Currently, more than 20 tour operators in Cyprus are working on the Russian market. Some of them can be attributed to the flagships of the market, while others occupy a more modest position. How to choose a tour operator in Cyprus and make your vacation as comfortable as possible?
This tour operator has the strongest position in the Cyprus market. According to experts, about 80% of all Russian tourists visiting Cyprus come here with the help of the Biblio-Globus company.
This is largely due to the fact that the tour operator organized flights to Cyprus not only from Moscow and St. Petersburg, but also flights to Cyprus from the regions of Russia (Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Sochi, etc.). Working in close cooperation with Transaero Airlines, the Biblio-Globus tour operator is able to provide the most favorable prices for air travel to Cyprus.
The operator's undoubted advantages include the most favorable prices, both for air travel (we have already mentioned cooperation with Transaero) and hotels (Biblio-Globus has exclusive contracts with most of the leading hotels in Cyprus ). By the way, this largely contributes to the solution of problems with overbooking (lack of rooms in the hotel due to double booking). As a rule, the hotel administration in this case takes the side of the tour operator, which provides him with the greatest influx of tourists.
In addition, in Cyprus, the company has an extensive transport fleet, constant drivers and guides, which contributes to the provision of tourist services with the required level of security.
The disadvantages of the tour operator include the fact that the company is working "on stream". Due to the significant number of tourists, an individual approach to the client is practically excluded.
The international holding is the leading domestic tour operator and the undisputed leader in the directions of Egypt and Turkey. In relation to Cyprus, the position of the company has slightly decreased in recent years, but Tez Tour still holds a fairly high share in the Cyprus direction. This tour operator is worth paying attention to if you are planning a trip to Cyprus from Perm, Krasnodar Territory, Nizhny Novgorod and some other regions of Russia. Direct flights to Cyprus are not carried out from all regions, so you will need to consult with the agency to find the best route.
With the advent of summer, people think about how and where to spend their vacation. Someone has already found suitable resorts, resorts on the coast of the sea, and someone has not yet decided, because the choice is huge! From the Crimea, the Black Sea coast of the Caucasus, to various resorts abroad. These are the seas: Mediterranean, Black, Yellow, Red, Arabian, Caribbean. On any coast, the rest will be wonderful, we will stop at the Mediterranean Sea and choose the island of Cyprus as a holiday destination.
Cyprus is an island state that is divided into two parts: the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Mostly ethnic Greeks live in the southern part, while ethnic Turks live in the northern part. You can rest in any part of Cyprus, but if you want to visit both territories, it is better to get first to the Greek territory, and then to the Turkish one. This is due to the fact that the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus may refuse to obtain a visa and permanently close the entrance until you replace your passport with the stamp of the Turkish border guards. It won't be difficult to get to the other side from Greek territory, there will only be a passport check (they won't even look at you) without any marks in it. You can get to Cyprus by sea and by air, there are no railways in Cyprus. The total length of the coastline of Cyprus is about 780 km. The length of the island from north to south at its widest point is 96 km. From east to west, the length is 241 km.
As mentioned above, the island is inhabited mainly by Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. The local population is very friendly and hospitable, you will not feel second-rate, as, for example, in some European countries they treat Russian tourists. There are also Russian-speaking communities - countries belonging to the former USSR: Russians, Ukrainians, Latvians, Lithuanians, Armenians, Georgians and other peoples. Immigrants from Britain, Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Moldova, the Philippines, Iran, Syria, Vietnam and other countries also live. All this led to a mixing of bloods and it is now impossible to say that "pure" Greeks live in Cyprus, these are only Cypriots.
The weather in Cyprus is always sunny - it is 300 days a year, heavy rains fall only in April. In summer, the sea warms up and becomes like fresh milk. The purest and transparent sea water, beautiful and clean beaches, excellent service, all this will leave an unforgettable experience from the rest.
But, if you are flying to Cyprus just to lie stupidly on the beach, then why fly there at all? Rest on the sea is, of course, boat trips, fishing, diving, swimming, but in Cyprus you should not be limited only to a beach holiday. The island itself is primarily famous for its ancient Greek culture. There are many ancient Greek ruins on the island. It is as if you will find yourself on the pages of a history book. Walk around the ancient Greek amphitheater, touch the majestic columns, see the ancient Greek baths, swimming pools, walk through the most beautiful mosaics built by the hands of ancient craftsmen.
Most of Cyprus is mountainous, the only place where there is snow, which falls from January to March. The highest point of the mountain peaks 1951 meters above sea level is Mount Olympus. Therefore, tourism at this time is also well developed in this direction. The history of Cyprus has been associated with Christianity for many centuries. There are a huge number of Orthodox monasteries on the island, and many of them are active. On the Turkish side of the island, there are mosques that were Catholic churches during the Byzantine era. Such a varied flavor and visits to the monasteries themselves will be just as interesting for tourists.
By renting a car, you can independently come up with a route and visit the popular attractions of Cyprus, as well as visit all the cities of the island - Ayia Napa, Limassol, Larnaca, Paphos, Nicosia, Polis, Protaras, Troodos and in cities of northern Cyprus: Famagusta, Kyrenia, Guzelyurt. It makes no sense to describe each city, because in each city the rest will be unforgettable and interesting in its own way. If you do not want to rent a car, then in this case there is a huge number of travel agencies that will offer any tourist excursion routes for every taste and budget.
Having visited Cyprus, you will remember for a long time and tell your loved ones about the wonderful days spent on this island.
