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Driving In Cyprus: Laws & Regulations

With an abundance of winding roads and stunning views, Cyprus is perfect for driving from one city to the other with peace of mind. You can also travel, explore, and take in the many sights of our beautiful country.


But before you hit the road, there are a few things you need to know about driving in Cyprus.


In this article, we'll dive into the essentials of driving in Cyprus, from the legal requirements to road signs and speed limits drivers must follow here. Plus, we'll give you some insider information about specific driving regulations Cyprus drivers should know.

What Are The Speed Limits In Cyprus?

Like in every country, there are a set of speed limits Cyprus drivers must adhere to.


For the most part, Cyprus road signs are easy to interpret and follow, but here is a quick breakdown of the speed limits for passenger cars and motorcyclists:


  • Residential Areas - 50 km/h (if there’s no traffic signal to command otherwise)
  • Urban Roads - 80 km/h
  • Motorway - Max. 100 km/h, Min. 65 km/h
  • Speed Limit Bends, Roadworks, Schools, etc. - 30 km/h

Traffic Laws In Cyprus

Driving laws in Cyprus conform to European standards. In general, drivers can use a valid driving license issued in another EU country if it has been issued at least six months before arrival on the island. Otherwise, you'll need to obtain a temporary or permanent driving license for your stay in Cyprus.

Here are some essential things to keep in mind when travelling around Cyprus safely.

  • It is illegal to drive without a valid driver's license or insurance and road tax.
  • Drive on the left-hand side of the road.
  • It is mandatory to wear seatbelts for all passengers, including those in the back seat.
  • Children under 5 yo must be secured in an appropriate child seat.
  • Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, except if you have a hands-free device.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal.
  • Eating or drinking while driving is not allowed.
  • Smoking is prohibited when driving with a child in the car.
  • Do not use the horn between 11 pm and 7 am, except in an emergency.
  • Obey the traffic lights and road signs.
  • Parking is prohibited in some areas, including pedestrian crossings and double yellow lines.
  • Using high-beam headlights is prohibited in built-up areas, except in emergencies.

Driving Safety Tips

On top of the driving rules drivers in Cyprus must follow, we list here some extra tips to help you stay safe on the roads:

  • Plan your route ahead of time and make sure you know the road signs.
  • Plan your route ahead of time and make sure you know the road signs
  • Check your mirrors regularly and stay aware of what's happening around you.
  • Drive at a safe speed, and remember to respect the speed limit.
  • Be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Pay attention to road signs and obey traffic regulations.
  • Do not drink & drive or text & drive.
  • Be aware of your blind spots when changing lanes or turning.
  • Know what to do in the event of an emergency.
  • Take regular breaks from driving if you feel tired or unfocused.
  • Be considerate and courteous to other drivers on the road.
  • Be considerate and courteous to other drivers on the road.
  • Always carry a first-aid kit in your car.

Get Car Insurance In Cyprus

Car insurance is mandatory for all the vehicles in Cyprus. Before you hit the open roads, ensure you are covered with a comprehensive car insurance policy that suits your needs.

Trust Insurance Cyprus aims to provide the best insurance solutions for drivers on the island. We offer a range of car insurance policies, from mandatory third-party liability to comprehensive coverage so you can drive safely. Contact your local Trust insurance agent today and find out how we can help you stay safe while driving in Cyprus.

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