Safety Precautions in Cyprus
Safety Precautions in Cyprus
Cyprus is known for its excellent reputation of being a safe destination for visitors. Unfortunately accidents and illness happens and it is best to be informed on how to handle any emergency while visiting the island. How to handle an emergency while in Cyprus is pretty straightforward. The number to call is 112 and this number can be reached from any pay phone free of charge or mobile phone even if there are no credits available. The crime rate in Cyprus is one of the lowest in the world, but in the event that you are involved or a victim of crime, you can call 112 and ask to be connected to the police. Clear and straightforward information must be given over the phone so that the emergency services can respond immediately. The 112 number covers medical injuries, police and the fire department. Government Hospitals and Private Clinics/Hospitals are mostly concentrated in urban areas, while health centres, sub centres, and dispensaries function in the rural areas, providing a network to meet the medical needs of the whole population. All Government General Hospitals as well as some private clinics have Accident and Emergency Departments for emergency cases. Visitors or residents can also make use of their health insurance, which covers medical expenses.
Once you are connected to the ambulance dispatch or police you must communicate in Greek or English what your emergency is, your telephone number, exact location with as many details as possible, description of how serious the problem is, the number of victims and any other relevant information. Keep your phone close and connected in case the emergency services need to get more details from you. If possible, you will be given instruction on how to assist yourself or the patient and the dispatcher might ask you to stay on the line until help arrives at your destination. If you are calling from a house or apartment make sure that you give as much details on your location as possible. For locations that are difficult to find you might be asked to send someone to flag down the emergency services from a more visible location. If you have had an accident on the Motorway be sure to inform the emergency service in which direction you were travelling with as many landmarks as possible.
If you are in a position to help out you can clear a pathway to the entrance of your property, lock away any pets and pack any items of clothing and toiletries the patient will need before the ambulance arrives. It is also important to hand over the patient’s regular chronic medication so that the paramedics know what has been taken. If you are aware of any allergies or special conditions that they patient has, you must make the ambulance crew aware of these circumstances. It is also best to remove valuable items like watches and jewelry from the patient for safe keeping. The Ambulance services of the Ministry of Health are provided free of charge for emergencies. The patient or the next of kin can make a decision on whether the patient will be taken to the government hospital of a private clinic.
Other safety measures to take are food safety and drinking water quality. The safety of these two necessities is monitored closely by the Health Department of Cyprus and local authorities. You can rest assured that the drinking water and the food served in Cyprus is absolutely safe and there are no known water borne diseases on record. Cyprus is also free from dangerous infectious diseases and there are no vaccination requirements for international travelers. The climate is considered to be ideal from a health point of view and Cyprus has a high rate of visitors throughout the year without incident. Please note that traffic moves on the left hand side of the road in Cyprus. International road traffic signs are used on all roads and distances are marked in kilometers. The maximum speed limit on the motorways are set at 100km per hour and the lower speed is 65km per hour. Be aware that the use of seat belts is compulsory both front and back of the vehicle. Children must be restrained appropriately according to their weight. Driving under the influence of alcohol is highly prohibited and if you are caught with consumption over the limit, you will be arrested. Make sure that you have a hands free mobile phone if you wish to converse with anybody while driving as being caught talking on your phone is also an offence that has quite a hefty fine.
If you are going to participate in water sports or embark on a coastal passenger boat cruise, please read all the safety guidelines that are usually provided. The vessel must have a valid certificate and the crew should demonstrate how to use all lifesaving equipment in the event of an emergency. Passengers have the right to insist on a demonstration before embarking on a cruise or using any equipment. The same applies to the water sports, and it is advisable to get advice on how to use the equipment before embarking on this kind of adventure. It is also not a good idea to rent a boat of participate in any water sports while under the influence of alcohol. Avoid smoking near a fuel tank and do not discard any rubbish in the sea.
Ambulance Services 112
Fire Department 112
Night Pharmacies: 11892
AIDS Advisory Centre: +357 22 305 155
Narcotics Emergency Service: Information
Centre for drugs and Poisoning: +357 90 901 401
Search and Rescue Coordination Centre (Naval and Air Accidents): 1441
Nicosia General Hospital: +357 22 603 000 (Accidents & Emergency)
Makareio Hospital: +357 22 405 000
Limassol General l Hospital: +357 25 801 100
Larnaca General Hospital: +357 24 800 500
Paphos General Hospital: +357 26 803 100
Paralimni Hospital: +357 23 200 000
Platres Hospital: +357 25 422 224
Polis Hospital: +357 26 821 800
Kyperounta Hospital: +357 25 806 700
Agros Rural Health Centre: +357 25 521 317
Should you need to contact your country’s embassy on the island, detailed information concerning foreign Embassies and High Commissions in Cyprus can be obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, http://www.mfa.gov.cy/mfa/mfa2016.nsf/index_en/index_en?OpenDocument
Below is a link to the Cyprus Tourism Boards Travelers Handbook