If you decide to opt out of the international car shipping procedure and buy a car in Cyprus we have made all information regarding 'Duty Payable' available in our Ebook 'Live The Med Lifestyle In Cyprus'.
Duty will be payable on any car purchased in Cyprus unless you are able to obtain relief from excise duty.
A Yellow Pages link is given below for New and Used car dealers.
International Car Shipping
International car shipping is certainly possible, but we feel we have to advise that the importation procedure is complicated and can prove to be expensive. We imported our car and even though we did not appear to suffer half the problems of our fellow expats, we feel the importation procedure was frustrating, time consuming and anxiety ridden.
The international car shipping procedure was fine once we were advised of the pick up procedure in Cyprus. Our own 'Big Dipper' ride began when we attempted to insure the car in Cyprus and we were told that in order to insure it, it had to be registered and have Cyprus plates and in order for that to happen, we needed to become residents of Cyprus.
There are a series of registration procedures, all of which seem to be open to interpretation and will finally depend on the official who is dealing with your particular case. Because of the changes about to happen with Cyprus entering the E.U. we would strongly advise that you make yourselves familiar with the Cyprus Government website and that you fully digest the contents of our Ebook and ensure that you have all the necessary vehicle documentation prior to any decision being made on international car shipping.
Once in Cyprus - Our helping hand came from:- Gwenny Mary Demitriou. Gwenny deals with all aspects of immigration, passport renewals, registrations, driving licences, customs and excise, transfer of ownership documentation, imports and exports. Tel: 9941 2925 Fax: 2693 1262
Cypriot Driving Licence
a) Pass the Cypriot driving test for the category of vehicle you intend to drive. The driving test consists of the usual practical and theory sessions. The practical takes about 30 minutes and the theory consists of a short series of questions on the Highway Code for cars in Cyprus and takes about 15 minutes. As is the case in most countries, you will be advised of your results at the end of your tests and if successful your licence is valid for your lifetime.
b) The second option for obtaining a Cypriot driving licence is to surrender your existing domestic licence to the Department of Transport which can be found on the Mesogi Industrial Estate, close to E & S Supermarket on the Paphos to Polis road. The building is clearly signposted from the main road.
The cost of the Cypriot licence is:
We sincerely hope that we have given a fair cross view and plenty of contact information on whether it is better to go with the international car shipping option or bite the bullet and leave your treasured possession behind and now, after all the rules and regulations that you have had to read and digest above we would like to share with you some advice from the Road Safety and Advanced Driving Society. What follows is an excerpt taken from one of their articles. It may make you chuckle and those of us who have lived here for some time will recognise each and every comment.
ARTICLE - Road Safety and Advanced Driving Society.
You must take into account the fact that Cyprus has very many tourists. It is their nature to be relaxed, often looking around at the scenery, or maybe even lost. They are also likely to be driving vehicles that they are unfamiliar with. They may not be concentrating fully on their driving and as a result may well make driving decisions and act in a way that they would not contemplate when driving at home.
Many Cypriot drivers have been brought up in a totally different driving environment than many Europeans. Their training and knowledge was adequate at one time for the environment that they had to operate in. Unfortunately the training has remained static while the remainder of Cyprus progresses. You should expect that some of the decisions some drivers of cars in Cyprus make, can seem to you unreasoned and irrational.
The inconsistent way the road network has been expanded does not help matters! We will identify some common faults and advise you what you might do if confronted by them.
Tailgating and overtaking:
As with red traffic lights, stop signs and solid white centre lines are widely disregarded. Ensure that you can change course, slow or stop if necessary.
The overriding message we wish to convey when driving in Cyprus, is that you should not take anything for granted and assume that any sign in your favour will be complied with. SAFE DRIVING!
Information on Car Dealers can be found in the Cyprus
Tel: 22 313233 Fax: 22 313482
AFFORDABLE CAR INSURANCE
Commercial Union Cyprus: Demetra Court, 1 Parthenonos Street, 8035 Paphos
GAN Direct: Website: www.gandirect.com
EUROCOMP Motor Insurance, contact
Royal Crown Insurance: Website: www.royal.com.cy
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