North Cyprus

How to Get to North Cyprus?

  • The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus can be reached by air and by sea. You may choose the most convenient way for you.

    Although there are no direct flights to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, travelling to the northern part of the island is no longer a problem.  Turkish Airlines, Atlas Jet and Pegasus Airlines provide scheduled flights to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus from all international airports worldwide via Turkey. Besides, there are charter flights to Turkish Cyprus.

    As mentioned above, all the aircrafts flying to Turkish Cyprus are to touch down in Turkey. Usually the stopover lasts for an hour, and passengers remain in the aircraft, however sometimes the airline company changes the aircraft. In this case passengers are required to wait in the transit lounge and obtain a boarding pass of their ongoing flight to Northern Cyprus. It will take you approximately an hour to get from Turkey to North Cyprus.
    If you travel by sea, the voyage may take you from 2.5 to 10 hours. Ferry-boats and sea-buses connect operate regularly between Kyrenia and Famagusta, towns in Northern Cyprus, and Turkey.

    Sea-busses are faster and travel between the island and Turkey almost every day. Ferry boats can take more passengers and cargo, but go slower. A trip by a ferry boat can take up to 4-10 hours. The sea trips may be certainly not pleasant in winter. Car hire in Northern Cyprus.

    By Air

    Although there are no direct flights to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus from other countries (North Cyprus has direct air links only with Turkey), travelling to the northern part of the island is no longer a problem.

    Turkish Airlines, Atlas Jet and Pegasus Airlines provide scheduled flights to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus from all international airports worldwide via Turkey. Besides, there are charter flights to Turkish Cyprus.

    As mentioned above, all the aircrafts flying to Turkish Cyprus are to touch down in Turkey. They usually make stopovers in the airports of Izmir, Istanbul, Ankara, Adana or Antalya. Usually the stopover lasts for an hour, and passengers remain in the aircraft (Cyprus Turkish Airlines). Sometimes the airline company changes the aircraft (for example, Turkish Airlines). In this case passengers are required to wait in the transit lounge and obtain a boarding pass of their ongoing flight to Northern Cyprus.

    If you are travelling from Turkey, you can choose from number of scheduled flights from Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara, Adana and Antalya. Charter flights are available at weekends and on public holidays.From Turkey's main airports to North Cyprus by air takes sixty to ninety minutes.

    While arriving in Northern Cyprus, all the planes descend at two national airports of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus : generally at Ercan Airport (situated near Nicosia), more rarely at Gecitkale Airport ( Famagusta), as the latter is commonly used for military purposes.

    To get details on timetable, prices and flight booking please contact airlines offices or visit their web sites. You may also contact travel agencies for more information.

    ERCAN AIRPORT

    Tel: +90 392 231 4806 (reception)


    TICKETING AND RESERVATIONS MAIN OFFICES
    Izmir Turkey Ticketing and reservation office
    Sht. Nevrez Bulv. 13/A Alsancak
    Tel : Strl:+90 232 464 9095, +90 232 421 4472, +90 232 4227146
    Fax :+90 232 4215425

    Antalya Turkey Ticketing and reservation office
    30 Agustos (Isiklar) Cad. No 5/B
    Tel :+90 242 248 9957,+90 242 248 6195
    Fax :+90 242 248 9816

    Londra Ingiltere Ticketing and reservation office
    11-12 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5LU
    Tel:+44 207 930 4851,
    Fax:+44 207 930 1046 / 88 Green Lanes Newigton Green No:169 9EJ
    Tel:+44 207 241 5523 lines Fax: +44 207-241 5541 MANCHESTER-Passanger services-Manchetser Airport Tel:+44 161-498 8577

    Frankfurt Germany Ticketing and reservation office
    Frankfurt Marmara, Kaiserstrasse 72, 60329 Frankfurt
    Tel : +49 069 242 64036
    Fax : +49 069 231 686

    Istanbul (Laleli) Turkey Ticketing and reservation office
    Eminönü Kemal Pasa Mah. Ordu Cad. Laleli Vakif Pasaji Laleli
    Tel:+90 212 513 9853 +90 513 9445
    Fax:+90 212 513 9525

    Lefkosa North Cyprus Ticketing and reservation office
    Bedreddin Demirel Cad. Genel Müdürlük-Yenisehir /Lefkosa
    Tel: +90 392 22 71706
    Fax: +90 392 22 88208

    Girne North Cyprus Ticketing and reservation office
    Kordonboyu
    Tel : +90 392 81 52513 / 14
    Fax : +90 392 81 53908

    Gazi Magusa North Cyprus Ticketing and reservation office
    50 Ilker Karter Caddesi,
    Tel :+90 392 36 67799
    Fax :+90 392 36 67899

    Istanbul (Mecidiyeköy) Turkey Ticketing and reservation office
    Büyükdere Cad. 56/B, Mecidiyeköy
    Tel :+90 212 288 9182
    Fax :+90 0212 274 5981

