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There have long been tensions between the Turkish and Greek communities on the island of Cyprus and since the Turkish military intervention in the northern part of the island in 1974 Cyprus has been divided into two by a UN Peace Line. Visitors heading directly to Cyprus will arrive in the Greek part as there are no direct links to the Turkish part, only indirect links via Turkey. Leaving aside the politics of the situation generally Cypriots of both communities are welcoming to visitors, but visitors should be wary of the difficulties in travelling from one part of the island to the other.

As a legacy from its days as a British colony the convention in Cyprus is to drive on the left side of the road. Driving on the left hand side of the road may be a new experience for some visitors as may well be the use of kilometres to measure distance - one good thing about using a rental car is that it will be adapted to local conditions with the steering on the right hand side and the speedometer marked in kilometres per hour.

The availability of rentals cars is very good in the Greek part of Cyprus.

The speed limits in Cyprus are:

On Motorways the limit is 100 kilometres per hour. This equates to about 62 miles per hour. On other roads not showing any lower restriction the limit is 80 kilometres per hour, that's 50 miles per hour. In towns the limit is 50 kilometres per hour, or 31 miles per hour.

Drivers face severe penalties if found driving with more than 90mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. This is a little higher than the limit in Britain which is 80mg per 100ml, and much higher than the 50mg limit that applies in much of Europe.

Persons under the age of 18 years are not allowed to drive in Cyprus even though they may hold a driving licence issued in another country.

The wearing of seat belts is compulsory and children must be 10 years old or over to occupy a front passenger seat.

Before you drive away check, that your hire car carries 2 warning triangles as it is compulsory to carry 2 in Cyprus.


These notes are intended only to draw attention to some of the rules and regulations that apply to driving in Cyprus. They are not an exhaustive or complete set of regulations and may be superseded by changes in the law at any time. The publishers can accept no responsibility for any problem that may arise because drivers have failed to satisfy all the relevant legislation in any country in which they may use a vehicle hired through this site. It remains the responsibility of the driver to satisfy himself or herself that they are aware of all the relevant legislation that affects their conduct and the driving of vehicles in any country in which they may find themselves.

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