Cyprus Travel Guide

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The island of Cyprus is situated in the eastern Mediterranean Sea and a very popular tourist destination.  As a rough guide, the island is approximately 60 km (37 miles) south of Turkey and 200 km (124 miles) north of Egypt.  There are two mountain ranges and the highest peak is Mt. Olympus standing at 1,953 m (6,407’).  (European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) holders should be aware that the card is not valid in Northern Cyprus).


Cyprus enjoys a sunny Mediterranean climate year-round and lovely sandy beaches – making it a very popular and desirable winter getaway destination, especially for the British and others from sun-starved areas of Europe. 


The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website contains important information for visitors to Cyprus as part of their ‘Know Before You Go’ campaign.  They also offer advice and warnings for those considering purchasing a property or timeshare in Cyprus. 


If you should get bored with relaxing on the sandy beaches, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy, such as scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing, and sailing. Golf, hiking and cycling are popular activities.  Cyprus is also a popular spot for bird watching, especially during migrations. 


If you plan to hire a car and travel between the north and south of the island it is important to read up on the rules for crossing the UN controlled buffer zone (which runs through the capital city of Nicosia).  This is especially important with regard to car insurance, as cars hired in the south are not normally insured to be driven in the north.  


A few of the popular cities, resorts and places to visit in Cyprus include Nicosia, Paphos, Larnaca and Limassol.


European Health Insurance Card


Visitors with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to free emergency medical care, but this should never be used in place of comprehensive travel insurance.  For example, the EHIC does not cover travel problems such as lost or stolen luggage or property, cancellation and curtailment, and expensive matters like personal liability, legal costs, ongoing or non-urgent medical care, air ambulance and medical repatriation.



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Inclusion in this Travel Guide does not guarantee travel insurance is available in any country at any given time. Travel Insurance is not available in countries where the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued an advisory against travel.

We strongly advise a visit to the FCO website for updated travel information and general travel advice before you book and pay for any travel.