    Istanbul (Feneryolu) Turkey Ticketing and reservation office
    Bagdat Caddesi, Feneryolu Mevkii Emre Apartmani no:153 Kat 1 Daire:7 Kadiköy
    Tel:+90 216 449 4738/39- +90 216 414 4665
    Fax:+90 216 414 1195

    Ankara Turkey Ticketing and reservation office
    Selanik Cad. 17/1, Kizilay
    Tel :+90 312 418 0425 / 445
    Fax :+90 312 418 7817

    Adana Turkey
    Atatürk Cad. 5
    Tel :+90 322 363 1541, +90 322 351880
    Fax :+90 322 3631409


    TURKISH AIRLINES
    24 Hour Reservation: +90 212 444 0849
    Ankara: +90 312 428 0200
    London: +44 207 766 9300
    Nicosia: +90 392 227 1061
    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    ATLAS JET
    Istanbul: +90 212 315 1800
    Antalya: +90 242 243 3040
    Bodrum: +90 252 367 2166
    Izmir: +90 232 425 3387
    Adana: +90 322 458 7612
    Nicosia: +90 392 815 6747


    PEGASUS AIRLINES
    Adana:+90 322 433 27 72
    Ankara:+90 312 398 10 87
    Antalya:+90 242 330 41 93 - 330 31 93
    Bodrum:+90 252 523 02 60
    Dalaman:+90 252 792 50 31
    Ercan:+90 392 231 42 88
    Istanbul:+90 216 588 01 60 - 61
    Izmir:+90 232 274 60 35

    By Sea

    Ferry-boats and sea-buses connect Northern Cyprus (Kyrenia and Famagusta) with Turkey by the sea.

    Kyrenia
    There are scheduled sea-bus and ferry services from Tasucu (a port city in Turkey, near Silifke) to Kyrenia, and back. The sea-busses operate on a daily basis – the duration of the voyage is about two and a half hours. Ferry boats between Tasucu and Kyrenia go every week – the trip on a ferry boat takes about four hours.

    Famagusta
    You may also choose a ferry-boat operating between Mersin (a port city in the south of Turkey) and Famagusta – three times a week to get to North Cyprus By Sea. Ferry-boats also connect Tasucu and Famagusta, but this voyage is longer lasting for eight hours. Besides, there are sea trips between Latakia (a port in Syria) and Famagusta.During the summer time sea trips are organised from Alanya, Antalya and Anamur (Turkey) to Kyrenia.

    There are two main companies providing sea trips between the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Turkey:

    AKGUNLER SHIPPING
    Address: Ramadan Cemil Meydani, No:1; P.O. Box: 130 Kyrenia
    Tel.: +90 392 815 3510 /11
    Fax: +90 392 815 3870

    FERGUN SHIPPING
    Address 1: Yeni Liman Yolu Kyrenia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (headquarter)
    Tel.: +90 392 815 1770 / 815 1870
    Fax: +90 392 815 1989
    Address 2: Mustafa Cagatay Cad. 6/2C Kyrenia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (branch)
    Tel.: +90 392 815 2344 / 815 3377
    Fax: +90 392 815 3866
    Address 3: Ataturk Cad. Vakiflar Ishani, No:76, Tasucu - Turkey (branch)
    Tel.: +90 324 741 2323 / 741 3711
    Fax: +90 324 741 2802

    Passports and Visas

    All the foreign country passports are recognized at the entrance ports and airports of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Greek Cypriots, Greek from Greece and citizen of Armenia should have visa. Citizen of Nigeria, Philistine, Afghanistan, Libya, Armenia, Greek and Greek Cypriots have to have visa, but if their people comes to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus as a tourist and if they come as groups they don't need any visa. Also those who are 3. world citizens that are Greek, Greek Cypriot and Armenian have to have visa. Visa applications can be done to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus foreign representatives for the Nations that mentioned above. If any citizen of a country that mentioned above is married to a Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus citizen the need of a visa is evaluated in a different manner and could be more elastic. But this special condition is determined after the application to the foreign representation of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. On the other hand, it is possible for the people from different nations (except the ones mentioned above) who enter Turkey, to enter Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus freely as a tourist or with a tourist group. The same procedure is carried out to passengers who travel separately. Separate passengers have to have enough amount of cash, returning ticket and reservation to a Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Hotel (proving that the purpose of travel is tourism) Under these circumstances it is impossible to have a problem during the entrance of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. When entering Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus the period of the visa is determined by the immigration police officer. After entering Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus if you have valid justifications you can apply to prolong for visa to ministry of interior.


