Posted to Cyprus - where to start.

#1
Firstly, apologies if this thread or similar exists elsewhere but have had a scan through and not seen one.

Just found out today that I am posted to Cyprus in September, I have 5 weeks to go until I finish work in England and then it's out there and start work straight after relocation leave.

I have served in Germany and across England before but only time I have been in Cyrprus is when coming back from tour for decompression. I am a married SNCO with no children, but do own two cats. I have a car but it is a decent car and I have heard the road surfaces out there will wreck my suspension etc? Family have already said I can leave my car here if I choose to and declare it off the road for two years.

Any advice, tips, things to avoid, anything at all that's helpful is much appreciated. I only found out a few hours ago so have done nothing at all towards this move yet.

Cheers guys (and girls).
 
#2
Where to start? From your house....get on the motorway to Dover....drive across Europe and get the ferry to Cyprus.

Seriously though, I would off road you car. mate of mine thought he would take his car over...cost him about 5K to get it over there and 2k or something to do the paperwork for it.
 

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#4
Where to start ?

Well, from what I've heard an FOB grin* might be in order - jammy git ! Unless you happen to be Danish....think Dale the Snail did some time out there if you want first-hand info ....sun, beaches, mountains, cheap beer and Greek food......dangit.....








* This is similar to an RDP grin but wider and with fewer fillings on show......
 
#5
posted out there 1991-93ish to dhekilia

great posting, cheap food and beer, accomadation better than most at the time, £25 in a taxi to ayia napa from the front gate.
most of the roads over there are ok unless your right out in the cuds, and the motorway across to limmasol is immaculate, as it doubles as a giant emergency runway in case they ever get invaded again,
dont take your motor over just buy a knacker from who ever is getting posted out, or just do what every other sod used to do and pinch a moped to get back to camp on.

and finally stay away from any danes when carrying a shovel!!
 
#6
Where to start ?

Well, from what I've heard an FOB grin* might be in order - jammy git ! Unless you happen to be Danish....think Dale the Snail did some time out there if you want first-hand info ....sun, beaches, mountains, cheap beer and Greek food......dangit.....








* This is similar to an RDP grin but wider and with fewer fillings on show......
Alernatively, what about dodgy car dealers, crap SFA, locals of both persuasions boring the pants of you talking about the "divide" (think "the troubles" multiplied by 10), Russkies all over the place and feral dogs and cats. That said, I was last there in 98* and am a miserable old sod, so what do I know? :)
Like the old cliche, it is what you make of it, so enjoy - probably the last sunshine posting on the orbat.

*I also believe the introduction of the Euro has made it prohibitively expensive, even eating out (on the south side of the Island naturally).
 
#7
Alernatively, what about dodgy car dealers, crap SFA, locals of both persuasions boring the pants of you talking about the "divide" (think "the troubles" multiplied by 10), Russkies all over the place and feral dogs and cats. That said, I was last there in 98* and am a miserable old sod, so what do I know? :)
Like the old cliche, it is what you make of it, so enjoy - probably the last sunshine posting on the orbat.

*I also believe the introduction of the Euro has made it prohibitively expensive, even eating out.
I have been there recently, all you mention is still the same. Ref Euro, prices in Cyprus are insanely high and the LOA has been savagely cut (thanks Mr Cameron).
 
#8
was out there 93 to 95 for the killings (it wasn't me) and back again 2005 to 2008.

roads are fine -better than pothole ridden UK with motorways across the island going through the SBA's, i brought a brand new tax-free car from germany out there and had no problems however do NOT import a Diesel as the tax will kill you. only cost me £600 each way to ship my big people carrier and i filled it with 5 MFO boxes aswell.

BFBS TV is pretty cool and with a UKIP you can watch all UK Internet TV (i.e. iPlayer, SkyPlayer, ITVplayer,4OnDemand, 5 etc.) to keep her indoors happy when she is not outdoors (mostly in the gentle winter).

get a pool in your garden for the summer and get used to being sat in it with a Keo Beer by 1400hrs daily.

if you end up saving money in Cyprus then you are not living it up out there like you should be so have a word with yourself.

it's a great place mate, enjoy it.
 
#9
I suggest you get yourself and the Mrs out there ASAP, and enjoy the rest of summer, September will probably still be dry but definately cooling down, October the rain starts for winter. Cyprus out of the summer season is like Rhyl.
 
