Greek and Turkish are the main languages spoken by the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot communities respectively. As provided in the Constitution of 1960, the official languages of the Republic of Cyprus are Greek and Turkish. English is widely spoken. French and German are also well spoken within the tourist industry.
Cyprus Time is GMT +2.
The days listed below are public holidays in Cyprus.
- January 1st – New Year’s Day
- January 6th – Epiphany Day
- Green Monday (varies from year to year -50 Days before Greek Orthodox Easter)
- March 25th – Greek National Day
- April 1st – National Anniversary Day
- Good Friday (Greek Orthodox Church) varies from year to year
- Easter (Greek Orthodox Church) varies from year to year
- Easter Monday (Greek Orthodox Church)varies from year to year
- May 1st – Labour Day
- Monday of Pentecost – Kataklysmos (Festival of the Flood) varies from year to year
- August 15th – Assumption of the Virgin Mary
- October 1st – Cyprus Independence Day
- October 28th – Greek National Anniversary Day
- December 24th – Christmas Eve
- December 25th – Christmas Day
- December 26th – Boxing Day
Climate and Weather
Cyprus enjoys an intense Mediterranean climate with long dry summers starting in mid-May and lasting until mid-October and quite mild winters from December to February. Spring and autumn are effectively short intervals in between.
Health care system
Medical treatment and assistance in Cyprus is offered free of charge to international 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 to obtain additional health care. Holiday makers can also use their health insurance towards their medical expenses, provided the policy covers the length of their stay on the island.
Safety in Cyprus
Cyprus has an excellent reputation for being a safe and friendly place. You can help us keep it that way. A few basic precautions can be enough to protect your belongings.
In case of emergency call 112 wherever you are on the island.