Cyprus Property – A guide to living and investing in Cyprus (Part IV)

AIR TRAVER

Cyprus has two international airports, Larnaca and Paphos. Paphos airport is now only a 10 minute drive from the town and with the EU free skies policy being extended to the island, more and more European airlines are choosing Paphos as a destination at lower rates than ever before.

There are currently almost 200 flights a week into Paphos airport. These currently include flights for the following European airports:

U.K. and Ireland: London Heathrow, Exeter, Manchester, London Stansted, Birmingham, Gatwick, Bristol, Luton, Glasgow, East Midland, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Liverpool, Norwich, Leeds, Belfast, Cardiff, Dublin, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Exeter, Donkaster Bulgaria: Sofia France: Paris and Nantes Greece: Athens and Thessaloniki Spain: Madrid, Barcelona Belgium: Brussels Netherlands: Amsterdam Finland: Helsinki Germany: Dussledorf, Berlin Schon, Hamburg, Cologne, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Hannover, Dresden, Munich Russia: Moscow and St Petersburg Denmark: Aarhus
Poland: Warsaw Egypt: Cairo Luxembourg: Luxembourg

LANGUAGE

Language is an important factor when considering living abroad. Because of Cyprus’ colonial past, English is very widely spoken in Cyprus with many documents and statements from institutions such as the government and banks being offered in English. In addition, all road and direction signs are in both Greek and English and there are many local and national English language newspapers and magazines.

COMMUNICATIONS

Postal, telephone and internet communications in Cyprus are both efficient and economical. In fact, Cyprus boasts the lowest phone rates in Europe. There is direct dialing to over 200 countries and telex, fax, modem and mobile telephony are all very readily available. The national network uses advanced technology such as digital switching, transmission systems and fibre optic cables. Cyprus ranks third in the world regarding quality and technology. The internet is very widely used in Cyprus with many households now opting for ADSL and ISDN whilst most businesses operate with an ADSL system.

RESIDENTIAL PERMIT

All citizens of the EU enjoy their full rights and privileges as EU citizens here in Cyprus, including the right to establish residency, buy property, open a business and work. For non-EU citizens, the granting of the permit is based on the level of foreign income available to support oneself. Our partner company will assist you in obtaining the relevant information and with formalities.

BRINGING YOUR POSSESSIONS

We can recommend a number of overseas specialists to help you with your relocation and the shipping of your possessions. Furthermore, they can assist you with all formalities and procedures for customs clearance. They are there to assist you with all decisions, big of small, that will need to be made regarding your move once you purchase your home in Cyprus.

UTILITIES

Buying through us means that you do not need to worry about getting permits for electricity and water. All such permits could be taken care of by our associate company and when your property is delivered these issues will have been solved. Provisions for telephone lines are delivered as part of the property and should you, the purchaser, decide to obtain such a line, we can assist you with the necessary application.

FAMILY PETS

As of July 3rd 2004, the EU has implemented its new EUPETS policy, with Cyprus being party to this agreement. In effect, it is mandatory for pets from EU countries to have an EU passport for movement between member states, which enables the pet to be clearly identified and its health status to be checked. Movement from a third country will require an additional official EU Health Certificate. It is best to contact the veterinary services in Cyprus or your home country or the Cyprus embassy, high commission or consulate in your home country for mote information.

Courtesy: Leptos Estates

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Contact: Yianni Pavlou
Email: [email protected]
Tel: ++27 82 4944555

Disclaimer: The information in this property guide was correct at the time fo going to press and is for guidance only. Leptos Estates accepts no responsibility for future changes in trends, figures and legislation.

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