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Follow the 10 steps below to enjoy a safe and pleasurable holiday
1. Before you travel, find out information about the country you are planning to visit.
Cyprus is one of the most beautiful and friendliest islands of the Mediterranean with amazing sandy and clean beaches with a very hot climate, especially during the summer season.
2. Find your embassy’s address details and contact details in Cyprus.
When travelling abroad, it is very important to know how to contact your country’s embassy consulate or with the EU representation office in case of emergency. For the European Consular Assistance read the European Consular Assistance Brochure.
3. Don’t forget to get informed about the airways passenger rights
To visit Cyprus you will mainly do so by airplane, so it is good to know your passenger rights.
4. Travelling to the EU? Don’t forget your European Health Insurance Card
When planning your holidays abroad, one of the most important things to take with you during your holidays abroad is your European Health Insurance Card which entitles you with access to health services all over Europe (however it does not provide you with free health services all over the EU due to the fact that health services differ from one country to another- at some countries basic health services may be free, in another you may need to pay).
In Cyprus there are no serious epidemics and hence no vaccines are needed and required before visiting the island.
5. Rules of Entry and Transit
As a result of the ongoing Turkish occupation in Cyprus, there are limitations and rules of entry which only apply in the Official Republic of Cyprus and not in the occupied side of the island. For more information please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus website.
6. Carry your documents and money safely
Although generally speaking Cyprus is a safe and friendly country to visit, at the tourist areas during the high season there is always the possibility of petty thefts happening so make sure to keep your documents, passport, identity card, tickets and money safe.
7. In case of medical emergency, accident, fire, theft, call 112
If you are in a state of emergency related to any of the above reasons you can immediately call the European Emergency Number 112. You can also dial the local emergency number 199. Make sure to remember these two numbers!
8. If you are 18 or over you can drive in Cyprus but…
Cyprus is one of those countries where the drivers drive on the left hand side of the road. Hence the regulations defer from most countries in Europe. It is not hard to drive as long as you drive carefully following the traffic rules.
9. Climate and sun protection
The climate in Cyprus is mild in winter but very hot during the summer months. It is very important during your stay in Cyprus in summer to always use sunscreen during the day (minimum SPF15). To avoid burns when you are bathing in the sea or in swimming pools, experts recommend avoiding exposure to the sun during the midday hours from 12:00 to 15:00.
10. Water and hydration
The water in Cyprus is drinkable. Every home has drinkable tap water and water pollution is nonexistent. Tap water in hotels, restaurants, public buildings, etc., is also safe and drinkable. Due to the increased temperature on the island you should consume enough water to avoid dehydration!
Have a dreamy, memorable but most of all ... safe holiday!