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Up to which age is one regarded as a child and young person respectively?


Up to the age of 18 years one is considered as child or a young person.

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Are children/teens allowed to stay in public places?


There is no legislation.

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Are children/teens allowed to stay in restaurants or dance halls / ballrooms?


Restaurants: There is no legislation.

Dance Halls/Discos: From 16

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Are children/teens allowed to stay in night clubs, bars, casinos, places for gambling etc.?


Night Clubs and Bars: From 17+

Harmfull places: From 18+. Cabarets are considered harmful to young persons.

Places for gambling: From 18+

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Is it allowed to sell spirits to children/teens?


Selling alcoholic beverages to children under 18 years of age is prohibited. Children and young people are allowed to consume alcoholic beverages from 17 years.

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Which restrictions are there for children/teens to visit public film screenings?


There is a age delimitation: 16 years.

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Are children/teens allowed to smoke in public?


There is no legal provision for smoking in the streets. From 1/1/2010 its forbidden to smoke in public places.

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Is it allowed for children/teens to go to internet café?


There is no legislation.

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Which restrictions are there about carrying knifes, martial arts equipment, weapons?


Carrying weopons its forbidden.

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Which regulations are there concerning sexual relations with children/teens?


Sexual contacts are permitted starting from 16 years.

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Which restrictions are there if foreign young people want to work temporarily?


According to the law in Cyprus young people are allowed to work from 15 years and above with exceptions if it´s a family business.

Foreign young people may work starting from 18 years.

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To which institutions can children/teens turn to if they need help?


Social welfare service of the Ministery of labour and Social Insurance

Social Welfare Services - Central Offices
63, Prodromou
1468 Lefkosia,
phone: +357 22406709
Fax: +357 22667907

German embassy

Nikitaras Street 10
1080 Nicosia
Tel: 00357 22 451145
Fax: 00357 22 665694

emergency case.: 00357 99 689325


see: http://www.nikosia.diplo.de/Vertretung/nikosia/en/Startseite.html

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Useful internet sites about youth protection


More information


Social welfare service (11/2009)

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