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Foreigner owning car in CY - what are the pitfalls?

Postby CrookedRiverGuy » Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:53 pm

I plan to buy a holiday home + a car. As a foreigner, what problems do i risk to run into?

Being used to drive on the (literally :wink: ) right side of the road; could it possibly be restrictions to what cars i am allowed to drive? Other pitfalls?
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Postby fig head » Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:45 pm

u gotta be here for 6 months, if u european u can own ur own place but still if u arent from a country that drive left side u`ll have to be here for sex months And APPLY FOR A EUROPEAN (CYPRIOT LICENSE)

if u not european u will have to havr pink/yellow slip from the immegration to buy anything on ur name, witch takes up from 3 months to a year.

that also apply on u even if u were from the states.. rules are rules in cyprus and no way around it,
also if u are from a 3rd world country unless u have a european citizenship u wont be able to own any land/property on ur name. im not sure about all of that but its too much hassle if u arent european.

p.s ersonal advice if u not willing to do everything by the book dont bother coming here go to Spain or something
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Postby CrookedRiverGuy » Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:53 pm

Thanks, Fig Head!

I'm European, but as mentioned, not used to driving on the left side. You're saying i will have to stay for 6 months: My plan was to come occasionally, on vacations only. Do you mean that during that time I can legally drive a rented car without any hassle, but i will not be allowed to drive any that is owned by me (or ie. a cypriotic friend)?
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Postby bsharpish » Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:01 pm

If you have an EU passport and driving licence-

You can buy whatever vehicle you want ( providing you have the relevant licence category)

You can insure it no problem and drive away to your hearts content.

Same with house buying... BUT...... do the research regarding title deeds, be carefull with your legal representation here, be VERY carefull over the developer and bargain hard as the market is very much in the buyers favour.

Enjoy
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Postby fig head » Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:05 pm

u cant drive in cyprus if u drive right way, P.S my friend owns a car rental place,he wont rent a car out to you as all car rentals will do UNLESS YOU PAID INSURANCE witch is about 500 euros.
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Postby CrookedRiverGuy » Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:16 pm

Getting a little confused now...

@Fig Head; I've already been to Cyprus and rented a car (Budget, Larnaca airport). There were absolutely no difficulties in leasing. The hire for one week was less than the insurance you mention.

@bsharpish; non-EU, but from an EEA (European Economic Area) country. EEA hardly differs from EU, but might do when it comes to driving regulations?
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Postby Tim Drayton » Fri Apr 09, 2010 7:49 am

I do not drive myself, so may not be the best person to give advice, but I do not think that you will have any problems in buying or registering a car in Cyprus. According to the following site:

http://cyprus.angloinfo.com/countries/cyprus/carbuy.asp

It is not obligatory to be a resident of Cyprus to purchase a car in Cyprus. Non-residents may buy a car in Cyprus.


If your country has an embassy in Cyprus, they may be the best people to approach for advice.

Re: buying a holiday home. Use a good, independent lawyer, not the developer's lawyer.
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Re: Foreigner owning car in CY - what are the pitfalls?

Postby Sotos » Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:01 am

CrookedRiverGuy wrote:I plan to buy a holiday home + a car. As a foreigner, what problems do i risk to run into?

Being used to drive on the (literally :wink: ) right side of the road; could it possibly be restrictions to what cars i am allowed to drive? Other pitfalls?


You can buy both without any obstacle because you are foreigner. The pitfalls are the usual ones which apply to everybody. Before you buy a home or car do your homework and don't believe everything the seller tells you.
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Postby Daniella » Fri Apr 09, 2010 11:18 am

I am confused sorry. :oops:
Do I have any problem to rent a car in cyprus because I’m foreigner ? In Italy we drive on the right side! The opposite of yours..
Car rental at the airport never ask me nothing except a credit card and passport
Please would you explain me more? Sure I am wrong..cannot believe this complication :?
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Postby Tim Drayton » Fri Apr 09, 2010 11:42 am

Daniella wrote:I am confused sorry. :oops:
Do I have any problem to rent a car in cyprus because I’m foreigner ? In Italy we drive on the right side! The opposite of yours..
Car rental at the airport never ask me nothing except a credit card and passport
Please would you explain me more? Sure I am wrong..cannot believe this complication :?


Anybody can arrive in Cyprus and hire a car. I know of many people who have done this.
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