Top Tips - Life in Cyprus
Top tips for your posting to Cyprus
This is a great overseas posting and Cyprus offers many fantastic opportunities to explore. Come with an open mind and you will enjoy yourself!
- Planning to work while in Cyprus? Make sure you pack your original education certificates. Contact email@example.com for updates of all job vacancies on the island.
- On average, families report spending up to €2000 in the first few weeks of arriving in BFC on items such as a new car, telephone/internet installation, and garden furniture to name a few; your soldier can arrange an advance of pay via your Unit Admin Office, if needed. Also, bring your UK cheque book to enable you to cash cheques on arrival.
- Are you giving up a job to join your serving spouse on an overseas posting? Make sure you claim Jobseeker’s Allowance. Click here for more information.
- If you require regular medication ensure that the Medical Centres in BFC are aware of this before you arrive.
- Don’t forget to bring some warmer clothes. You may need jeans and a fleece in November/December or if you are in the Troodos mountains.
- Start Christmas shopping for larger items on the internet in early October if you want to guarantee delivery.
- Clothes-shopping is more expensive in Cyprus and the styles are quite different from the UK. School uniforms and shoes are not readily available and ladies shoes above size UK 7 (EU 41) are difficult to find. Stock up on kids’ essentials such as swimwear, sun hats and glasses (schools have the policy NO HAT NO PLAY!).
- Register with your local HIVE for their weekly newsletter with all the latest news and events.
- Use your time here to improve your CV. With limited employment opportunities for spouses and dependants this is a great time to learn a new skills. Make the most of all the educational and recreational courses offered here.
- Learn to drive before you come to Cyprus, otherwise you will need to wait six months before you can start lessons here. A car is essential as there is limited public transport.
- Before you depart the UK ensure that you are registered to vote from abroad. You can register as a service voter for a period of five years.
- Consider keeping a UK bank account open to ensure that you retain a credit history in the UK.
- Consider purchasing the Entertainer Book, which is available at all HIVES. This book costs around €35 and contains many vouchers which will ensure that you get discounted entry into many of Cyprus’ top attractions and money off vouchers for lots of restaurants.
- Ensure that you read the Staying Healthy in Cyprus booklet –it will give you all the information you need about creepy crawlies and hazards to be aware of.
- Get a SIM unlocked phone to bring with you.
- Be sure to apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before you leave. Visit www.ehic.org.uk.
- All mail is delivered to the unit address through the BFPO system. There are no house deliveries.
- Water in your SFA is ok to drink; although, some people choose to hire or purchase water coolers.
When sending mail to Service personnel, use:
When sending mail to dependants, use:
Note: under no circumstances are you to put Cyprus on the address. If you have to put a country in the address, use United Kingdom.
BFPO numbers as follows:
Akrotiri – 57
Ayios Nikolaos – 59
Dhekelia – 58
Episkopi – 53
Nicosia – 567
Troodos – 57
If you require a postcode for online services, the following can be used:
Episkopi – BF1 2AS
Akrotiri – BF1 2AT
Dhekelia – BF1 2AU
Ayios Nikolaos – BF1 2AW
Good to Know…
- Your children will automatically be offered a place at an MOD School
- Your family will automatically get access to medical and dental care at NHS rates
- Prescriptions are currently FREE
- You do not need a TV licence here in BFC
- You can claim National Insurance credits for the time spent overseas accompanying your soldier
- Schools start at 07:25 – so get used to early starts!
Want to know more? Check out our ‘Preparing to Move’ page for a simple overview of life in Cyprus tailored to you, our Army families.