Flying to North & South

FLYING TO NORTH CYPRUS AND SOUTH CYPRUS

Flying to North Cyprus and South Cyprus is very convenient as the island has three airports to choose from: Ercan Airport (ECN) in North Cyprus, and Larnaca (LCA) and Paphos (PFO) Airports in South Cyprus.

 

Flights to North Cyprus

 

Flights to Ercan Airport are numerous and frequent and on a daily basis, as your flight will come via Turkey. Generally you will arrive via Istanbul, either through Ataturk Airport (IST) or Sabiha Gökcen (SAW) Airport, sometimes via other Turkish cities such as Antalya, Izmir or Ankara.

 

Airlines which fly into Ercan Airport include Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, Atlas Jet and Onur Air. When you have booked your flights with a single airline in most instances you will be a transit passenger in Turkey. As a transit passenger you will only need to change planes at the airport in Turkey, you will not need to leave the airport or go through customs. Your checked-in bags will be transferred to your inter-connecting flight. Allow time between connecting  flights, especially in Istanbul Atatürk Airport since it is quite large and distances between boarding gates can be long. There is a lot of duty-free shopping available in airports in Turkey, as well as a large number of cafes, restaurants and bars.

 

If you have booked your flights with a single airline at the same time, if one of your flights is delayed and you miss your connection the airline is responsible to get you on the next available flight.

If you have booked your flights with separate airlines, which we do not recommend unless you plan to stay in Turkey for at least a day, please be aware you will not be considered a transit passenger. You will need to apply for necessary visas, go through customs, collect your luggage and then check-in again for the second flight. If you miss your second flight the airline has no responsibility to help you as this will be considered as a missed flight. If you must travel on separate airlines please ensure you leave plenty of time between the flights.

 

Flying to South Cyprus

 

We recommend flying into Larnaca Airport rather than Paphos Airport as it is much closer to the North.

If you are coming from Europe, as well as from other short-haul countries such as Israel, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), there are many direct flights to choose from, which come into Larnaca Airport or Paphos Airport. If you are coming from further afield it is likely you will reach Larnaca or Paphos Airports via Greece or the UAE. Please note, direct flights to Larnaca are available but not necessarily on a daily basis.

 

Major airlines which fly into Larnaca Airport and Paphos Airport include British Airways, Lufthansa, Swissair, Austrian Airlines, KLM, Monarch Airlines, Jet2, Ryan Air, Norwegian Air and others.

 

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Time Differences

North Cyprus has followed Turkey in no longer observing Daylight Savings Time (DST) from the end of 2016. South Cyprus will continue to observe Daylight Savings Time and therefore will move their clocks forward by one hour in spring (end of March) and back by an hour in Autumn (end of October). Unfortunately this means during winter (October to March) North Cyprus will be one hour ahead of South Cyprus. From spring through summer the times will return to being the same. The table below outlines the time changes from 2016 until 2019 with the dates of DST changes in South Cyprus.

 

Date fromDate toTime difference between
South and North CyprusGMT (UK) and North CyprusGMT (UK) and South Cyprus
Sunday

30 October 2016

Sunday

26 March 2017

+ 1 hour+ 3 hours+ 2 hours
Sunday

26 March 2017

Sunday

29 October 2017

No difference+ 2 hours+ 2 hours
Sunday

29 October 2017

Sunday

25 March 2018

+ 1 hour+ 3 hours+ 2 hours
Sunday

25 March 2018

Sunday

28 October 2018

No difference+ 2 hours+ 2 hours
Sunday

28 October 2018

Sunday

31 March 2019

+ 1 hour+ 3 hours+ 2 hours
Sunday

31 March 2019

Sunday

27 October 2019

No difference+ 2 hours+ 2 hours

 

During winter periods when North Cyprus is one hour ahead of South Cyprus, please bear this in mind if you are flying in and out of South Cyprus but staying and travelling in North Cyprus. If you are booking airport transfers with us, or if airport transfers are a part of your holiday package, you will be clearly informed on your vouchers and itineraries of this and airport transfer times will be arranged accordingly.

 

Some General Important Information:

Please be aware rules and regulations and general travel information is subject to change depending on various factors and Vivid Cyprus cannot be held responsible for any changes in the information below. Please always double check travel information.

 

If you hold an EU passport it is possible to fly into one side of the island and out from the other for your holiday. For example you could fly into Ercan via Turkey, enjoy exploring the island and then depart from Larnaca Airport. We believe (but cannot guarantee) that this will extend to UK (British) citizens until the UK officially leaves the EU. UK citizens (British passport holders) should check first with relevant government bodies if you wish to travel in and out of different sides of the island.

 

If you are not an EU passport holder you are not able to do this and must arrive and depart from the same side of the island. For example if you come into Ercan Airport, you must then depart from Ercan Airport only. If you come into Larnaca Airport you can then depart from Larnaca Airport or Paphos Airport only. You can of course visit both sides of the island during your holiday without any issues, it is just your arrival/departure points from the island which must be from the same side.  For example if you are an Australian Passport holder and fly into Larnaca Airport, you can then cross the border to explore North Cyprus as well as South Cyprus. However, on departure from the island you must return to South Cyprus and depart from Larnaca Airport or Paphos Airport.