The language here is Turkish, however English is widely spoken so you can live here with ease, in restaurants, shops and any service industry people will speak English.
What currency is used in North Cyprus?
The national currency is YTL Yeni (new) Turkish Lira, however sterling is widely accepted (do expect to receive your change in YTL though), Euros and Greek Pounds are also excepted in the North.
What is the time difference?
The TRNC is 2 hours ahead of GMT.
Can I use my UK driving licence to drive in the TRNC?
Yes you can for a period of up to 3 months, if you wish to stay here longer you must apply for a local licence, this is a straight forward procedure and involves sending off your existing licence. Driving in the TRNC is easy as we drive on the left hand side of the road - the same as the U.K.
Can I bring my pet to North Cyprus with me?
Yes you can but you must get your animal vaccinated against rabies and have a certificate from a U.K. veterinary surgeon to confirm your animal is in good health and has no infectious diseases. You fax the certificate to the Ministry of Agriculture here and they invite your pet into the country, upon arrival in the TRNC your pet will have to stay in quarantine for a period of 28 days, please note the responsibility to feed and walk your pet is on you as the owner, the facilities here do not extend to cover these, so you must visit at least once a day.
How easy is it to get to Northern Cyprus?
It is very easy to get to North Cyprus and you have two options available: one is to fly in to Ercan in North Cyprus - currently all flights stop at Turkey for a period of 30min to 1 hour before continuing on to Ercan. Alternatively you can fly into Larnaca in the South of Cyprus, which is a direct flight, and just drive over the boarder. The car journey takes between an hour or an hour 30 minutes depending on traffic.
What's the situation at the border?
You can cross freely over the border with a European passport; the officials check your passport and allow you to cross over. Some people who live in the North actually work in the South and cross over on a daily basis.
Why is the South so negative about the North?
There is a long history of political and social unrest between the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots this erupted in 1974 resulting in the division of the island into two halves, South Cyprus where the Greek Cypriots live and North Cyprus where the Turkish Cypriots live. The propaganda machine in the South goes into over drive to indoctrinate Greek Cypriots to believe that the war was one sided and that the Turkish Cypriots are to blame for the bloodshed that occurred back in 1974, however history would tell quite a different tale. Both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots lost their homes and loved ones in the war. Things have moved on greatly since this time and now many people on both sides of the Island want a resolution to this longstanding situation. North Cyprus is a tranquil and safe place to live with surprisingly low crime rates and a community of warm hearted laid back people who make you feel at home, whether you are just here on holiday or if you have decided to move here and become part of the community.
What is the Political situation between North and South Cyprus?
In 1974 Turkey took over Northern Cyprus, it is now administered under 'The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus' (TRNC) law. All Greek property in the North (approximately 17%) was nationalised by the Turkish government and obtained by compulsory acquisition in exchange for compensation. The majority of Greek owners did not accept compensation but chose to to challenge the authority and actions of the Turkish Government, they are still entitled to claim their compensation. Many of the Turkish Cypriots who lost land in the South, did not pursue claims to their land, some were compensated with land by the Turkish government in the North.
Why Invest in Northern Cyprus?
A staggering 200,000 people emigrated from the U.K. last year. The U.K.'s pensions commission announced houses are unlikely to provide an alternative source of income for retirement - except, perhaps for those who inherit property. As housing prices in the U.K. slow down, and the mortgage applications decrease, property investors are increasingly investing in property overseas. 54% of the respondents believe that the overseas property presents the greatest opportunity for investors, 22% of property investors are planning to invest in property overseas.
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