Cyprus Bailout | Cash Limit When Travelling North

Cyprus Bailout | Cash Limit When Travelling NorthCyprus Bailout | Cash Limit When Travelling North

From UK’s Foreign Office there is a warning about the amount of cash you can bring across the south to north checkpoint. Particularly important for tourists is the fact that  “if you are permanently resident outside Cyprus and travelling through one of the checkpoints to the north of the island you will only be able to take a maximum of €500 or its equivalent in foreign notes with you.”

You can see the impact this would have on casinos in the north, especially as, for some reason, the maximum for Cyprus residents is €300. Add to this the fact that you can take €2000 if you are travelling abroad and it becomes clear that the south wants the north to share their misery.

The rest of the information relevant to a trip to Cyprus can be found below.

Cyprus is implementing measures to protect its banking sector. Check with your bank for further information.

Updated advice for British nationals will be posted in this travel advice and on the UK and Cyprus page.

Banks in the Republic of Cyprus have now re-opened. You can continue to use ATMs, debit and credit cards as normal. Limits have been imposed on withdrawals from Cypriot bank accounts, but this should not apply to withdrawals from UK or other foreign bank accounts. You should, however, be aware that each person (including children) is only allowed to take €2,000 in cash out of Cyprus.

If you are permanently resident outside Cyprus and travelling through one of the checkpoints to the north of the island you will only be able to take a maximum of €500 or its equivalent in foreign notes with you. Permanent residents of the Republic of Cyprus will only be able to take a maximum of €300 or its equivalent. See the Cyprus Ministry of Finance website.

Payments of UK government pensions and benefits to Cyprus have resumed as of 2 April. Because of processing times, it may take several days for these payments to reach bank accounts. For further information, contact the International Pension Centre: Telephone: +44 191 21 87777, Textphone: +44 191 21 87280, email: [email protected]

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.

Around a million British nationals visit Cyprus every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

If you need to contact the emergency services call 112.

Cyprus has a strict zero tolerance towards drugs. See Local Laws and Customs.

Driving standards are poor. You should drive with great care. See Road travel.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not valid in north Cyprus.”

So there you have it from the ‘horses mouth’. Anything else you hear is not official.

If you are crossing from south to north, do not listen to bar room lawyers and do not use illegal transport that denies the local taxi drivers a living. There is no ‘nice’ man able to flout the law with impunity.

Be safe

Pandora S Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

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