What to take
Marriages conducted in Cyprus are recognised in the UK. As a guide, UK resident couples are likely to need to consider the points listed here but check with the Cypriot Embassy in your resident country for any specific requirements that might apply to you.
You can choose to stay in Cyprus and visit the local Marriage Officer in person 15 days prior to the proposed wedding date, or pay extra fees and have a shorter 2-3 day lead time.
Note that this information is for guidance only, and requirements may change with time and personal circumstances.
Where to go
Protaras is situated on the east coast between Cape Greko and the village of Paralimni, with Ayia Napa a ten minute drive away. Protaras has plenty of fine hotels and many private holiday villas for rent. The resort offers an excellent choice of shops, restaurants, taverns, nightclubs and bars and of course the famous sandy beach at Fig Tree Bay. Protaras lies in an area which is well protected from the wind and consequently the sea is calm and crystal clear.
Ayia Napa has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a lively resort that has something for all ages. Contrary to popular belief, this cosmopolitan town isn’t all about bars and clubs for the younger generations. If you look closer you will discover that Ayia Napa is full of history and tradition, impossible for even the fussiest of visitors not to find something that would interest them. The beaches of Ayia Napa have lovely golden sand, clear blue water and are generally clean and safe. Many have been awarded a Blue Flag and have lifeguards on duty.
Larnaca is the home of Cyprus’ main International Airport, close to the Salt Lake area, a place where you can watch the swans and flamingos that live in the lake. On the edge of Larnaca Bay the palm-lined seafront of Larnaca town bustles with cafes, tavernas, shops and bars. Historic charm is lent to the scene by its fortress castle, now used as the town’s summer cultural centre. Larnaca is an excellent base from which to get to know the central and eastern section of Cyprus.