Cyprus Travel Information
Some cases of coronavirus (covid-19) have been
detected in Cyprus. The Cypriot authorities have
introduced a number of measures to stop the spread of
the virus. This entails, among other things,
restrictions on freedom of movement. The Ministry of
Foreign Affairs advises against travel that is not
strictly necessary. For more information about the
coronavirus, see the section Health.
Emergency Phone: 112
If a crisis situation arises, the Cypriot authorities
are responsible for the on-site assistance. Follow local
government guidance and advice. Stay informed about the
situation through the internet, television and radio. It
is important that you notify your relatives. Notify
family members, employer and Norwegian
authorities/embassy about where you are and how you
Norway is represented by an honorary consulate
general in Nicosia. Responsible Norwegian Embassy for
Cyprus is the Norwegian Embassy in Athens. Contact the
Consulate General: (00 357) 223 49 414 or the Embassy:
(0030) 210 72 46 173 if you are in a crisis or
emergency. Outside the embassy's opening hours, you can
contact the UD's 24-hour Operations Center by phone:
(0047) 23 95 00 00, e-mail: UDs.Operative.Senter@mfa.no.
Cyprus has been divided since the Turkish invasion of
1974 with a UN-controlled buffer zone between the
Republic of Cyprus and the northern part of the island.
Norway recognizes the Republic of Cyprus in the south,
but in accordance with UN resolution 541/1983, the
"Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" is not recognized
in the north.
- Countryaah: Nicosia is the capital
of Cyprus. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Due to the actual division of the island, the Foreign
Service will not be able to offer the same offer of
consular assistance in northern Cyprus as in the
southern part of the island. A representative of the
Consulate General will, under normal circumstances, be
able to visit the northern part of the island if the
situation indicates that it is necessary.
Neither the Athens Embassy nor the Consulate General
in Cyprus have the opportunity to certify/legalize
documents issued by so-called "authorities" in the
"Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" as these documents
are not recognized by the Norwegian authorities.
Honorary Consulate General of Nikosia
1, Stasinou Avenue, Eleftheria Square
Nicosia 1060, Cyprus
Tel: +357 223 49 414
Fax: +357 223 43 149
Travelers are encouraged to register contact
information with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Reiseregistrering.no is an offer to travelers to
register contact information. In the event of a serious
incident, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has the
opportunity to send you information by SMS or e-mail.
The risk of terrorist incidents is considered small.
Terror can never be completely ruled out, and travelers
are generally encouraged to be cautious, especially in
Keep passports, money and cards under your clothes,
and not in pockets or backpacks that are easily
Cyprus has one of the highest traffic accident rates
in Europe. If you rent a car, moped or boat, check the
condition of the vehicle and that it is fully insured.
There is a risk of earthquakes in Cyprus. Most
earthquakes are barely noticeable, but the danger of
major earthquakes with major damage is always present.
If there has just been an earthquake, a tsunami can
occur. A tsunami is not one big wave, but a series of
waves that can come at different times.
Undercurrents in the sea can be strong, so follow the
warning on the beaches and use only approved beaches.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegians need passports to enter Cyprus. Cyprus is
not part of the Schengen area. There is freedom of visa
between Norway and the Republic of Cyprus.
When traveling with children under the age of 18,
Cypriot authorities may require family relationships to
be documented. When only one of the parents is traveling
with the child, the Cypriot authorities may require a
certified authorization from the parent who is not on
the trip. If the children are traveling alone, it may be
necessary to include a confirmation that the trip and
the stay have been approved by the child's parents or
appointed caregivers. A copy of the parent's passport
should be attached to the confirmation. Example of a
general confirmation. If you need help or for further
information, you can either contact the Honorary
Consulate General in Nicosia by email or the Embassy in
Athens. Outside opening hours, the UD's 24-hour
operating center can be contacted at:
Persons with a residence permit in Norway do not
initially need a visa to enter Cyprus. Please see
further information on the Cypriot embassy in Sweden's
If you lose your passport, you may be issued an
emergency passport at the Norwegian Consulate in Cyprus.
Application for emergency passport requires personal
Information for the Northern part of Cyprus:
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 with a narrow
UN-controlled buffer zone between the Republic of Cyprus
and the northern part of the island. The Republic of
Cyprus is internationally recognized, but has not had
control over the northern part of the island since 1974,
which is under Turkish-Cypriot rule and Turkish military
control. The Turkish-Cypriot administration declared the
northern part of the island an independent state in 1983
under the name "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus"
TRNC, which is recognized only by Turkey. In accordance
with UN Resolution 541/1983, Norway does not recognize
Cypriot authorities do not allow entry of people who
have arrived in Cyprus via the northern part of the
island. As a tourist it is possible to cross from south
to north. One can be checked on return. Those interested
in traveling to the northern part of the island are
advised to check their insurance contract before
traveling and ensure that the passport is valid for at
least six months from the date of entry. Please note
that the European Health Insurance Card is not valid in
the northern part of Cyprus. Norwegian citizens can
cross the "green line" between the north and south by
showing a valid Norwegian passport.
