Tips for driving in Cyprus
29 February 2020
Advice, Checklist & Legal Requirements
Short-term visitors and tourists are permitted to drive on UK driving licences. Cypriot driving regulations are similar to those of the UK and driving is on the left-hand side of the road. However, driving standards are poor.
What do I need to drive in Cyprus?
- · Valid driving licence
- · Proof of identification (passport)
- · Insurance documents (third part or above)
- · Proof of ownership (registration certificate)
If you do not own the vehicle you are driving, you are advised to obtain written permission from the registered owner.
In 2012 there were 51 road deaths in Cyprus. This equates to 5.9 road deaths per 100,000 of population and compares to the UK average of 2.8 road deaths per 100,000 of population in 2012.
Cyprus Driving Laws
Seat belts are required for all passengers, whether in the front or back seat of the vehicle. Children less than 1.5m in height must wear a suitable safety belt or be restrained with a suitable restraint system.
It is compulsory in Cyprus to carry the following safety equipment within any vehicle with more than 2 wheels:
- · 2 Warning triangle
- · GB Sticker
- · Spare bulb kit is recommended
Standard speed limits (km/h) unless otherwise stated by traffic signs:
Urban roads (31 mph).
Non-urban roads (50 mph).
Motorways / expressways (62 mph).
In-car radar detectors are illegal whether they are in use or not and on-the-spot fines are issued for the infringement of minor traffic regulations.
Drinking and Driving
Do not drink and drive. The legal limit is zero. Those found over the limit face a fine and possible imprisonment.
On motorcycle, both driver and passenger must wear a helmet.
There is no LPG available on the Island.
Heavy fines apply if you use a mobile telephone whilst driving.
General Driving Advice
So to recap here is our checklist for driving in Cyprus:
- Ensure you have proper documentation: valid driving licence, ID, driving insurance covering driving in Cyprus, proof of ownership (registration certification).
- Ensure rear passengers are wearing seat belts and remember children less than 1.5m in height must wear a suitable safety belt or be restrained with a suitable restraint system.
- Ensure your car is equipped with the following safety equipment: 2 Warning triangles and GB Sticker.
- Check fuel compatibility as some fuels may not be compatible with your vehicle.
- Do not drink and drive.
- Observe local speed limits – as a general rule built up areas have limits of 50km/h (31 mph), outside built up areas are 80km/h (50mph). In car radar detectors are illegal.
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Reference: The statistics mentioned on this page were sourced from the Reported Road Casualties Great Britain:2012 Annual Report and, to the best of Eurobreakdown.com’s knowledge, are correct at the time of publication (May 2014).
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