Here's some information for your DX holiday in Cyprus
About tourism in Cyprus
You will find informations about:
- discover Cyprus
- plan your trip
Callsign (CEPT Agreement)
Under CEPT TR61-01 you may use your license while in Cyprus, as long as you have a full license from your country. Please take a look to this document.
If you hold a license equivalent to CEPT Class 1 or 2 from one of the CEPT countries and visit Cyprus, you are allowed to operate from the Republic for a couple of months, signing 5B/'homecall'.
It is a good idea to bring and have with you whenever you are operating, a copy of your license, as the police can be a little sensitive to foreigners with radio equipment.
If your country is not on the CEPT list, please contact the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, Department of Electronic Communications of Cyprus to inquire whether you may operate with a temporary reciprocal permit. This permit now has to be on paper, and not just verbal.
Cyprus Frequency Schedule
The Cyprus Frequency Schedule can be found on the website of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, Department of Electronic Communications of Cyprus. Please visit this link
Transport radio equipment
Because of the CEPT agreement, if you do not intend to leave your amateur radio equipment here you may import it on a temporary basis without payment of taxes. The Ministry of Communications has sent a circular to the Customs Department informing them of this. Unfortunately you may occasionally meet a customs officer who has not read or does not remember this circular and who will insist that it is not allowed. In that case please try to contact the Ministry of Communications and Works.
If you have more questions you may contact CARS - Cyprus Amateur Radio Society https://www.cyhams.org/ .
You may not operate from the UK Sovereign Base Areas of Dekelia, Akrotiri, Episcopi etc. These (ZC4) areas are quite large, irregular in shape and with exclusions and are mostly not signposted when you enter them, except for the military parts. For a guide to their locations see the free map you can get from Cyprus Tourist Organisation, or the small one under the "Licensing" section. ZC4 is not part of the CEPT agreement, so you may not operate ZC4/"homecall".
Operate while visiting Cyprus
Radio equipment can be used anywhere on the island.
- you must stay clear of military installations especially if carrying radio equipment and cameras;
- you should NOT carry radio equipment to the occupied (northern) part of the island, under ANY circumstances.
The North is under the control of the turkish military forces and you can get into a lot of trouble if stopped for any reason.
Moreover, you must know that the north of the island is not recognized under international law, nor is it endorsed by the ITU, so any operation of your radio gear in the occupied northern part of the island is illegal.
Always have a copy of your license with you while traveling with your radio gear throughout the government controlled (southern) part of the island. Be advised that amateur radio is not widely
known in Cyprus, so in case you are stopped by police you may need to do a bit of explaining. It is also advised to keep handy:
- the contact details of the Department of Electronic Communications;
- the contact details of Cyprus Amateur Radio Society
in case you need any help at all at any time.
The official languages of Cyprus are greek and turkish.
Greek is widely used in the Southern part of the Island, while turkish is mostly used in the Northern part of the island, occupied by the turkish military since July 1974.
However, english is the foreign language most fluently spoken by the vast majority of the population. Cyprus was once a British colony resulting in over 80% of the population speaking english.
The supply in Cyprus is 240 volts, a.c. 50Hz. Cyprus uses the same 13 Amp, 3 pin plugs that are used in the UK.
Many hotels provide adaptors upon request from the Reception. Adaptors can be purchased from electricians, supermarkets, grocery shops, etc.
Sources: https://www.cyhams.org/ Cyprus Amateur Radio Society