When’s the best time to go?
We love Cyprus, and regularly offer all our customers Cyprus travel advice. Our big tip? If you’ve never been to Cyprus, put this Mediterranean paradise right at the top of your must-visit list. Cyprus is located in the far south of the Mediterranean, so it boasts one of the best climates anywhere in Europe. Blue skies are virtually guaranteed all year round, and the island enjoys a whopping 340 days of sunshine per year.
Even in April, temperatures rise into the low-20s°C. It’s a great time of year to visit if you like it warm but not too hot. When summer rolls around, the temperature rises into the 30s and beyond; on some days, it can even reach 40°C. Things cool off in autumn, making it the ideal time to go sightseeing or explore the Troodos mountains.
Cyprus sees most of its rain from December to March, but it doesn’t tend to be heavy and the climate is still pretty mild.
What should I pack?
Cyprus has everything from coast to mountains. What you need to pack will depend on where you’re going and the weather forecast.
Hitting the beach? Be sure to bring your bathing suit and pack your sun cream. You’ll need a high factor (factor 30 and above) if you’re fair-skinned or have the kids with you. If you’re travelling in spring or summer, wear light, cotton clothes to help keep you cool. Flip-flops are handy for walking along the beaches. Just keep in mind that there are rocky paths down to some of them, so you’ll need to bring proper shoes too.
If you’re heading inland to the mountains, they tend to be cooler than the coast all year round. It’s best to pack layers to make sure you’re warm enough. Don’t forget your hiking boots.
You’ll find historic churches dotted all over the island. If you’re planning on visiting them, make sure you’re dressed properly before going inside. You’ll need to cover up your arms and legs. The same goes for monasteries in the mountains. It’s worth packing something to cover up your head too; for example, a scarf or sun hat.
Passports and visas
Do I need a passport?
You’ll need a valid passport to travel to Cyprus. It must be valid for the entire duration of your stay in the country, but unlike other destinations, Cyprus passport requirements mean it doesn’t necessarily need to be valid beyond your departure date.
That said, if you’re going to the north of Cyprus, it’s advisable that you have at least six months left on your passport from the date you arrive. For more Cyprus passport information, head to: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus/entry-requirements
Do I need a visa?
If you’re a British citizen with a UK passport, you don’t need a Cyprus visa. However, if you’re planning on staying in Cyprus for more than 90 days, you’ll need to obtain a registration certificate.
For more Cyprus visa information, head to: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus/entry-requirements
Can I travel from North Cyprus to South Cyprus?
Yes, you can travel to the north of Cyprus from the south and back again. This includes crossing checkpoints in central Nicosia, where it’s possible to walk over the border.
Health and Safety
Should I get travel health insurance?
Buying comprehensive travel and health insurance before you go on holiday is always advisable, no matter where you’re travelling to or when. This covers overseas medical costs, such as medical repatriation and legal costs. Be sure to check what’s included and what isn’t before you decide which insurance to buy, and that your policy covers any activities you’ll be doing while you’re away.
Any other tips?
- Crime rates are generally low in Cyprus, but it’s important to stay alert and be aware of pick-pockets in tourist areas. You should also avoid keeping your important items in the same bag, such as your money and your passport; try to keep them separate at all times.
- Tap water is safe to drink in Cyprus.
- If you’re hiring a car, motorways and main roads are maintained to a high standard, and inner city and smaller town roads tend to be in good condition too.
For more information and Cyprus travel advice, head to: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus