Your guide to North Cyprus

With its beautiful weather, untouched picturesque views of nature and friendly locals, Cyprus is without a doubt the gem of the Mediterranean. Strategically located, the island has a lot to offer, whether you are thinking of visiting for work or leisure. Although Cyprus is in a politically gray area, locals from both sides of the island have gotten used to living peacefully as neighbors. This guide will help you get an insight into live and traditions on the island, and everything you need to know before going to North Cyprus.

 

Getting to and from North Cyprus

Direct flights are only available from Turkey to Ercan Airport, which is the only public airport of the Northern Part of the island. However, if you are travelling from Europe, landing to Larnaca or Paphos airports and later crossing from one of the several borders is a choice you might want to consider.

Crossing from one side of the island to another is fairly easy, all you need is your passport. If you are travelling to Nicosia, you can choose between three borders, one of which you can use your car to cross, and two pedestrian crossings. The border officers from both North and South Cyprus will ask you to display identification and will check you in or out of the state.

Green Line Regulations

The ‘Green Line’, also known as the Buffer Zone, is an area spanning over 180 kilometers separating the island into two. Controlled by the United Nations, the Green line allows trade, exchange and crossings from one side to the other.

Safety

Cyprus has one of the lowest crime rates in Europe. This rate is even lower in North Cyprus, as the population is much lower. Visitors to the island experience very little to no issue at all when it comes to safety. As long as one uses the same caution when visiting any other European country, no issue should come up in terms of security.

 

Language

Despite the fact that Turkish is the official language of North Cyprus, many of the locals know or understand English.

Turkish and English are the most widely used languages on the island, but you can also find German or Russian speakers on the coasts of the island, where people from diverse countries have settled.

Persian and Arabic are also two languages becoming widely present on the island.

 

Money

The unusual political state of the island means that there is an unusual monetary system in place. While the south of the island uses Euros, Turkish Lira is used in the north. However, Euros, Dollars and British Pounds are widely accepted in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, at different exchange rates when used in different operations.

 

Walled City Nicosia

Nicosia is home to the old walled city, which dates back to the Middle Ages. With entrances from several historical gates, history and culture surrounds every corner of the old town.  As time goes by, the old city is becoming and up and coming neighborhood many aspects such as nightlife, shopping, business and touristic hotspots. It is a must for anyone visiting North Cyprus to spend a day or two exploring the city inside the walls, to get a better view and understanding of both the culture and the local lifestyle.

 

Low cost of living

It is safe to say that North Cyprus is the most inexpensive destination to visit in the Mediterranean. When compared to other European countries, all essential needs in North Cyprus are very much affordable and at a really good value.

Both renting and buying a property in the TRNC is considerably cheaper than any other place in the European Union. With plummeting exchange rates, you will be pleasantly surprised at how far your Euros or Dollars will go. Both the tax rates and the general cost of living are softer on your bank account compared to any other country in the Mediterranean.

On the other hand, doing business in North Cyprus has the advantage of low tax rates. When compared with the South part of the island, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus has a favorable tax system, including corporate tax and real estate tax, which are almost at one third of the prices in the Republic of Cyprus.

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