Cyprus is an island with pristine sandy beaches, excellent service in hotels, a leisurely pace of life and famous Greek Cypriot or Mediterranean cuisine. At the time of this writing, travelers from 36 countries can go here, and Russia is not included in them. However, our country is one of the priority markets for Cyprus, therefore it is included in the "dynamic list". As soon as the epidemiological situation in Russia improves, the island will welcome our tourists with open arms.
Cyprus currently has one of the lowest per capita incidence rates of coronavirus in Europe, and no new cases of COVID-19 have been detected on the island in recent weeks.
In order to restore tourism, the island's government has set the main task not only to guarantee a safe holiday for tourists, but also to avoid the need for quarantine, allowing guests to fully enjoy their holidays. For this, new travel safety protocols have been developed.
Which tourists will be able to enter the country? These are guests from countries of two categories - A and B, which are formed on the basis of international officially published epidemiological data. The list of countries is constantly growing, you can see it here.
From June 20, tourists from countries of category A arrive in Cyprus without additional requirements. Tourists traveling from Category B countries will have to present a negative PCR test done in their country of residence at least 72 hours prior to boarding the plane and at the border control at the destination before boarding the plane.
PCR testing will also be available upon arrival at the airports in Cyprus. Its payment (about 60 euros per person) falls on the traveler. Results will be available no later than 24 hours later. During this time, travelers will need to self-isolate at their booked accommodation.
Russia is still included in list C, or "dynamic list", that is, if the epidemiological situation improves, it will move to list B, and then A.
What additional documents will be required to enter the country? A flight pass or Cyprus Flight Pass includes:
Cyprus is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. It is here that there are more sunny days than in any other country in the Mediterranean.
To make your trip to Cyprus successful, we have collected everything a tourist needs to know before visiting this hospitable island.
1. The country is actually divided into the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. The latter is not officially recognized in the world.
2. Nicosia is the only capital in the world divided between two states.
3. 2% of Cypriot territory is occupied by British military bases.
4. Cyprus is a small island. From Paphos to Ayia Napa, some of the most beautiful and popular tourist destinations located in different parts of the state, can be reached by car in 3 hours.
5. Visas for Russians to travel to Cyprus are issued online. It is necessary to download the application form for provisions from the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Moscow, fill out, send to the specified address. The provision will be ready during the working day. The resulting document is printed and shown at the airport. Cyprus is the only EU country with such soft entry conditions.
6. There is a law banning smoking in public places. In cafes and restaurants, they smoke only in the open-air area. You cannot smoke in the car if there is a child under 14 years of age in it. For violation of the ban, a fine will be charged. For a repeated violation, the court imposes a penalty that may result in deportation.
7. The territory of Northern Cyprus can be reached by direct flights from Turkey, as well as by car or on foot from the Republic of Cyprus. Turkish border guards put a stamp on crossing the border on documents filled in on the spot. Due to the presence of such a stamp in the passport, entry into the Republic of Cyprus may be prohibited.
Barter and the barter economy
Between 1960 and 1973, the Republic of Cyprus, which operated a free enterprise economy based on agriculture and trade, achieved a standard of living higher than most of its neighbors, with the exception of Israel. This progress has been greatly facilitated by the various United Nations (UN) agencies operating under the United Nations Development Program. Generous financial assistance has been provided by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in the form of loans for specific development projects, including electricity, port and sewerage systems. Certain foreign countries have also provided some assistance to Cyprus. These countries and organizations have provided experts for economic planning and the initiation of productive projects; scholarships and grants are provided for the training of Cypriot professionals in these fields. During this time, gross domestic product (GDP) and per capita income rose substantially, agricultural production doubled, industrial production and exports of goods and services more than tripled, and tourism became a significant source of foreign exchange.
Turkey's occupation of almost two-fifths of the country in 1974, with the displacement of about one third of the total population, dealt a serious blow to the economic development of the island. The losses of land and personal property of the Greek Cypriots in the occupied territories were significant, and they also lost Famagusta, the only deep-sea port and Nicosia International Airport. Between 1973 and 1975, the GDP of the Greek Cypriot sector declined by about a third. Thanks to active efforts, real growth was resumed in the area that remained under the control of the government of the Republic of Cyprus, and between 1975 and 1983 the annual growth rate was estimated to average around 10 percent. Since 1983, the economy of the Greek Cypriot sector has flourished, and unemployment and inflation have remained relatively low. Tourism has provided the main lever for economic growth and many areas have undergone technological upgrades. In the 1990s, the Greek Cypriot sector increasingly developed into a center for international transit trade, merchant shipping, banking and related services. The Greek government of the republic has established special tariff agreements with the European Union, and since 1990 has sought admission to the organization, whose member countries account for about half of the island's imports. The Greek Cypriot sector joined the EU in 2004 and adopted the euro as its official currency in 2008.
However, the Turkish-occupied area did not experience the same prosperity, and the Turkish government was forced to subsidize its economy. The territory of Turkey is still heavily dependent on agriculture. Trade between the two areas ceased in 1974 and the two economies remained independent. However, the southern zone continues to supply electricity to the northern zone, and the northern zone still treats wastewater from the Greek city of Nicosia.
More than a third of the island's arable land is irrigated, mainly in the Mesaoria plain and around Paphos in the southwest. Forests and forests cover about one fifth of the total land area. Land plots are generally small, highly fragmented and dispersed according to traditional laws of inheritance. The land consolidation program was adopted in 1969; it met with resistance, especially from Turkish Cypriot landowners, and was implemented very slowly, but made significant progress in the Greek Cypriot sector.
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