Moving To Cyprus From The UK
Moving to Cyprus
Whether you are moving to Nicosia, Limassol or Paphos, Britannia Movers International has the expertise and the local knowledge to tailor the move to your individual needs.
Importing Personal Effects to Cyprus
As Cyprus is a member of the EU, there is no customs clearance or governmental duties to be paid. You will only need a copy of your passport and a packing list to move your goods to Cyprus.
Prohibitions and Restrictions
In general it is in your interest not to import the following items:
Groupage or share load consignments to Cyprus will usually take 6 to 9 weeks door to door, depending on volumes being shipped, immigration delays and prevailing weather conditions. Sole use containers normally take 3 to 6 weeks, and there is a weekly service to Limassol.
All shared load consignments will be bar coded before they are loaded into the vehicle. This will ensure that no items are left at origin.
Britannia can recommend a specialised shipper of animals to assist you in sending your family pet(s) from home to home. They will coordinate all documentation and necessary veterinary procedures.
Find out more about pet transport
Importing Motor Vehicles to Cyprus
Importation of motor vehicles to Cyprus will be subject to compliance, it is probable that duty and tax will apply. Provided that you have owned and used your motor vehicle for at least 6 months prior to transfer, you may import it when taking up residency in Cyprus.
When you are making international payments for individuals you can benefit from IFX expertise in seeking the best possible rate, whether you are sending or receiving foreign currency.
IFX can help to protect you from exchange rate fluctuations and save you time and money on international payments.
IFX offers :
More info on the IFX website.
Additional removal services
Britannia Movers International is able to provide a variety of additional removal services when moving to Cyprus. We are authorised to provide a comprehensive insurance, can arrange international storage prior to delivery, and can also take care of your pet transport.
Living in Cyprus
While Cyprus hasn’t always been a popular tourist and expat destination, political, infrastructural and economic changes in the last decades have transformed Cyprus into a tourist hotspot. The country has a rich culture with Greek, Turkish and Arab influences, and a history going back thousands of years. Those travelling to Cyprus will enjoy a hot climate, stunning architecture, exciting trips inside the country and will get used to a slightly different, more relaxed pace of life.
Cyprus is situated in the Mediterranean Sea, east of Turkey, and west of Syria and Lebanon. The country gained independence from the United Kingdom in the 1960s, and has a mixed population of 77% Greek Cypriots, 18 % Turkish Cypriots and some other ethnic groups. It is separated into two parts, the Republic of Cyprus in the south and the Turkish-controlled area in the north, this latter only recognized officially by Turkey. Cyprus nowadays has a developed and diversified economy, with a per capita GDP above the average in the EU. The country can also boast a very high Human Development Index, an excellent public education system and high life expectancy.
While there are still some significant economic differences between the south and the north, Cyprus has a growing economy and developed infrastructure. It has become a very attractive expat destination in recent years, and if you decide to move to Cyprus permanently, you will surely discover a rich historical heritage, varied cultural influences, stunning mountainous landscapes and beaches, and enjoy the hot climate.
Interesting Facts About Cyprus
- Nicosia, the capital is divided by ‘The Green Line’ into a Turkish and Greek part.
- The United Kingdom still has control over 3% of the island
- Aphrodite, the Greek God of love and beauty is said to have been born in Cyprus.
- Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.
- Cyprus has two official languages, Turkish and Greek. The great majority of the population also speaks English.
Moving to and Living in Cyprus
- As Cyprus is a member of the European Union, EU citizens do not require a visa to enter the country, and have the same rights as Cypriots. If you are planning to move to Cyprus permanently and find work there, you will need a residence permit and a social insurance number.
- Cyprus has an excellent public education system, and it is among the top three spenders on education in the EU. If you are moving to Cyprus with your children, you will need to find an appropriate international or local school.
- While Cyprus is still divided into a more prosperous south and a less developed north, there are a variety of employment opportunities in both regions. Some growing industries are tourism, the hotel and property sectors.
- The cost of living in Cyprus is lower than the UK, though not significantly. There are also a number of tax benefits for home-owners.