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Postby Daniella » Fri Apr 09, 2010 11:59 am

Ok thanks Tim :wink:
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Postby CrookedRiverGuy » Fri Apr 09, 2010 12:08 pm

Thank you all, for your useful comments!

Special thanks to Tim Drayton for the link!
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Postby Liontaroui » Fri Apr 09, 2010 12:18 pm

Yep, fighead is totally wrong. You can drive. IF you are here for over 6 months you will be required to get a Cyprus license- you can drive on your own license up to 6 months.
Re rental insurance, most places will accept a credit card, and usually you are liable for up to the first 100 or 200 euros.
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Postby CrookedRiverGuy » Fri Apr 09, 2010 5:11 pm

fig head wrote:u cant drive in cyprus if u drive right way.


Liontaroui wrote:Yep, fighead is totally wrong.


I will interpret him/her to give me a friendly advice not to drive on the right side of the road. :roll:
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Postby fig head » Fri Apr 09, 2010 5:55 pm

well, i was only tryin to help and my source is my friend who owns a car rentals place and he doesnt rent out to ppl from countries that drive right side unless they paid 500euros insurance witch they reclaim back when they deliver the car back!

good luck anyway
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Postby beverley10 » Fri Apr 16, 2010 4:50 pm

Cyprus is now in europe so anyone with a european licence can hire or buy a car over here.You do not have to have a Cypriot licence now we are in europe so do not listen to all the negative answers. It is against european law to insist on an eu driver having to have a cypriot licence to drive anything in cyprus.
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Postby Milo » Sat Apr 17, 2010 12:54 pm

beverley10 wrote:Cyprus is now in europe so anyone with a european licence can hire or buy a car over here.You do not have to have a Cypriot licence now we are in europe so do not listen to all the negative answers. It is against european law to insist on an eu driver having to have a cypriot licence to drive anything in cyprus.


Correct bev, you do not as an EU citizen have to change your DL to that of your host country at all even though the address on UK ones for instance is invalid. The only time you would change to a Cypriot issued EU Licence is when your own runs out. The EU card type DL only runs for 10 years unless you get to 70 then three years at a time.

Another problem though is that the UK count a UK issued DL being used on rentals in the UK with a non resident as possibly invalid insurance. I got my last rental in the UK to stipulate on the rental document that my invalid address would not interfere with the validity of the car insurance. I checked with my UK Police relative and he said that although address was incorrect IF stopped by the UK Police that a address at the time of visit in the UK would be ok. It would,nt make the DL invalid to them.
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