Practical information 

Currency

The currency in Cyprus is Euro (€). All banks exchange major currencies (e.g. US dollar, British sterling pound, Swiss franc, etc.) in Euro. A bank is located at the exit of the arrival hall at Larnaca and Paphos airports (just after Customs control). Banks with ATMs can also be found everywhere in Limassol.

 

Electricity

The plug type in Cyprus is G (of British origin), which is the plug that has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern. Cyprus operates on a 230V supply voltage, at 50Hz.

 

Many hotels offer Universal Plugs and USB chargers in their rooms. Some hotels offer adapters at the reception (with deposit). Please make sure to have an adapter ready though, if you might need to charge your device during the conference.

 

Examples of wall socket and plug (left) and examples of adaptors for foreign visitors (right):

Telephones and contact numbers

Country code for Cyprus: +357

 

Emergency

Emergency telephone number: 112 or 199

 

Safety Tips

None. Cyprus is a safe country.

 

Conference members may wish to visit the Turkish-occupied area in the north through specific crossing points around the country, however they should bear in mind that they enter areas of an illegal entity not recognised by the United Nations and that the Government of the Republic of Cyprus has no effective control in this area.

 

Time Zone

Summer Eastern European Time (UTC+03:00) during the conference dates.

 

Getting to and around Limassol

 

Airports

Most major airlines’ scheduled flight operations are served by Larnaca International Airport (e.g. Lufthansa, Austrian, Swiss, British Airways, Emirates, Qatar, ElAl, Aegean, SAS, Wizz Air etc.), while Paphos (Pafos) International Airport mostly serves low-cost and charter flights (e.g. Ryanair, Easyjet, TUI etc., especially during high-season (April to October).

 

Larnaca airport is approximately a 45-minute (67km / 41mi) drive to the Conference venue.

Paphos airport is a 45-minute (62 km / 38 mi) drive to the Conference venue.

 

Airport transfers

With an Airport Bus Shuttle service with €9 per adult and €4 per child (3-12 years) one way, the Limassol Urban Buses Company transfers you from Larnaca or Paphos Airport to Limassol and return with daily schedules, including weekends and public holidays. Limassol Airport Express Bus stops in the Limassol tourist area and in downtown Limassol. Tickets can be purchased from the bus driver or from a kiosk upon arrival in the airport.

 

Public Taxis are always available at both airports (Larnaca & Paphos) for your transfer to Limassol.

 

Public Buses

All information about bus routes in Cyprus can be found on Cyprus by Bus.

Important note concerning the illegal airport Ercan (ECN) in the occupied area of Cyprus: The ECN airport operates in the Turkish-occupied area in the northern part of Cyprus and serves illegally flights from/to Turkey. The entry in the Republic of Cyprus via the ECN airport is illegal. Further information on this issue may be found at the website of the Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs (https://mfa.gov.cy/important-information-concerning-travel-to-occupied-area.html).

 

VISA

Travelling to Cyprus is easy. The documentation required varies, depending on your nationality. A valid passport is required for a stay of up to 90 days for all bona fide tourists except citizens of European Union countries, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway who may enter Cyprus with their national identity card provided it bears a photo. Some non-EU third country nationals require a visa.

 

EU countries, Commonwealth countries and the USA do NOT need a visa. Schengen Visa holders are allowed to enter the Republic of Cyprus. The Schengen Visa has made traveling between 25 member countries (22 European Union states and 3 non-EU members) much easier and less bureaucratic. Traveling on a Schengen Visa means that the visa holder can travel to any (or all) member countries using one single visa, thus avoiding the hassle and expense of obtaining individual visas for each country. A Schengen visa allows the holder to travel freely within the Schengen countries for a maximum stay of up to 90 days in a 6 month period.

 

Citizens of these countries are not required to have Cyprus visa for a stay of up to 90 days, provided they are bona fide visitors

 

Citizens of these countries are required to have an entry visa to Cyprus.

 

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) will, on request, provide an invitation letter to conference participants who need to obtain a visa.

 

After you register for the I-HE2024 Conference, you can then request an invitation letter by sending your request to synedrio@topkinisis.com, together with:

 

1.Registration Confirmation

2.Affiliation

3.Country of Residence

 

Please do allow ample time, as the process of applying for a visa can be lengthy.

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