Cyprus is a well known and much loved summer holiday destination, and home to a UK military base, but it’s also a great place for UK businesses looking to set up overseas as it shares very close economic, trade, political and cultural relations – accounting, banking, business culture and legal systems are all very similar to the UK.
However, given that a direct flight from London takes the best part of five hours, it’s not a round trip you’d want to do in a day.
So if you’ve business interests out in Cyprus, it might be worth considering checking in via teleconference from time to time – current Covid-19 restrictions mean that travel is not permitted between the UK and Cyprus.
In just a few simple steps you can be speaking with up to 100 other people, using nothing more than a landline or mobile phone.
How to set up a conference call between the UK and Cyprus
Visit ConferenceCall.co.uk to get your free PIN and then generate an email template by clicking on the ‘Invite Participants’ tab. Once you have this template, enter the time, date and subject of the conference call you’re setting up.
Choose UK and Cyprus dial-in codes and click the button marked ‘Copy this invitation’, before pasting it into an email and sending it to everyone you want to take part.
Dial-in numbers to call
At the allotted time participants dial the following numbers and enter your PIN:
- UK participants dial 033 3006 7775 (landline) +44 33 3006 7775 (when overseas) 83000 (mobile)
- Cyprus participants dial 22-030521 (from landlines) or +44 843 373 0999 (from mobiles)
Your conference call can now begin!
What’s the best time to call Cyprus from the UK?
Although flight times between the two countries clock in at around the five hour mark, Cyprus is actually only two hours ahead of the UK so bear that in mind when setting up your conference call.
Where is Cyprus?
The third largest island in the Mediterranean, after Sicily and Sardinia, Cyprus is divided in two halves, one owned by Greece, the other by Turkey. Greece sits to the east, Turkey lies to the south, Lebanon and Syria are to the west, while Israel and Egypt are north of the island.
What is the FCO advice on travelling to Cyprus?
Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes.
About a million British nationals visit Cyprus each year, and most visits are trouble-free with crime against tourists uncommon but not unheard of.
Potential crimes against tourists include theft, pick-pocketing, and personal attacks, including sexual assault. Always keep passports, money and other valuables safe, bearing in mind that room safes and hotel safety deposit boxes can be targeted. And be aware that drinks could be spiked, so always buy your own drink and keep them in sight at all times.
If you’re looking to drive in Cyprus, remember that they drive on the left – the same as the UK – and short-term visitors can drive using a UK driving licence. These driving licence rules will stay the same until December 31, 2020. But be aware that driving standards are poor, with road fatalities more than double that of the UK.
Minor demonstrations have taken place in response to the government’s economic reforms. You should avoid all demonstrations and follow the advice given by local security authorities.
For more information, visit GOV.UK