Although Cyprus is located off the main routes of travel and has few luxury hotels, the island's salubrious climate, scenic beauties, extensive roads, and rich antiquarian sites have attracted numerous visitors. In 2000 there were 43,363 rooms with 84,478 beds available in hotels, primarily located in the larger towns on the coasts. Tourism generated $1.8 billion in earnings that year, with 2,686,205 foreign visitors, of whom about 90% came from Europe.
All visitors must have a valid passport. Tourists from certain countries, including the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, many stay for up to three months without a visa.
In 2003, the US Department of State estimated the daily cost of staying in Nicosia as $215 per day. In other areas, expenses can range from $120 to $190 per day.