According to allcountrylist, Cyprus (Greek: Κύπρος, Turkish: Kıbrıs) is located on the eponymous island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea. Cyprus geographically belongs to Asia). Politically, Cyprus is considered part of Europe. Cyprus has been a member of the European Union since 2004. There are two more areas on the island of Cyprus that are not part of Cyprus. These are the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and “Akrotiri and Dhekelia” (United Kingdom Overseas Military Base). The capital of Cyprus is Nicosia. A number of major cities in Cyprus are: Limasol, Larnaca and Paphos.
According to topschoolsintheusa, Cyprus is the second largest island in the Mediterranean with a rich culture. Cyprus is known for the vineyards, fields of ancient olive trees and the beautiful flowers. The country is also known for its beautiful beaches, ruins, mosaics and the many spectacular mountain ranges. The beaches are perfect for sunbathing, diving and water sports. The diving sport is mainly based on wreck and cave diving. The Cypriot people are known for their friendliness and hospitality. Nowadays many luxury hotels can be found throughout the Cypriot island.
Where is Cyprus?
Travel information of Cyprus
Official name: Republic of Cyprus
Continent: Europe (politics) and Asia (location)
Area: 9,251 km²
Country code: CY, CYP
Population: 1,266,676 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 1,951 m (Olympus)
Distance (Amsterdam – Nicosia): 2,949 km
Flight time: approximately 4 hours
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), (temporary) measures may apply in Cyprus that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs from Cyrpus, please visit Countryaah.
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Cyprus. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Cyprus?
Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Cyprus at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.
Weather and climate
Cyprus has a Mediterranean climate. The temperatures are around 25 to 30 degrees in the summer months and around 15 to 20 degrees in the winter months.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Cyprus can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Cyprus can be found at Climate info.
April, May, September and October are the best months to travel to Cyprus. This way you avoid the relatively cold winter period and the hot summer period.
Greek and Turkish are the official languages in Cyprus. In addition, a lot of English is spoken.
Do you want to translate from or to Greek/English/Turkish for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Cyprus: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Dutch consulate in Cyprus: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Cypriot Embassy and Consulate in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
You do not need any vaccinations for a visit to Cyprus.
Money and Currency
In Cyprus, payments are made with the euro (EUR).
An overview of all ATMs in Cyprus can be found on our ATMs page.
Prices in Cyprus are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -25% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (29% cheaper), food (20% cheaper), imported beer in catering (14% cheaper), cigarettes (28% cheaper) and public transport (47% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In Cyprus it is customary to give a tip of approximately 5-10%.
In Cyprus it is 1 hour later than in the Netherlands.
Summer time in Cyprus is the same as in the Netherlands.
The local time, date and time zone for Cyprus can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
In Cyprus you must drive on the left.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Cyprus.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Cyprus.
In Cyprus you may need a travel plug in some cases.
More information about common plugs and sockets in Cyprus can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 112
– Fire: 112
– Ambulance: 112
Tap water is safe to drink.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to Cyprus can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Cyprus can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Websites from Cyprus end in.cy.
Cyprus official websites: cyprus.gov.cy and visitcyprus.com.
The country code (international prefix) to call someone in Cyprus is 00357 or +357.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Cyprus? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the Cyprus Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Cyprus.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Cyprus.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Cyprus.
Public holidays and school holidays
An overview of all public holidays in Cyprus can be found on Beleven.org.
You will find an overview of all school holidays in Cyprus in the Eurydice school guide.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Cyprus, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about Cyprus?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Cyprus. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Cyprus can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Cyprus can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Cyprus? On the IATA website you will find an overview of the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, medicines and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that may not be imported and/or exported from Cyprus.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Cyprus.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 17.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5.
– Tobacco: Buy from the age of 18, smoking at all ages.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know that…
…The capital Nicosia is split into two parts (Cypriot and Turkish)?
…In Cyprus used toilet paper is thrown in a bin?
…Cyprus is also called the playground of the gods?
…There are two British military bases in Cyprus?
…Cyprus only won its first Olympic medal in 2012?
Our verdict on Cyprus as a travel destination
Beach, nature and culture? All three are found in abundance in Cyprus. And that only 4 hours flight from the Netherlands. Due to its strategic location in the Mediterranean Sea, the island has attracted various peoples over the centuries. This has led to a rich cultural heritage from the Romans and the Greeks, among others. This is reflected in the many archaeological sites. You will also find beautiful nature reserves, mountain ranges, valleys, waterfalls and extensive beaches on the island. The Cypriot people are known for their friendliness and hospitality. In short, an island that has a lot to offer. Many tourists rent a car on the island for a car tour and round it off with a beach holiday.