FCO Travel Advice for - Cyprus

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  • Cyprus is implementing measures to protect its banking sector. Check with your bank for further information.

  • The Government of Cyprus has announced an extended bank closure. ATMs, debit and credit cards can be used as normal however, while banks are closed, we advise taking sufficient euros to cover the duration of your stay, alongside appropriate security precautions against theft.

  • On 18 March, the UK Government announced a decision to 'hold' payments of pensions or benefits to British nationals in Cyprus while banks in Cyprus remain closed. It is possible to nominate an alternative bank account for future payments. British nationals receiving pensions payments in Cyprus with queries can contact the International Pension Centre by phone, textphone or email: Telephone: +44 191 21 87777, Textphone: +44 191 21 87280, email: TVP-IPC-Customer-Care@thepensionservice.gsi.gov.uk

  • There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.

  • Around a million British nationals visit Cyprus every year. Most visits are trouble-free. See Consular assistance statistics.

  • If you need to contact the emergency services call 112.

  • Cyprus has a strict zero tolerance towards drugs. See Local Laws and Customs.

  • Driving standards are poor. You should drive with great care. See Road travel.

  • Many British nationals have experienced serious problems with the purchase of property in Cyprus. See this guide on buying property in Cyprus.

  • Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not valid in northern Cyprus.
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