not less than five (5) years from the date of issue and it is effective throughout the territory of the Republic. It is automatically renewable upon the request of the person concerned.

Application forms for the issue of a residence permit are available at the Civil Registry and Migration Department of the Ministry of Interior and at the District Aliens and Immigration Branches of the Police. They are also available at the web site: www.moi.gov.cy. The application form must be submitted within three (3) months of entry in the Republic to the District Officers of the Aliens and Migration Service. The residence permit is issued within a maximum period of six months from the date of submission of the application to the above mentioned Department or Police Branches.

For the issue of a residence permit for employment the following documents are required:

A copy of his passport or identity card

A confirmation from the employer or a certificate of employment stamped by the Labour Department of the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance, in which the duration and type of the work provided by the employee is stated and

Two (2) recent passport sized photographs

Completion of the formalities for obtaining a residence permit do not prevent the immediate employment of the applicant.

Nationals of any Member State who are going to provide or accept services in Cyprus, should first secure the relevant professional permit required by relevant Laws of Cyprus before they apply for work and residence permits.

The right of residence for persons providing or receiving services in the Republic is of equal duration to the period during which the services are provided or received. Where the period does not exceed three (3) months, it is required by Law that the person concerned should report his presence to the Civil Registry and Migration Department of the Ministry of Interior, or any District Alien and Immigration Branch of the Police within 8 days from the date of arrival. (Form 2DECL)

The right of Permanent Residence within the Republic is granted to every national of a Member State who has exercised a self-employed activity within the Republic and who:

(a) (i) at the time of termination of his activity, has reached the age laid down by the Law in the Republic for entitlement to old-age pension and

(ii) has been employed in the Republic for at least 12 months and

(iii) has resided in the Republic for at least 3 years.

Where the Cyprus legislation does not provide for eligibility for old age pension for certain categories of self employed persons, the age requirement is considered as fulfilled if the beneficiary has completed 65 years of age;

(b) having resided continuously in the Republic for more than two years, ceases to exercise his activities in the Republic as a result of permanent incapacity to work;

(c) after three years of continuous activity and residence in the Republic, exercises his activity in the territory of another Member State,

while retaining his residence in he Republic, to which he returns, as a rule, each day or at least once a week.

Nationals of the Member States entitled to the right of permanent residence are allowed to exercise it within two years from the time of becoming entitled to such right. Permanent Residence Permit shall be issued to them upon request.

Civil Marriages in Cyprus
Persons desiring to be married in Cyprus, under the provision of the Marriage Law, Cap. 279, shall apply in person to the Marriage Officer at the Municipality of their choice in order to go through certain formalities which are necessary prior to their Marriage such as:
· To give notice of marriage
· To apply for a special licence
For purposes of performing civil marriages the Mayor (or a member of a Municipal Council appointed by the Mayor) of each Municipality are considered as Marriage Officers.
In the case of notice, the marriage can take place after the lapse of 15 days or until the expiration of three months from the date of issue of the notice.
In case of urgency, however, the parties to the marriage may apply to the Minister of the Interior for a special marriage licence, which allows them to marry as soon as possible. The application should be submitted through the Municipality.
If either party to the intended marriage, not being a widower or a widow, is under twenty-one years of age, the written consent of the father, or, if deceased or incapable of consenting, of the mother, or, if both dead or incapable of consenting, of the lawful guardian of such party, must be produced to the Marriage Officer before he/she issues a certificate or to the Minister before he/she grants a licence.
The parties may choose to be married either by the Marriage Officer at his office, or, upon the Marriage Officer’s permission by a Registered Clergyman in church. A list of Registered Clergymen can be obtained from the Registration Service of the Ministry of the Interior or the various Municipalities. The parties should be in possession of legal identification or travel documents, such as valid passports.
Finally, they should be in possession of evidence that they are free to marry, such as confirmation from the competent authority of their country, legal divorce certificates in cases of divorcees, certificates of widowhood etc. All documents must be duly certified by an authorised official as true and valid documents.
Marriage fees are as follow:
Marriage after the lapse of 15 days:
· For filing and publishing notice of marriage (per person) CY£ 10.
· For certificate of notice (per person) CY£ 10.
· For each certified copy of a certificate of marriage CY£ 4.
· For marriage by a Marriage Officer CY£ 10.
Marriage in case of urgency:
· For a special licence CY£ 100.
· For marriage by Marriage Officer CY£ 10.
For direct contact please apply to:
Union of Cyprus Municipalities
P.O. Box 22033
1516 Nicosia
Tel: +357 22 669150
Fax: +357 22 677230
E-mail: endeky@cytanet.com.cy
Website: www.ucm.org.cy
Ministry of Interior
Registration Service
1460 Lefkosia (Nicosia)
Tel: +357 22 302021, 302020, 303106
Fax: +357 22 303430

