Practical life on site Cyprus
Line of demarcation or "green line"
The "green line" separates the Greek parts (Republic of Cyprus) and Turkish (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, recognized only by Turkey) of the island.
As the entire territory of Cyprus is now part of the European Union, any citizen of the Union can therefore move freely on either side of the line by presenting a valid identity document.
In fact, for the passage from south to north, it is also required to complete a online form.
Warning not to cross the line outside the authorized crossing points in the "buffer zone", sometimes poorly marked.
In addition, crossing the “green line” with a vehicle implies taking out additional insurance.
Cyprus (GMT + 2) is 1 hour ahead of France, Belgium and Switzerland. Time changes are made on the same dates as in these countries.
L & rsquo240 volts, 50 Hertz. In modern constructions, the plugs are 3-pin flat or round (like english sockets). Theadapter is therefore essential. Most hotels provide it upon request at reception. Otherwise, you can get it in supermarkets, grocery stores, electricians ...
- The stores are open in summer from 8 a.m. to 13 p.m. and from 15:30 p.m. to 20 p.m. Restricted hours in winter. They are closed on Sundays. Souvenir shops are open all week: in summer, 8 am to 13 pm and 16 pm to 19 pm; in winter, from 8 a.m. to 19 p.m.
- The banks are open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to midday in summer.
- Post offices are open Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 13:30 p.m.
You can find postage stamps in all post offices and all postal agencies (hotels, newsstands ...).
For Europe, count 0,35 € for sending a postcard, 0,51 € for sending a letter.
Column letterboxes, a souvenir of British heritage, are numerous and easily recognizable by their yellow color.
Allow 3 or 4 days for the delivery of a letter to another country in Europe.
- From France to Cyprus (southern part): 00 + 357 + code for the city or region From Cyprus (southern part) to La France : 00+ 33+ 9-digit correspondent's number (do not dial the initial 0).
Telecommunications in Cyprus are governed by a number of providers following the liberalization of the market.
- phone booths work with calling cards or coins. They are found at central locations in towns and villages, as well as at international airports, ports, marinas and other public places.
We can buy calling cards in kiosks, post offices, souvenir shops, as well as in CYTA (telecoms company) offices open to the public in all towns. Coin-operated telephones take the 2, 5, 10 and 20 cent coins.
- telephone links between the northern and southern parts of the island are random. With a cell phone, they are currently impossible.
- Mobile telephony : visitors can use their GSM phone during their stay in Cyprus, provided that a special agreement has been signed between CYTA and their service provider. Such agreements have been signed with suppliers all over the world.
- European emergency number (EU): 112.