What the disabled visitor needs to know about Cyprus

A number of facilities are available to visitors with special access needs who wish to visit Cyprus. Some hotel establishments provide a range of facilities to meet special needs and requirements. However, accessibility facilities/infrastructure for disabled vary from accommodation establishment to accommodation establishment. Although the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) attempts to provide accurate, complete and current information from reliable sources it accepts no responsibility or liability for the content, truth, accuracy, reasonability, reliability and completeness of provided information. We strongly recommend contacting the accommodation establishment to ascertain that the establishment provides requested facilities/infrastructure, prior to any binding reservation.

Both Larnaka and Pafos international airports are accessible to visitors with all kinds of access needs. Facilities include available accessible washrooms, charging stations for electric wheelchairs at departure gates, ramps to allow a person on a wheelchair to enter or exit the buses and additional assistive services, meeting European Regulation 1107/2006 concerning the right of disabled travellers.

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 in public roads and public 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. It can be contacted at +357 22 406 406 email: [email protected]

Most Cyprus’ towns are fairly accessible with a wheelchair but much work is yet to be carried out to improve infrastructure.  A person using a wheelchair is advised to be accompanied by an able person for assistance in inaccessible areas.

Transportation around the island can be arranged if prior notice is given to the transport companies. Special buses are also available with low gradient ramps, safety belts and a/c and so are special taxis that may carry a person who is seating on a wheelchair.

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