Travel Facts

US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US Department of State currently recommends US citizens exercise normal precautions in Cyprus. Some areas have increased risk. Consult its website via the link below for updates to travel advisories and statements on safety, security, local laws, and special circumstances in this country.

Passport/Visa Requirements

US citizens should make sure their passport will not expire for at least 6 months after they enter the country even if they do not intend to stay that long. They should also make sure they have at least 2 blank pages in their passport for any entry stamp that will be required. A visa is not required as long as you do not stay in the country more than 89 days.

US Embassy/Consulate

[357] (22) 393939; US Embassy in Nicosia, Metochiou and Ploutarchou Street, 2407, Engomi, Nicosia, Cyprus;;

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone



See WHO recommendations


Temperate; Mediterranean with hot, dry summers and cool winters

Currency (Code)

Euro (EUR)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

230 V / 50 Hz / plug types(s): G

Plug Type G

Major Languages

Greek 80.9%, Turkish 0.2%, English 4.1%, Romanian 2.9%, Russian 2.5%, Bulgarian 2.2%, Arabic 1.2%, Filipino 1.1%, other 4.3%

Major Religions

Orthodox Christian 89.1%, Roman Catholic 2.9%, Protestant/Anglican 2%, Muslim 1.8%, Buddhist 1%

Time Difference

UTC+2 (7 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time); daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March, ends last Sunday in October

Potable Water

Opt for bottled water

International Driving Permit


Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Salamis; Kolossi Castle; Cape Greco; Troodos Villages; Nicosia (includes Cyprus Museum); Nissi Beach; Paphos Archeological Park; Choirokoitia

Major Sports

Soccer, basketball, volleyball, motorsports

Cultural Practices

Many Turkish Cypriots lower their eyes during a greeting as a sign of respect.

Tipping Guidelines

At restaurants, tipping 2-3 euros is sufficient. For taxis, rounding up to the nearest euro - or 5% of the final fare for exceptional service- is appreciated.


Handmade lace, woven fabric and silk items, basketware, pottery, silver items, leather goods, brandy and liqueurs

Traditional Cuisine

Souvla — large pieces of meat cooked on a long skewer over a charcoal barbecue; salt, spices, oil, and wine are sprinkled or brushed on the meat during the cooking process

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Wednesday, October 05, 2022