Disability Parking Card
The Disability Parking Card also known as the Blue Badge allows you to use disabled parking spaces and to park on single or double yellow lines under certain circumstances. It is recognised by all European countries and allows you to use the same parking spaces and entitlements as the local Blue Badge holders. You simply display it on your windshield, preferably together with a note specific to the European country you are visiting.
If you visit Cyprus you may print this note and display it on your windshield next to your blue badge.
Note that the blue badge is not recognised globally and in the countries where it is recognised the condition may vary. It is important that you check the conditions for the country you are planning to visit in time.
Who Can Obtain a Blue Badge?
The persons entitled to have a blue card are:
- Beneficiaries of a disability car;
- Beneficiaries of severe motor disability allowance;
- Persons with reduce visual acuity in both eyes of at least 6/60 even with the use of corrective lenses;
- Persons with mental disability who also have motor difficulties.
How to Apply for a Blue Badge?
To apply for a blue card the relevant application form for issuing a disability parking card must be submitted to the Department for Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities together with the following documents:
- a recent medical certificate* describing the applicant’s disability;
- two recent photographs signed at the back by the applicant;
- the application form signed by the applicant, or in case the applicant is not able to sign his/her fingerprints should be identified;
*The persons receiving severe motor disability allowance are not requested to submit a medical certificate.
The parking places reserved for disabled people on roads and parking spaces are marked with a wheelchair symbol.
Using a Blue Card in Europe
The European Community standardised the blue parking card for people with disabilities to be used in all member states, in order to offer all visitors the same parking entitlements as the local Blue Badge holders.
The parking conditions for disabled people may differ from country to country. For example, in some countries the blue badge holders are allowed to park on roads where parking is normally prohibited, while in other countries they may use any car parking free of charge, but some countries may not be so generous. This is why it is advisable not to relay on the blue card and to check the conditions of the country you are planning to visit. You can also ask about these conditions at the information desk at the entrance/border of the country you are visiting.
It is always better to be cautious and not to park where your car could cause an obstruction or be a danger to other road users (e.g. on a narrow road, near a pedestrian crossings, a school entrance or a junction)
The Conditions for Disability Parking in Cyprus
- The parking places for the blue badge holders are marked with a wheelchair symbol.
- It is not allowed to park in the spaces marked with someone’s name or car plate number.
- Blue parking cards of the EU/EEA member states visitors or parking cards of visitors outside EU and EEA can be used in Cyprus.
- It is not allowed to park on a road where parking is prohibited.
- It is forbidden to park or drive in the pedestrian zones unless the traffic signs show that the access is allowed.
- The blue badge holders can park free-of-charge in most of the parking areas and without time limit on roads where payment is required – for this double check the parking signs or ask an attendant.
- The blue badge holders may exceed the time limit on a road where parking is free for a short period of time.
- It is important to have on the windshield the disability text note mentioned in the introduction of this page, together with the parking card.