Sun, sea and glorious beaches - the Republic of Cyprus has it all. These are just some of the reasons why each year sees a number of Britons arranging removals to Cyprus, either because they have just bought a holiday home there, or have chosen to settle in the country permanently. If you are following suit, and have plans to move house to Cyprus, you will want a removals company you can rely on. And, with more than 40 years’ experience in European removals, including removals to Cyprus, Greens is a company that you can trust.
Greens Removals provide domestic and commercial removals to all parts of Cyprus including the cities of Aradhippou, Famagusta, Kyrenia, Larnaca, Limassol, Morphou, Nicosia, Paphos, Paralimni and Protaras. We offer regular shipments to Cyprus and provide a full range of services including full and part load removals to Cyprus, air freight, short and long term storage, specialist removals (including the transportation of cars and valuables), insurance, careful packing and unpacking or the sale of strong boxes and packing materials, if you prefer to do this yourself.
As we are British Association of Removals (BAR) registered for international removals and have achieved all three of the British and European quality standards relevant to the removals industry - you know your belongings are in safe hands.
Moving to Cyprus: About Cyprus
With its beauty, wealth of culture and appealing climate, it is easy to see why so many British people decide to up sticks and move to the country known as Aphrodite’s Island. The island is split into two parts and the largest is the Greek Cypriot side of Cyprus. The northern part of Cyprus – more than a third of the island – calls itself the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and is only recognised by Turkey.
Most of the British expats live in the beach resort areas, on the Greek Cypriot side, particularly in the area in and around Paphos, on the southwest side of Cyprus, which has a sizeable English community. The appeal is a better standard of living as house prices are much cheaper than in Britain and in your leisure time you can picnic on the beach or take up one of the many watersports on offer, such as jet skiing or power boating.
Cyprus is the third most populated island in the Mediterranean and is a major tourist destination, attracting more than 2 million holiday-makers a year. Many Britons who have moved, have done so as they have simply fallen in love with the island. The country has a population of around 1.1million people, and of these, just over 110,000 are foreign residents who live in the island permanently, including a sizeable number of people of Russian origin.
If you are moving house to Cyprus from the UK, The Republic of Cyrus is a member of the EU, so British expats can work without restrictions. Job opportunities vary from working in the hospitality trade, agriculture, teaching and jobs in the services industry, including finance, telecommunications and IT posts.
English is widely spoken in Cyprus, so it is easy to find your feet. There are also a number of English speaking schools, particularly around the area of Paphos – which is good news if you are moving there with family. However, if you are organising removals to Cyprus, it is always better to learn at least some Greek, so you will find it easier to settle and find employment. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to learn Greek in Cyprus, and there are even some free Greek language courses which are currently being offered by The Ministry of Education and Culture.
Moving to Cyprus: Visas
If you are a British national moving to The Republic of Cyprus, you will have to obtain a residence permit to do so, which you can apply for from your local immigration office in Cyprus using a MEU1A form (there is a charge for this). After five years of living on the island, you will need to apply for a permanent registration certificate and this requires completing a MEU3A form.
You can obtain state healthcare but there are some criteria you have to meet for this. Among the requirements are: if you are paying into the Cypriot Social Security System, receive a UK state pension, are a dependent, work in Cyprus for a UK company or have a valid UK European Health Insurance Card.
To find out more about this and other official matters, please visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website to obtain the most up-to-date information on living in Cyprus.
Moving to Cyprus: Local Customs and Etiquette
If you are doing business in Cyprus, you will find that most meetings are carried out in person, rather than over the phone. It also takes time to build up a business relationship, and once you have gained trust and respect, the loyalty will be to you as a person, rather than your company.
As with any meeting, it is important to be punctual, although don’t expect the meeting to start on time. Do dress conservatively and be warned that business meetings may go off course. However, it is unlikely that a decision will be reached at the meeting. Instead, the meetings are generally held to talk through the proposals and exchange ideas, with the decisions made at a later stage.
In home life, the family is of great importance, and you will find that a great deal of respect is shown to your elders.
On the social front, if you are invited to a person’s home for dinner, do offer to help the hostess with their preparations and provide assistance after the meal, such as helping with the dishes or clearing the table.
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