Cyprus holiday warning as country brings in new ban

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The British Government issued a new warning for Britons travelling to Cyprus for a holiday. Tourists have been warned about a new ban on laughing gas.

The update said: “Cyprus has a strictly enforced zero tolerance policy towards illegal drugs, which now includes laughing gas.

“If you are caught with any type of narcotic, you will receive either a prison sentence or a hefty fine. The rules against possession of illegal drugs are stricter than in the UK.”

Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, is a colourless gas that’s usually found in pressurised metal canisters.

In most cases, people inhale the drug from a balloon which can cause fits of laughter, giving it the name ‘laughing gas’.

The gas can also cause headaches, hallucinations and sound distortions. Inhaling the gas from the canister can be very dangerous.

It could cause a spasm of the throat muscles and stop a person from breathing. The gas is now considered illegal in Cyprus.

In the UK, it is illegal to sell nitrous oxide for human consumption but not illegal to possess it.

Possession of the drug could lead to a jail sentence in Cyprus or a fine following the new ban.

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The British Government added a warning that judicial processing delays could mean a court case takes a while to be scheduled.

It said: “The current judicial processing delays mean that court cases can take up to two years to be scheduled and adjournments happen regularly in Cyprus.”

Around one million Britons visit Cyprus every year and the majority of visits are trouble free, according to the UK Government.

Most tourists travel to one of the island’s beach resorts such as Paphos, Larnaca, Limassol or Ayia Napa.

Ayia Napa has a reputation as a party resort and is a popular destination for young British tourists.

Laughing gas is popular at party destinations and Brits travelling to Ayia Napa will need to be aware of the new rules.

Greek authorities are also clamping down on the sale of nitrous oxide and tourists could be liable for arrest or a fine if they are caught buying or selling it.

Possession of even small quantities of drugs in Greece could lead to a “long prison sentence”, the UK Government warns.

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