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Health and Safety
Cyprus is a very safe place to visit, with an advanced medicare infrastructure, a minimal crime rate and a clean environment.
There are no specific vaccinations required by visitors to Cyprus. Hygienic conditions on the island, including those related to drinking water, medical care and chemist shops follow European standards.
All cities have hospitals that employ English-speaking doctors and nurses.
Medical treatment and assistance in Cyprus is offered free of charge to tourists in cases of emergency at the Accident and Emergency Department of Government Hospitals and Health Institutions. EU citizens must produce an E111 form issued by their country’s health care authorities.
If you are covered by health insurance at home, it is recommended to check prior to your trip whether you need to take out an additional travel policy or not. But note that even if you are insured, you are required to pay the doctor’s fees and the cost of any medications out of your pocket to be reimbursed later by your health insurance company at home. So make sure that you ask for and keep all bills received for any medical treatment or medicine.
Make sure you travel with any prescription medicines you will require during your trip.
It is important to be prepared for strong sunlight. Suntan lotion, sunscreen, a good pair of sun glasses and a hat are all necessary.
Drinking a lot of water is also essential to avoid dehydration.
If you need an ambulance call 112.
Cyprus is a very safe place to visit. The crime rate is minimal and you will still find some villages where the locals never lock their homes or cars.
As a traveller you are advised though to take basic precautions, such as locking your hotel room and keeping your valuables in a secure place.
The greatest risks usually come in tourist areas during the peak season where petty theft and drunkenness are the worst annoyances you might come across.
For your own safety, do not enter the UN buffer zone anywhere other than the designated crossing points, as this area is mined and militarized; and do not photograph military installations or anything that could be perceived as being of security interest.
Cyprus has a strict policy of zero tolerance towards drugs.
Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Cyprus are strict, and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines.