How Safe Is Cyprus for Travel?

Cyprus
Safety Index:
75

Cyprus FlagCyprus : Safety by City

Cyprus is a Mediterranean island positioned south of Turkey, the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, right after Sicily and Sardinia.

Geographically, this island is in Asia though politically it belongs to Europe and is even a member of the EU.

This gorgeous island is most famous for its archeological findings, its turquoise beaches, and beautiful coastal drives.

Divided into a Turkish North and a Greek South, it is a place that invites many tourists to visit each year.

There are about one million British nationals that visit Cyprus every year, and with this staggering number of tourists, it is no surprise that most visits go by smoothly and with no troubles, however, one should be cautious since this country has some safety issues.

Warnings & Dangers in Cyprus

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : LOW

Cyprus is generally very safe to travel to, even though it is geographically close to countries hit by terrorism and wars. Petty crime does occur, especially during the holidays and summer.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Taxis and other types of transportation are normally safe in Cyprus, with reliable and modern vehicles. Taxi sharing is not permitted in Cyprus.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

Pickpocketing and bag snatching have been reported and such cases occasionally happen, as do cases of valuables theft when left unattended or in plain sight in an unattended vehicle. Be cautious when handling money or other objects of importance.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

Minor tremors happen occasionally in Cyprus. In the event of a natural disaster, follow the advice of the local authorities.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : LOW

Street crime rarely happens and even if it does, it is usually performed by unarmed criminals. Armed robbery is most common in the Turkish, northern part of the country, and is rare elsewhere.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

A general threat of terrorism exists, since Cyprus is located very near to war and terrorism stricken countries, to which the Foreign and Commonwealth Office adds: “Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by foreigners.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

Scams do happen, during the holidays and summer when the number of visitors increases, so double check your change and negotiate everything in advance.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

When it comes to women traveling alone, if you follow the basic protocols of a lone traveler, male or female then your trip to Cyprus should go smoothly. Use common sense and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

So... How Safe Is Cyprus Really?

The main safety issue with Cyprus is that it’s surrounded by countries hit by terrorism and war – with Turkey to its north, Syria, and Lebanon to its east and Egypt and Israel to its south.

The island is located just over 50 miles off the west coast of Syria at its closest point and it takes just under an hour to get to it- when traveling by plane.

There have been numerous incidents where refugees kept arriving in Cyprus by boat, after making the perilous trip from Turkey or Syria.

Overall, Cyprus is a safe country and has seen less violent crime on the streets or elsewhere than other European countries of similar size.

However, crime-related incidents do occur as does the petty crime.

Most street crimes are non-violent and non-confrontational, and the chances of tourists being attacked are very low.

The incidents range from scams to petty theft and, as a tourist, you should mostly be concerned about pickpocketing, and that only applies to areas frequented by tourists.

You should be careful when handling money or other objects of importance since thefts of valuables left in plain sight in unattended vehicles also happen.

However, these cases, as well as cases of pickpocketing, purse snatching or carjacking, are likely to rise during the holidays or summer when the number of tourists also increases.

The highest number of robberies and armed crime in the Turkish part of Cyprus was reported in Kyrenia, Famagusta, and northern Nicosia.

Useful Information

  • Visas - You might need a travel visa in case you are traveling to Cyprus for reasons other than immigration, and you plan for your visit to last less than three months. The travel visa enables you to travel to Cyprus continuously or to visit it several times. However, the total duration of your visits should not exceed three months. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit www.doyouneedvisa.com which will let you know whether or not you need visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
  • Currency - There are two currencies in Cyprus, euro and Turkish lira. The Cypriot pound was replaced by the euro as official currency of the Republic of Cyprus on 1 January 2008 and the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus used and still officially uses the Turkish lira as their currency.
  • Weather - Cyprus possibly has the warmest climate and warmest winters in the Mediterranean part of the European Union. The average annual temperature on the coastline is around 24 °C during the day and 14 °C during night. Its climate is temperate with hot and dry summers and cool winters. The country, generally speaking, is basking in the sun the whole year round.
  • Airports - Larnaca International Airport is Cyprus' main international gateway and the largest of the country's two commercial airports, the other being Paphos International Airport on the island's southwestern coast. It is located 4 km southwest of Larnaca.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Cyprus, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Cyprus Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 11° C
Feb 12° C
Mar 14° C
Apr 18° C
May 22° C
Jun 27° C
Jul 30° C
Aug 30° C
Sep 27° C
Oct 22° C
Nov 17° C
Dec 12° C
Choose Temperature Unit

Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
161821263035383834292418
Low
°C
5571014192222191596
High
°F
61647079869510010093847564
Low
°F
414145505766727266594843

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12 Reviews on Cyprus

  1. Not mentioned but be cautious when driving as the standards are poor in Cyprus. Signals are rare, speeding and driving whilst using a phone is common although illegal. They also frequently ignore pedestrian traffic lights.
    It’s a lovely place but just drive defensively.

    1. Driving

      Spot on, a very accurate observation regarding the standard of driving. Watch out for scooters passing on the inside! Keep your eyes open and wits about you.

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    Ben Mitchell says:

    Beautiful Country

    I have not been to Cyprus since 2014 but when I went, I had a wonderful time. The sights and food were fantastic. There is surprisingly a lot to see and do there. Most locals were friendly and helpful. I did run into a group of fellas that were not so friendly but they didn’t intimidate me. I am planning on going again in 2020 with my brother in law.

  3. Beware!

    Isn’t Cyprus the country where if you’re raped and go to the police they jail the victim? Not really safe for women.

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      Brian Grove LL.B. says:

      Dangerous for girls

      Yes. Amnesty International has pointed out that sex crimes are way up in Cyprus, far beyond the European average.

      That’s not a lie, check with Amnesty International who obtained the details from the government’s own statistics.

      The recent notorious case is basically kidnapping.

      Under both Cypriot and European Human Rights law, no statement should be relied upon where there is no lawyer OR where a possibility of coercion exists.

      In this case, the rape victim was held incommunicado for seven hours before making the retraction.

      Under severe stress, a LOT of rape victims retract initial statements just to try and get away and put it behind them.

      Her lawyers were refused the possibility of bringing any evidence that the rape took place even though she had bruises that were consistent with force being used.

      Due to the nature of the illegal statement, her arrest and detention were illegal and legally, in fact, kidnapping.

      Defend your daughters, boycott Cyprus

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        Anonymous says:

        Every year in south , hundreds of people are thought to be victims of drink spiking, where alcohol or drugs are added to someone’s drink without them knowing.

        In some cases, so-called “date rape drugs” may be used to spike a drink before a sexual assault.

        Many more incidents happen abroad or go unreported because of embarrassment or memory loss.

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      Jacqueline says:

      Thats rubbish. Untrue safe to walk around even at night

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    Anonymous says:

    I am from Cyprus and have never seen any crime happening but you definetly should drive defensively as driving and using mobile phones is common

  5. Safe, but roads can be dangerous

    I have lived in Cyprus and been there several times a year for 13 years. I have never been a victim of crime, nor witnessed anyone else be a victim. Of course petty crimes do occur but on a minor scale. Drivers can be dangerous. Lack of signalling and generally breaking speed limits and other road rules occur in Cyprus. A lot of parents fail to use car seats for their children and use mobiles whole driving. This I would say, is the biggest concern at the moment.

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    Anonymous says:

    To say the risk for women is low is dangerously irresponsible.

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