    Customs Regulations

    1. Customs regulations while entering and leaving Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Customs regulations shows similarity with the developed European countries customs regulations in methodic and basic. Any person who comes to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in a certain place, time, and way, anything that he or she carries on himself or herself in anything that he or she carries in the luggage ;

    a) Anything that was bought outside of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus or

    b) Any good that has commercial value tax unpaid or tax refunded and

    c) Anything or good that could not be carried before its tax paid; has to be declared due the custom regulations. Any person who enters or leaves Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus has to answer any question of the official clerk about his or her luggage or anything that is carried on her or himself. At the same time the passengers has to show any good in his or her luggage or anything that he or she carries on himself or herself to the official clerk in a certain place, time that the official clerk shows. But if the passenger asks that he or she wants to be examined in a special place examination can be carried out in a special place. According to customs regulations if any person who refuses to give information and refuses to show and declare the goods that he or she carries or keeps them in his or her luggage commits law. Any good that depends on customs tax or any other tax if not declared of hidden and found by the officials during the examination time or goods that are prohibited or restricted to import and export could be kept by customs as a punishment

    2. While entering or leaving Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus the amount of money that a passenger can carry freely: Passengers while entering or living Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus may carry maximum 10,000 USD or equivalent in other currency.

    3. While entering country, duty free rights of the passengers are as follows:

    Tobacco 400 cigarettes or 500 gr tobacco
    Alcoholic drinks 150 cc
    Wine 150cc
    Perfume and lotions 100 cl
    Non commercial goods 75 $ worth free Over 75 $ taxable
    Personal Belonging Depends on passenger's social condition. 4-Regulations for entering Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus by a motor vehicle While entering Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in last 2 years the person who stayed and lived abroad more than 365 days and comes to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus temporarily and is over 18 years old age (staying in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus should not be more than 12 months) is considers as visitors. Persons that did not stay abroad this much could be consider as visitors if they declare and show all the documents proving that they live outside of the country. While entering these people has to declare the cars documents and has to make 3 months valid car insurance. 5-Other important points Customs offices make examination while entering or leaving Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus plus they carry out other regulations of all different ministries during their examinations. Restricted or prohibited goods

    Controlled during import
    -Controlled drugs ( Opium, heroine, morphine, cocaine, cannabis etc.)
    -Fire arms (guns)
    -Munitions, explosives
    -Claps knifes
    -Counterfeit money
    -Obscene tools and publication.
    -Sapling, lump, and seeds.
    -Animals and birds (needs veterinary quarantine)

    Controlled during export
    -Controlled drugs
    -Fire arms munitions and explosives
    -Antiques
    -Antics (plus statues)
    -Various archeological goods.
    -Living wild animals in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
    -Before export controls permissions is needed from various offices so before coming to export ports all formalities has to be completed.

    Health Regulations for Animals
    1. Any kind of animal admission to the country needs preliminary permission.
    2. The veterinary office of the ministry of agriculture and forests gives preliminary permission.
    3. The conditions of preliminary permission depend on the species of the animal. These conditions are told to animal owners by the veterinary office.
    4. According the law that is in force now the quarantine period depends on the species and the origin country of the animal.
    5. Carrying animals to the guarantee place and keeping them there is paid by the animal owner.
    6. Any kind of food that contains animal and biological products needs preliminary permission to be imported if they are brought by the passenger on himself.

    Formalities for Private Yacht Owners
    You can enter Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Yacht port if you get preliminary permission or when you enter Kyrenia water. You can get alimation through VCH16 radio channel. Kyrenia marina address: Kordon Boyu Cad. Vakiflar Ishani Kyrenia Marina Tel: 90392 8153587
    Fax:903928152316
    Radio VCH16
    Horbour Master: Numan Ormanci - Gokhan Guler
    Key Master : Hamit Topal

    Entering formalities to Kyrenia Marina for yacht owners:
    -Getting in touch before entering marine
    -After casting anchor passengers have to go on the immigration and customs procedure.
    -If there is any animal or a pet in the Yacht, Veterinary office personnel has to be called in order to start quarantine procedure.

    The facilities given at Kyrenia Marine:
    -Electricity & water is given
    -Laundry washing & drying
    -Leaving luggage office
    -Captaincy services
    -Ship washing services
    -Ship technical service

    Technical Rules:
    -Minimum fee is applied 7 meters
    -Longer than 20 meters (L.O.A) ship -Yacht fees.
    -Catamaran ships / Yacht (more than 5 meter fee.)
    -Fees are paid at Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus central Banks effective buying rate on the day of payment
    -The fees tar rife of Marina Director ship can change under some circumstances
    -The ships that have Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus flag have %10 reduction for binding fee.
    -%10 service fee is included in the prices.
    -If commercial ships have more than 2 personnel they have to pay 250.000 TL per personnel per day. P.S: For all of these services and facilities the prices are determined in US Dollar annually. For further information you should get in touch with the Marina.

    Formalities for Private Plane Owners
    ICAO (International Aviation) rules valid. Arrival to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus international route is followed. Preliminary flight and landing permission should be gotten from the officials.
    Technical information for the plane, number of passengers has to be declared during the time of permission application. There is no validity of staying. On the information about civilian aviation and ERCAN Government Airport can be obtained from civilian aviation directorship.
    Tel: 90392 2273739
    Fax: 90392 2286566
    Air Traffic Control Tel: 90392 2314771