the applicant has owned the vehicle for at least 180 days before its arrival in Cyprus and resided abroad for more than five years before his arrival in Cyprus
Department of Customs:
Tel: 22 601 657 and 22 601 658.
Road Traffic Department:
Tel: 22 807 000 / 22 807 117 that the animal or plant is free of legal impediment (i.e. was imported lawfully into the EU, with payment of the appropriate duties, or was bred or generated in the EU) and given compliance with the regulations in force Further Information
Moving of Financial Assets
Capital may be brought freely into Cyprus from countries of the European Union. Any citizens of Europe who is resident in Cyprus can open an account at a bank which operates in Cyprus by completing the necessary forms and providing evidence of identity in accordance with the provisions of the Banking Operations Law and the relevant Directive of the Central Bank of Cyprus which requests from all banks to implement procedures for identification of their customers, record keeping, the effecting of remittances and checking of the source and legality of capital passing through the Cypriot banking system, as well as other procedures to prevent money laundering. Under this Directive acceptance of cash deposits exceeding $100,000 or the equivalent in other foreign currencies in one transaction or in one calendar year from any person (resident or non-resident) or group of linked persons can only be given with the prior written approval of the banks Compliance Officer.
In addition, the Capital Movements Law of 2003 requires a person entering or leaving from Cyprus with banknotes or gold with a value of 12,500 or above, or with the equivalent in another currency, to complete a form declaring the import / export and to deliver the form to a competent official of the Department of Customs.
Information about the detailed procedures for the opening of accounts in Cyprus and for money transfers can be obtained from the Central Bank Tel: 22 714100 and the commercial banks.
Voting in Cyprus
All EU citizens living as residents in Cyprus are legally entitled to vote in certain Cypriot elections, specifically: Local Municipal Elections and European Parliamentary ElectionsAn EU citizen may also stand as a candidate in Municipal and European Parliamentary elections under the same conditions a Cypriot national. To be eligible to vote, a person must be at least 18 years old. Note: Registration to vote in either of these elections does not automatically qualify a voter for the other. Registration must be made separately for each. Registering to Vote in Municipal Elections, In order to vote in municipal elections in Cyprus, EU citizens must submit an application to be entered on the special electoral roll. Once an EU citizens has been entered on this roll they remain registered as long as they are resident in Cyprus, unless they apply to be removed from the electoral rolls. Application to be entered can be made at any time, to the local regional administration. Voting in Cyprus is compulsory, therefore an EU citizen on the special electors roll must exercise their voting rights. They may apply for removal from the voters roll by submitting an application to the regional administration at least fifteen days before elections. Information from the EU website Europa: For information contact: Ministry of the Interior, Elections Department, 1453 Nicosia Tel: 22867714 Fax: 226 78486 Voting in European Parliamentary Elections. EU nationals, over the age of 18 may vote in European Parliamentary Elections, and any national over 25 is eligible to stand as candidate for Member of the European Parliament (MEP). An EU citizen voting in Cyprus for elections for the European Parliament forfeits the right to vote in another EU country.
More useful information on Cyprus
English is the second language and is widely spoken. A knowledge of French and German is increasingly noticeable. The currency of the Republic of Cyprus is the now the Euro since the first of January 2008. Banks in Cyprus open for the public from 08:30 to 12:30 midday. Certain banks in tourist areas open during the afternoon. Automatic Exchange Machines operate on a 24-hour basis. Most currencies and denominations are accepted. The voltage on the island of Cyprus is 240 and the socket outlets are of the flat 3 pin-type. All types of medication are available in well stocked Pharmacies all over Cyprus. Telephone: Cyprus automatic telephone dialing system reaches 206 countries. Telecards can be purchased from Post Offices, Kiosks and Souvenir Shops. It is forbidden to remove antiquities from the bottom of the sea, or to take any antiquities out of Cyprus without a special export license. Visitors should respect ecclesiastical tradition and avoid wearing shorts and sleeveless garments in churches and monasteries. Public holidays: January 1,6, March 25, April 1, May 1, August 15, October 1, 28, December 24, 25, 26. There are another four public holidays whose dates are variable. These are: Green Monday (50 days before the Greek Orthodox Easter), Good Friday and Easter Monday (Greek Orthodox Easter) and Pentecost. Short cruises to the Greek islands, Egypt, Lebanon and the Holy Land can be taken on one of the many comfortable cruise ships which offer full board accommodation and entertainment at very reasonable prices. Shopping Hours April, May, September 15 - October 08:00-19:00 (Friday: 08:00-20:00) November to March 08:00-18:00 (Friday:08:00-19:00) June - September 14 08:00-13:00 and 16:00-19:30 (Friday: 16:00-20:30) Shops are closed all day Sunday and on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. Climate The climate in Cyprus is equable, with an abundance of sunny days throughout the year. The average daytime temperature in Cyprus from June to September is 32 degrees C°, from December to February 16 degrees C° and from March to May, and October to November, 25 degrees C°. Very cool, cotton clothes are recommended for the hot summer months, jackets and light sweaters may be required for the evenings during May and June, September and October, and warm clothes are worn during the winter months. End of January and February are very changeable, high winds and rain, and can be very cold, but the sun always puts in an appearance on a daily basis. Getting around The Island Driving in Cyprus is on the left hand side of the road. Distances between towns are not lengthy. The trans-urban service-taxis are shared taxis, very reasonably priced, connecting (during daytime) the main towns of Lefkosia, Lemesos, Larnaca and Pafos during daytime. There are many car rental companies in Cyprus, and the top international names are ail represented. Petrol stations in all seaside areas and major towns are equipped with automatic pumps, accepting bank notes and operating on a 24-hour basis.
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