Cyprus is a relatively safe place for visitors. The main thing to be aware of is petty theft, especially in main tourist sights. Be careful but don't be paranoid. Organised crime, mainly from Eastern Europe, is a factor to be aware of and has had particular impact on prostitution, mainly confined to cabarets, in clearly defined areas of larger towns.

Scams

You may come across time-share touts if you hang around the main resorts in Cyprus, and in particular Pafos. If you like the island enough, a time share may be worth considering, but be careful about how and what you choose. You need to have all your rights and obligations in writing, especially where management companies promise to sell your time share for you if you decide to buy a new one.

Government Travel Advice

The following government websites offer travel advisories and information for travellers.

  • Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (www.smartraveller.gov.au)
  • British Foreign Office (www.fco.gov.uk/countryadvice)
  • Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs (www.voyage.gc.ca)
  • US State Department (www.travel.state.gov)