Russian visas for Cyprus
Wasn't sure where to put this TIP, but then again, as so few are ever read and or commented on, this is a public service announcement just as likely to be ignored as followed. Still, it is Friday afternoon here in Cyprus, and this my first update to my pages this week, so it helps you, I am happy.
In an effort to stem losses of holiday bookings by Russians to Cyprus of up to 25-percent after visa-free travel was abolished this year, Cypriot authorities will stop charging Russians for visas in 2004 & 2005 it was announced.
In an effort to improve visas to Cyprus, 60-percent of visas are issued within 24-hours according to the Cypriot Embassy. Less than one percent of Russians are refused the visa. There is now a new Cypriot Consulate in St. Petersburg as well as the Embassy in Moscow.
140.000 Russians visit Cyprus each year. Cyprus is suffering this year from a drop in the number of Russians visiting, but also from a Cyprus pound that is considered some 30-percent overvalued. Cyprus is one of the most expensive Meditteranean destinations and offers poor value for the money in comparison with other areas.
Never the less some 20.000 Russians live & work in Cyprus, many in Limassol.
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Limassol - Nicosia
I have never taken the bus or know anyone else that has taken the bus in Cyprus. Mostly we use taxis. However, there is a bus that runs between Limassol and Nicosia and it only costs CYP2.50 one-way versus a taxi which will cost approximately CYP25.
It departs from the Municipal Market Park Place in Limassol and ends up in Nicosia at Solomos Square.
Buses run Monday through Friday from 06.00 until 17.30 departure. Saturdays from 07.00 until 14.00, and on Sundays starting at 09.00 until 17.30 departure time.
It takes 45 minutes to drive from Limassol city limits to Nicosia city limits. The bus takes longer. A monthly bus pass costs CYP60-75.
$1 = 2.25 Cyprus pounds
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I arrived to Cyprus with my...
I arrived to Cyprus with my friend by plain. As the airport is in Larnaca we faced the question how we will get to Limassol because we had hotelroom reservation in there. Because we arrived to Cyprus around the midnight there was'nt too much transportation to choose. One and only possibility to get from one point to another in the midnight is by taxi. As the Limassol is about 35 - 40 km from Larnaca the price we agreed with driver was about
We choosed our foot and had travelagency agreement to have excursions by bus.
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