The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.
Cyprus is an independent country that continues to be divided into two de facto autonomous areas and, contrary to United Nations resolutions, into two separate zones. The Government of the Republic of Cyprus, the internationally recognized authority, exercises control only in the Greek Cypriot southern part of the island. The northern area operates under an autonomous Turkish Cypriot administration. As Canada does not recognize the Turkish Cypriot administration, assistance to Canadians in the northern area of Cyprus could be limited.
The crime rate is low but on the rise. Petty crime such as pick pocketing and purse snatching is prevalent, particularly in urban areas.
Exercise caution as driving standards are poor. While modern highways link the major cities, rural and mountain roads are often narrow, winding and poorly maintained. Enforcement of traffic laws and regulations is inconsistent. Running of red lights, speeding and tailgating are common causes of accidents.
United Nations peacekeeping force patrols the œgreen line between the Republic of Cyprus in the southern part of the island, and the Turkish Cypriot northern area. You can cross the green line in both directions at designated crossing points, including at pedestrian-only Ledra Palace and Ledra Street checkpoints in central Nicosia.
Demonstrations and strikes occur periodically, and have the potential to suddenly turn violent. Avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings, follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media. Strikes may occasionally interfere with services, such as public transport.
Public buses are limited but taxis are widely available. Rail service is non-existent.
See Transportation Safety in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.
Be aware that some bars and œcabarets have been known to overcharge customers for drinks. Customers who refused to pay the bill have been threatened.
See our Overseas Fraud page for more information on scams abroad.
General safety information
Exercise normal safety precautions. Ensure that your personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times.
Dial 112 to reach emergency services. For police or emergency roadside assistance, dial 199 in the Republic of Cyprus and 155 in the Turkish Cypriot area.