Driving in any unfamiliar environment, whether at home or abroad, exposes you to situations that will require your full concentration to negotiate safely.
In Cyprus we drive on the left and give priority to the right at roundabouts. If you are used to driving on the right you will have to concentrate even more than usual.
Driving a car in Cyprus is the most favoured form of transport for tourists and locals alike. There are numerous places of interest that are not accessible by public transport or on foot from the main towns.
Distances and road speed limits are posted in kilometers and kilometers per hour (km/h) respectively.
Freeways link most of the main towns. These roads are well maintained with two carriageways in either direction.
The maximum speed limit on the freeway is 100 km/h and the lower speed limit is 65 km/h. On all other roads the general speed limit is 80 km/h, unless a lower one is indicated. In built-up areas generally the speed limit is 50km/h, unless a different one is indicated.
The use of front and back seatbelts is compulsory.
Children under the age of five must not, under any circumstances, sit in the front passenger seat.
Children from five to ten years old may occupy the front passenger seat only if an appropriate child's seatbelt has been fitted.
Rush hours in the towns are approximately between 07:30-08:00 /13:00-13:30 and in late afternoon 17:00-18:00 in winter, or 18:00-19:00 in summer.
It is advisable to avoid, if possible, driving due West in the late afternoon as the glare of the setting sun can be unpleasant and potentially dangerous.
Because of the sometimes intense brightness of the clear Mediterranean sky, drivers are advised to wear sunglasses.
Driving with alcohol concentration above the prescribed limit:
Driving or being in charge of a motor vehicle or pedal cycle with alcohol concentration in breath or blood above the prescribed limit is an offence.
The prescribed limit in breath is 22 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. The prescribed limit in blood is 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.
In most instances you may drive in Cyprus with your existing domestic driving licence. If you intend to stay in Cyprus for longer than six months and wish for your licence to display your local address you can choose to exchange it on a like for like basis.
Cyprus may decide to refuse the licence exchange, if it is considered that the issuing State has restricted, suspended, revoked or cancelled the licence.
You are not permitted to hold more than one driving licence; when issued by EU States.