Considering a new life in Paphos, Cyprus ?, the following is not advice, just our suggestions….
MOVING TO PAPHOS
> Research well, do not rely only on Internet forums or Estate agents.
> Carefully prepare your financial budget before moving to Cyprus and be realistic, don’t expect to earn the same salary as in the UK.
> Have at least a six month fund when you first arrive in Cyprus.
> Consider your relationship with family and friends in the UK, will you miss them ?
> Take into consideration the cost of shipping your belongings and your initial flights to Cyprus. If you are moving with children there is a 75% chance you will return to the UK within 3 to 5 years. The return expense must also be considered to measure the true cost of moving and living in Cyprus.
LIVING IN PAPHOS
> Employment is very difficult to find, budget for a salary on average of around 30% - 60% of your UK income.
> If you need to work send your CV to Companies based in Paphos BEFORE you move to judge the response and prospect of finding employment.
> LEARN GREEK, more than the basic holiday words of "please", "thank you" and a favourite of the British “good night” (ka-lee-NEE-hta).
> The only way to travel to the UK to see family and friends is by air, factor in the cost.
> Public transport is limited, there are no railways. There are local busses and taxies. Being able to drive and owning a car is almost essential.
> Consider and budget for medical costs / private health care.
> Send your children to a Licenced SCHOOL (State or Private).
> Think carefully before sending your children to an unlicensed Institute (as they are likely to close / be shut down).
> Calculate the full cost of Private (paid for) education over 3 years, can you afford the cost ?
> Are the teachers insured, registered and licenced with the Cyprus Ministry of Education ?
> With regard to an unlicensed School OR Institute don’t misinterpret the information, the owners may claim they are “working with the Ministry of Education” or “The licence application has been submitted”. The School or Institute will still be trading illegally.
> If you are sending your children to a LICENCED Institute check the teachers are properly trained and hold the appropriate qualifications. Also make sure they hold a clear Disclosure & Barring Service certificate (DBS) and are police checked.
> If you employ a private tutor it is extremely important you check they are qualified to teach. Ask to see their DfES number/Teacher Reference number, a current CRB / DBS certificate / Cypriot Police report and evidence they are registered with the Cyprus Ministry of Education - Any excuses then WALK AWAY.
> Does the building meet fire regulations, are the fixtures and fittings approved and fire retardant?
> For your first year in Cyprus, rent (retain your UK property if you own one).
> If you prefer to buy then find a property with Title Deeds and get a FULL STRUCTURAL SURVEY by an independent and qualified surveyor.
> Make sure the property (purchased or rented) has a good security system, an alarm, CCTV, window grilles / shutters, light timers and replace all the door locks with high security deadbolts. When you are away from the property, even for a short period make sure all the windows and doors are shut and locked.
> Make sure you have appropriate home and building insurance including earthquake-induced damage. Contents insurance is essential as burglaries are common.
> Many properties do not have a garage or loft space, take this into account should you need storage.
> Maintaining a swimming pool can be costly, budget for this additional expense.
> If you have young children put a fence around the swimming pool.
> If you employ any tradesman to work on your property make sure they are qualified and registered to do so and hold appropriate insurance to guarantee their work.
>If you employ a pool cleaner this is especially important they are trained and qualified to work with dangerous and hazardous chemicals – remember, it will be you and your children who will be jumping into the pool.
> Always check the Individual(s) coaching, supervising or instructing your children holds the relevant qualifications and are appropriately trained, holds a current Disclosure & Barring Service certificate / clear Cypriot police report and they are INSURED inculding public liability insurance (and the insurance covers any person coaching your child who is not qualified). Also make sure they hold a current safe guarding children certificate and are registered with the appropriate sporting governing body.
> REMEMBER : One qualified person does not make everyone working with children qualified.
> Lock your car and never leave valuables or goods where they are visible.
> The standard of driving in Cyprus may not be the same as the UK. Take extra care when driving.
> When buying a car or importing from the UK consider a 4WD truck as they are better suited to the inferior roads.
> DON’T ride mopeds or motorbikes.
> DON'T drink and drive.
> Keep pet dogs on a lead, deliberate poisoning of cats and dogs does happen.
> Poisonous snakes and spiders are very common, take special care when gardening and always check the pool before swimming.
> If you own a UK property which you let out, have savings or any other form of financial income remember the UK Inland Revenue may still require you to complete your self-assessment tax returns.
Research well and be realistic, don’t expect to earn the same salary as in the UK
All references within this site, unless otherwise stated, refers to South Cyprus. (Greek Cyprus) | Extracts are taken from their open source such as the press, forums, other media and government agencies.
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