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Business hours

Throughout Cyprus, restaurants are open from 11am to 2pm and from 7.30pm to 11pm daily. Public-service hours are 7.30am to 3.30pm weekdays and also 3pm to 6pm Thursday (September to June), or 7.30am to 2.30pm weekdays (July to August).

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Republic of Cyprus

Shopping hours vary by season. In summer (June to mid-September), shops open at around 8.30am and close at around 7.30pm weekdays. In the major cities there is an afternoon break from 1pm to 4pm. In spring and autumn (April to May and mid-September to October), shops close at 7pm, and in the winter period (November to March) at 6pm. On Wednesday and Saturday early closing is at 2pm, and shops do not open on Sunday.

Banks maintain somewhat shorter hours: 8.30am to 12.30pm weekdays as well as 3.15pm to 4.45pm on Monday. In July and August banks open 15 minutes earlier. Centrally positioned banks also offer afternoon tourist services; you’ll see notices posted on their doors. Currency-exchange bureaus operate over more extended hours and are often open until late in the evening.

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Northern Cyprus

Banks are open 8am to noon, and 2pm to 5pm weekdays from September to March, and from 8am to 1.30pm, and 2.30pm to 5pm the rest of the year. Shops are open 7.30am to 2pm weekdays from May to August, and 8am to 1pm, and 2pm to 5pm the rest of the year. There is also late opening on Monday from 3.30pm to 6pm.

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