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Flights to Cyprus arrive at one of the two international airports in south Cyprus, Larnaca (LCA) and Paphos (PFO). Flight times from the UK range from just over four hours to around five hours.
Many UK airports offer flights to both Larnaca and Paphos, but expect services to be more frequent during the popular summer months when sun-starved British tourists head to Cyprus in their droves.
British Airways offers daily flights from London Heathrow (LHR), and several flights per week from London Gatwick (LGW), to Larnaca. From April to October, the airline also offers flights from Gatwick to Paphos.
Thomson and Thomas Cook airlines have flights to Cyprus from London and a number of regional airports including Belfast (BFS), Birmingham (BHX), Bristol (BRS), Cardiff (CWL), East Midlands (EMA), Glasgow (GLA), Manchester (MAN) and Newcastle (NCL).
It’s also possible to get cheap Cyprus flights with budget airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair. Low-cost carrier easyJet flies to Paphos from Bristol, Manchester, London Luton (LTN), London Gatwick and Edinburgh (EDI), and to Larnaca from London Gatwick and Liverpool (LPL), while Ryanair goes to Paphos from London Stansted (STN).
Whichever company you fly with, book early to nab the cheapest Cyprus flights.
North Cyprus has one international airport in Ercan (ECN), but it’s not possible to fly here directly. All airlines must touch down in Turkey first, before continuing onward to north Cyprus.
Turkish Airlines offers flights from London Heathrow to Ercan, with the stopover in Turkey adding about 40 minutes on to the flight time from the UK. Unless you plan to spend your holidays in north Cyprus, there’s little reason to fly via this route.
Entering south Cyprus is a breeze, with no visa required for UK tourists staying for up to 90 days. Just make sure your passport is valid for the duration of your stay in Cyprus.
Few UK travellers enter through north Cyprus (because why book a flight with a stopover when there are tons of direct flights available?). But those who do will be issued a north Cyprus entry visa on arrival. All you need to obtain the visa is a valid passport and proof of your return ticket home.
Cyprus is a divided island with the northern portion under Turkish control. Since all countries except Turkey recognise north Cyprus as an illegally occupied part of the Republic of Cyprus, the north is technically considered to be an illegal entry point by the government of the Republic of Cyprus.
This may sound scary, but many travellers cross back and forth between the north and south during their visit and you shouldn’t experience any problems doing so.