Entry requirements (visa/passport)
You must hold a valid passport to visit Cyprus. However, Irish passport holders don’t require an entry visa into the Republic of Cyprus. You should ensure that your passport is valid for the full duration of your stay.
It’s advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you. During your stay, you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times and should never give your passport as security for car, motorbike or quod bike rentals.
Entry to Occupied Northern Cyprus
It’s possible to travel to the occupied (by Turkish Military) north of Cyprus from the Republic of Cyprus by crossing at several checkpoints, including the Ledra Palace and Ledra Street checkpoints in central Nicosia where you can cross by foot. One or both police checkpoints may scan your passport as you enter or leave.
Foreign nationals who have entered Cyprus through the occupied north are considered by the Government of the Republic of Cyprus to have entered Cyprus through an illegal port of entry. The Government reserves the right to fine EU (including Irish) citizens for illegal entry if they cross into the south. In practice, their current policy is not to do so.
Cyprus is two hours ahead of Ireland; i.e. when it’s 9.00am in Ireland it’s 11.00am in Cyprus.
Cyprus uses the same electrical infrastructure as Ireland, so adaptors are not required.
English is widely spoken throughout the island. Road signs in the Republic of Cyprus are normally written in both Greek and English.
Irish mobile phones with a roaming facility will operate on the Cypriot network. The international code for Cyprus is +357.
Buying property in Cyprus
Many Irish citizens have bought properties in the Government-controlled area of the Republic of Cyprus. As with property transactions in general, you should seek local, independent legal advice to ensure that the title deeds are clean and that there are no outstanding mortgages on both the property in question and on the land on which it’s built.
There have been reported cases where, unbeknownst to the purchaser, the land on which the purchased house was built was mortgaged to a bank and when the landowner defaulted on the loan the bank sought possession of the land.
Property in Occupied Northern Cyprus
If you’re considering buying property in the occupied northern part of Cyprus, which is not under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus, we strongly advise you to get qualified, independent legal advice. This is due to potential claims related to title and ownership from Greek Cypriots displaced from that area in 1974 following the Turkish army invasion, which may lead to serious financial and legal repercussions.
Potential buyers may face legal proceedings in the courts of the Republic of Cyprus, decisions of which can be executed elsewhere in the EU, including Ireland. In this respect, the European Court of Justice has recently issued a judgment whereby a Greek Cypriot land owner of property in the occupied north, which was bought by an EU citizen from a third party without his consent, can have judgments by a Cypriot court against those who purchased his property enforced in another EU Member State. In January 2010, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales upheld this judgment against a British couple who purchased a property in the occupied north and now must demolish their home and return the site to the original owner.
Furthermore, there is a Cypriot law making it a criminal offence, with penalties of up to seven years imprisonment, to purchase, sell, rent, promote or advertise the sale of property in the occupied northern part of Cyprus owned by Greek Cypriots. Any attempt to undertake such a transaction is also a criminal offence under Cypriot law.
The currency of Cyprus is the Euro. Cyprus takes seriously the possession of fake euro banknotes and checks are made at the majority of retail outlets. If you’re found to be in possession of fake Euro banknotes, the police will be called and you may be prosecuted.
All major credit cards are accepted in Cyprus. If you have a Maestro or Cirrus symbol on your debit cards, you should be able to withdraw money from your Irish bank account.
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Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:04:29 BST