About Cyprus

Why we love Cyprus!

Discover Cyprus

10,000 years of civilization gathered together on one island. It is said, ‘scratch the soil anywhere in Cyprus and you will find traces of its magnificent past’. This is no exaggeration. Evidence of the island’s 10,000 years of history is scattered throughout the island. Situated at the maritime crossroads of the eastern Mediterranean basin, Cyprus has a rich and varied history. Many invaders, settlers and immigrants have come here over the centuries, and the island has seen Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Lusignans, Genoese, Venetians, Ottomans, British and Turks seek to take a part of Cyprus for themselves. Cyprus is a living book of pictures taken from world history.

Aphrodite

The Ancient Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty

Birthplace of Aphrodite

The most beautiful of the goddesses, belongs to the twelve gods of Mount Olympus. She was the goddess of beauty, love and fertility. Wherever she was going, she made love.

Paris, the son of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy, was chosen by Zeus to determine which of three goddesses was the most beautiful. Rejecting bribes of kingly power from Hera and military might from Athena, he chose Aphrodite and accepted her bribe to help him win the most beautiful woman alive. His seduction of Helen (the wife of Menelaus, king of Sparta) and refusal to return her was the cause of the Trojan War.

Aphrodite’s mythical birthplace ‘Petra tou Romiou’ is an interesting geological formation of huge rocks along one of the most beautiful coastlines on the island, located on the southwest coast of the Paphos district.

According to the legend, the Ancient Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty – Aphrodite – was born of the sea foam. Legend tells that she rose from the waves and was escorted on a shell to this particular beach.

Myths tell that swimming around the rock three times will bring various blessings, including eternal youth and beauty, good luck, fertility and true love.

Getting Here

By Air

The main international gateway in Cyprus is Larnaca International Airport located 50 km east of Limassol. The second airport is Paphos International Airport on the island’s southwestern coast and 60 km from Limassol.

The capital city of Cyprus Nicosia is also just half an hour drive away from Larnaca Airport with distance of 60 km.

Every year both of the airports welcome around 10 million travelers excited to discover the beauties of the island of Cyprus.

In addition to the daily flights from/to many European cities, there are many low-cost flight carriers such as Ryanair, Wizzair, Easy Jet, Blue Air and now newly established Cypriot airlines Cyprus Airways and Cobalt. All these low-cost airlines may offer the tickets for less than EUR 100 per flight. Some other popular flight carriers can be found here: http://www.hermesairports.com/easyconsole.cfm/id/286/lang/en/

Looking for a flight? We have a few solutions

  1. Obtain special flight fares with Travelnet. Just send an email to travel@travelnet.com.cy  – Your discount code is: “REM Cyprus”
  2. Discounted flights from the Luftansa Group. Please click on the button below form more details.

From and to the airports

Shuttle bus | Taxi | Rent a car

REM Cyprus

Larnaca Airport <-> Limassol or Paphos Airport <-> Limassol

One of the most popular ways in Cyprus to travel, besides driving, is the shuttle bus called Limassol Airport Express Shuttle bus departing from both of the airports and heading towards Limassol. Particularly, the bus from Larnaca International Airport stops only two minutes away from St Raphael Resort. The bus is going every hour or hour and a half and costs EUR 9 per ride. The difference between this shuttle bus and Travel express is that with the shuttle bus you don’t need to make a reservation. Please take a look at the following link for more information: http://enlimassolairportexpress.eu/

Another option could be the Travel Express. This is very comfortable and easy to use bus which will pick you up home, at your hotel, or wherever you wish and also bring you wherever you need to go for a very reasonable price. You share the ride with approximately 6 other customers and the prices varies around EUR 10 depending on the destination and the day of the week. The departures times are usually every 30 min or every hour, however you need to book in advance to ensure that your seat will be reserved. You can use Travel Express as a transportation from both airport Larnaca and Paphos, please take a look at the following link for more information: http://www.travelexpress.com.cy/en-us/

In case you would like to rent a car, we have a strategic partnership with Hertz who will offer special rates to REM Cyprus participants. For any requests, participants should contact the reservation department of Hertz (reservations@hertz.com.cy or 00357 22208888), and ask for a quotation mentioning REM Cyprus. Depending on the car, group and the duration you will receive a discounted rate up to 15%.

