22nd IEEE International Conference on
Emerging Technologies And Factory Automation
September 12-15, 2017, Limassol, Cyprus

Travel Guide

Cyprus is easily accessible as it is linked with numerous direct and connecting flights with all the main European cities, Middle East, Africa and Asian countries. The legal ports of entry into the Republic of Cyprus are the airports of Larnaka (Larnaca) and Pafos (Paphos) and the ports of Larnaka (Larnaca), Lemesos (Limassol), Latsi and Pafos (Paphos), which are situated in the area under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus.

Travelling Documents

EU countries, Commonwealth countries and the USA do NOT need a visa.

Schengen Visa holders are allowed to enter the Republic of Cyprus

The Schengen Visa has made traveling between 25 member countries (22 European Union states and 3 non-EU members) much easier and less bureaucratic. Traveling on a Schengen Visa means that the visa holder can travel to any (or all) member countries using one single visa, thus avoiding the hassle and expense of obtaining individual visas for each country. A Schengen visa allows the holder to travel freely within the Schengen countries for a maximum stay of up to 90 days in a 6 month period. For further information click here.

For a list of countries whose citizens do NOT need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days, provided they are bona fide visitors click here.

Flying to Cyprus

The legal ports of entry into the Republic of Cyprus are the airports of Larnaka (Larnaca) and Pafos (Paphos). The main airlines that fly to Cyprus are:

  1. Austrian Airlines
  2. Aegean Airlines
  3. Lufthansa
  4. Emirates
  5. British Airways
  6. Olympic Air
  7. Air Malta
  8. Gulf Air
  9. Air France
  10. Swiss
  11. Alitalia
  12. Etihad Airways
  13. Ryanair
  14. Easyjet
  15. Monarch
  16. Jet2

Letter of Invitation

Delegates requiring a letter of invitation in order to attend the conference may write to the Conference Secretariat specifying the necessary details. Please note that this procedure aims at assisting the delegates who need to obtain a visa or permission to attend the conference. It is not an official invitation covering fees and other expenses and does not imply any financial support.

Distances

  • From Larnaca International Airport to Conference Venue (Limassol) – 56km (40’ drive)
  • From Paphos International Airport to Conference Venue (Limassol) – 70km (50’ drive)

Airport Transfers

There are 3 options available for the participants’ airport transfers:

Option A: Airport Bus Shuttle Service (No reservation required, tickets purchased from bus driver).

With only €9 per adult and €4 per child (3-12 years) one way (including VAT and luggage), the Limassol Urban Buses Company transfers you from Larnaca or Paphos Airport to Limassol and return with daily schedules, including weekends and public holidays to serve the transportation needs of all travelers.

Reservations are not necessary.

Tickets are purchased from the bus driver.

The route from Limassol to Larnaca Airport takes about one hour. The route from Limassol to Paphos airport takes about 45 minutes.

For further information please visit the official website of Limassol Urban Buses Company (http://limassolairportexpress.eu)

Option B: Private Taxi (Booking and Payment in advance)

€70 per taxi per way, booking via the registration form.

Option C: Public Taxis (Direct Payment to taxi driver)

Taxis are always available (2hrs) at both airports for your transfer to Limassol. Click here for the guide to the Taxi Services in Cyprus, as issued by the Ministry of Communications and Works.

Climate

Cyprus enjoys a Mediterranean climate with long dry summers from mid-May to mid-October and with mild winters from December to February, which are separated by short autumn and spring seasons. See Cyprus Weather for more details.

Language

Greek and Turkish are the official languages. English is widely spoken. French and German are also spoken within the tourism Industry.

Currency / Banking Hours / Credit Cards

The currency of the Republic of Cyprus is the Euro (€). Banking hours for the public: Monday-Friday 08:00 – 13:30. There are many Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) outside most branches of banks in all towns and in the main tourist resorts. Hotels, large shops and restaurants normally accept credit cards and traveller’s cheques. Banknotes of major foreign currencies are also acceptable. Rates of exchange are published daily in the local press and are broadcasted via the media.

Tipping

Because of the 10% service charge levied in hotels and restaurants, a tip is not obligatory, but small change is always welcome. Taxi-drivers, porters, hairdressers etc., always appreciate a small tip.

Insurance

It is recommended that participants arrange insurance for medical expenses, loss and accidents occurring during the conference. The organizers cannot be held responsible for any losses, damages or injuries.

Electric Current – Voltage

The supply in Cyprus is 240 volts, a.c. 50Hz. Sockets are usually 13 amp, square pin in most buildings. Many hotels provide adaptors upon request from the reception.

General Shopping Hours

Shop opening times vary depending on their type and location, though shops normally open between 07:00 and 09:00.During the period November 1st – March 31st shops close at 19:30 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, at 15:00 on Wednesday, and at 19:00 on Saturday. For the period April 1st – October 31st shops close at 20:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, at 15:00 on Wednesday and, at 19:30 on Saturday.

Chemist Pharmacies / Drug Stores

They stay open during shopping hours. Late night chemists are listed in the daily papers.