Is it safe to travel to Cyprus right now? Latest travel advice

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On April 13, Iran carried out military action against Israel, with over 300 drones and missiles fired at the country. This hasn’t changed the FCDO’s advice for travelling to Cyprus, which is closer to the Middle East than to Europe.

With an enviably sunny location in the Mediterranean, Cyprus is popular with British holidaymakers year-round. In spring, the island comes into full bloom, while in summer there are blue-flag beaches where you can soak up the sun. By autumn, the Troodos Mountains are bathed in a golden hue, and the mild winters make it an attractive year-round choice.

Here’s everything you need to know about the latest travel advice to Cyprus.

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What’s the latest government advice about travelling to Cyprus?

A juniper on Mount Madari in the Troodos range

A juniper on Mount Madari in the Troodos range

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Cyprus is generally considered to be a safe holiday destination and the UK Foreign Office hasn’t updated its advice on travelling to the island since the fighting between Israel and Hamas began, or since Iran’s military action against Israel on April 13. It does, however, warn that protests can happen with little warning in light of the conflict.

Separately, it warns that the British government does not recognise “the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus”. Furthermore, consular support will be very limited in this area, which means you may be “more vulnerable and at greater risk”.

Has Cyprus been affected by the Israel-Hamas conflict?

Café life in the village of Omodos

Café life in the village of Omodos

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Cyprus is not directly affected by the fighting between Israel and Hamas, or the conflict between Iran and Israel, although it is home to a significant Israeli population that has swelled since the conflict began in early October 2023. Security measures around the island have heightened since the fighting began, according to local press.

Tensions rose following the US and UK strikes on Houthi bases in Yemen on January 11, which were in response to Houthi attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea. This sparked protests outside the RAF base in Akrotiri, which was used as one of the launch pads for the strikes. Cyprus was not involved in the operation, and Britain is not obligated to seek permission from Cyprus for any military operations launched from the base.

Is it safe to travel to Cyprus right now?

The UK’s Foreign Office hasn’t changed its advice for Cyprus in the wake of the Israel-Hamas war, or the recent attack on Israel by Iran. For now, it’s still considered a safe destination. You should, however, follow the local news and stay away from any protests while there.

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What are Cyprus’s entry requirements?

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Aphrodite’s Rock in Paphos (Alamy)

Cyprus is a full member of the EU, which means that most of the rules and restrictions for entering any EU nation apply, including passport validity requirements.

For British citizens, that means ensuring that your passport is less than ten years old and has at least three months of validity left on the day you intend to leave the country.

You can enter Cyprus without a visa for up to 90 days for tourism, visiting friends or family, attending business meetings or short-term study. Unlike other EU countries such as France or Spain, which are part of the Schengen zone, your stay in Cyprus does not count towards the 90 day visa-free limit imposed on Brits after Brexit.

Is Cyprus safe for female travellers?

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Partygoers enjoying a beer or two at the Limassol Carnival

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Yes, Cyprus is generally considered safe for female travellers, including those travelling on their own. Crime rates are low but personal attacks, including sexual assault, do happen.

The UK Foreign Office says that drug-assisted rape is a risk in Cyprus, and includes the use of drugs such as GHB and liquid ecstasy. It advises buying your own drinks and keeping an eye on them. If you’re on a night out with friends, avoid splitting up with the rest of the group.

Is Cyprus safe for LGBT travellers?

Blowing bubbles at the annual Pride parade in Nicosia

Blowing bubbles at the annual Pride parade in Nicosia

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Cyprus is generally considered safe for LGBT travellers. Same-sex relationships are legal in the country and civil partnerships are recognised. However, the Foreign Office warns that it may not be as widely accepted as in the UK, especially in the north of the island.

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