Pre-REM Cyprus

Larnaca and Paphos Airport -> Nicosia

From Larnaca and Paphos airport you can as well use Kapnos Airport Shuttle bus, except of Travel Express. The shuttle bus is departing approximately every 40 minutes. The fare varies depending on the destination between EUR 8-15 per ride. Please take a look at the following link for more information: https://www.kapnosairportshuttle.com/

For the participants of Pre-REM, transport will be arranged by the Host Organizing Committee to REM Cyprus in Limassol.

Post-REM Cyprus

Larnaca city -> Larnaca Airport

From Larnaca city to the International Larnaca Airport is only a 10-15 minutes drive and you can use either the bus or taxi. Taxis would cost around EUR 25. There are several buses departing from the city centre and headingthe airport. You can take any of the following bus numbers (417,418,419, 425 and 429) this shouldn’t take more than 25 minutes and cost around EUR 2. If you are a group of people, a taxi would probably be the most convenient option, however city bus has really low fares, especially if you are travelling on a budget. Please take a look at the following link for more information about buses in Cyprus: http://www.cyprusbybus.com/default.aspx

Transport will be arranged by the Host Organizing Committee to Paphos for Post-REM.

Visa Support

Travelling to Cyprus

Travelers entering the Republic of Cyprus must do so via the legal ports of entry, so as to avoid the consequences of the law (provided that a Visa has been granted to you). The legal ports of entry into the Republic of Cyprus are the airports of Larnaca and Paphos and the ports of Larnaca, Limassol, Latsi and Paphos, which are situated in the area under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus.

Do I need Visa to enter Cyprus?

There are several countries of origin for which a Visa is required to enter Cyprus. A full list of those countries can be found in the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (please see below).

Is Cyprus an EU Member State?

Cyprus is a Member-State of the European Union. Citizens traveling inside the E.U. just need to display their I.D. card bearing a photo of themselves without the need of a passport.

Is Cyprus part of the Schengen Area?

Cyprus is not part of the Schengen Area therefore if you have a Schengen Visa you will be required to apply for a new Visa to be allowed to enter Cyprus.

Is the Visa fee included in the price of the package?

No, the Visa fee is not included in the package. Only accommodation, parties, transportation and some extras are included in the packages.

Where can I find out if I need a Visa?

EU Member States, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway

No Visa is required. You can travel with your Identity Card or Passport, provided it bears a photo of yourself and it has not expired during your travel.

Bona Fide Visitors

Visitors from certain countries do not need a Visa for a stay up to 90 days, provided they are bona fide visitors. List of these countries is provided at this link:

http://www.mfa.gov.cy/mfa/mfa2016.nsf/All/79B8D5C3759907EDC2258022003F8580?OpenDocument

Turkey

A Visa is required. We have liaised with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to enable a procedure for REM participants from Turkey to avoid the extra costs of staying over an extra night in Athens on the way to Cyprus. We note that the usual Visa application procedure will still be followed. Please consult with your VDRR.

Third country nationals

Third country nationals must apply and obtain a Visa for admission to the Republic of Cyprus, for 90 days or less, as visitors for business or pleasure.  

What is the process for issuing a Visa?

If as part of the Visa application you require proof of the reason for your visit to Cyprus (i.e. REM Cyprus) the first step is to ensure that you have filled your registration form with the correct personal details, as they appear on your passport. Please then book and pay for a package. It is necessary for your package to be fully paid for in order for us to issue proof or confirmation for your visit to Cyprus to participate in REM Cyprus.

Please note that passports must be valid for at least 3 months from the intended date of departure from Cyprus.

The Visa application procedure and requirements may be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website at this link:

http://www.mfa.gov.cy/mfa/mfa2016.nsf/All/46E970412EFF7E6FC2258022003F9D33?OpenDocument

Visa Application Forms may be found here:  http://www.mfa.gov.cy/mfa/mfa2016.nsf/All/A801BE81198FD289C225802E0040DA7B?OpenDocument

If you are unsure as to any of the above we advise that you consult with the Embassy or Consulate of the Republic of Cyprus in your home country. Please try to arrange for a Visa application in advance as the time for issuing a Visa may vary from country to country.

Cyprus in your Heart!