MediDestinations: Cyprus – History Meets Healthcare

Cyprus Quick Facts

  • Location: Europe
  • Capital: Nicosia
  • Official Languages: Greek, Turkish
  • Currency: Euro

With a rich history that spans Assyrian, Egyptian, Persian, Greek, and Roman civilizations, Cyprus is a destination filled with culture and beauty. Thanks to its geographic location, Cyprus’ sunny beaches are also a prime attraction for millions of tourists from around the world. However, there’s more to this Mediterranean island than just beautiful views, historical sites, and delicious food. It’s also an up-and-coming destination for medical tourism.

Medical treatments in Cyprus are often more economical than in other parts of Europe, without any compromise in quality. The country’s robust healthcare infrastructure ensures that private healthcare is amongst the world’s best. Another great advantage is that most Cypriot doctors have been trained in Europe and the USA. Not only do they have extensive knowledge and training, but also have access to the latest tools, techniques, and equipment on par with European destinations like Germany and France. The country is becoming an increasingly popular destination for dental, orthopaedic, and fertility treatments, but can cater to other areas as well. Other key areas in demand include wellness tourism and rehabilitation, driven largely by the fantastic climate. 

With medical tourism as a key pillar in its “strategic action plan” for the next decade, the Cypriot government is making large strides in developing medical tourism. The Cyprus Health Services Promotion Board is a non-profit set up in 2006 to develop medical tourism. The government also runs the Cyprus Health Tourism Industry, with similar goals. This level of focus means those visiting Cyprus for medical tourism can benefit from stringent regulations and high quality. 

Here’s a quick rundown of the major facts you need to know if you are considering Cyprus as a medical tourism destination:

  • Top Departments: Fertility & IVF, rehabilitation and wellness, orthopaedic treatments, plastic surgery & cosmetology
  • Visa regulations: While the country isn’t a member of the Schengen area, it has adopted the same requirements as that of the Schengen visa. Interestingly, you can visit the country if you have a valid Schengen visa (but the reverse is not possible). Most European, Gulf, and American nationals do not need a visa to visit Cyprus. For Asian and African countries, they must apply for a visit visa at the Cypriot embassy in person. A short-stay visa (up to 90 days) application costs around €20. 
  • Connectivity: Cyprus is easily accessible via three international airports from most parts of Europe and the Middle East. Some countries even operate daily flights, giving visitors multiple options to suit their convenience. 
  • Culture: While the official languages are Greek and Turkish, English and French are also widely spoken in Cyprus. Due to its rich history, Cypriot food is derived from Italy, France, and Turkiye. As a popular tourist destination, tourists from all over the world will feel welcome and safe in Cyprus.  
  • Currency: As a member of the EU, Cyprus uses the Euro as its official currency. Therefore, it is more a luxury destination than a budget one. While healthcare costs are far more economical than in other parts of Europe, travel and stay in Cyprus can be costly, especially during peak tourist season. 

To explore Cyprus as a medical tourism destination, connect with Mediglobe today. We can offer a wide array of healthcare services in the country, combined with hotel accommodation and ground transportation. You can also turn the trip into a delightful medivacation, by taking time out to explore Cyprus’ rich culture and history.

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