Family Values

  • 3 years ago

Given the lifestyle differences between Cyprus and many parts of Europe, the wonderful weather and facilities available, Cyprus presents itself as a great place to bring up your family. In Cyprus family values are at the heart of most issues and the Cypriots place their family above all else.

The climate is much healthier for growing children, with greatly reduced rates of allergies and environmental factor problems. Extended family support for disabled members provides a fantastic network and social grouping.

Disabled Persons in Cyprus

A disabled person may be exempt from road tax on application to the Inland Transport Department & Licencing Authority (Ministry of Communications and Works), if the application is accepted. There is a form that must be completed, available from the Nicosia offices.

Inland Transport Department & Licencing Authority

Tel: 22 807 139 / 22 807 137

There are generally a few parking bays marked for disabled drivers in municipal car parks.


The international stickers for the disabled are recognised in Cyprus and their use is legally enforced. Stickers are available from the Pancyprian Organisation for Disabled Persons.

Pancyprian Organisation for Disabled Persons 
At: 50, Pendelis Str.
CY 2013 Strovolos
Tel: 22 426 301
Fax: 22 31 32 50

The blue badge is also recognized in Cyprus. It is a standardised European Community disabled person’s parking permit which provides parking entitlements to badge holders in all complying European countries – a blue badge from one country is valid in another. A person coming to Cyprus from another EU country can apply in their home country for this universal badge which allows the use of reserved parking.

To apply for a blue badge, contact the town hall.

Things to keep in mind about parking in Cyprus:

· Disabled spaces in car parks reserved for disabled people are marked with a wheelchair symbol
· Do not park in pedestrian zones unless there is a sign stating that vehicles with disabled stickers or badges are allowed
· Do not park on roads where parking is not allowed
· Most car parks allow vehicles displaying a disabled parking sign to park free of charge
· Disabled drivers may park without time restrictions on roads with parking time limits

Out & About

There are two nature trails for the disabled: 

· Kampos tou Leivadiou in the Troodos area is a 1.6 kilometre circular walk
· Mandra tou Kampiou in the Machairas forest in a 1 kilometre circular walk

There is a summer wheelchair ramp over the sand to the sea at Polis Beach.

Both airports (Larnaca and Paphos) have wheelchair hoists. Advance notification is advised.

· Cyprus Paraplegic Organisation, Nicosia
Tel: 22 496 494
Fax: 22 423 540

· The Pancyprian Organisation for Disables Persons
At: 50, Pendelis street, Strovolos, Nicosia
Tel: 22 426 301
Fax: 22 313 250
· Vocational Rehabilitation Centre for the Disabled Persons
At: 30, 28th Octovriou street, Strovolos, Nicosia
Tel: 22 871 300
Fax: 22311 176
· Agios Varnavas School for the Blind
At: 30, 28th Octovriou street, Nicosia
Tel: 22 403 300
Fax: 22 403 340
· Cyprus Deaf Federation
PO Box 21725,1512 Nicosia
Voice: 22 355 187
Fax: 22 356 767

· School for the Deaf
At: 21, Makedonitissis street, Nicosia
Tel: 22 305 422
Fax: 22 305 423
· Help Cyprus Hear
Volunteer-led organisation providing island-wide help to the hearing impaired – advice, information and companionship.
Offices in Larnaca
Tel: 24 622 390

Other associations

Calibre Audio Books: UK charity, Calibre, supplies audio books in English on cassette or disk to visually impaired and disabled people. The free service is available to members (registration can be made via the website). Free postal service is available to anywhere in Europe.

Tel: + 44 1296 432339
Fax: + 44 1296 392599

Paphos Mobility offer mobility vehicles of all typrs thrughout the region.

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