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Baby -Food, Napkins etc.

Both international and locally-produced brands of baby food, napkins, disposable diapers, baby cosmetics, anti-rash creams etc., are available on the Cyprus market. There is a big variety from which to choose "babies' necessaries", and these can be found in Pharmacies (chemists) and in supermarkets.

Baby Sitting Services

Almost all hotels in Cyprus offer baby-sitting facilities, provided arrangements with the reception are made in advance.


The Banking system in Cyprus is well-developed and capable of coping with the diverse needs of the business community.

Commercial banks in Cyprus offer a wide range of banking services in Cyprus pounds, as well as in foreign currencies, and have correspondents in most major cities around the world. They are also full members of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT). Commercial banking is based on UK banking law and practice and is complaint with EU banking law. Commercial banks are supervised by the Central Bank of Cyprus.

The Central Bank of Cyprus is responsible for the monetary, credit, and exchange policy, issues currency and acts as banker of the Government. Commercial Banking arrangements follow the British model, and the majority of Commercial Banks on the island are now full members of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, (S.W.I.F.T.).

In addition to supervising commercial banks, the Central Bank has the following duties and responsibilities:

1. Formulates and implements monetary policy;
2. -Conducts exchange rate policy within the framework of the policy formulated by the Council of Ministers after the latter has obtained the Central Bank’s opinion;
3. -Manages and administers the international reserves of the Republic;
4. -Promotes the smooth operation of payment and settlement systems;
5. Acts as a banker and financial agent of the Goverment;
6. -Participates in international monetary and economic organisations.

For further information please contact:
P.O.Box 25529, CY 1395 Lefkosia
Tel: 357-22714100, Fax: 357-22378151
Website: cy

Banking hours for the public

May to September
Monday-Friday: 08:15 - 13:30

October to April
Monday-Friday: 08:30 - 13:00
Monday: 15:15 - 16:45

May to August
Monday-Friday 08:15 - 13:00

Banks are closed at weekends on public holidays and Easter Tuesday. Christmas Eve is a working day for banks.

Banks at Larnaka and Pafos International Airports provide exchange bureaux services on a 24-hour basis. Similar facilities are also available at Lemesos harbour.

There are many Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) outside most branches of banks in all towns and in the main tourist resorts of Agia Napa and Paralimni.

Hotels, large shops and restaurants normally accept credit cards and traveller's cheques. Rates of exchange are published daily in the local press and are broadcast through the media.

Further information of Cyprus's banking system is available at the Central Bank's website or the website of commercial banks.

- Centrally located Banks provide "afternoon tourist services" from Tuesday to Friday.
- Banks at the Larnaca and Paphos International Airports provide services throughout the day, as well as a night service for most flights.
- Banking facilities are also available at the Limassol harbor.
- Hotels, large shops, restaurants, etc. usually accept travelers checks and major credit cards. Rates of exchange are published daily in the local press.

Bibliography on Cyprus

Numerous books have been written on Cyprus in various languages covering topics like: History, Archaeology, Ecclesiastical Art and Monasteries, Towns and villages, Folk Art and Environment, Cookery as well as Tourist Guides. Most publications can be obtained both in Cyprus and abroad from various bookshops.

Boats Connecting Cyprus With Other Countries

As the easternmost island in the Mediterranean, Cyprus is a natural point of departure for exploring this amazingly diverse region. All year round locally based cruise lines, departing from Limassol port, help locals and tourists alike get a firsthand perspective of the splendors of ancient Egypt, major attractions in Israel and Lebanon and, of course, the Greek islands. These cruises are typically of two-to-five days' duration and make use of Cyprus' geographic position to eliminate the need to book hotels in the selected ports of call. For example, on the popular two-day cruise from Cyprus to Egypt (only 200 miles south), passengers overnight on board, spend a full day exploring the Great Pyramids at Giza and overnight on the ship again enroute to Cyprus.

The cruises are operated by large and comfortable cruise ships which offer full board accommodation and entertainment at very reasonable prices. Bookings for these cruises can be made while on holiday in Cyprus. Also many tour operators in Europe and elsewhere feature the cruises in their holiday brochures. The ships usually leave Limassol(Lemesos) port afternoon to early evening.Passenger ships from the ports of Limassol and Larnaca connect Cyprus with various Greek and Middle East ports: Piraeus, Rhodes, Crete, other Greek islands, Haifa, Port Said, Junieh (Lebanon).

The cruise programs have been designed specifically to suit varying travel preferences, including departure days and destinations.

The following cruise offerings are usually available:

1. Two -day cruise to Egypt which include a visit to the Cairo Museum and the Pyramids.
2. Two -day cruise to Israel which include a visit to the Holy places in Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
3. Three-day combination cruise to Israel and Egypt which include the above mentioned excursions.

May to October with variations depending on cruise.
1. Two -day cruise to Lebanon, which include a visit to Beirut, other attractions plus shopping.
2. Three -day cruise to Lebanon and Egypt.
3. Two -day cruise to the Greek island of Rhodes.
4. Five or six day cruise to the Greek islands including Rhodes, Mykonos, Santorini and an overnight aboard ship in Piraeus(Athens).


cruises map

Please take a look at the internet sites of the following Cyprus based cruise lines for up to date information on itineraries and prices:

Louis Cruise Centre Ltd
Tel: 357 25 55 70 00
Fax: 357 25 56 66 03

Salamis Tours Ltd
Tel: 357 25 86 00 00
Fax: 357 25 37 44 37

Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) issues a detailed Info-Paper on Ferry Boats which can be obtained from CTO offices in Cyprus and abroad, upon request.

Boat Trips Along The Coast of Cyprus

One-day sea cruises in the crystal-clear Mediterranean waters, are organized from May to October, weather permitting, and these usually include drinks and snacks on board, with lunch served either on board, or at a sea-side restaurant.

Itineraries are as follows:

From Limassol harbor to Lady's Mile beach and back.
From Paphos harbor to Coral Bay, Peyia area and back.
From Ayia Napa to Paralimni, Protaras area and back.
From Larnaca Marina along Larnaca, Ayia Napa, Protaras coast and back.
From Polis (Latsi) along the Akamas coast.

For further information visitors are requested to contact the Sightseeing Tour Operators.

Business / Shopping Hours

Public Service hours
Winter Period (Sept. 1 - June 30):
Monday - Friday:  07.30-14.30
Thursday: 07.30-14.30

Summer Period (July 1 - Aug. 31):

Monday - Friday: 07.30-14.30

Business / Shopping Hours

Winter Period (Oct. 1 - April 30)

Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri:  08.00-13.00 
  14.30-17.30 (shops) 
  15.00-18.00 (offices) 
Wednesday, Saturday: 08.00-13.00 

Summer Period (May 1 - Sept. 30) 

Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri:  08.00-13.00 
Wednesday - Saturday: 08.00-13.00 

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