Traveling to Cyprus

Air Travel

Cyprus (Larnaka and Paphos airports) can be reached by several major international airlines from European gateway cities. From North America, travelers can break up the journey in the European city of their choice or elect to keep connection time to a minimum. Popular gateways include London, Paris, Amsterdam, Athens, Frankfurt, Zurich, Helsinki, Rome, Dubai etc. In addition, Cyprus Airways provides regular daily flights from many major European and Middle Eastern gateways.

If you need any assistance with flight itineraries and fares, please contact the Conference Secretariat.

Legal Points of Entry

Larnaka Airport is the most popular point of entry in Cyprus and is located closer to the conference. Paphos Airport is located slightly further away. These are the only legal points of entry which are situated in the area under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus. Entry into the territory of the Republic of Cyprus via any other airport or port on which the Government of the Republic does not exercise effective control (Turkish occupied areas) is illegal.

Airport Transfers

From either airport there are shuttle bus services to transfer you to the station in Limassol and from there you can take a taxi to your hotel of residence. The cost of the bus is 9.00 Euros per way from both airports. You may view the timetables of the airport shuttle bus services here. In addition, taxis are always available at both Airports for your transfer to Limassol. The cost for a 4-seated taxi from Larnaka Airport to Limassol is approximately 55.00 Euro per taxi per way and from Paphos Airport approximately 65.00 Euro per taxi per way. Please note the prices for taxis vary depending on the time of arrival. If you wish to pre-book a taxi prior to your arrival, please contact the conference secretariat.

  • From Larnaca Airport, the shuttle “Limassol Airport Express” stops opposite the venue hotel GrandResort (that’s the 1st stop).
  • From Pafos Airport, the bus stops at St. George Havouzas . From there you will need to take a taxi to the hotel and the ride takes around 15’.

Travelling Documents

Travelling to Cyprus is very easy. The documentation required varies, depending on your nationality. A valid passport is required for a stay of up to 90 days for all bonafide tourists except citizens of European Union countries, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway who may enter Cyprus with their national identity card provided it bears a photo. Some non-EU third country nationals require a visa. Further detailed information can be obtained form the Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

For a list of countries whose citizens do NOT need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days, click here

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Letter of Invitation

Delegates requiring a letter of invitation in order to attend the conference may write to the Conference Secretariat 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 and other expenses and does not imply any financial support.

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.

Chemist Pharmacies / Drug Stores

They stay open during shopping hours. Late night chemists are listed in the daily papers.