A number of facilities are available to visitors with special access needs who wish to visit Cyprus, and a brief overview is provided below. For further information, you can click here to download the guide ‘Accessible Cyprus’, or contact the Cyprus Paraplegic Organisation on: (+357) 22 496 494, or visit their website www.opak.org.cy.
Both Larnaka (Larnaca) and Pafos (Paphos) International Airports are fully accessible for disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility (PRM).
– Accessible washrooms.
– Charging stations for electric wheelchairs at departure gates.
– Ramps to allow wheelchair users to enter or exit buses.
– Additional assistive services.
For additional information on the facilities and services available for disabled persons and PRM, visit the relevant page for each of the island’s two airports:
– Larnaka International Airport: http://www.hermesairports.com/en/section-article-2/persons-with-reduced-mobility
– Pafos International Airport: http://www.hermesairports.com/easyconsole.cfm/id/721/lang/en
Some accommodation establishments provide a range of facilities to meet special needs and requirements. You can find a list of establishments that have been inspected and were found to provide a satisfactory level of facilities and services suitable for people with special access needs here.
It is recommended, however, if you are interested in a particular establishment, to check on the analytical findings of the above inspection here. As the facilities provided may change at any given moment, or additional establishments may become more accessible, it is also strongly recommended that you contact the hotels directly, in order to ascertain that they have the right facilities for a particular disability, prior to any binding reservation.
In 2007, the Cyprus Parliament approved and introduced the use of the European Blue Badge for parking at designated places for the disabled, available all over the island, both on public roads and parking areas. The authority responsible for issuing the Blue Badge is the Service for the Care and Rehabilitation of the Disabled, part of the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance, which can be contacted on: (+357) 22 406 406, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most towns in Cyprus are fairly accessible with a wheelchair, but work is still ongoing to improve infrastructure. As such, it is advised that wheelchair users are accompanied by an assistant if unsure of the accessibility of an area.
Transportation around the island can be arranged if prior notice is given to the relevant transport companies. Special buses are available with low gradient ramps, safety belts and air-conditioning, as well as special taxis that may carry a person seated on a wheelchair.
Places of Interest
Information about places of interest accessible to wheelchair users can be found in the various sections on what to see and do on the island, often listed in the pertinent facts for each individual attraction.
There are many beaches on the island that are wheelchair accessible. This is denoted in the pertinent facts for each beach with an easily recognizable wheelchair access symbol. You can also find a list of fully or partly accessible beaches all over the island here.