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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS AND WORKING HOURS

Sevan Bevedian

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

01 Jan Mon New Year’s Day
06 Jan Sat Epiphany
19 Feb Mon Orthodox Ash Monday*
25 Mar Sun Greek Independence Day
01 Apr Sun Cyprus National Day
06 Apr Fri Orthodox Good Friday*
07 Apr Sat Holy Saturday*
08 Apr Sun Easter Sunday*
09 Apr Mon Orthodox Easter Monday*
10 Apr Tue Easter Tuesday* (only banks)
01 May Tue May Day
28 May Mon Orthodox Whit Monday*
15 Aug Wed Assumption Day
01 Oct Mon Independence Day
28 Oct Sun Ochi (No) Day
25 Dec Tue Christmas Day
26 Dec Wed Boxing Day

2018

*Variable dates depending on the Julian calendar

WORKING HOURS

Public Sector
Public service operating hours are flexible all year round. Operating days are from Monday to Friday, starting between 07:30 – 08:30 and closing between 15:00 – 16:00.

Banks (hours open to the public)
Winter Period: September 1 to April 30
Monday – 08:30-13:00 and 15:15-16:45
Tuesday to Friday: 08:30-13:00
Summer Period – May 1 to August 31
Monday to Friday: 08:15-13:00

Banks are closed on weekends and public holidays. Some banks in central tourist areas are open in the afternoons specifically to provide services to tourists.

Private Sector
Each company keeps its own hours, but generally, office hours are 08:00 – 13:00 / 15:00 – 18:00 Monday to Friday.

 

Shop Opening Hours
Shop opening hours vary depending on their type and location and whether they are located in urban, tourist or rural areas.

Generally, shops will open between 07:00 – 21:00 on Monday – Saturday, but this can vary an hour or two either way, depending on the type of shop and the area it is located in. On Sunday, opening times are later, typically around 11:00, and closing times vary from 14:00 – 22:00, again depending on the type of outlet and its area.

Some shops still observe a half-day closing on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, and close on Sunday, although in most of the tourist areas of Cyprus, both shops and supermarkets stay open till late at night, and are also open on Sundays.

Source: Cyprus Tourism Organization