Travelling to Cyprus

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Situated at the north-eastern end of the Mediterranean basin, Cyprus is the third largest island in the region. 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 Larnaka (Larnaca) and Pafos (Paphos) and the ports of Larnaka (Larnaca), Lemesos (Limassol), Latsi and Pafos (Paphos), which are situated in the area under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus.

Travelling Documents

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EU countries, Commonwealth countries and the USA do NOT need a visa.

Citizens of the European Union (EU) countries, as well as of Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway may enter Cyprus with their national identity card, provided there is a photograph.

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 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
Email: minforeign1@mfa.gov.cy

Flying to Cyprus

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The legal ports of entry into the Republic of Cyprus are the airports of Larnaka (Larnaca) and Pafos (Paphos). Some of the major Airlines flying to Cyprus include:

1. Aegean Airlines 14. Czech Airlines 27. MEA
2. Aeroloft 15. Easyjet 28. Monarch
3. Air France 16. EgyptAir 29. Norwegian
4. Air Malta 17. Emirates 30. Olympic Air
5. Air Moldova 18. Etihad Airways 31. Qatar Airways
6. Air Serbia 19. Eurowings 32. Ryanair
7. Alitalia 20. Finnair 33. Swiss
8. Austrian Airlines 21. Germanwings 34. Thomas Cook Airlines
9. Belavia 22. Gulf Air 35. Thomson Airways
10. Blue Air 23. Jet2 36. Ukraine International
11. British Airways 24. KLM 37. Vuelling
12. Bulgaria Air 25. LOT
13. Cobalt 26. Lufthansa

You may visit www.topkinisis.com  to securely search, get instant availability, book and pay online for flights and any other travel related service.

For further assistance you may contact the Top Kinisis Travel  offices at callcenter@topkinisis.com.

Distances

  • From Larnaca International Airport to Conference Venue (Limassol) – 56km (40’ drive)
  • From Paphos International Airport to Conference Venue (Limassol) – 70km (50’ drive)

Airport Transfers

There are 3 options available for the participants’ airport transfers:

Option A: Airport Bus Shuttle Service (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.

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: Private Taxi (Booking and Payment in advance)

€70 per taxi per way, booking via the conference travel agency.

Option C: Public Taxis (Direct Payment to taxi driver)

Taxis are always available (24hrs) at both airports for your transfer to Limassol. Click here for the guide to the Taxi Services in Cyprus, as issued by the Ministry of Communications and Works.

General Information

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Letter of Invitation

Delegates requiring a letter of invitation in order to attend the conference, in addition to the standard PaperCept procedure (see , may write to the conference travel agency 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.

Public Transportation – Getting to the City Center
Commuting to and from the City centre from the Hotel is easy, by using the public bus transportation.

For the Limassol Urban Route #30 please click here
For the Limassol Urban Route #31 please click here
For the Limassol Urban Route #33 please click here

The one way ticket costs €1,50, the daily ticket costs €5,00 and the weekly ticket costs €20,00. For further information on the public bus routes visit their official site please click here

Climate

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.

Language
Greek and Turkish are the official languages. English is widely spoken. French and German 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.

Tipping

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.

Insurance

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

Shop opening times vary depending on their type and location, though shops normally open between 07:00 and 09:00. During the period November 1st – March 31st shops close at 19:30 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, at 15:00 on Wednesday, and at 19:00 on Saturday. 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.