North Cyprus Information
LOCATION OF CYPRUS: Cyprus is situated at the cross point of 35°N latitude and 33°E longitude.
POPULATION: The approximate population of the whole island is 900.000 of which 215.000 live in TRNC.
AREA of CYPRUS: Total area of Cyprus is 9251 km². The TRNC is 3242 km² and is the third larger island in the Mediterranean Sea after Sicily and Sardinia. Britain which was the last ruler of the island gave Cyprus its independence in 1960, but before leaving established two sovereign military bases on the island. These are Akrotiri (124 km²) and Dhekelia (132 km²) and they covered en area of 256km². 244 km² is the United Nations controlled green line (no man’s land).
BORDERS: Since 2003 it is possible to pass through the Turkish and Greek borders.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS and AIRPORTS: A valid passport is required for entry. You could either get a flight via Turkey to ERCAN Airport (North Cyprus) or you could fly to either LARNACA OR PAPHOS Airports (South Cyprus) and pass to border
NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES: The closest country is Turkey in the north (70km). Other neighbours are Syria (110km) in the east, Lebanon (200km) and Israel (300km) in the southeast, Egypt (400km) in the south and Greece (800km) in the west.
CLIMATE: Climate of the island is typical Mediterranean. It has dry, long summers, and warm, short, light rainy winters. Hava sıcaklık tablosu koyalım + deniz suyu
CAR RENTAL: Prices are excellent for the travelers who wish to act freely. You can hire a car with your driving licenses. We drive on the left in North Cyprus just like in England, so you will not confuse. Wearing seatbelt is compulsory. All signposts are international. You can ask to reception or if you would like to have pre-book just contact with us.
CURRENCY: The Turkish Lira (TL) is the currency used in North Cyprus. Foreign currencies and travellers cheques are accepted in banks, hotels and exchange offices. Most credit cards are valid in many places, but bank charges may apply in some places. If you do make payment with credit card at the hotel, we do charge 5% commission.
LANGUAGE: The official language is Turkish. English language is widely spoken with full of grammer mistakes!
MUSEUMS: During the summer period (May-October), opening times vary. In winter times opening hours are as follows: 9am-1pm and 2pm-4.30pm. Museums are closed on National holidays, except from main Castles and museums. For more information you can contact with The Museum and Antiquities Department thorough the telephone number (0090 392) 22 72916 (0090 392) 22 72916.
SHOPPING: Popular souvenirs include: potteries, wicker baskets, copper, silver, bronze, and onyx objects, Turkish dolls, meerschaum pipes and tavla boards (backgammon), jewellery, leather cloths and the textiles can be purchased at low prices. You can find many kinds of Turkish Cypriot craft work in many places. Usually shop are open between 08,00 – 19,00 but not all of them. Export of antiquities is illegal.
TELEPHONE: From foreign countries dial 0090 392 followed by your number in North Cyprus. Such as Topset Hotel number is from UK (0090 392) 82 22 204 (0090 392) 82 22 204.
TRANSPORT: Taxis are in reasonable prices and they are on miters. There is also a collective taxi system mainly using minibuses known as Dolmuş. Bus departures are frequent between big and smaller towns during the day. Public transport services are less frequent after 5pm and during the weekends. Please click here for How to get North Cyprus.
ELECTIRICITY: 240 volts. Plugs are in English standards (3 pin plug). If you use two pin plugs, do not forget to bring your adaptor, or you can buy it in Cyprus.
FOREIGN REPRESENTATIONS OF TRNC:
SEWAGE: In Northern Cyprus there are no main sewage lines, and septic tanks are the main method of disposal household sewage. So with this knowledge it is advisable not to put toilet paper or sanitary towels in the toilet.