State Department: Cyprus - Consular Information Sheet, October 7, 1992
Cyprus - Consular Information Sheet
Embassy Location: The U.S. Embassy in Cyprus is located at the
corner of Therissos and Dositheos Streets, Nicosia, near the Cyprus
Hilton Hotel. The Consular Section may be reached at (357)(2)
October 7, 1992
Country Description: Cyprus is a developed Mediterranean island
nation divided "de facto" into two areas. The government of the
Republic of Cyprus is the internationally recognized authority on
the island but, in practice, its control extends only to the Greek
Cypriot southern part of the island. The northern area operates
under an autonomous Turkish Cypriot administrative zone supported by
Turkish troops. In 1983, this section declared itself the "Turkish
Republic of Northern Cyprus", which is recognized only by Turkey.
Facilities for tourism in the southern sector are highly developed;
those in the northern Turkish-controlled zone, while adequate, tend
to be smaller and less modern.
Entry Requirements: Tourist and business visas are issued at the
port of entry for a stay of up to three months. Proof of an AIDS
test is required of certain entertainers. For other information
concerning entry requirements for Cyprus, travelers can contact the
Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus at 2211 R Street N.W., Washington,
DC 20008, tel: (202) 462-5772, or the nearest consulate in San
Francisco, Chicago, St. Louis, or New York.
Medical Facilities: Good medical facilities are available in
Cyprus. U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the
United States. Travelers have found that in some cases,
supplemental medical insurance with specific overseas coverage has
proved to be useful. Further information on health matters can be
obtained from the Centers for Disease Control's international
travelers hotline on (404) 332-4559.
Crime Information: Cyprus has a low rate of crime. U.S. citizens
can refer to the Department of State's pamphlet, "A Safe Trip
Abroad" for ways to promote a more trouble-free voyage. The
pamphlet is available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S.
Government Printing Office, Washington DC 20402.
Drug Penalties: Penalties for possession, use, and dealing in
illegal drugs are strict, and convicted offenders can expect jail
sentences and fines.
Terrorist Activities: While civil disorder is uncommon in Cyprus,
demonstrations sometimes occur, and there have been occasional
violent incidents along the "green line". Terrorist groups from the
Middle East have occasionally used Cyprus as a site for carrying out
acts of terrorism against third country targets.
Dual Nationality: U.S. citizens whom the Cypriot government
considers to be Cypriot citizens could be subject to compulsory
military service and other aspects of Cypriot law while in Cyprus.
Those who may be affected can inquire at the Cypriot Embassy
regarding their status. In some instances, dual nationality might
hamper U.S. government efforts to provide protection abroad.
Other Information: Since 1974, the Cyprus government has designated
Larnaca and Paphos international airports, and the seaports of
Limassol, Larnaca, and Pahos as the only legal points of entry into
and exit from Cyprus. These ports are all in the
government-controlled southern part of the island. Entry or exit
via any other air or seaport is not authorized by the Cyprus
government. It is possible for visitors to arrive at non-designated
air and seaports in the northern sector, but they should not expect
to cross the United Nations-patrolled "green line" to the government
controlled areas in the south. Such travel is not permitted by the
government of Cyprus, even for transit purposes. Visitors arriving
through designated ports of entry may be able to cross into the
north for short day trips. Policy and procedures regarding such
travel are subject to change. The U.S. Embassy in Nicosia can
inform travellers of current requirements.
Registration: Americans who register in the Consular Section of the
Embassy can obtain updated information on travel and security within