Cyprus Health Care and Vaccinations
No vaccinations are required to visit Cyprus; Hepatitis A* and Tetanus* are advisable only.
Free emergency treatment is offered to all international tourists at the island’s government hospitals’ Accident and Emergency Department. Further free or reduced-cost medical treatment is available to European residents who should produce a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) issued by their country of residence’s health authority.
Note that a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not valid in the Turkish part of Cyprus. It is also advisable to check the working of any private medical insurance policy you purchase to ensure it is valid in north Cyprus.
All visitors are advised to purchase additional medical insurance for the duration of their stay, and should have access to funds to cover the cost of treatments. Receipts are issued to reclaim costs back from your insurance company. The island has private medical centres where health and cosmetic treatments are offered. They can be found in all the main towns. Dental services are not free and visitors should have medical insurance that covers emergency treatment.
Food and drink
Milk is pasteurised and tap water is generally safe to drink. Bottled water is widely available from supermarkets and kiosks. As with all destinations, it is advisable to eat well-cooked fish and meat, especially chicken and pork which are staples on all hotel and restaurant menus. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit washed in fresh water or peeled.
Cyprus temperatures can be high and the sun’s rays strong, especially in the summer months. It is advisable to stay out of the sun around midday and wear a hat, sunglasses and a good, high factor sunscreen at all times to protect your skin against sunburn. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.