Cyprus, an island in the eastern Mediterranean, has rich, turbulent history stretching back to antiquity. Known for its beaches, it has a rugged interior with wine-growing regions.
History / Basics
Situated in the north-eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea and to the south of Turkey, Cyprus is the largest island in the eastern Mediterranean as well as being the third smallest country in the EU, after Malta and Luxembourg. Cyprus joined the EU as a de facto divided island but the whole of Cyprus is EU territory. Turkish Cypriots are EU citizens as they are citizens of an EU country – the Republic of Cyprus – even if they live in a part of Cyprus not under government control.
Cyprus’s main export partners are Greece, the UK and Israel, while its main import partners are Greece, Israel and the UK.
Dialing code: +357
ISO code: CYP
Official languages: Greek, Turkish.
Finding a job in Cyprus can be difficult, but the country’s reasonable cost of living is just one perk on offer to those who do manage to secure work there.
Ayia Napa’s famous nightlife attracts thousands of international workers every year, meaning many bar and PR jobs are available throughout the summer. You can expect to work 4-5 days a week during the low season, but 6-7 days during the high season.
www.cyprusrecruiter.com : Cyprus Recruiter is a leading recruitment agency in Cyprus specializing in assisting employers and job seekers to find the right candidates.
www.cyprusjobs.com : Cyprus Jobs is a completely Free Job Listing Service offered by CyprusNet since 2004. Job seekers find Jobs in Cyprus and Job recruiters locate talent.
www.grsrecruitment.com : Cyprus & Malta GRS Global Recruitment Solutions is a leading international recruitment firm providing Jobs in Cyprus & Payroll Bureau services.
Accommodation / Mobile / Tax / General
To find and rent an apartment or house in Cyprus you may visit following websites to get rental in Cyprus. The tenant generally pays for utilities with water, electricity and heating costs not included in the rental price. For short-term rentals, of less than 6 months, the rent often includes all utilities and is typically paid in advance.
www.lowcostholidays.com : Find the best cheap holiday studios and apartments in Cyprus with lowcostholidays. Book your holiday apartment in Cyprus today. Some other websites are :
Do I need a work permit or visa?
EU citizens don’t need a visa to enter or work in Cyprus. If you plan to stay for longer than three months though, you will need to apply for a residence permit at one of the local immigration offices.
You will usually need to prove that you have employment or can support yourself financially in order to get a residence permit. If you’re from a non-EU country, contact the Cypriot embassy in the country where you’re currently living for information on whether you require a visa or work permit. If you’re living in the UK, go to the High Commission of the Republic of Cyprus. There are two categories of permit: Executive and Non-executive.
Tax rates: income tax has to be paid if you live in Cyprus for more than 183 days of the tax year. Tax is paid on annual incomes of more than €17,000 in incremental stages. The tax rate is 20% for incomes of €17,087-€25,629, 25% for €25,630-€34,173 and 30% for salaries over €34,173. Don’t forget to check your UK tax and National Insurance position with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to ensure that you are not losing any UK pension rights.
Internet and Mobile : Cyta (Cyprus Telecommunication Authority) and PrimeTel are the leading service providers on the island. You’ll be glad to hear that in Cyprus there are only two mobile phone networks : Both MTN and Cytamobile-Vodafone operate with GSM technology.