Holidaying in crisis hit Cyprus
The island is facing her worst predicament in 40 years with the economic crisis ending in Cyprus requiring a bail out; so how is the immediate future looking for tourism and travel to the island?
It’s a great time to be visiting Cyprus as it happens and here’s why…
Some travel companies are reporting a fall in Cyprus trips from British, German and Russian tourists in particular, especially the last minute bookings over the Easter holidays, as the crisis came to a head. However analysts are reporting that although the impact may be extended for the Russian market in particular, that British customers are expected to want to support one of their favourite destinations, as long as they can be sure the crisis is financial and does not extend to the streets with civil unrest.
Of course only the south of the island is directly affected by the Euro crisis as the Northern Cyprus currency is the Turkish Lira. If you’re crossing from one area to the other, however, you may be limited by the currency you can take through the checkpoints.
Carry on Cyprus
The Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO), The EU and the Cypriot government all advise that there is no reason for tourists to avoid the island. The only consideration should be to perhaps have a little more cash currency with you in case of any restrictions imposed on ATM withdrawals while you are there. At the time of going to print there are such restrictions for Cypriot bank account holders, but not for internationals. To be aware of any such restrictions the travel advice on the FCO website for Cyprus is being kept up to date with developments so check before you travel.
Book with care
For piece of mind some travellers may want the extra security of a package deal, where the tour operator is responsible for all the travel and accommodation elements of the holiday. If thing go wrong, they will need to cover you and find alternatives should any of the businesses go bust or have other problems due to the economic climate.
If you want to travel independently you may find it preferable to book with UK airlines rather than Greek or Cypriot ones, though Cyprus Airways has stated it will continue its summer operation until the end of September. Please remember that any business is subject to failure, wherever they are in the world, so the main thing is to have adequate insurance that covers this eventuality.
If you pay for your holiday with your credit card you will be covered for costs over £100 (and under £30,000) by Section 25 of the Consumer Credit act so you will be refunded if you are unable to go on your holiday through no fault of your own.
At the time of writing, there are no major stories of stranded holidaymakers due to any financial collapse of their holiday company; hotel or other suppliers and most websites are full of stories of fabulous holidays and weddings still being enjoyed to the full.
Cyprus needs you.
So the message is to continue to enjoy the delights of Cyprus as Brits have been doing for years, keep an eye on the news and the FCO website for developments and book with care. The island needs us now more than ever.
Image Credits: Under Licence from Shutterstock:
boats and houses and reflections Marina of Kyrenia in Northern Cyprus, Image ID: 118844398, Copyright: Anilah
European Union flag with the Cyprus flag on the background of old locked doors and money, Image ID: 132358289, Copyright: Borislav Bajkic
Selimiye Mosque in Nicosia, formerly Cath?drale Sainte Sophie.Nicosia, Northern Cyprus, Image ID: 77426677, Copyright: Kirill__M
Cyprus, archaeological place front of the sea, Image ID: 98411807, Copyright: Myrtilleshop