Car Rentals in Cyprus - Rules & Regulations 


Drive on the left in Cyprus (as in the UK, unlike the rest of western Europe) Front seat belts for driver and passenger are compulsory. Occupants should be belted when they are provided in rear seats.  It is obligatory for all children under the age of five to sit in the back, strapped into a proper child car seat. Children from five to ten years of age may occupy the front passenger seat provided a child's seat belt has been fitted. 


Using a Mobile Phone while driving is prohibited unless using a "handsfree" unit 


Motorcyclists must wear a helmet 


Road Signs are in English and Greek 


Distances are marked in kilometres 


Road speeds are marked in kilometres-per hour (Km/h) 


All roads on the entire island are toll free 


Horns must not be used between 22:00-06:00. Hooting near a hospital is forbidden at any time of day 


Third party liability insurance is obligatory 


Emergency assistance call 199 


Items to Carry in the Car - It is compulsory to carry two red warning triangles in the vehicle and use them to warn other traffic when involved in an incident, breakdown or accident. 


Driving Licences - Cyprus accepts the driving licences of all EU Member States and any person with a valid licence may drive legally on it in Cyprus. According to EU rulings, old driving licences issued before 1996 do not have to be exchanged for the new Community Model and remain valid until their expiration. Foreign citizens with an EU licence who are resident in the country may convert their driving licence to a Cyprus licence after six months. The old licence will be returned to the issuing authority. 


Non-EU citizens may drive on valid foreign licences for a period (for those with a US licence the period is six months). Please consult the relevant Consular authorities. 


Road Conditions - Driving in Cyprus is almost a necessity as public transport services are not available to all areas or at all times. Well-maintained, good-sized roads connect the villages and the towns, with four lane motorways connecting the main towns of  Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca, Ayia Napa and Paphos. Minor roads and forest roads are usually kept in good condition although they may be un-surfaced. Many mountain roads may close in the winter. Drivers should always have sunglasses available as the glare of light can be dangerously blinding, particularly in summer or when driving westward in the late afternoon. 


Speed Limits - The speed limit on motorways is 100 Km/h Regional roads: 80 km/h, unless otherwise indicated Built up areas (towns and villages): 50 Km/h, unless otherwise indicated Speeding is penalised with a fine Police may use mobile cameras during their speed checks. Drink Driving or Driving under the Influence of Alcohol It is illegal to drive a car or motorbike - or even pedal cycle - while under the influence of alcohol. A driver is considered to be driving drunk in Cyprus if: The breath/alcohol level equals or exceeds 22 microgram's The blood/alcohol level equals or exceeds 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood (0,5 grams per litre) 

A holder of a Cypriot driving licence could have from 3 to 6 points deducted from the licence for drink driving. The fine will be determined by the court. Foreign licence holders not living in Cyprus can be imprisoned or fined on the spot. 


Parking - Municipal and private parking places and garages are widely available. Pay street parking is available in the town centres (no fee on Saturday afternoons, Sundays, or public holidays). It is illegal to park or wait at a double yellow line Short stops to load or unload may be made at a single yellow line (although parking is prohibited). 


Petrol & Fuel - All petrol (gas) stations sell premium and unleaded petrol (super and 95) and diesel Petrol is measured by the litre Many petrol stations in urban and coastal areas operate with self service machine taking payment by credit card or bank notes. These are usually available 24 hours a day Petrol may not be available inland or in rural areas on weekends or public holidays. 

Note: in August many rural petrol stations may be closed. 


Traffic Offences & Penalties - If you commit a traffic offence you will receive a fixed penalty and a ticket. If you do not accept the ticket, you will receive a court summons. The penalties are issued in conjunction with penalty points. The courts have the power to disqualify drivers when they have 12 points on their licence; when the disqualification is removed, the offender will be able to drive again, but the points will remain for another three years. 


Accident & Breakdown - If you are involved in an accident, the car must be left in the exact position and reported to the police immediately. In the event of a breakdown or problems with the vehicle, please call 99625047 to report it and assist you.