Cyprus has a good health system and in the event of a medical emergency, general hospitals (and most private ones) have a 24-hour accident and emergency department.
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Before You Go
- Citizens of EU countries are currently (ie pre-Brexit enforcement) entitled to free or cheaper medical care in the Republic, but not in Northern Cyprus.
- EU citizens must carry proof of their entitlement in the form of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
- Citizens from other countries should find out if there is a reciprocal arrangement for free medical care between their country and Cyprus, though travel insurance is always recommended.
No jabs are required to travel to Cyprus, but the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that all travellers should be covered for diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella and polio.
Availability & Cost of Health Care
- If you need an ambulance, call 112 in the Republic of Cyprus or 155 in Northern Cyprus.
- Pharmacies can dispense basic medicines without a prescription. You can consult a pharmacist for minor ailments.
- Emergency medical treatment and assistance is provided free of charge at government hospitals or medical institutions. However, payment of the prescribed fees is required for outpatient and inpatient treatment.
Tap water is perfectly safe to drink in the South, although most locals drink bottled water, as it is very hard. However, the glass of water you automatically receive with your Cypriot coffee will undoubtedly be tap water. It is advisable to drink bottled water in the North.