Cyprus

Capital Nicosia

Population 847,000

Area 9,251 km2

Key facts

Cyprus is a member state of the European Union located in Southern Europe. The country has no land neighbors. As for languages, the country’s residents speak Greek, Turkish and Armenian.

The national currency in Cyprus is Euro (EUR). The euro (€) is subdivided into 100 cent (c).

With today’s currency rate, 1 USD is worth 0.92 EUR.

Cypriot
Banknotes

€5€10€20€50€100€200€500

Cypriot
Coins

€1€25c10c20c50c1c2c

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Cyprus is 80.97 Mbps and mobile is 187.07 Mbs.The global average is 150.61 Mbps and 97.08 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density The number of ATMs per person in Cyprus is close to the world average.40.71 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Cyprus, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There is one common socket type used in Cyprus. Type G is not very common around the world, so it might be a good idea to check if your electronics need an adapter.

Type G 240 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2023, Cyprus will celebrate 17 national public holidays. The next one Green Monday will take place on February 27.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2023 New Year’s DayΠρωτοχρονιά
January 6, 2023 EpiphanyΘεοφάνεια
February 27, 2023Moving holiday Green MondayΚαθαρή Δευτέρα
March 25, 2023 Greek Independence DayΕπέτειος Ελληνικής Ανεξαρτησίας
April 1, 2023 Cyprus National DayΚυπριακή Εθνική Επέτειος
April 14, 2023Moving holiday Good FridayΜεγάλη Παρασκευή
April 17, 2023Moving holiday Easter MondayΔευτέρα της Διακαινησίμου
April 18, 2023Moving holiday Easter TuesdayΤρίτη της Διακαινησίμου
May 1, 2023 Labour DayΠρωτομαγιά
June 4, 2023Moving holiday PentecostΑγίου Πνεύματος
June 5, 2023Moving holiday Whit MondayΔευτέρα Πεντηκοστής
August 15, 2023 Assumption of the Virgin MaryΗ Κοίμησις της Θεοτόκου
October 1, 2023 Cyprus Independence DayΕπέτειος Κυπριακής Ανεξαρτησίας
October 28, 2023 Ohi DayΤο Όχι
December 24, 2023 Christmas EveΠαραμονή Χριστουγέννων
December 25, 2023 Christmas DayΧριστούγεννα
December 26, 2023 St. Stephen’s DayΔεύτερη μέρα των Χριστουγέννων

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Cyprus?

There are no Mariott hotels in Cyprus.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Cyprus.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Cyprus.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Cyprus.

There are Radisson hotels in Larnaca.

There are no Accor hotels in Cyprus.

What fast food chains are present in Cyprus?

The McDonald’s chain operates in Cyprus.

The KFC chain operates in Cyprus.

The Burger King chain does not operate in Cyprus.

The Subway chain operates in Cyprus.

The Domino’s Pizza chain operates in Cyprus.

The Starbucks chain operates in Cyprus.

Weather

What is the weather like in Nicosia?

Today the sun in Nicosia, rises at 6:41 AM and sets at 5:19 PM. The climate of Nicosia may be categorized as a subtropical steppe (BSk), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayFeb 5Rain showersLow: 6.7°C (44.06°F)High: 13.4°C (56.12°F)
MondayFeb 6RainLow: 7.6°C (45.68°F)High: 13.4°C (56.12°F)
TuesdayFeb 7OvercastLow: 5.6°C (42.08°F)High: 12.5°C (54.5°F)
WednesdayFeb 8Partly cloudlyLow: 4.5°C (40.1°F)High: 9.3°C (48.74°F)
ThursdayFeb 9Partly cloudlyLow: 1.7°C (35.06°F)High: 10.9°C (51.62°F)
FridayFeb 10Partly cloudlyLow: -0.1°C (31.82°F)High: 10.8°C (51.44°F)

Weather data for Nicosia (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are no passenger trains available.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps Uber is not available in Cyprus. You can use Bolt in 5 cities.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Cyprus.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 5.4, Cyprus is placed 50th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Cyprus traffic is left-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  42.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 5.80 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 1: Exercise normal precautions. 

Emergency phones in Cyprus

112 Police
112 Ambulance
112 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Recreational usage is prohibited, but medical use is legal.

You are not entitled to a duty-free allowance for tobacco or alcohol if you are under the age of 17.

Alcohol allowance

Travellers from EU countries:

  • 90L of still wine (60L of sparkling wine)
  • 110L of beer
  • 10L of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22%
  • 20L of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs up to 22%.

Travellers from non-EU countries:

  • 4L of wine
  • 16L of beer
  • 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume

Tobacco allowance

Travellers from EU countries:

  • 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco

Travellers from non-EU countries:

  • 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco
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