Travelling to Cyprus is very easy. The documentation required varies, depending on your nationality. A valid passport is required for a stay of up to 90 days for all bona fide tourists except citizens of European Union countries, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway who may enter Cyprus with their national identity card provided it bears a photo. Some non-EU third country nationals require a visa.
Cyprus is easily accessible as it is linked with numerous direct and connecting flights with all the main European cities, Middle East, Africa and Asian countries.
The legal ports of entry into the Republic of Cyprus are the airports of Larnaca and Paphos and the ports of Larnaca, Limassol, Latsi and Paphos, which are situated in the area under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus. Entry into the territory of the Republic of Cyprus via any other port or airport in which the Government of the Republic does not exercise effective control (Turkish occupied areas) is illegal.
If you need assistance with flight itineraries and fares, please contact the Conference Secretariat, Top Kinisis Travel, who will be happy to offer their expert knowledge.
EU countries, Commonwealth countries and the USA do NOT need a visa. Schengen Visa holders are allowed to enter the Republic of Cyprus.
The Schengen Visa has made traveling between 25 member countries (22 European Union states and 3 non-EU members) much easier and less bureaucratic. Traveling on a Schengen Visa means that the visa holder can travel to any (or all) member countries using one single visa, thus avoiding the hassle and expense of obtaining individual visas for each country. A Schengen visa allows the holder to travel freely within the Schengen countries for a maximum stay of up to 90 days in a 6 month period. For further information click here
For a list of countries whose citizens do NOT need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days, provided they are bona fide visitors click here
To visit the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus click here
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus – Consular Department
Presidential Palace Avenue, 1447 Lefkosia, Cyprus
Tel: (+357) 22 406 800 / (+357) 22 651 113
Fax: (+357) 22 661 881 / (+357) 22 665 313 / (+357) 22 665 778
Flying to Cyprus
The legal ports of entry into the Republic of Cyprus are the airports of Larnaca and Paphos. Entry into the territory of the Republic of Cyprus via any other airport in which the Government of the Republic does not exercise effective control (Turkish occupied areas) is illegal. The main airlines that fly to Cyprus are:
- Aegean Airlines
- British Airways
- Air Malta
- Gulf Air
- Air France
- Etihad Airways
- Blue Air
- Cyprus Airways
Paphos International Airport is approximately a 50 minute (72 km) drive from Limassol, while Larnaca International Airport is approximately 36 minutes (54 km) drive.
There are 3 options available for the participants’ airport transfers:
Option A: Airport Bus Shuttle Service - Limassol Airport Express (No reservation required, tickets purchased from Bus Driver)
With only €9 per adult and €4 per child (3-12 years) one way (including VAT and luggage), the Limassol Urban Buses Company transfers you from Larnaca or Paphos Airport to Limassol and return with daily schedules, including weekends and public holidays to serve the transportation needs of all travelers.
Reservations are not necessary and tickets are purchased from the bus driver.
The route from Limassol to Larnaca Airport takes about one hour.
The route from Limassol to Paphos airport takes about 45 minutes.
For further information please visit the official website of Limassol Urban Buses Company
Option B: Public Taxis (Direct Payment to taxi driver)
Taxis are always available at both airports for your transfer to Limassol. Click here for the guide to the Taxi Services in Cyprus, as issued by the Cyprus Tourism Organization (now Deputy Ministry of Tourism) in co-operation with the Ministry of Communications and Works.
Option C: Private Taxis (Booking and Payment in advance)
Private Taxis can be reserved through the online registration system. A taxi from Larnaca Airport to Limassol costs €60 per way and from Paphos Airport it costs €70. The taxi driver will be waiting for you at the arrivals' lounge of the airport, holding a sign with your name. For more information, please contact the conference secretariat.
Letter of Invitation
Delegates requiring a letter of invitation in order to attend the conference may write to the Conference Secretariat specifying the necessary details. Please note that this procedure aims at assisting the delegates who need to obtain a visa or permission to attend the conference. It is not an official invitation covering fees or other expenses and does not imply any financial support.
Cyprus enjoys a Mediterranean climate with long dry summers from mid-May to mid-October and with mild winters from December to February, which are separated by short autumn and spring seasons. See Cyprus Weather for more details.
Greek and Turkish are the official languages. English is widely spoken. French and Russian are also spoken within the tourism Industry.
Currency / Banking Hours / Credit Cards
The currency of the Republic of Cyprus is the Euro (€). Banking hours for the public: Monday-Friday 08:00 – 13:30. There are many Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) outside most branches of banks in all towns and in the main tourist resorts. Hotels, large shops and restaurants normally accept credit cards and traveller’s cheques. Banknotes of major foreign currencies are also acceptable. Rates of exchange are published daily in the local press and are broadcasted via the media.
Because of the 10% service charge levied in hotels and restaurants, a tip is not obligatory, but small change is always welcome. Taxi-drivers, porters, hairdressers etc., always appreciate a small tip.
It is recommended that participants arrange insurance for medical expenses, loss and accidents occurring during the conference. The organizers cannot be held responsible for any losses, damages or injuries.
Electric Current – Voltage
The supply in Cyprus is 240 volts, a.c. 50Hz. Sockets are usually 13 amp, square pin in most buildings. Many hotels provide adaptors upon request from the reception.
General Shopping Hours
The summer period runs from April 1 to October 31; Shop opening times vary depending on their type and location, though shops normally open between 07:00 and 09:00. For the period April 1st – October 31st shops close at 20:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, at 15:00 on Wednesday and, at 19:30 on Saturday.
Chemist Pharmacies / Drug Stores
They stay open during shopping hours. Late night chemists are listed in the daily papers.