- Reviewed: 13 January 2020, 15:45 NZDT
- Still current at: 24 February 2020
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Exercise normal safety and security precautions
Exercise normal safety and security precautions in Cyprus.View Larger Map Close/Open map
The Government of the Republic of Cyprus exercises control in the (Greek Cypriot) southern part of the island. The northern part operates under an autonomous Turkish Cypriot administration, with a United Nations peacekeeping force controlling the buffer zone between them. As New Zealand does not recognize the Turkish Cypriot administration, assistance to New Zealanders in the northern part of Cyprus is limited.
The crime rate in Cyprus is low, but petty crime such as pickpocketing and bag snatching can occur, particularly in urban and tourist areas.
New Zealanders are advised to be security conscious in public places, guard belongings carefully and never leave bags open or unattended. Extra care should be taken to ensure food and drink is never left unattended. Victims of spiked drinks have been robbed and sometimes assaulted.
Minor demonstrations have taken place in response to the government’s economic reforms. Strikes occur periodically, and can interfere with public transport. New Zealanders are advised to avoid all protests, demonstrations and rallies as they have the potential to turn violent.
It is possible to travel to the north of Cyprus from the south (and back again), including at checkpoints in central Nicosia where you can cross by foot. Do not attempt to enter the United Nations buffer zone at any place other than a designated crossing point. Police and UN forces strictly enforce this restriction.
If you enter Cyprus through the north (such as via Ercan airport), you are considered by the Government of the Republic of Cyprus to have entered Cyprus through an illegal port of entry. The Government of the Republic of Cyprus reserves the right to fine you for illegal entry if you cross into the south, or decline you entry into or exit from the Republic.
Terrorist groups, including those based in Syria and Iraq, continue to make threats to conduct attacks across Europe and there has been a trend of inspired lone attacks. Terrorist attacks in Cyprus cannot be ruled out - they could occur opportunistically, including in areas frequented by foreigners.
New Zealanders in Cyprus are advised to keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. We recommend following any instructions issued by the local authorities and exercising vigilance in public places.
General travel advice
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs in Cyprus are strict and can include lengthy imprisonment or fines.
Avoid photography of military establishments or anything that could be perceived as a security interest. If in doubt, don’t take a picture.
Cyprus is located in an active seismic zone and minor earthquakes are relatively common. In the event of any natural disaster, follow the advice of the local authorities.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Cyprus should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Cyprus are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The New Zealand Embassy Rome, Italy is accredited to Cyprus
The New Zealand Consulate Nicosia, Cyprus
Street Address Kondilaki 6, 1090 Lefkosia, Nicosia Postal Address PO Box 24676, 1302 Lefkosia, Cyprus Telephone +357 22 818 884 Fax +357 22 873 634 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
See our regional advice for Europe
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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Italy
Via Clitunno, 44, 00198 Rome, Italy
Telephone: +39 06 853 7501
Fax: +39 06 440 2984
Hours: Mon- Fri 0830-1230 and 1330-1700
New Zealand Consulate Cyprus
Kondilaki 6, 1090 Lefkosia, Nicosia
Telephone: +357 22 818 884
Fax: +357 22 873 634
Hours: Mon- Fri 0830-1230 and 1330-1700