Information/Regulations on Importing Dogs and Cats
The dogs/cats shall not be imported in Cyprus unless and the Veterinary Officer at the port/airport of import is provided with an Animal Health Certificate issued by a duly authorized Veterinary Officer of the Government of the exporting country attesting that the animals:
1. Were clinically examined not more than 72 hours prior to exportation and found to be in good health and free from signs of Rabies and any other infectious or contagious disease.

2. Were kept since birth or for the six months prior to shipment, in the exporting country where no case of Rabies was officially reported during the past two years.
Were kept for the six months prior to shipment in premises where no case of Rabies was officially reported during that period.

3. Either have not been vaccinated against Rabies.
Were vaccinated against Rabies using a vaccine complying with the standards of the W.H.O. Expert Committee on Rabies and approved by the O.I.E., not less than one month and not more that one year prior to shipment (in this case, the certificate shall comply with the requirements set out in the model O.I.E./W.H.O./F.A.O. International Certificate of Vaccination against Rabies given in Part 6, International Zoosanitary Code, Fifth edition, 1986).
Vaccination certificates for Rabies and any other vaccinations which the animal has been given should be attached.

4. Were treated against Echinococcosis/Hydatidosis prior to shipment and that the treatment used in recognized as being efficient.

5. Were treated with an insecticital preparation against Ectoparasites prior to shipment.




1) The present provisions describe:
α) the health provisions (Animal Health) and
b) the movement control provisions
which have to be fulfilled for the non-commercial movement/entry of companion animals (Dogs and Cats) into the territory of the Republic of Cyprus originating from EU member countries and third countries.

2) Wherever the following terms are mentioned below mean:
a) Companion Animal/Animal: Dogs or cats (1 and up to 5 overall per citizen of a third country not mentioned in Table 1, Part A of the Annex), accompanied by their owner or a natural person who is responsible for the animal on behalf of the owner during the movement and which (the companion animals) may not be sold or transferred to another person.
b) Movement ( Entry into the territory of the Republic of Cyprus):
Any movement (entry) of a companion animal from:
i) An EU member country into the territory of the Republic of Cyprus
ii) Entry or reentry of the companion animal into the territory of the Republic of Cyprus from a third
c) Third country:
Country or territory, which is not member of the EU.
d) European Passport (Wherever applied) or Health Certificate:
A document, which allows the companion animal to be clearly identified, including indications according to which it is certified that, the process followed and the relative to the animal provisions, are in compliance with the present provisions.
For animals originating from EU member countries it has to comply with EU Decision 2003/803/ΕΚ whereas for the third countries a) mentioned in table 1, Part A of the Annex to be either as it applies for EU member countries, wherever a country or territorial part consist objectively territory/part of the EU dominion i.e. Vatican city or the country has communicated to the EU its intention to use the European passport mentioned in EU Decision 2003/803/EE instead of the Health Certificate or b) to certify the information mentioned in the document of part
D of the Annex wherever the country is not part of the EU i.e. Iceland.

