Moving to Cyprus

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1st Ever Ready provide international relocation and shipping to cyprus services with regular weekly loads moving in both directions, to and from each country. Cyprus is regularly served by our fleet, and we are able to take full loads, part loads and single items.

At very competitive rates we load & collect from any part of the UK however remote & can deliver to any area of Cyprus.

We offer a full or part packing service for all moves (or we can supply you with materials), a part or full export wrapping service for effects for extra journey protection, short or long terms storage either in this country or abroad & full comprehensive goods in transit insurance for any value as nominated by the customer (extra charges are incurred) & we have fully trained customer friendly, competent, experienced staff with FIDA trained & regulated personnel, at your country of destination.

We are here to make your moving to cyprus easy & stress free, thus allowing you to enjoy your new forthcoming horizons. We try to minimise the journey times of your goods shipping to cyprus by careful selection & keep track of the consignment by use of the latest navigational systems allowing us to be totally aware of the current location of effects.

If you are planning to move to Cyprus, the following information will give you an overview of what you may need to know before you relocation.

Overview

Population; 767,314 people

Location; Middle East, island in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Turkey

Geography; Cyprus is the third largest island in the north eastern end of the Mediterranean, with an area of 9.251 square km (3.572 square miles).

Climate; temperate; Mediterranean with hot, dry summers and cool winters

Language; Greek is the primary language, Turkish and English is also spoken

Currency; The unit of currency in Cyprus is the Cyprus Pound

Government; Independent since 1960, it is now a divided community with the northern part of the island (about a third of the entire land area) under Turkish occupation since 1974. Its population, at 771,700, is made up of Greek Cypriots (84.7%), Turkish Cypriots (12.3%) and resident non-nationals (3%). The capital is Nicosia. For the moment only the Greek part of Cyprus is a member of the EU. The head of state is President Glafcos CLERIDES. Government type; republic. Note: a desegregation of the two ethnic communities inhabiting the island began following the outbreak of communal strife in 1963; this separation was further solidified after the Turkish intervention in July 1974 after a Greek junta-based cou

Religion; Greek Orthodox 78%, Muslim 18%, Maronite, Armenian Apostolic, and other 4%

Economy and Jobs

Work permit; UK/EEA nationals have the right to live and work in Cyprus without a work permit. To work in Cyprus a full ten-year UK/EU passport is essential. EEA citizens are free to enter Cyprus for up to three months to look for work or to try to set themselves up in business. However on arrival you must apply within 8 days for an Alien's Residence Certificate (ARC) at the local Immigration Branch of the Police (just a formality).

Social Welfare; Your social security rights in Cyprus are the same as those that apply elsewhere within the EEA. When you start work in Cyprus, you will contribute to the Cypriot social security system and consequently, gain the right to benefits. UK/EEA nationals working in Cyprus have the same rights as Cypriot nationals with regard to pay, working conditions, and access to housing, vocational training, social security and trade union membership. Families and immediate dependants are entitled to join them and have similar rights.

Moving to Cyprus

Cars; Traffic drives on the left, the same as the UK. Road signs are international. There is a large selection of car hire companies with a variety of vehicles at favourable rates, from 10 per day in the winter to 15+ in the peak season.
If you are buying a car in Cyprus only the serving member of the family can buy the car duty free.

Pets and Animals; - Pets can be brought into the country from Europe with little hassle. The Ministry of Agriculture requires a certificate from a European vet stating that your animal is free of major diseases. Quarantine is approximately 4 weeks at the Lefkosa kennels (in North Cyprus).

Living in Cyprus

Renting; In most cases accommodation in Cyprus is found through the private housing sector, either through agents or advertisements in the press. Estate agents handle both sale and renting of properties. You can get a list of agencies from the Cyprus Government Tourist Office. The availability of accommodation is good and includes apartments, houses and villas. The rent depends largely where the flat is situated (town, area) and the amenities/equipment in the house. Roughly speaking, the rent of an average flat will range from €425-€600.

Education; According to the constitution of 1960, education was offered separately in Greek and Turkish schools for the Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots respectively, and be inspected by the two communities.
Education is mandatory up to age of twelve(12). The primary school lasts for six(6) years and concerning the secondary education, is divided into two parts: Gymnasium for three years, and Lyceum for another three years. These six years of secondary education are common called as high school education. Therefore for a Cypriot citizen, education is mandatory up to the end of the gymnasium,i.e the total mandatory education lasts for nine(9) academic years. Also, you can prefer to go to a technical school(these can be found in all the major cities and are pretty well organized) as soon as you finish the primary education, instead of going to a gymnasium. You can also do that when you finish gymnasium education, instead of continuing your studies in a Lyceum.

Health; A reciprocal agreement between EU Member States enables you to get urgent medical treatment free elsewhere in the EU. In order to claim this entitlement, you will need to have a completed E111 form. You must get this stamped and signed by the Post Office before you go, or it will be invalid.
As of 2005, a separate E111 is now required for all members of your family. E111s will cease to be valid throughout the EEA and Switzerland from 1 January 2006, when they will be replaced by the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

Health services in Cyprus are provided through three systems:

  • The government (public) health sector;
  • The private health sector, and
  • A number of schemes covering specific sections of the population.