Electrical current is 240 volts, 50Hz. The UK-style
three square-pin plugs are used.
The majority of Cypriots speak Greek, and a small
percentage speaks Turkish. The Greek Cypriot dialect differs from
mainland Greece. English, German and French are spoken in tourist
A 10% service charge is levied in hotels and restaurants so a
tip is not obligatory, but small change is always welcome. Taxi
drivers, porters etc, appreciate a small tip.
The terrorist threat is low, and crime against tourists is
Avoid taking photographs near military establishments. Religious
customs such as Ramadan should be respected, particularly in the
north where most of the Turkish Cypriots are Muslim; avoid eating,
drinking, smoking and chewing gum in public during the holy month.
Women should dress modestly.
Business in Cyprus is best conducted face-to-face, as developing
a working relationship based on trust is important. Business is
conducted formally, and dress should be smart and conservative (a
suit and tie are the norm). Greetings are usually made with a
handshake, and business cards are exchanged. It is common for women
to hold high positions and they are generally well respected in the
business world. Punctuality is important, but meetings may not
begin on time. Business hours can vary according to the season, but
are usually 8am to 1pm and 4pm to 7pm Monday to Friday in summer,
closing at 5pm in winter.
The international access code for Cyprus is +357. The outgoing
code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the
United Kingdom). Area codes are not required. Mobile phone
operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most
international operators, but not the United States. There are
public phones in all towns and villages and can be used for
domestic and international calls. Phone cards can be purchased from
shops, banks and post offices. Internet cafes are available in the
main towns and resorts.
Travellers to Cyprus over 17 years arriving from non-EU
countries do not have to pay duty on 200 cigarettes or 100
cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g smoking tobacco; 1 litre spirits
with higher than 22% alcohol volume or 2 litres spirits or
aperitifs with less than 22% alcohol volume, or 2 litres of wine;
50g perfume or 250ml eau de toilette; 500g coffee; 100g tea;
medicines for personal consumption; and other goods to the value of
EUR175. Prohibited items include fresh fruit, meat and dairy