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- North Cyprus Useful Things to Know - Flights to North Cyprus, Car Hire, North Cyprus Public Holidays, etc -

What is the official language in North Cyprus?

The official language in the TRNC (the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus") is Turkish but English is widely spoken.

TRNC flag    Turkish Flag    UK flag

What currency is used?
The Turkish Lira is the currency used in North Cyprus but Sterling is widely accepted and Euros increasingly so. 

What is the time difference?
North Cyprus is two hours ahead of UK Greenwich Mean Time and one hour ahead of Central European Time.   

What side of the road do you drive on in North Cyprus?
You drive on the left hand side (as in the UK).  Hire cars are readily available but you must present your passport and original driving licence in order to hire one.  

Can I drive with my UK/EU licence?
You are able to drive with a UK/EU licence for three months, after which  you will need to apply for a permanent TRNC driving licence.

How do I travel to North Cyprus?
There are flights to Ercan airport in North Cyprus from many European cities including London (Stansted),  Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin.  All flights to the TRNC are via mainland Turkey (Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya, Dalaman, etc) where there is a stop of approximately 45 minutes for refuelling; normally you do not have to change aircraft.  Flight time is approximately 6 hours from UK to Ercan. It is also possible to fly to Larnaca airport in South Cyprus and travel over to the North.   See:  Pegasus AirlinesTurkish Airlines

Ercan Airport  
Turkish Airlines    Pegasus Airlines

How long can I stay in North Cyprus?
If you are an EU passport holder, you will normally be issued with a 3 month visa when arriving in North Cyprus.  If you decide to remain in the TRNC, you will need to apply to the Immigration Office for a Resident’s permit.

Do I need insurance for Medical Care in North Cyprus?
You are not required to have medical insurance by law but some individuals choose to do so.  However, local medical care and emergency treatment is readily available and is reasonably priced. There are a number of private clinics and hospitals in North Cyprus as well as state run surgeries and emergency medical facilities.  There are also many well-equipped dental surgeries and opticians.  The emergency telephone number for an ambulance in North Cyprus is 112 or you can go direct to the nearest hospital or health care clinic for treatment in an emergency. Pharmacies (“Eczane”) in North Cyprus are usually well stocked and often have an English speaking person on hand.  It is possible to obtain most medicines over the counter without prescription at reasonable cost.   There is always a pharmacy on duty at night and during holidays in every big town in North Cyprus and the duty rota is normally printed in the local newspapers.

North Cyprus enjoys a wonderful, Eastern Mediterranean climate with around 300 days of sunshine every year.  The Spring months of March and April typically see a few rain showers but offer a profusion of flowers and blossom.  The summer months are dry with temperatures steadily increasing and peaking in August - often to 40°C.  The weather remains pleasant as temperatures cool through October and November and showers are possible.   The winter months very rarely see any snow or freezing temperatures, typically staying around 10°C, but rain (heavy at times) is welcomed to refresh the landscape and replenish reservoirs.             

There is a wide selection of banks with branches in North Cyprus offering the usual banking facilities, including on-line banking,  in a variety of currencies.  Banking hours are typically Monday to Friday from 8.30 am – 12 noon, closing for lunch and then opening again for an hour or two in the afternoon.  During the summer months Government and Utility offices and banks are only open in the mornings, except on Mondays, when they re-open after lunch for an hour or two.  See website links for some Banks in North Cyprus below.

Official Public Holidays during 2011
1 January, 23 April, 1 May, 19 May, 20 July, 1 August, 30 August, 29 October, 15 November. Government and Utility offices, banks and schools are closed on these days but other offices and shops are often open.  In addition, there are “Bayrams” (religious holidays) when  Government and Utility offices will be closed, with other offices and shops usually closed for part.  2011 Bayram Holidays include - August 30, 31 and September 1, and November 6, 7, 8 and 9.  

Telephones - Telephone land lines are in fairly short supply and most people use mobile telephones.  There are two local provider networks – Turkcell and Telsim – and both offer “pay-as-you-go” as well as monthly accounts.
Internet - There are various providers of internet services offering a wide range of options. 
Postal services - The postal service from North Cyprus is generally good.   However, post sent to North Cyprus is less so and should not be relied upon.  If it is used, items must clearly show “Mersin 10, Turkey” as the country address - not North Cyprus.       

Importing items into North Cyprus
It is possible to import personal items, electrical goods, furniture, cars and pets into North Cyprus.  Certain items are subject to restriction and import duty taxes and you should contact a shipping company that serves North Cyprus for more information –  see Dolphin Movers.   For more information on importing pets into North Cyprus, and the regulations and procedures which must be strictly followed, see Kyrenia Animal Rescue.

What are the educational standards in North Cyprus?
There are excellent standards of education in North Cyprus with most private schools following the UK examination system.  Every age group is catered for, ranging from nursery level through to university.  North Cyprus has over 30,000 students in higher education – many from overseas – who are attracted to study in the TRNC because of its academic reputation.  See Girne American University , GAU American College and The English School Kyrenia.


Onur Air
Pegasus - www.flypgs.com
Turkish Airlines - www.thy.com

Credit West
Garanti Bank
Iktisat Bank
Is Bank
Turk Bank
Universal Bank

Baspinar Rent A Car - www.baspinar-rentals.com

Cyprus Paradise - www.cyprusparadise.com

Direct Traveller
- www.directtraveller.com


Kyrenia - Centre
The Colony - www.thecolonycyprus.com

The Rocks - www.rockshotel.com
Pia Bella - www.piabella.com
Hotel Club Zeus - www.hotelclubz.com
Kyrenia - West
Ada Beach Hotel - www.adahotel.net

Jasmine Court - www.jasminecourthotel.com
Mercure - www.mercurecyprus.com
Merit Crystal Cove - www.merithotels.com
The Ship Inn - www.theshipinn.com
Kyrenia - East
Oscar Resort - www.oscar-resort.com 

Vuni Palace - www.vunipalacehotel.com
Acapulco Beach - www.acapulco.com.tr

Cratos Premium - www.cratospremium.com
Malpas - www.malpashotel.com
Merit - www.merithotels.com

Golden Tulip - www.goldentulipnicosia.com
Gazi Magusa
Salamis Bay - www.salamisbay-conti.com

Bird Watching - Kibris Birds and Kuskor
Go-Karting - Zet Go-karting
Golf - Korineum Golf & Country Club
Horse Riding - Catalkoy Riding Club
Orchid Walks -  Walks 'n' Orchids North Cyprus
Para-gliding - Highline Paragliding
Rugby - Cyprus Pumas Rugby Club
Scuba Diving - Amphora Scuba Diving Center

Scuba Diving - Nautilus Scuba Diving School

Animal Welfare Information, Fund-raising events - Kyrenia Animal Rescue
TRNC Children's Charity - SOS Children's Village
Education - Girne American University , GAU American College,   English School Kyrenia
Expat Information, social events etc - British Residents' Society
Music - Bellapais Music Festival

UK Government website for British citizens - British High Commission Cyprus
Leonard Cheshire Disability Charity - Kyrenia Rehab Centre
Turtle Watch - Society for the Protection of Turtles (SPOT)

North Cyprus Commercial Telephone Numbers - The Buzz Book

For more information on North Cyprus, see -
North Cyprus ActivitiesNorth Cyprus Places of Interest, and  North Cyprus News