Cyprus adopted a closed numbering plan on 1st December 2001. Thus, for fixed phone numbers the digit 2 followed by the old area code was affixed to the subscriber number and for mobile phones 99 was affixed to the mobile phone number. All numbers (except short codes) in Cyprus now have 8 digits and thus the new numbering plan's promotional logo (on ads) was an octopus called TESA (from greek Τελικό Εθνικό Σχέδιο Αριθμοδότησης Final National Numbering Plan) .
Fixed number in Nicosia called from Nicosia before 12/2001: XXXXXX Fixed number in Nicosia called from inside Cyprus before 12/2001: 02 XXXXXX Fixed number in Nicosia called from abroad before 12/2001: +357 2 XXXXXX Fixed number in Nicosia called from inside Cyprus after 12/2001: 22 XXXXXX Fixed number in Nicosia called from abroad after 12/2001: +357 22 XXXXXX
Mobile phone number called from Cyprus before 12/2001: 09 XXXXXX Mobile phone number called from Cyprus after 12/2001: 99 XXXXXX Mobile phone number called from abroad before 12/2001: +357 9 XXXXXX Mobile phone number called from abroad after 12/2001: +357 99 XXXXXX
99 is assigned to CYTAmobile-Vodafone (which was the only mobile phone carrier until 2004) and 96 is assigned to the new mobile phone operator Areeba. Numbering portability between the two networks is possible and a lot of 99 numbers now operate on the Areeba network and vice-versa.
The situation in the occupied northern part of the island
In the territories of the Cyprus Republic occupied by Turkey in the north of the island, the turkish numbering plan is in place and area code 392 of the turkish numbering plan has been assigned to the occupied territories. (For international calls to the occupied North +90 392 is thus used).
For calls from an area controlled by the Republic towards the occupied northern part of the island the local area code 0139 followed by the 7-digit subscriber number is used and charged on local call rates. 0139 is still used for direct calls to the occupied North even after the numbering plan change of December 2001.
For calls from an occupied territory towards the free areas of the Republic, area code 0123 is used and the call is charged on international rates.
This direct telephone connection between the free and occupied areas is operated by the United Nations since 4th May 1998. After 2nd March 2003, direct international calls from Cyprus to Turkey are possible and now Cypriot callers from the free areas controlled by the Republic of Cyprus can call the occupied north through Turkey dialling 0090 392 XXXXXXX as well (although in this case international call rates are applied).
- Information by CYTA on the new numbering plan TESA (in Greek and English)
- Numbering plan information from the National Communications and Postal Regulator's page (in Greek)