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Removals To Cyprus

Are you relocating or moving to Cyprus? Setting up a holiday home in Cyprus? Need removals to Cyprus? We can help!

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Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean, with a close proximity to Europe, Asia and Africa. The people and culture of Cyprus is naturally warm and hospitable.

Because of the beautiful nature of the island and the character of the people, Cyprus has become and increasingly popular destination for emigration and holiday homes.

Our network of registered removal companies are all experts in moving people to Cyprus. They can provide a tailor made removal package for you and at the right price. All you need to do is choose.

Please call us today to discuss your move to Cyprus. We have combined years of experience that can help, and guide, you on your way.

Services provided can include:

  • full loads and part loads
  • full or part packing service
  • secure storage

Areas covered include:

Famagusta
Kyrenia
Limassol
Larnaca
Nicosia
Paphos

Our partners services cover all regions within Cyprus. Call us to discuss your Cyprus relocation needs.

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Your Move to Cyprus

We've included below some useful information and websites to help you in planning your move and new life in Cyprus.

There are lots of differences between the UK and Cyprus, which of course, is one of the principal attractions for people to move to Cyprus. From speaking a new language to getting used to new social customs, it's worth doing your research before you go and being prepared - moving to a new country can be quite a shock if you' re not prepared.

If you're buying a holiday home in Cyprus, check your home insurance details for your house in the UK. Many policies are only valid if your home is not unoccupied for 90 days - if you're thinking about spending the winter in your house in Cyprus, contact your UK insurance company.

Driving in Cyrpus

Driving in Cyprus, an unfamiliar country, can be a daunting process. Fortunately Removals Brokers has several tips which when used correctly can ease the problems associated with driving in Cyprus.

A few tips for driving in Cyprus: using a mobile phone whilst driving is prohibited, except a hands-free device; motorcyclists and passengers must wear a helmet; road signs are in English and Greek; distances are marked in kilometres; road signs are marked in kilometres and hour (km/h); all roads on the island are toll free; horns should not be used between 6am and 10pm; third party insurance is obligatory; for emergency assistance call 112 or 199.

It is compulsory to have to red triangles in your car to use on the road if you have an accident or breakdown. If stopped, a driver should be able to show their valid driving licence, plus vehicle registration documents, proof of insurance, and MOT.

In recent years, Cyprus has ranked among the top three European countries (per capita) for traffic fatalities. Common causes of traffic accidents include speeding, tailgating, overtaking and a disregard for traffic lights. Driving in Cyprus is almost a necessity as public transport services are not available to all areas or at all times. Well-maintained, good-sized roads connect the villages and the towns, with four lane motorways connecting the main towns of Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca, Ayia Napa and Paphos. Minor roads and forest roads are usually kept in good condition although they may be un-surfaced. Many mountain roads may close in the winter.

Municipal and private parking places and garages are widely available. Pay parking on the street is available in the town centres (there is usually no fee on Saturday afternoons, Sundays, or public holidays). The blue badge is recognized in Cyprus. It is a standardised European Community disabled person's parking permit which provides parking entitlements to badge holders in all complying European countries - a blue badge from one country is valid in another. A person coming to Cyprus from another EU country can apply in their home country for this universal badge which allows the use of reserved parking.

The Greek Language

Learning a new language can be quite a barrier to overcome. Moving to a new country where the residents speak an entirely different language can leave the people who have moved feeling isolated and alienated. It is therefore advisable to at least learn Greek (the language apoken by Cypriots) or at least the basics of Greek before moving to Cyprus. Learning Greek before you move to Cyprus has a major benefit of being able to integrate with the Cypriot society more easily as communication is simpler.

Moving with your Pets

Alongside your other prized possessions reaching Cyprus, pets will also need to reach their destination safely and securely. Therefore when transporting pets to Cyprus it is best to use the pet travel scheme, this allows pets to be transported from the UK to Cyprus without undergoing unecessary quarantine. To find out more about the Pet travel scheme simply contact your nearest vet.

Telephone & Internet

Fixed line telephony in Cyprus is provided by Cyta, and independent (but government owned) company, and PrimeTel; both provide services for personal and business use. BOth Cyta and PrimeTel provide internet services. For Cyta, call 22 701 000 (from Cyprus only) . For PrimeTel, call 22 027 300 or 25 867 289 (residential services) or 133 (from Cyprus only)

Mobile cellular telephones are available from major retailers and phone shops. If coming to Cyprus with a phone from another country, it may be possible to use it in Cyprus if the frequency band is the same. Probably the most economical way to make and receive calls will likely be to purchase a SIM card in Cyprus. All incoming calls are free and local calls are charged at a local rate.

Banking in Cyprus

Cyprus has a mature banking system which is modelled on the British system. The Central Bank of Cyprus has responsibility for monetary and credit policy. In addition there are nine commercial banks and three specialist financial institutions. A number of foreign banks also have branches in Cyprus, including HSBC which now has branches in the north as well as the south of the island. The Bank of Cyprus, Laiki Bank and Hellenic Bank are the largest three commercial banks in Cyprus, with branches throughout Cyprus.

