According to countryvv, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (Turkish: Kuzey Kıbrıs Türk Cumhuriyeti) is an independent state on the island of Cyprus recognized only by Turkey. Northern Cyprus only borders Cyprus. The capital of Northern Cyprus is Nicosia. Some major cities in Northern Cyprus are: Famagusta, Kyrenia and Morphou.
Northern Cyprus is an area that was conquered by Turkey in 1974. The area has been part of the Turkish community ever since. In 1983 it declared itself independent amid loud protests from the rest of the world. The area has a border fence with the rest of Cyprus and is paid for with its own currency. The area can count on great support (both political and financial) from the Turkish mainland. Cotton and wine are extracted in Northern Cyprus. Northern Cyprus has a coastline with sandy beaches where you can dive, among other things. You will also find several churches and castles in the area. See clothesbliss for European expansionism in Middle East.
Where is Northern Cyprus?
Travel information of Northern Cyprus
Official name: Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
Continent: Europe and Asia
Area: 3,355 km²
Country code: TR, TUR
Population: 294,906 inhabitants (2011)
Highest point: 1,023 m (Mount Selvili)
Distance (Amsterdam – Nicosia): 2,949 km
Flight time: approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Northern Cyprus. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compile your ideal trip yourself.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Northern Cyprus?
Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Northern Cyprus at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.
Weather and climate
Northern Cyprus has a Mediterranean climate. The temperatures are around 15 to 20 degrees in the winter months and around 25 to 35 degrees in the summer months.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Northern Cyprus can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Northern Cyprus can be found at Climate info.
April, May, September and October are the best months to travel to Northern Cyprus. In these months the temperatures are the most pleasant.
Turkish is the official language in Northern Cyprus. In addition, a lot of English is spoken.
Would you like to translate from or into Turkish for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is required. These can be purchased upon arrival in Northern Cyprus.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Northern Cyprus is not recognized by the Netherlands as an official state and is therefore seen as part of Cyprus.
Netherlands Embassy in Cyprus: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Cypriot Embassy and Consulate in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
You do not need any vaccinations for a visit to Northern Cyprus.
Money and Currency
In Northern Cyprus, payment is made with the new Turkish lira (TRY).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Northern Cyprus can be found on our ATMs page.
The prices in Northern Cyprus are a lot lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -42% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (67% cheaper), food (35% cheaper), imported beer in catering (16% cheaper), cigarettes (49% cheaper) and public transport (77% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In Northern Cyprus it is customary to tip, even though this is already included in the bill. Good service is about 10% tip. A small tip is generally considered an insult.
In Northern Cyprus it is 1 hour later than in the Netherlands.
Summer time in Northern Cyprus is equal to that in the Netherlands.
Find the local time, date and time zone for Northern Cyprus on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
In Northern Cyprus you have to drive on the left.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Northern Cyprus.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Northern Cyprus.
In Northern Cyprus you may need a travel plug in some cases.
More information about common plugs and sockets in Northern Cyprus can be found on our electricity page (see Cyprus).
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 155
– Fire: 199
– Ambulance: 112
Tap water is safe to drink.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to Northern Cyprus can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Northern Cyprus can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Northern Cyprus websites end in.nc.tr.
The country code (international prefix) to call someone in Northern Cyprus is 0090392 or +90392.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Northern Cyprus? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Northern Cyprus.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Northern Cyprus.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Northern Cyprus, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about Northern Cyprus?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Northern Cyprus. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Northern Cyprus can be found on Protected Planet.
Northern Cyprus is not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Northern Cyprus? On the IATA website you will find an overview of the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money, medicines and perfume. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations, which you may encounter during your visit to Northern Cyprus.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know that…
…Northern Cuprus receives six hundred million dollars in aid from Turkey every year?
…Northern Cyprus has eight recognized universities?
…In Northern Cyprus 77 churches have been turned into mosques by the Turks?
…Wine is an important export product of Northern Cyprus?