Moving to Cyprus

In Moving Guides by Steven Kane

Capital City: Nicosia
Population: 1.2 Million
Language(s): Greek / Turkish
Currency: Euro (EUR €)
GDP per capita: USD 23,500 (2016)
Drives on the: Left
Time: GMT +2
Internet domain: .cy
International dialling code: +357

We are pleased to provide you with our guide on moving to Cyprus from Dubai, UAE. Please make note of the special links at the foot of this page.

Overview
Located in the Eastern Mediterranean, moving to Cyprus provides a unique experience. With a long history, Cyprus was part of the Roman Empire, a former British colony and shortly after gaining independence in 1960, the northern territory containing most of the islands Turkish Cypriot minority became separated from the south which is home to three quarters of the islands population, (the majority Greek Cypriots). This southern area is known as the Republic of Cyprus.

The “green line” – which is still overseen by the United Nations still divides the island. However tensions run quite low and despite the long running differences, civil problems are rare.

The Republic of Cyprus joined the European Union in 2004.

Expats in Cyprus
For decades Cyprus has enjoyed a major tourist boom and despite the number of tourists reducing significantly since the financial crisis, it is gradually recovering with many tourists now visiting from Russia and the Far East. Tourism remains a major contributor to the economy as does the service industry.

The UN supervision of the green line has led to increasing stability and northern Cyprus has in recent years become a popular destination for expats due to a preferable climate and the lower cost of living.

Cyprus remains a very welcoming country and the location of the country, seen as a gateway between Europe, Asia and Africa, favourable corporation tax rates and a well-educated workforce, has resulted in Cyprus being an attractive option for large multinational companies.

The pace of life is relatively slow and this is certainly reflected in the public sector. Anyone expecting to complete official tasks quickly is likely to be disappointed. However, with yearlong sunshine, spectacular scenery and a wonderfully varied cuisine it remains a very popular expat destination.

Cost of living (Nicosia)
A meal at a standard restaurant is likely to cost roughly € 15 per person with a beer priced around € 3 and soft drinks around € 2 per can. A reasonable bottle of wine costs approximately € 6 and a coffee typically sets you back around € 3.50. At the local supermarkets a loaf of bread is priced around € 1.50, a liter of milk approximately € 1.40 and a dozen eggs roughly € 3.75.

Public transport in Cyprus, in general is reasonably good although there is no rail network. A monthly pass in a major city is likely to cost around € 40. Taxis start around is € 5 and then around € 0.75 per kilometer thereafter. Petrol is relatively expensive at around € 1.16 per liter.
Accommodation is reasonably priced, although can differ depending on the area and city. A typical 1-2 bedroom apartment in a prestigious area of a major city would be approximately € 750 per month. Less desirable areas would reduce monthly rent to around € 500. A typical house would cost around € 1,200 per month.
Basic utilities for an average two-bedroom apartment will be around € 125. Prepaid mobile phone charges are approximately € 0.20 per minutes and a fast broadband internet connection is roughly € 40 per month.

Schooling
Public education is free for all children who are legal residence in the Republic of Cyprus. Kinder garden is available for toddlers but compulsory education is required from the age of 5 through to 15.

Public education in Cyprus is really inconsistent. Assessments and inspections on schools and teachers is not at the level of some other European countries, consequently standards of tuition can vary greatly. In addition, classes are conducted mainly in Greek and so expats who may not plan to remain long-term in Cyprus, or who have older children, may determine a private school where their native language is utilised, is a preferable option.

Middle school begins at age 9 and then secondary education takes place between 12-16 or 18+ if higher education is sought. However most higher education is not free of charge.

Private/International schools are common in the major cities such as Nicosia, Larnaka, Limassol and Paphos, (Also Kyrenia in Northern Cyprus). These schools are not free and vary in cost, however they tend to offer smaller class sizes, a more consistently high standard of tuition, more varied extra-curricular activities and of course a more familiar syllabus conducted in English (German/French/Spanish speaking schools (among other) are also available).

Healthcare
Public healthcare is free to most expats, especially EU citizens. Private healthcare is available and although it is not free, the prices tend to be relatively good value compared to most of Europe.

Clinics and hospitals are plentiful in all major cities and throughout the island, however the facilities in the North are not considered to be as widespread or of as high a standard than those in the South.

Foreign prescriptions are rarely accepted at Cypriot pharmacies and so it is advisable to be issued with one by a local doctor.

In order to receive public healthcare you will need to be issued with a state medical card issued by the Ministry of health.

Private healthcare is common amongst expats and (non EU nationalities), which brings with it the benefits such as, shorter wait-lists, and a wide choice of medical facilities.

Moving Documents Required
When moving to the Republic of Cyprus from Dubai, importation of Household Goods and Personal Effects
• Passport
• Detailed Packing list in English,
• 2TL (page 4) original to be signed by customs at origin
• Cypriot customs form (1002) stamped by local embassy
• Bill of lading / AWB
• Letter of employment (moving from non-EU countries)
• Bank statement confirming funds in Cyprus (moving from non-EU countries)

Useful link(s);
http://www.mof.gov.cy/mof/customs/customs.nsf/index_en/index_en
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-cyprus

Note: This document is provided as a guide for people moving to Cyprus from Dubai, UAE and for information purposes only. Customs regulations can and do change at any time, usually without notice. Your mover will provide you with more information.