Travel Info Cyprus
Cyprus is after Sicily and Sardinia the third biggest island in the Eastern Mediterranean. Geographically it belongs to Asia. Politically and culturally it is closer to Europe, though.
The island has been divided in 1974. The Southern part belongs to the Republic of Cyprus. Under international law the republic controls the entire island with the exception of the British military bases.
The considerably smaller Northern part belongs to the Republic of Turkey. Between the Southern and the Northern part of the island is the so-called “Green Mile”, a buffer zone separating the capital of Nikosia. It is supervised and administrated by the UN (United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus – UNIFICYP)-
Since May 1st, 2004 the Republic of Cyprus is a member of the European Union.
There are two mountain ranges at Cyprus: the rugged massif of Pentadaktylos with Mount Kyparissovouno (1.024m) in the Northeast and the volcanic massif of Troodos in the centre of the island with Mount Olympos (1.952m), the highest mountaintop in Cyprus. Between these tow mountain ranges extends the fertile plain of Mesaoria.
Position and Size
The island is 225km long and about 90km wide.
Entry regulations / Visa
Children need their own passports or ID cards. As from 2012, children cannot travel on their parent’s passport anymore.
Entering the country through a seaport or airport in the North of the island is illegal, but it is not prosecuted anymore since Cyprus’ accession to the EU in 2004.
EU citizens can move feely on the island. But moving from the Northern to the Southern part of the island is only possible with a valid passport or ID card and only at specific checkpoints. Passport controls take place in both directions and it is therefore important to always have your passport or ID card with you.
The most comfortable way to get to Cyprus is by airplane. The main airports are at Larnaka and Paphos.
The flight time from Germany to Cyprus is about 3.5 hours.
Money / Currency / Credit Cards
The national currency is the Euro (€). Money can be changed at the airport, banks or hotels.
Credit cards, e.g. Visa and MasterCard, can be used at most hotels, shops and restaurants. Banks and cash machines are also available in the touristic places.
Climate / Weather
Food and Beverage
Habits and Customs
Flora and Fauna
Tel.: +49 30 308 68 30
Fax.: +49 30 275 914
Botschaft der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
10 Nikitaras Street
Fax.: +357 22 66 56 94