INFORMATION OFFICE IN UNITED KINGDOM:
North Cyprus Tourism Centre
29 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ED
Tel. +44 20 7631 1930, Fax. +44 20 7462 9789
Kuzey Kıbrıs Türk Cumhuriyeti, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (since 1983),
Capital of Cyprus is Lefkoşa/Lefkosia (Nikosia) separated since 1963/64
Turkish. English is most widely understood, increasingly also German
ENTRY:EU citizens need to hold a passport or a valid identity card for entry into TRNC. Children up to 16 years need to have a photo ID. EU citizens can stay on the island for up to three months without any further residence permit. Citizens of Nigeria and Armenia need to apply for a visa before entering North Cyprus. For further information, please contact our tourist office – Northern Cyprus Tourism Center.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Photographing near military installations and the “Green Line” is forbidden. In museums and sacred sites, filming and photography is only partially permitted. Therefore, ask for consent beforehand.
Valid currency in Northern Cyprus is the Turkish Lira (Türk Lirasi, TL). Common foreign currencies can be exchanged in banks, hotel receptions or exchange offices. Traveller checks are not accepted. Credit cards are accepted in almost all hotels, restaurants and major shops. Cash from the ATM machines (EC and credit cards) come in Turkish Lira.
BORDER CROSSINGS BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH:
Since 2003 restrictions have been lifted for EU citizens crossing the border between the southern and northern part of the island. Holding a valid ID card or a passport you can pass the border in both directions at any time of day and night. At the moment there are seven border crossings: Pedestrians and cyclists can cross the checkpoints of Ledra Palace and Lokmaci in Nicosia. You can cross by car the border at Metehan (Kermia) in Nicosia, Beyarmudu (Pile) near the British military base Dhekelia, Akyar south of Famagusta, Bostanci near Güzelyurt and Yesilirmak west of Lefke.
CLIMATE AND TRAVEL TIME:
Mediterranean climate with mild winters and dry, hot summers. Ideal hiking temperatures from March to late May and mid-September to mid-November.
The international address for Northern Cyprus is “Mersin 10, Turkey”
Dialing code to North Cyprus: Landline 0090 392, for cellphone numbers 0090. There are also telephone cabins. Pre-paid cards can be purchased in any phone shop and are a cheap alternative to expensive roaming charges.
In addition to the Central State Hospital in Nicosia, there are a number of other hospitals in Kyrenia, Famagusta, Güzelyurt and Lefke. Some small towns and villages also have their clinics. Rescue services operate around the clock. Visitors receive a free emergency treatment in state hospitals. In private clinics, consultations and treatments will charge fees for their services.
Ambulance: 112; Police: 155; Fire brigade: 199; Forest fire: 177
Crime is very low, North Cyprus is one of the safest destinations.
North Cyprus is CET (Central European Time) plus one hour. Wintertime has been abolished in North Cyprus since 2016, so there is a time difference of one hour between the southern and northern parts in the winter months. Please note this on flights to and from Larnaca.
240 volts. The sockets are standardized according to three-pole English system. Adapters are available.
In both parts of Cyprus traffic runs on the left hand side. The road network is well developed. All traffic signs are international. The maximum permitted speed is 100 km / h. It is mandatory to wear a seat belt. There is a zero alcohol limit policy. Making phone calls while driving is illegal.
RENT A CAR:
İf you are on holiday in north Cyprus, a rental car is recommended as public transport runs along the main roads but will not take you into hotels or rental holiday homes which are far from the main road. The rental prices vary from 20 to 30 Euro per day depending on the season. İn our rental prices we include fully-comprehensive insurance, but certain items like glass, tires and car keys are excluded. Attention left-hand drive , the cars are controlled on the right. It is not possible to drive to the southern part of the island with a car rented in the north. Therefore it is recommended to rent in the respective part of the island, as otherwise bureaucratic and organizational expenses will be enormous in case of an accident or breakdown.
A good-value bus and minibus network connects the most important cities. There are no formal timetables, but the buses run regularly. In addition, Dolmuş (collective taxi) run on the same routes as the buses.
Taxis are available in most cities. Most are equipped with taximeters. Taxis are the most comfortable way for individual travelers to get to their destination. In the cities, taxis operate with fixed tariffs. Many taxi companies offer online booking. You can plan your journeys easily in advance. In Northern Cyprus you can get your taxi in the street or order at the hotel reception. In rural areas you need to ask for a taxi and those cars might not have a taxi meter. You can agree on a price before your journey starts.
Dinner from 15-25 €, upscale category is more expensive, bottle of wine 13-25 €, bottle of beer 2,50-3,50 €, water / soft drinks 1-3 €
Most hotels and restaurants offer traditional Turkish evenings with live music during the season. There are also a variety of pubs, bars, clubs, casinos and nightclubs, many of them have open-air areas during the summer months.
Usually, a tip of 10% of the bill is suggested to be given.
MAPS AND LITERATURE:
Hiking maps do not exist. Road maps are in the scale 1: 200.000. They provide a rough overview, but might have small mistakes. Maps are available from TravelMag, ADAC, Freytag & Bernd and MairDumont. You can get the walking book “Walks in North Cyprus” by Alison Dowey in the Round Tower in Girne and at www.themapshop.co.uk. With “Bitter lemons of Cyprus” Lawrence Durrel wrote a thoughtful and informative book on Cypriot ways of life and friendships, political conflicts and the dawn of a new era (Rohwohlt TB).
HIKING: The “Association of Mountaineering” meets between October and the end of April, usually each Sunday or each second Sunday at 7:30 am for a three-hours hike. Non-members can also participate for a small fee.
Together with Nicosia, Kyrenia features the best choice of shops in north cyprus, with inexpensive souvenirs and plenty of cypriot handicrafts.
Traditional crafts are pottery, leatherbags, rugs and killims, as well as jewellery, copper, brass and Lefkara lacework. Be aware that unlike in Turkey, prices are fixed and bargaining is not encouraged when shopping in north Cyprus