Cyprus Business Travel Guide

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The Cyprus Business Travel Guide provides business travellers with a wide array of resources to assist them. Included within the guide is visa information, facts on Cyprus, business customs and tips and more. An understanding of other cultures, languages, customs and protocols can be a definite advantage for business visitors helping to avoid any cross cultural misunderstandings and increasing the chances of having a successful business trip.

Cyprus has a developed economy, major sectors including the service sector and tourism offering a number of business opportunities. Major trading partners include neighbour Greece, UK, Germany, Italy and Israel. Cyprus has been spilt since 1974 between the Turkish Cypriots in the north and the Greek Cypriots in the south. Located in the eastern Mediterranean close to both Turkey and Greece; it is the third largest island in the Mediterranean.

The island has a variety of landscapes including beaches, mountains, river valleys and rocky hills. Famous attractions include The Tomb of the Kings, Cyprus Museum, Coral Bay, Nissi Beach, Kolossi Castle, Church of Saint Lazarus, Paphos Castle, Limassol Castle and Petra tou Romiou (Aphrodite's Rock).

Cyprus Guide

Quick Facts on Cyprus
Cyprus Travel Advice
Visa Requirements
Business Customs and Etiquette
Travel Advice and Tips
Public Holidays
Cyprus Map
Cyprus Weather & Climate

Quick Facts on Cyprus

Country: Cyprus

Capital: Nicosia

Currency: Euro (1 Euro = 100 cents; Turkish Lira used in Northern Cyprus)

Population: 1.1 Million (UN, 2012)

Area total: 9,000 sq km

Languages: Greek, Turkish, English

Time Zone: GMT +2

Daylight Saving Details: Starts in late March until late October

Electricity: 240V 50Hz

Dialling Code: 357

GDP: USD$ 21.91billion (World Bank, 2013)

Religion: Greek Orthodox, Muslim.

Political System: Constitutional Monarchy

Internet Domain: .cy

Cyprus Travel Advice

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office offers travellers useful advice when travelling to Cyprus. You can find entry requirements for Cyprus, advice on local laws and customs, tips on safety and security and the address and contact details of the British High Commission in Cyprus. The latest information is posted making it a very valuable resource to consult for both business and leisure travellers. For more information please see: Cyprus Travel Advice

Visa Requirements

No visa requirement for national of EU member states. No visa need for US and Canadian nationals for visits less than six months. Visa requirements are subject to change with changes in requirements and rules for further information please see: Cyprus High Commission UK

Business Customs and Etiquette

Business relationships are based on trust and personal relationships developed by business contacts. It is important to maintain eye contact and relationship building is a key component to doing business. Respect for authority and hierarchy is expected to be shown. Negotiations and decision times can be lengthy so be prepared to be patient.

Face to face meetings tend to be preferred rather than telephone; business dress is similar to those in Western Europe and North America.

Travel Advice and Tips

Whilst the vast majority of business and tourist trips to Cyprus pass by without incident. There are however incidents of thefts especially passports and assaults in the coastal regions. It is important not to show personal valuables in public and ensure awareness of the surroundings and environment are maintained.

Travel Checklist: See our Packing Checklist containing useful tips and reminders to ensure you have everything you will need on your trip.

Travel Vaccinations: For the latest advice on any travel vaccinations, it is recommended you check with your GP whether you require any vaccinations up to eight weeks before you travel. For more information and advice on travel vaccinations please see the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Tipping: If service charge is not included usually around 10%

Hours of Business:

For Business:

Winter Hours
08.30 to 18.00 for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.
08.30 to 14.00 for Wednesday and Saturday.

Summer Hours
08.30 to 13.00 and 17.00 to 20.00 for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.
08.30 to 14.00 for Wednesday and Saturday.

NOTE: On from May to September Banks are usually open only in the morning hours.

Public Holidays

Public Holidays (2015):

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Jan 6: Epiphany
March 18: Green Monday
Mar 25: Greek Revolution Day
Apr 1: Cyprus Revolution Day
May 3: Greek Orthodox Good Friday
May 6: Greek Orthodox Easter Monday
May 1: Labour Day
June 23: Kataklysmos
Aug 15: Assumption Day
Oct 1: Cyprus Independence Day
Oct 28: Greek National OHI Day
Dec 25: Christmas Day

Cyprus Map

Map of Nicosia, Cyprus

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Cyprus Weather & Climate

Cyprus's location in the eastern Mediterranean means it enjoys a Mediterranean climate whilst the proximity to Asia means it is one of the hottest areas in the region particularly in the middle of summer. The island has long, dry summers and relatively mild winters enjoying plenty of sunshine throughout the year, making it a favourite holiday destination. In summer the heat can be stifling for those that do not enjoy the extreme heat, spring time and autumn are good times to visit with pleasant temperatures, sunshine minus the oppressive heat.

Lightweight cotton and linen clothing can be warn for most of the year additional layers with a jumper or jacket may be required in the winter with the cooler mornings and evenings.

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