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Driving in Cyprus

Cyprus
Population: 1.1m
Area: 9,251 sq. Km
Currency: Euro (100 cents) - EUR (€)

Essentials

Driving licence

Visitors riding or driving in Cyprus must have reached the minimum age required to drive/ride a vehicle of equivalent category even if they are qualified to drive at a lower age in their country of residence. You must be 18 or over to drive a private vehicle in Cyprus.

All valid national driving licences are recognised.

Important documents

Vehicles from the UK may be imported into Cyprus for up to 6 months in any period of 12 months. When driving in Cyprus the following documents should be carried:

  • Full, valid driving licence* 
  • Proof of Insurance (third party or above)
  • Proof of ID (Passport)
  • Proof of ownership (V5C Certificate)

While driving in Cyprus you are required by law to carry the following items. Hefty on-the-spot fines can be issued for failing to carry specific items:

  • Headlamp beam deflectors (Depending on your car, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually) 
  • Warning triangle (Any motor vehicle travelling in Cyprus, regardless of country of registration, must carry two warning triangles) 
  • Motorcyclists (Safety helmets are compulsory for drivers and passengers of mopeds and motorcycles)

 

Rules of the road & regulations

Rules of the road

Overtaking & passing

Drive on the left; overtake on the right. Overtake on the right, except when the vehicle to be overtaken is turning to the right.

Priority

At junctions where there are no signs, drivers must give way to vehicles coming from the right.

Warning of approach

Unnecessary use of the horn is prohibited. It is also prohibited to use a horn between 2200 hours and 0600 hours and in the vicinity of hospitals.

Towing

An inventory of the contents of a caravan or camper van is required on temporary importation.

Maximum length of car + caravan: 12m

Snow chains

The use of spiked tyres and snow chains is permitted on mountain roads in winter.

Seat belts

The use of seat belts is compulsory on the front and rear seats of cars.

Travelling with children

Children under five may not under any circumstances sit in the front passenger seat.  Children from 5 to 10 years of age may occupy the front passenger seat if an appropriate child seat belt has been fitted.

Speed limits

General speed limits
Type of RoadSpeed limit in km/h
Highway: (motorway)65 minimum - 100 maximum
National roads80
Country roads65
Built-up areas50

In certain areas certain speed limits are imposed.  On motorways there is a minimum speed of 65 km/h.

Radar detectors are prohibited.  If they are part of a satellite navigation system they must be de-activated.

Penalties

On-the-spot fines

The Cyprus Police are empowered to impose fines on the spot in cases of violation of traffic regulations.

Traffic fines are not paid to the officer at the roadside.

Parking

Parking regulations

Parking regulations conform to international practice.

Where a double yellow line is painted parallel to the kerb, parking and waiting are prohibited at all times. If the yellow line is single, loading and unloading is allowed but parking is prohibited at all times.

Enforcement of parking regulations

An on-the-spot fine of €85 may be levied for illegal parking. The police do not clamp or tow away illegally parked vehicles.

Disabled parking access

There are reserved parking spaces for the disabled which are sign posted.  These may also be used by foreign disabled motorists provided they are in possession of the blue badge.

Traffic lights

Traffic lights

The international three-colour system of traffic lights is used in Cyprus.

Drink/drug driving

Legal limit

The maximum legal level of alcohol in the blood is 0.05%.

Alcohol

The police are empowered to carry out random breath tests. Persons suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol may be subjected to a blood test.

Roads & fuel

Means of payment

Some petrol stations accept payment by credit card.

Useful guides and maps

Michelin Motoring Atlas: Europe

Source: All information in this document is sourced from the AIT (Alliance Internationale de Tourisme) & the FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) and, to the best of the RAC’s knowledge, is correct at the time of publication (May 2016).
*Price for 1 day cover for up to 9 people travelling in a vehicle up to 1 year old in Zone 1.
RAC European Breakdown cover arranged and administered by RAC Financial Services Limited (Registered No 05171817) and provided by RAC Insurance Ltd (Registered No 2355834). Registered in England; Registered Offices: RAC House, Brockhurst Crescent, Walsall WS5 4AW. RAC Financial Services Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in respect of insurance mediation activities. RAC Insurance Ltd is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.
Still current at:
23rd May 2017
Updated at:
10th Jan 2017
Latest update:
Latest update: removal of information about incident at Larnaca airport in March 2016

Information and advice for British nationals travelling and living in Europe, following the result of the EU referendum.

There is a general threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

Around a million British nationals visit Cyprus every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

You can use ATMs, debit and credit cards as normal.

If you need to contact the emergency services call 112.

Cyprus has a strict zero tolerance towards drugs. See Local Laws and Customs

Driving standards are poor. You should drive with great care. See Road travel

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

British High Commission Nicosia

Office: British High Commission Nicosia
Street Address: Alexander Pallis Street
Postal Address : PO Box 21978
ZIP Code: 1587
City: Nicosia
Country: Cyprus

Telephone: (+357-22) 861100
Fax: (+357-22) 861125, 861175, 861200
Email: infobhc@cylink.com.cy

British Consulate Limassol

Office: British Consulate Limassol
Street Address: Limassol
Postal Address : PO Box 54912
City: Limassol
Country: Cyprus

Telephone: (+357-24) 332511, 332341
Fax: (+357-24) 332595, 332180