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17-03-2023 13:16

Tourist Arrivals and Returns of Residents of Cyprus from Trips Abroad: February 2023, Tourist Arrivals +65,6% and Returns of Residents of Cyprus +146,4%

Tourist Arrivals

The arrivals of tourists reached 119.081 in February 2023 compared to 71.921 in February 2022, recording an increase of 65,6%.

For the period of January – February 2023, arrivals of tourists totaled 209.630 compared to 115.865 in the corresponding period of 2022, recording an increase of 80,9%.

Arrivals from the United Kingdom were the main source of tourism for February 2023, with a share of 27,2% (32.394) of total arrivals, followed by Israel with 12,8% (15.196), Greece with 12,6% (15.058), Poland with 9,8% (11.728) and Germany with 5,1% (6.107).

Returns of Residents of Cyprus

A total number of 102.001 residents of Cyprus returned from a trip abroad in February 2023 compared to 41.399 in the corresponding month last year, recording an increase of 146,4%.

The main countries from which residents of Cyprus returned in February 2023 were Greece with a share of 34,7% (35.351), the United Kingdom with 11,7% (11.969), Bulgaria with 4,3% (4.408) and Germany with 4,1% (4.207).                                                                                                      

For a percentage of 66,7% of tourists, the purpose of their trip in February 2023 was holidays, for 20,1% visit to friends and relatives and for 13,0% business. Respectively, in February 2022, 64,0% of tourists visited Cyprus for holidays, 21,5% visited friends or relatives and 14,5% visited Cyprus for business reasons (Table 1).

The purpose of travel for the residents of Cyprus in February 2023 was mainly holidays, with a percentage of 68,3%, whilst business reasons held a percentage of 24,5%, studies 5,9% and other reasons 1,4%.



Tourists – Visitors who stay for at least one night in Cyprus.

Tourist arrivals – The term refers to the number of trips and not to the number of persons. This differs in the sense that one person can take more than one trips during the reference period.

Residents of Cyprus - This category includes persons who have resided in Cyprus for at least 12 months or who have come to Cyprus with the intention of staying for at least 12 months, prior to their travel.

Source of Data and Coverage

The data are obtained from the Passengers Survey which is carried out at the points of arrival in Larnaca and Paphos airports. Additionally, data are also collected from administrative sources, such as the monthly arrivals from ports.

The data covers all persons who pass through passport control at the ports and airports in the Government controlled area of Cyprus. It does not include travelers who arrive and depart illegally via ports and airports in the occupied part of Cyprus.

The weighting was conducted based on the data sent to the Statistical Service by the Civil Aviation Department and from the ship manifests, as well as on the data sent by the Analysis and Statistics Office of the Cyprus Police.

For the relevant tables click here.

For more information:

CYSTAT Portal, subtheme Tourism

CYSTAT-DB (Online Database)

Predefined Tables (Excel)

Methodological Information


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