What you need to know about cremation in Cyprus


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If you’re an expat living in Cyprus, you’re probably too busy enjoying your new life in the sun to think about your funeral – but there’s a very good reason why you should.

For any Brits living abroad, differences in funeral traditions can be confusing, especially if there’s a language barrier. But in Cyprus there’s another hurdle, especially if you want to be cremated.

Is there a crematorium in Cyprus?

Although Cyprus made cremation legal back in April 2016, there is still no crematorium on the island of Cyprus. There has been talk about a crematorium being built for many years, but there are no definite plans.

Building a crematorium in Cyprus would be a significant investment of several million Euros. So far neither the Cypriot government nor a private company has committed any money to fund the project. That means the likelihood of having a functioning crematorium anytime soon in Cyprus is very small.

What are the options when it comes to a funeral in Cyprus?

It’s a tricky situation for expats living in Cyprus. A recent survey conducted by Avalon shows that nearly half of people in the UK want to be cremated – and this rises to 98% of British expats in Europe, according to Avalon’s data.*

If you’re a British expat living in Cyprus, you can either have a local burial in Cyprus or be repatriated to another country after you pass away. You could choose to be repatriated to the UK, where you can have a cremation.

It’s important to tell your next of kin what you’d prefer, as they’ll need to make all the arrangements when the time comes. It’ll be up to them to liaise with the Funeral Director and pay for everything.

And if you choose repatriation, they’ll need to purchase flights, find a Funeral Director in both Cyprus and the UK, and complete all the necessary paperwork to legally transport you back to the UK. In total, repatriation can cost over €10,000, depending on the flights and extra funeral options they might choose.

Arranging a funeral is never easy, but when you’re dealing with authorities in a foreign country, cultural differences and language barriers, it can make a stressful time even worse.

That’s why it makes sense to plan and pay for your funeral in advance. It helps make everything easier for your loved ones during a difficult time.

Avalon offers funeral plans specially designed for British expats living in Cyprus, whether you want to be laid to rest in a local Cyprus cemetery, or taken back to the UK for a cremation.

The Expat Funeral Plan includes Funeral Director’s services, a coffin and all funeral staff required to conduct the service. It also includes seven days’ mortuary expenses, so your loved ones have time to fly out to Cyprus to say goodbye.

Avalon’s Repatriation Funeral Plan is ideal if you want a cremation in mainland Great Britain. It’s fully guaranteed, so your loved ones will have nothing extra to pay – and at just €6,950, it’s the cheapest repatriation plan for expats in Cyprus on the market.

The Repatriation Funeral Plan includes transportation of the deceased to the airport, attending to all legal and administrative formalities, and the flight to mainland Great Britain. Once in mainland Great Britain, Funeral Director’s services, collection from the airport and a cremation with a family-led service are all included.

When you buy an Avalon plan, you’ll have peace of mind that when the time comes, your family will only need to make a call to our 24/7 expat bereavement helpline, and we’ll start putting everything in motion. They won’t have to worry about unexpected costs or complications.

We are the UK’s most trusted funeral plan provider and the fastest growing provider in Europe. Find out why over 70,000 people are glad they planned with us, or find out more about expat funeral plans in Cyprus.


About the author

With a Masters from the University of Bristol, Jessica Hanson has worked in the funeral sector for several years, following the latest industry trends and writing about end of life planning. Jessica has previously written as a blogger for the Huffington Post, covering topics such as death positivity, understanding grief and how funerals are changing. You can find Jessica on LinkedIn and Twitter.

*Based on Avalon Europe customers from April to September 2019