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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD (foreign office travel advice)

Paphos

When to go

Paphos is a cultural city that enjoys a strong tourist following, and means visitors fly in to sample its great food, wines and history all year round. That said, if you're after some scorching summer days, between May and October you can expect temperatures to stay at least 25°C, and exceeding 30°C come August.

Cyprus has mild winters with temperatures averaging around 15°C to 20°C, which makes Paphos holidays a cosy choice for a break between November and February, free from drizzle and shivers. The good news is there are festivals all year round, so there's bound to be some celebration being staged whenever you take your trip.

Health and safety

As with any holiday, you should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover yourself and family on your trip. It's also a good idea to apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK as this entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Cypriot nationals. It won't, however, cover you for medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment.

If you are visiting Paphos specifically to take part in sports or water sports, including hiking, you should make sure your insurance covers this. See our holiday extras page for more information and for the latest health and safety information visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus/health.

Passports and visas

British citizens don't need a visa to enter Cyprus but must have a valid passport. By law, you must carry your passport with you and may need to show it when paying by credit card. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus/entry-requirements.

Getting around

You're more than likely to land at Paphos Airport when you book holiday packages to Cyprus. If you're using the city as a base from which to further explore the island, you've made a pretty smart choice. Bus links connect every part of Cyprus via cheap and efficient routes. And there are several companies from which you can hire cars, or even 4x4s, to explore the island for yourself.

Advice for travellers with children

Paphos is an efficient city, with enough to do for little ones and a laid-back atmosphere that puts parents' minds at ease. Beaches, restaurants and accommodation venues are all very well regarded for their capabilities in keeping young minds engaged and cheeky little hands out of mischief, so it's no wonder so many families book All Inclusive Cyprus holidays here year after year.

Electricity

Cyprus uses the same plugs and voltage as those used in the UK.

Emergency information

Call 112 for all emergencies and the operator will put you through to the police, fire brigade or ambulance service. The line is operated in five languages including English.

For Cyprus' direct emergency number dial 199.

British consulate

If you are a victim of crime or affected by a crisis overseas, or if something happens to a relative or partner contact the British Consulate in Nicosia.

Address: Alexander Pallis Street, PO Box 21978, Nicosia, 1587

Phone: +357 22 861100

Email: UKinCyprus@fco.gov.uk

Website: www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-high-commission-nicosia

Be sure to book an appointment as services at the public counter are only available if you've booked them ahead of time.

Hospitals

Paphos has a general hospital, which is located on the northern outskirts of the city.

Paphos General Hospital

Address: Anavargos Street, Anavargos, Paphos

Phone: +357 26 803 100

Useful links

Aphrodites Rock - Information on a small craft brewery located in Paphos, a great place to visit on days out in Cyprus.