whole of Cyprus is part of the EU (including the legitimate Turkish Cyprus) but the EU acquis communautaire is suspended in the occupied territories. The Republic of Cyprus is a full member of the EU – the northern part of the Republic was invaded and has been illegally Tap water is perfectly safe to drink in the South, although most locals drink bottled water, as it is very hard. However, the glass of water you automatically receive with your Cypriot coffee will undoubtedly be tap water. It is advisable to drink bottled water in the North. by Turkey since 1974.