#10
#11
You will be arriving at the end of the summer and it will be still be very hot, take plenty of sunblock with you, it's extortionate on the island and acclimatise properly.

Oh and make sure you ship a tumble drier and electric blankets - it can be bloody cold between January and April.

You will thank me.
 
#12
That's good advice, most quarters (if not all) have no central heating.

Ours had bottled gas for cooking and a single gas fire in the living room. Wooly pullies and waterproofs are required for a couple of months in the winter.

I think we took about 14 cubic metres of stuff out (family of five) and put the rest in storage. A fridge was provided.
There's a good second market in the garrisons as people rotate in and out for things like cars, washing machines, TVs etc.

It's good for sports like orienteering, hill-walking in the Troodos, mountain-biking, hashing (is hashing a sport?), diving, sailing etc. Trips to the north are good, to the Pan Handle, Kyrenia/Girne. Get used to towns having 2 or 3 different names (Famagusta, Ammochostos and Gazimaguza are all the same place).

I understand the switch to the Euro (in the south, still New Turkish lira, YTL, in the north) has made things more expensive, though.
 
#13
That's good advice, most quarters (if not all) have no central heating.
when were you last out there?

i'd say about 80% have Central Heating.

you can usually express a preference with the housing people out there - cheap and nasty (no heating) or luxury (like a palace).

you headed to Epi, Dhekelia, Akrotiri or Ayia Nik?

top tip mate - drop the HIVE for your location a line - they have information sheets that tell you EVERYTHING from the size of your MQ to the price per CC to import a vehicle to Cyprus.

the links are here: Ministry of Defence | Defence For... | The Service Community | HIVE Information Service | Overseas

hope that helps.
 
#14
when were you last out there?

i'd say about 80% have Central Heating.
I stand corrected, rgj. I left Dhekelia 5 years ago and now remember the new builds had solar panels on. They were slowly emptying the old style quarters and waiting for money to demolish them.

Just spent a while on Google Earth looking at the swimming pool quotient on the various Dhekelia patches.
 
#15
Start off with a couple of Brandy Sours with your steak, then go on to Keo's and then Carlsbergs, while sitting about letting your dinner settle, putting the world to rights, then finish off with a few more Brandy Sours, while you get the karaoke out and howl at the moon. You lucky lucky lucky bastard!
 
#16
I stand corrected, rgj. I left Dhekelia 5 years ago and now remember the new builds had solar panels on. They were slowly emptying the old style quarters and waiting for money to demolish them.
hey no worries man - it was worth mentioning though as not all MQ's have central heating which as you know is pretty essential in the winter.

our Grade 1 MQ in Byron Heights Dhekelia is by far the very best MQ we have had during my 18 years.
 
#17
Rgj knows his stuff!!! Though the cost of gas and electricity was strangely higher in Byron than Nicosia Ct or the other next to new houses.

Just figured out who RGJ is!!!
 
#18
Firstly, apologies if this thread or similar exists elsewhere but have had a scan through and not seen one.

Just found out today that I am posted to Cyprus in September, I have 5 weeks to go until I finish work in England and then it's out there and start work straight after relocation leave.

I have served in Germany and across England before but only time I have been in Cyrprus is when coming back from tour for decompression. I am a married SNCO with no children, but do own two cats. I have a car but it is a decent car and I have heard the road surfaces out there will wreck my suspension etc? Family have already said I can leave my car here if I choose to and declare it off the road for two years.

Any advice, tips, things to avoid, anything at all that's helpful is much appreciated. I only found out a few hours ago so have done nothing at all towards this move yet.

Cheers guys (and girls).
Why not give your new Unit a bell and ask them. I am sure your new CSM or RSM will point you in the right direction and give you sound advice!!
 
#19
You will be arriving at the end of the summer and it will be still be very hot, take plenty of sunblock with you, it's extortionate on the island and acclimatise properly.

Oh and make sure you ship a tumble drier and electric blankets - it can be bloody cold between January and April.

You will thank me.
That brought back memories! Following a number of postings in BAOR, Cyprus was the first posting where we felt the need to purchase an electric blanket! Not too bad in the first winter, but by the time you get around to the 2nd winter (and you're fully acclimatised) it is brass monkeys, particularly if you are in one of the old style MQ's already mentioned.
 
#20
Cheers for all of your replies. Flying out there in days few and looking forward to it!

Anyone know what the current LOA rates are out there? They've stood down in Cyprus for today and my clerk doesn't even know her own name.
 

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