The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. ‘We’ refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Last updated: 11 October 2012
• There is an underlying threat from terrorism. Attacks, although unlikely, could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.
• Around 1.3 million British nationals visit Cyprus every year (Source: Cyprus Tourist Organisation). Most visits are trouble-free. See General - Consular Assistance Statistics. If you need to contact the emergency services in Cyprus call 112. Most of the consular cases occur in the coastal resorts of Ayia Napa, Paphos and Limassol.
• Cyprus has a strict policy of zero tolerance towards drugs.
• Driving standards are poor. You should drive with care and caution.
• Many British nationals have experienced serious problems associated with the purchase of property in Cyprus. Before purchasing property anywhere on the island, you are advised to seek independent qualified legal advice and read our property FAQs. You should also bear in mind that the possibility that a settlement of the Cyprus problem could have an impact on property issues.
• You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. Please note that the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not valid in northern Cyprus.