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Cyprus is the third largest Mediterranean island (after Sicily and Sardinia) and lies about 40 miles away from Turkey, about 70 miles away from Syria, and some 200 miles away from Egypt.
Hot dry summers from mid May to mid October, short winters from December to January.
Lefkosa (Nicosia), 40.000 inhabitants
The language is Turkish. English is widely spoken and understood.
- Entry Regulations:
Identification card or passport still valid for 6 months or longer.
Border crossing Day-trippers from South to North Cyprus do not have to come back before 6 resp. 8 p.m.!
People older than 61 are exempt from the visa requirements and can stay longer than the usual 90 days in the TRNC.
- Road traffic:
Left-hand driving! Maximum speed is 50 km/h (31 mph) within towns and 100 km/h (62 mph) on highways. Drink-drive limit: 0,5.
A double yellow line means no parking. In Girne you will mostly and in Lefkosa always get ticketed for parking there. As Lefkosa usually welcomes rental cars with tickets for whatever reason, we recommend to park on car parks only.
New: You can cross the border from North to the South by rental car, but you need to have an additional insurance.
- Puplic transportation:
Bus, Dolmus, Taxi
- Country code:
The country code for North Cyprus is 0090 392 …
- Emergency Numbers:
Medical Emergency: 112
Forest Fire: 177
Sign letters to North Cyprus with "Mersin 10, Republic of Turkey"
220/240V AC, plug 3 pole (englisch)
Turkish Lira (TL); Euro and English Pound are not always accepted, credit cards are widely accepted.
- German Embassy:
German Embassy: 15, 28 Kasim Sokak, Lefkosa. Fon/Fax: (0090 392) 22 75161.
German Embassy (South Cyprus) 10, Nikitaras Street, 1080 Nicosia. Tel: (00357) 22 451145 / Fax (00357) 22 665694
- Health aspects:
An international travel insurance is strongly recommended. The E111 form and the European health insurance card are not accepted in North Cyprus.
There are no specific regulations but standard immunisation like tetanus and diphtheria are recommended. For all those wishing to stay longer or for outdoor enthusiasts hepatitis A and B-immunisation is recommended.
EU-citizens may bring in and take out 400 cigarettes and 2 l of spirits. For border crossing from North to the South the EU-typical quantities may differ!
- Border crossings:
Border crossings for pedesterians and motor vehicles:
- Ledra Palace (Lefkosa)
- Metehan (Lefkosa)
- Akyar (Gazimagusa)
- Beyarmudu (Beyarmudu)
- Bostanci (Güzelyurt)
- Yesilirmak (Yesilirmak)
The border crossing Lokmaci (Ledra Street) in Lefkosa is for pedesterians only.
- Entry by car/motorcycle/caravan:
It is compulsory that the vehicle must have the necessary ownership and the related road tax documents. The vehicle should not enter TRNC as an export vehicle.
Your vehicle can stay in TRNC for 3 months without any problem. However, the caravan must leave TRNC after 3 months. It can later reenter for another 3 months.
Since Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus has no legal links with the other recognised countries, except Turkey, local insurance is requested. Certificate of vehicle registation, driving license and pasport will be asked at the Customs control.
- Foreign mobile phones with local SIM-card:
All imported mobile phones or tablet PCs, which got used after April 2016 with a local SIM-card for the first time, need to be registered and cleared at the customs. Otherwise the IMEI of the device will be locked after 90 days for the usage with local SIM-cards. The devices need to be registered at BTHK in Nicosia. Thereafter the accrual have to be paid at customs office. After this Turkcell or Telsim can unlock your device again.
- Hunbting season:
From end of October until end of December and from January until the end of March is hunting season on Wednesday and Sunday. You should consider this when going for sightseeing far off the cities and villages.
Swimwear pertains to the beach and not to the city !
If hiking and sightseeing in remote ruins, should be worn good shoes, because of possibly occurring snakes!
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