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Welcome to Cyprus!

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In the following pages we will give you information about driving on the roads of Cyprus.

Although some of the items are specific to Cyprus, much of the driving advice will apply to wherever you are in the world.

In Cyprus traffic drives on the left.

  • Most traffic signs will be recognizable as they conform to EU standards.
  • Speed limit signs are in Kilometers Per Hour (Kph)
  • Information signs are in Greek and English, with some in Turkish.
  • The standard of driving is generally poor. (See common driving problems section)
  • All occupants of vehicles must wear seatbelts.
  • Mobile phone use while driving is prohibited. (Hands free is permitted by law but not advisable as it impairs concentration).
  • Crash helmets are required to be worn for all mopeds and motorcycles.
  • Motorcycles must have daytime running lights illuminated.
  • Highways have maximum speed limit of 100kph and a minimum speed limit of 6okph.
  • The drink driving limit is now a lot lower than in the UK.
  • Traffic laws in general are similar to those in the UK. The traffic law section has a list of main offences.

Whatever the season,

always carry with you a pair of sunglasses. It is likely you will travel towards the sun at some stage of your travels, as the coast runs east / west.

During the summer

it is a good idea to carry some bottled water. Dehydration is a dangerous condition and adversely affects a driver to the detriment of road safety.

 

I hope you find the site of interest whether you live on the island or are proposing a visit here.

Have a pleasant trip and enjoy your driving.

Driving Licence Categories and Minimum Ages

Cyprus driving licence
Shown below are the MINIMUM ages that have to be attained to drive different types of vehicles in Cyprus and the driving licence vehicle categories that apply.
They are NOT the same as the UK.

If, for example, you are 17 years old and hold a full UK licence for a car, you CANNOT drive in Cyprus until you are 18. The age is currently under review and MAY be reduced to 17 years. If and when this is finalized this website will be updated.

Residents of Cyprus can apply for a learner licence to drive cars and small motorcycles at 17.5 years of age. However, a driver cannot take the driving test until attaining the age of 18.

Law 79(I)/2012 refers.

DescriptionCategoryMinimum
Ages
mopedMoped – 2-wheel vehicles or 3-wheel vehicles with a maximum design speed of over 25km/h and not more than 45km/h.
Light quadricycle With an unladen mass of not more than 350kg, not including the mass of the batteries in the case of electric vehicles, whose maximum design speed is over 25km/h and not more than 45km/h.
AM17
mcSmall Motorcycles – A motorcycle with a cylinder capacity not exceeding 125, of a power not exceeding 11kW and with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.1kW per kg.A118
17.5 learner licence
tricycleA motor tricycle with a power not exceeding 15kW. and maximum cylinder of 125cc / power 11KwA120
mcA Medium motorcycle of a power not exceeding 35kW, with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.2kW per kg and not derived from a vehicle of more than double its power.A220 (1)
Providing held a full A1 licence for 2 years
mc125A motorcycle of a power exceeding 35kW or with a power to weight ratio exceeding 0.2kW per kg, or A motorcycle of a power not exceeding 35kW with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.2kW per kg and derived from a vehicle of more than double its power.A24(2)
or
22(3) Providing held a full A2 licence for 2 years
tricycleA motor tricycle with a power exceeding 15kW.A24
carMotor vehicles with a MAM not exceeding 3500kg having not more than 8 passenger seats with a trailer up to 750kg. Combinations of towing vehicles in category B and a trailer, where the MAM of the combination does not exceed 3500kg and the MAM of the trailer does not exceed the unladen mass of the towing vehicle.
Includes automatic.
B and B+E18
17.5 learner licence
carQuadracycles, with an unladen mass not exceeding 400 kg or, in case of vehicles for transporting goods, 500 Kg, not including the mass of batteries in the electric motor vehicles with a maximum net power 15 kWB118
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lorryLight trucks than in categories D1 or D, with a maximum authorized mass exceeding 3.500 Kg, but not 7.500 Kg, transport more than eight passengers in addition to the driver
Total vehicle towing vehicle of category C1, ie chassis and trailer or semi-trailer with a maximum authorized mass of over 750 Kg / vehicle combinations with a tractor vehicle in category B and a trailer or semi-trailer with a maximum authorized mass exceeding of 3.500 Kg, but not exceeding 12.000Kg
Γ1/C1 and Γ1/C1+E18
lorryLarge goods vehicles
Vehicles exceeding 3,500kg towing a trailer that does not exceed 750kg
Γ/C and Γ/C+E21
miniMinibuses – Vehicles with no more than 16 passenger seats in addition to the driver and with a maximum length not exceeding 8 metres
with a trailer up to 750kg.
Δ1/D1 and Δ1/D1+E21
Vehicles for the transport of more than 8 passengers, except the driver, i.e. buses, which can be combined with a trailer having a maximum authorized mass not exceeding 750 Kg),
Combination of vehicles with a towing vehicle of category D and a trailer with a maximum authorized mass of more than 750 Kg),
Combination of vehicles with a towing vehicle of category D and a trailer with a maximum authorized mass of more than 750 Kg),
Δ/D and Δ/D+E24

Directive 2006/126/EEC in effect since 19 January 2013. pdf Download here in English. in Ελληνικά.

Only Cyprus residents who can prove they have lived in the country for six months are eligible to apply for a Cyprus Driving Licence or take any Cyprus Driving Test. This is to comply with EU directives.