Information about Northern Cyprus
To enter Northern Cyprus, a passport or ID card is required, which is valid for a further six months beyond the date of departure. Children under the age of 16 require child ID card with a picture.
Northern Cyprus is known for its Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and rather wet winters. Spring (March/April) and autumn (October/November) are short seasons.
From April to September, the sun usually shines for 11 hours a day. There are a total of 310 days of sunshine per year.
The average rainfall is 500 mm per year, 60% of which falls in the winter months between December and February. There are very few rainy days in the spring and autumn, but there is no need to fear a wash-out of a holiday during these seasons.
The water temperature never falls below 16º Celsius. In the summer, it reaches as high as 28º Celsius.
The voltage is 240 Volts. The plugs are the same as the three-pin British plugs. Adapters are widely available in shops.
Vehicles and traffic:
A national driving license is sufficient to hire a car. You drive on the left in Northern Cyprus. If there are no road signs, then you adhere to the rule of giving way to traffic coming from the right. Seatbelts must be worn. In built-up areas, the maximum speed limit is 50 km/h and 100 km/h on open roads (the speed limits are given in miles). The streets are generally in good condition.
In summer, the shops are open from 8:00 – 13:00 and from 16:00 – 20:00. As a rule, there is no bargaining over prices.
The national language is Turkish. The majority of inhabitants also speaks English. In some hotels, shops and restaurants, German is also spoken.
Taxi / shared taxi:
Taxis in Northern Cyprus do not use a taximeter. Fixed price lists are used. The shared taxis (Dolmus), which run according to fixed timetables and travel between the larger towns like public buses, are somewhat cheaper.
The opening hours of the banks are as follows:
In summer: Mon - Fri: 8:00 - 12:00
In winter: Mon - Fri: 8:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 16:00
The national currency is the Turkish Lira (TL). Cash can also be withdrawn locally from cash points. Compared to Germany, the cost of living is lower.
Throughout the year, the time in Northern Cyprus is one hour ahead of Central European Time (CET).
The international dialling code for Northern Cyprus is 0090 392.
The area codes for the principle towns are:
112 - Ambulance
155 - Police
199 - Fire brigade
177 - For reporting forest fires
1 January (New Year’s Day)
23 April (Children’s Day)
1 May (International Workers’ Day)
19 May (Youth and Sports Day)
20 July (Peace and Freedom Day)
1 August (Communal Resistance Day)
30 August (Victory Day)
29 October (Turkish Republic Day)
15 November (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Day)
There are two further moveable Islamic holidays, Seker Bayrami (Ramadan) and Kurban Bayrami (Eid al-Adha), which are based on the lunar calendar. Contact the tourist information office for these dates.