Emergencies


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.


Healthcare in Cyprus

Healthcare in Cyprus

 Who is entitled to free or subsidized medical care? Cypriot and EU citizens who are permanent residents in Cyprus are entitled to get a hospital card, whether it is completely free will depend on age, employment and income group. For pensioners and people who work and reside in Cyprus with a low income, medical care is free. Depending on how much you earn you will be able to get a hospital card with reduced charges. For those working in Cyprus, Social Insurance contributions are compulsory and how much is paid will depend on salaries earned. People who contribute social security payments are entitled to free or reduced medical care. The Ministry of Health categorizes patients into those who receive treatment free of charge, those who are entitled to reduced fees and those who have to pay the full amount. This is based on income, number of children, pensioners and chronic illnesses.