Emergency: Forest Fire 177, Police 155,
First Aid 112.
A wide range of accommodation
is offered, ranging from 1,2,3, and 4 star Hotels, Hotel-Bungalows,
Hotel-Apartments to camping and Self Catering Apartments and Villas.
Traffic: Please drive on the left.
Traffic and road signs are International. Maximum speed is 100km./hr.
Vehicles entering Northern Cyprus must be insured upon arrival. Seat belts
must be worn.. Drivers are prohibited to drive under the influence of
alcohol. The limit is 50 mgr (As in Europe).
Car Rental: This service is available in
all main towns and some hotels. British or International Drivers License
is required. Rental cars have red number plates.
Telephone: The code for England is 00 44
followed by the local number but omitting the first number (0). From
England the code is 00 90 392 followed by the local Cypriot number. Public
telephone booths are available and telephone cards can be purchased from
the Telecommunications Office.
Post: The outgoing postal system is
reliable. Incoming mail must be suffixed “Mersin-10, Turkey” and not
“Northern Cyprus”. The history of the postal service in Northern Cyprus
will definitely be of interest to all philatelists.
Electricity: 220/240 Volts A/. A standard
three pin British plug is used.
Public Transport: A good, inexpensive network
of buses and mini-buses operates between all the main towns, in addition
there are Dolmuş (shared taxis) operating on the same routes. Taxis are
widely available but do not carry a meter, however, there are standard
Restaurants: A large selection of
restaurants exist, ranging from the humble Çorbacı (Soup House) where
truly ethnic cuisine is served, to fashionable French, Chinese and Indian
Cuisine Restaurants. Prices vary accordingly. There are also a number of
excellent Cypriot Cuisine Restaurants which offer very good value for
Bars: A wide range to suit all
tastes, serving, local beers, rakı and brandy and of course imported
Information: Tourist Information Offices
are available in all major towns. Tour guides, Hotel Receptionists, Taxi
drivers and the locals are also a good source of
Shops are open with some
variations but generally
Summer: 8:00-13:00 and 16:00-19:00
9:00-13:00 and 14:00-18:00
8:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00
Summer: Monday, 07:30-14:00
08:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00
Currency: The Turkish Lira. Euro, Sterling, Dollars and other major currencies may
be used or exchanged in the larger towns. NB. While no restrictions are
placed on imports of foreign exchange, large amounts should be declared to
customs upon entry. Up to $10,000 may be exported.
1 January, New Year’s
23 April, Children’s Day
1 May, Labor Day
19 May, Youth and
20 July, Peace and Freedom Day
30 August, Victory
29 October, Turkish Republic Day
15 November, Northern Cyprus