3) The entry into the territory of the Republic of Cyprus is only allowed to those companion animals which fulfill the provisions referred below, for each case individually. The entry of animals of the breeds mentioned in Table 2, Part B of the Annex IS NOT ALLOWED, REGARDLESS OF THE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN,

4) In case the companion animals do not fulfill the provisions applied for each case they (the
companion animals) will:
i) Be sent back to the country of origin (Re-exported).
ii) Be isolated in quarantine for as long as it is needed in order to be brought into compliance with
the requirements of the related provisions (Paragraph V).
iii) If re-exportation or isolation in quarantine for the required period is not feasible the animal will
be euthanized and incinerated without any financial or any other kind of ownersΖ compensation.


i) For the non commercial movements of companion animals to the territory of the Republic of Cyprus from third countries NOT mentioned in Table 1, Part A of the Annex, each citizen can bring up to an overall of five companion animals which are subjected to accompanying documentsΖ check for identity verification, performed by the person assigned by the competent authority of the Republic of Cyprus for this purpose at the point
of entry.

ii) In case they are more that five, overall, they are subjected to the Animal Health (Hygienic provisions governing the trade of certain animals) (Specific) provisions of 2003, ╩Δ­ 638/2003.

iii) Companion animals which have Cyprus as their country of permanent residence and which leave the country for abroad enter Cyprus upon return after they pay the legal inspection fees and under the condition that the relative documents are dully filled and ratified safeguarding that the provisions set forth are fully observed.


a) The companion animal which do not fulfill the respective provisions in each case, After arrival and inspection at the official points of entry, assigned by the Republic of Cyprus, (Larnaca and Paphos Airport, Lemesos (Limassol), Paphos and Larnaca port and marinas), are subjected to a maximum of six months quarantine period.
Within the frame of applying quarantine the document for the animalsΖ entry into quarantine (KY/TYEZ/KEZΣ/EEΠ/Α/04/04) as well as the ownersΖ informative document (KY/TYEZ/KEZΣ/ΕΕΙ/Α/04/04) are filled. Quarantine takes place at private kennels which are registered and officially approved for such use by the Republic of Cyprus.

b) In case the provision of the antiparasitical treatment (Ectoparasites and Echinococcus granulosus) prior departure is not fulfilled the animal would be subjected to one month quarantine period during which the respective treatment would be administered.

c) In case the provision of Rabies vaccination treatment prior departure is not fulfilled the animal would be subjected to a six months quarantine period during which the relative vaccine would be administered.

The above quarantine period would be applied, regardless the country of origin, for any companion animal which enters Cyprus not fulfilling the respective provisions.
The quarantine would take place at registered private kennels authorized for such use by the Veterinary Services.

For the transitional period up to October 01, 2004 and until such private kennels are
authorized, the quarantine period would take place at the owners residence
premises (home quarantine).

d) In case of applying quarantine at private kennels all expenses related to quarantine (boarding, lodging, health care fees) would be burden by the owner of the animal or the person in charge of the animal on behalf of the owner.

The legal inspection fees as well as the home quarantine fees, the second ones whenever home quarantine is applied, will continue to be paid and are not waived regardless the country of origin.

e) During the quarantine period the Veterinary Services can subject the animal to any clinical or paraclinical examinations or therapies which might be considered necessary.

f) In case rabies case occurs in the kennelΖs premises in another animal which is kept with the imported animal or in the ownerΖs residence premises the director of Veterinary Services can extent the quarantine period.

g) Any deaths occurred or symptoms of any diseases should be immediately reported at the nearest District Veterinary Officer or regional Veterinary station. The carcasses of the animals which died in the kennel during the quarantine period of the imported animal should be brought at the laboratories of the Veterinary Services for autopsy.

More information regarding the non commercial movements of companion animals entering the territory of the
Republic of Cyprus can be obtained from

1417, Lefkosia (Nicosia)
Tel: +357-22805235/240/241/155
Fax: +357-22805174

Fax: +357-24304270

Tel: +357-24304703,
Fax: +357-24304708

Fax: +357-25305256

Fax: +357-26306198


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