Cars rented in the south can be
driven in the northern part, but separate additional
insurance must be taken out for the period the car is in
the north. This can be done at the crossroads. The
embassy recommends that you carefully examine what the
supplementary insurance covers and does not cover.
Always read the insurance terms carefully beforehand.
There are rules on the Cypriot authorities' website
for what can be carried from north to south.
Buying, selling, renting and pledging property
without the owner's permission has been strictly
prohibited since October 2006. The maximum penalty is
seven years in prison. By "owner" is meant the person
who is registered as the owner of the property register
of the Republic of Cyprus (including Greek Cypriots who
have been internally displaced since 1974).
According to the Republic of Cyprus, 4/5 of the
properties in the northern part of the island belong to
internally displaced Greek Cypriots. Therefore, those
considering buying or using property in the northern
part of the island should first examine the property
rights carefully and contact the Lands and Surveys
Department of the Ministry of Interior in the Republic
For more information, see: Ministry of Foreign
Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus and the website of the
Cyprus Tourism Organization
Coronavirus (covid-19): Norwegian
travelers should keep abreast of the development of the
coronavirus. Travelers are advised to regularly follow
local authorities' advice, guidance and directions on
how to deal with the situation, and updates that emerge
through the media. Information is available on the
Cyprus Ministry of Health's websites (in English) and
Cyprus - New corona infection (Covid-19).
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
You can call 1420 if you think you have symptoms of
the coronavirus and are in Cyprus.
In order to limit the spread, the Cypriot authorities
have introduced a number of measures. On 29 April,
Cypriot President Nikos Anastiadis presented a plan for
the gradual easing of the measures. The reopening will
consist of several stages. You can find information on
New Coronavirus disease.
- There are restrictions on freedom of movement in
Cyprus. Everyone traveling outdoors must have a
passport or ID, as well as documentation that
specifies the reason for leaving home. Information
is available on the Covid-19 Citizens Guidelines
- On March 21, a number of restrictions were
introduced in air traffic. If you have any questions
about your trip, contact your airline. The flight
restrictions apply initially until 17 May. More
information on the Hermes Airports website.
- It is not possible to move between the northern
and southern parts of Cyprus.
- Hotel is closed from 21 March.
Life in Cyprus does not pose any special risk of
illness. It is recommended to take out travel and health
insurance before leaving. In addition, European health
insurance cards that are valid in all EEA countries
should be obtained. Please note that the European Health
Insurance Card is not valid in the northern part of
There are a good number of public and private
hospitals and clinics in the Republic of Cyprus. The
standard is generally higher in private hospitals than
A general recommendation is to visit the Institute of
Public Health's websites before traveling abroad. There
have been several cases of West Nile fever in Cyprus in
recent years. Measures to minimize exposure to mosquito
bites are recommended. Use mosquito nets, clothing that
covers the body and mosquito repellent - especially at
dusk and just before sunrise when mosquitoes are most
Cyprus time zone is UTC +2 (Norwegian time + 1 hour)
Cyprus power supply is 240 volts. Sockets have three
flat plugs. Many hotels lend adapters or they can be
purchased in supermarkets.
The telephone network is stable. GSM coverage: 90-95
Cyprus has summer and winter time on par with Norway.
Emergency telephone: 112
Area code for calls from Norway to Cyprus is +357
The currency unit in Cyprus is the euro. The most
common bank/credit cards are accepted. Cards can be used
as a means of payment in most places, but be aware that
cash as a means of payment is more widespread than in
Norway, especially in rural areas. In the northern part
of the island you can pay by euro, but exchange money is
given in Turkish coin.
National Holidays 2020: January 1 - New Year's Day,
January 6 - Epiphany, March 2 - Introduction of the
Lent, March 25 - Greek National Day, April 1 - Cypriot
National Day, April 17 - Orthodox Good Friday, April 19
- Orthodox Easter Sunday, April 20 - Orthodox Easter
Monday, May 1 - International Workers' Day, June 8 -
Orthodox Pentecost, October 1 - Cypriot Independence
Day, October 28 - Greek National Day, December 25 -
Christmas Day and 26th. December - Christmas Day.
Opening hours for shops, banks and public offices
vary depending on whether they are in the city, in the
countryside or in tourist areas. There are different
opening hours in the summer and winter, often the shops
close during the hottest time of the day between 15.00
Cyprus does not have trains, but bus and taxi. Maxi
taxis offer transport between all cities. Cyprus has
left-hand traffic. You can take a boat from Limassol and
Larnaca to Greece, Egypt, Israel and Lebanon.
Local languages are Greek in the southern part of
the island, and Turkish in the northern part of the
island. Most Cypriots speak good English.
It is not allowed to move antiques on the sea floor,
or to bring antiques out of Cyprus without special
permission. The level of penalties for possession of
drugs is high.
When purchasing property, it is recommended to seek
qualified legal assistance.