Banking hours in Cyprus are Monday to Friday from 8.15 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., with some banks in tourist areas also opening in the afternoons. The banking system is sophisticated and well-equipped with modern technology. It is relatively easy to transfer salaries, pensions and income from abroad into Cyprus.

Healthcare in Cyprus

Healthcare is a dual system, as in the UK, with a state run system, backed up by a private system. The Cypriot health system, overall, is of good standards. Life Expectancy is high at 79 years for men, and 82 years for women. Infant mortality is low at 5 infant deaths per 1000 of the population. Further, crude death rate is at 6.9 persons per 1000 of the population

Large Government teaching hospitals are located in all the major cities. Smaller government-run hospitals and clinics are present in other areas of the country. There are also a number of private hospitals and clinics run by medical practitioners who were mostly trained overseas.

Working in Cyprus

If you have arrived in Cyprus without a job, you can visit at the district labour offices, which are attached to the Department of Labour of the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance, in order to register, get information and guidance and even placement in a job. You will need to show your passport or identity card on the first visit.

Cyprus has many private employment agencies, as an alternative to the "Job Centre". Some specialise in finding work for people from abroad, and of those some allow registration and the filing of CVs in the relevant website. Do a search on Google to find out more.

As in the UK, newspapers offer another good way of finding work. The Public Employment Service (PES) of the Department of Labour has an Internet system of registration for employment and for job searching through the EURES website.

Cyprus Facts

  • Cyprus' capital city is Nicosia
  • Male life expectancy on the island is 75 years, for women it is 80 years
  • Some of Cyprus's natural resources include: copper, pyrites, asbestos, gypsum, timber and salt
  • The population of Cyprus as of 2010 was 780,000
  • The total area of Cyprus is 925 sq km
  • The number of internet users in 2002 in Cyprus was 210,000
  • Cyprus is part of the EU; the Euro is the currency of Cyprus
  • Cyprus was a British colony from 1925 till 1960
  • The timezone in Cyprus is GMT + 2
  • Cyprus is best known for its sunshine packed coastal beaches, but the island is also blessed with some stunning mountain ranges, the Troodos massif in the south west and the limestone range of Kyrenia in the north

Flying To Cyprus

Flights to Cyprus and the UK are easy to book, there are two international airports on the south of the island, both of which have a great choice of charter, scheduled and low-cost airlines; this means you have many options when booking flights to Cyprus and the UK. The third largest of the Mediterranean islands, Cyprus is a great holiday destination, with wonderful weather year round, nearly 500 hundred miles of coastline of sandy beaches and rugged outcrops many olive and citrus groves, and a history that can be traced back over 10,000 years all combine to make the island a fascinating place to discover.

The site of the main international airport is Larnaca where the flights to Cyprus and the UK operate; the town also has the islands second port and is a bustling working town and popular holiday resort. Public transport isn't that great on the island so it can make sense and be cheaper if you plan to explore, to pick up a car rental. There are many options for bargain car hire in Cyprus, you can check out the local companies when you are here or arrange on-line to pick up on you arrival at the airport.

Larnaca airport is currently undergoing renovation and a new terminal building is under construction which will increase the capacity of passengers to 7.5 million passengers a year, phase 1 will open in 2009 and a year later phase 2 numbers will increase again to an impressive 9 million per annum. This will also extend the number of flights to Cyprus and the UK, hopefully driving down prices further. This is just part of the massive investment in the Larnaca area, work is also progressing along the Dhekelia Road area when the old petroleum refinery is being dismantled and will be replaced with a state of the art port and marina, which will be able to moor seven cruise ships at one time.

This area provides a great location for Cyprus property for sale; because of all the infrastructure investment and also the new golf course in Tersefanou it is has become a property hotspot. It is easy to reach all the major towns from Larnaca - Nicosia, Limassol and Paphos are all accessible via the modern and well maintained road system of two-lane highways and driving is on the left, which encourages bargain car hire in Cyprus to those who would normally be nervous of driving abroad. It is also a major point for buyers from the UK and Ireland looking for Cyprus property for sale to relocate permanently, the feeling of familiarity makes moving easier.

At one time flights to Cyprus and the UK were prohibitively expensive, but over the past few years it has become cheaper and more affordable confirming Cyprus's reputation as a holiday destination due its wonderful sunny Mediterranean climate and also a place to invest in Cyprus property for sale, for both investment, holiday homes and more recently - relocation. So come and pick up bargain car hire in Cyprus and check the island to see if you would like to do the same!

About The Author

Kate Smith recommends looking for flights to Cyprus and the UK and checking out Cyprus property for sale.

Kate Smith has been involved in the Cyprus property market for a number of years and writes articles for http://www.buyingcyprusproperty.com.

 
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