Laurus Island

Information

General

Language
English


Capital
Laurus


Time zone
CET / Central European Time [GMT+1 (GMT+2 during Daylight Savings)]

Geography

Size
Laurus Island is approximately 1132km², making it the largest artificial island in the world. The capital and only city, Laurus, is located on the northern half of the island, while much of the southern half is given over to farming and nature.


Population
The population of Laurus Island is approximately 242,000 as of 2018.


Location
Laurus Island is located just over 25km off the coast of Cadaques, Spain. The country can be accessed by road, rail, boat or aeroplane.

Plugs and Adaptors

Plugs have three pins and the electrical current is 220V. UK electrical appliances will work without an adaptor. For appliances of another origin an adaptor will be necessary.

Health and Safety

Safety

The crime rate is low and most visits to Laurus Island are trouble free. There have been a few instances of terrorism in recent years but these are few and far between.

The emergency number is 112.


Hospitals

There are three main hospitals, a number of specialist clinics and a large number of GP (General Practitioner) centres on the island.

While treatment is free of charge for residents, visitors and tourists will be expected either to pay or to use their travel health insurance to cover the costs of any consultations, treatment or medicine they receive while on the island.

Education

There are over 20 primary schools and 15 secondary schools on Laurus Island. National exams are taken at the end of Year 11 (B-levels [Basic-levels]) and Year 13 (S-levels [Specialised-levels]).

There is one university, the University of Laurus, and a number of vocational colleges.

Visas

Citizens from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the UK, the US, and most European nations do not require a visa to enter and stay on Laurus Island for a period of 90 days or less.

Citizens from other nations will need to apply online for a free tourist visa prior to arrival on Laurus Island.

One year working holiday visas are available for citizens of nations with reciprocal arrangements, such as Australia, Canada, Japan and the UK. These must be obtained before arrival on Laurus Island. Please consult your local embassy for wait times. It is advisable to book your flights and accommodation after receiving your visa, not before.

Student visas and working visas are also available. Again, these must be obtained from your local embassy before arrival on Laurus Island.

Traveling with Disabilities

Most modern buildings contain lifts, although there are still older buildings without them. All museums and department stores are required by law to have a lift. Hotels are required to provide either a lift or ground floor accommodation suited for people in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.

Laurus Island is generally well adapted for people who are blind or who have limited vision: the pavements have tactile surfaces to aid navigation and all traffic lights play a tune when it is safe to cross. Museums are required to provide basic information in braille, while department stores must have braille floor guides.

For people who are deaf or hearing impaired, hearing enhancements or headsets and closed captions are available at cinemas and theatres. Please direct any inquiries to individual establishments.