Health and Safety Cyprus
No vaccine is needed to travel to Cyprus.
A stay in Cyprus does not pose any significant health problem. We can drink thetap water. Obviously, remember to take all your medications with you, allowing several more days just in case.
Le sun can cause burns that are often very unpleasant, sometimes severe. You may need to prepare your skin before leaving and, in any case, avoid prolonged sun exposure. The use of sunscreen with a high protection factor is essential. Moreover, the joint heat sun dehydration can lead to heat stroke, some of which can be serious.
If you are doing randonnée, be vigilant against vipers. There are 3 species on the island, one of which is poisonous (triangular-headed snake).
For accidents related to diving, there is a therapeutic decompression chamber for the treatment of barotrauma (caisson disease) at the Marakeion General Hospital in Larnaca.
- public health services are good and the hospitals are modern. A great many doctors have studied in the West. However, there is no health insurance treaty with Cyprus. All medical expenses must be paid in cash. It is therefore certainly advisable to take out travel insurance with cover for medical expenses.
European Health Insurance Card
Consider getting it. All you need to do is call your social security center (or connect to its website) which will send it to you within a fortnight. This card works with all member countries of the European Union, as well as Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. It is a blue plastic card of the same format as the vital card.
It is valid for one year, free and personal (each member of the family must have his own, including the children).
Please note, the card is not valid for treatments delivered in private establishments.
The Republic of Cyprus is considered a safe, peaceful and enjoyable destination. The hospitality of its people is legendary. Delinquency remains very low, but do not leave valuables in vehicles.
Due to the partition of the island, sporadic tensions are still possible.
"Buffer zone" and northern part of the island of Cyprus
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicates that due to the de facto partition, which is not recognized internationally, the embassy can hardly provide consular protection in the Turkish part of the island (in the north). Due to the presence of sentries and sometimes mines, it is strongly recommended not to enter the "buffer zone" between the northern and southern parts of the island outside the authorized crossing points.
We will ensure respect the prohibitions on photographing on the outskirts of the protected military zones of the north of the island, and of the demarcation line (green line) between the two parties.
On the road
The vehicle fleet is modern and the road conditions very satisfactory. Nevertheless, in the Troodos, you will find “confusing” roads which combine narrow and wide carriageways, very tight bends, ends of highway followed by stony tracks.
Rental vehicles have red number plates, which means Cypriots will spot you right away and honk your horn at your slightest hesitation, both in town and in the countryside.
La conduct is sporty and rather macho, as is often the case in southern countries.
Be very careful if you are driving in the Troodos on the small narrow tracks that skirt the ravines, as Cypriots drive fast and often in the middle of the roadway. So you need good reflexes to move without biting the dust.
The carefree atmosphere of a trip sometimes makes you forget basic precautions, so be careful especially in the evening and at night (seatbelt, drunk driving, etc.). The helmet is imperative if you are riding a motorcycle.
Ayia Napa's many nightlife establishments attract a young clientele in search of emotions, mainly English and Scandinavian. Remember to protect yourself in your relationships and watch out for illegal substances (often trafficked ecstasy) which can lead not only to arrests, but also serious physical consequences.
- Driving in Cyprus being on the left, look to the right before crossing a street. Use pedestrian crossings, stay on the sidewalks especially in the event of congestion.
- If you take a taxi, agree with the driver the price of the trip. Approximate prices can be communicated to you from the information offices located in all major cities.
- If you drive in Cyprus, the speed is limited to 100 km / h on the roads and 50 km / h in the city.
- If you decide to walk in the countryside, please inform the reception of your hotel indicating your route and the expected time of your return. In the countryside, stay on the trails and do not cross cultivated fields.
- The Cypriot beaches are not dangerous, in general there is no current; however, do not stray away from a group of bathers.
- If you are diving, signal your presence with a buoy bearing the blue and white international recognition flag.