Population: 1.17 million
Official languages: Greek & Turkish
Time zone: Eastern European Time (EET)
Emergency #: 199
Vaccinations required: No
Risk of malaria: Yes
This Eastern Mediterranean island includes popular tourism destinations such as the Pafos Archeological Site, Kykkos Monastery, Venetian Walls, and Coral Bay.
The standards for patient care and medical services in Cyprus may differ from your home country. Cyprus has public and private health sectors. Although both sectors are of similar size, most of the country’s physicians work in the private sector, while most nurses work in the public sector. The referral system within the public sector is limited and healthcare facilities may be overcrowded, causing long-wait times. Doctors are frequently trained outside of Cyprus and many speak English.
In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Cyprus typically require upfront payment in cash or credit card, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Due to limited healthcare services, medical evacuation to Western Europe is common for serious health emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Cyprus.
Pharmacies are generally well-stocked with essential medications. Compared to other EU-countries, Cyprus has a shortage of trained pharmacists.
If you are travelling with medication, check with Cyprus's embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review Cyprus's regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.
Roads in Cyprus are generally in good condition, although rural roads may be unpaved. Road rules are not always followed and minor collisions are common. Driving occurs on the left-hand side of the road.
Before you go, check the list of vaccines and relevant health risks for Cyprus. For personalized advice, check out our Travel Health Planner to get health information that's tailored to all the destinations on your itinerary:
IAMAT-affiliated doctors are available in Cyprus.