Climate & Clothing

April marks the beginning of the summer season of Northern Cyprus. It is a beautiful spring month and a nice period to stay. In April Northern Cyprus really enters its summer period and visitors during this time of the year have a lot of space and freedom when touring around the island as it is not so crowded.

The weather in April is somehow cool and sometimes a bit chilly (for Cypriots) as average temperatures are around 16°C (62°F), but visitors do not seem to mind these temperatures as they remind them of the early months of Summer in their own parts of the world. Some even enjoy swimming in the Sea as most “blue flag” beaches at this time of the year offer privacy and seclusion, although the Sea temperature is somewhat cool being about 18°C. At night, temperatures drop to 11°C-13°C on the coast, 10°C inland and 6°C in the mountainous areas. Hail is rare but not impossible to see. During some April days the temperature could rise up to 22°C (68°F) and drop to lower than 13°C.

During April you would expect 9 hours of sunshine. As days are pleasantly warm, but temperatures may fall a bit at night.

Medium-weight and summer apparel: Light woollies or long sleeved cotton for the evenings are suggested.

Banks and Currency Exchange

Bank and exchange offices are located in the city centre close to the hotels. The currency of Northern Cyprus is Turkish Lira. While some shops do accept Euros or Pounds, we recommend you to exchange your money to the local currency.

Most shops accept major credit cards. In addition cash points accepting major credit cards are conveniently located within the city. 

Opening Hours for Currency Exchange Offices;

Monday-Friday  : 08:30-17:50
Saturdays         : 08:30-14:00
Closed on Sundays

Opening Hours for Banks;

Monday-Friday   : 09:00-12:30 / 13:30-16:30 (Lunch breaks may vary between 12:00-13:00 and 12:30-13:30)
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays

Emergency Phone Numbers

International Dialing Code: +90 392

 Police
 Emergency  155
 General Directorate  228 34 11
 Kyrenia  815 2125
 Nicosia  288 3311
 Famagusta  366 53 10
 Fire
 Emergencies  199
 Forest Fires hotline  177
 Kyrenia  815 2111
 Nicosia  227 1259
 Famagusta  366 5389
 Ambulance
 Emergencies  112
 Hospitals
 Kyrenia  815 2266 / 815 2254
 Nicosia  228 5441
 Famagusta  366 2876 / 366 5328
 Telecommunications
 Directory inquiries  192


Language

Official language in Northern Cyprus is Turkish while English is widely spoken.

Electricity/Voltage

Northern Cyprus has a 240V electricity supply and uses British 3-pin rectangular blade plugs, so you don't have to take an adaptor for UK electrical device, mobile phone chargers etc. If you are coming from another country, please bring adaptors suitable for UK plugs.

Postal service

The postal service in Northern Cyprus is run by PTT and there are offices in all major cities, towns and villages. Postage stamps can be purchased in many denominations, and a normal standard weight letter will cost you around 50 krs (20p) to post to most European destinations. Delivery times vary, but more often than not it will take at least week to reach its destination.

Incoming post however is a different kettle of fish, and there have been many problems recently with post possibly not arriving on the island at all. Some advice for sending post to Northern Cyprus would be to ensure that you have the correct postal code. Every piece of mail should have ‘Mersin 10, Turkey’ noted at the end of the address.  This add-on effectively routes post to Turkey, and from there they know that it needs to come to Northern Cyprus. If ‘Cyprus’ is used it will be delivered to the South of the island, where you may or may not find it being re-routed correctly to the North.

Working Hours of Government Offices

Monday – Friday:
Winter
08:00 – 13:00
14:00 – 17:00

Summer
07:00 – 14:00
15:30 – 18:00

Car Parking

Free car parking is available outside the Congress venue. Downtown parking is generally metered.

Car rental

Northern Cyprus car hire should always be booked in advance as there is usually a shortage of cars available during the summer months.

Shopping

Shops are usually open from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00-17:30. Supermarkets and department stores are open till 19:00 on weekdays and are normally closed on Sundays. Most shops accept all major credit cards.

Dining out and tipping

Most restaurants in the city are open from 11:30 until midnight. Gratuities are automatically included in the bills for service at some of the restaurants, meals etc. Tipping is optional.

Visa Information

It is possible to reach Kyrenia via two airports:
Alternative 1; via "Larnaca" Airport in Larnaca, Southern Cyprus
Alternative 2; via "Ercan" Airport in Lefkosa (Nicosia), Northern Cyprus

IMPORTANT: Kindly note that we highly recommend you to prefer the "Ercan" Airport, unless you have a Schengen visa and/or you have an European Union or USA passport. 

 

Alternative 1; via ” Ercan” Airport in Lefkosa (Nicosia), Northern Cyprus

It is possible to fly to Ercan Airport from major cities in Turkey like Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Adana, Antalya with direct flights. It takes 30 minutes to reach Elexus Resort Hotel (Congress venue) which is at 35 km distance from Ercan Airport.

Northern Cyprus is not requiring visa for any countries except Nigeria and Armenia. Please check the Consular Information and Visa Regulations for entering Northern Cyprus at http://mfa.gov.ct.tr/consular-info/visa-regulations

(Important : Participants from Nigeria and Armenia need to contact congress secretariat to receive assistance to obtain the visa required to enter Northern Cyprus.)

It is important for the participants to be flying to Ercan Airport through Turkey (Istanbul Ataturk Airport or another airport in Turkey) to check if they need Turkish visa.

  1. No visas are required in this option as long as you are a “transit passenger” to Ercan Airport during check in to your connection flight in Istanbul Airport (or other cities in Turkey). For this case, you will check in for both connected flights and get both boarding passes at your origin destination (departure airport) while leaving your luggages as to be collected in Northern Cyprus Ercan Airport. By this way you will not need a Turkish visa, as you will be travelling as a “transit passenger”, will not go through passport control in Turkey.
  2. If you do not have a connection flight and have separate flight tickets for your two flights (from your country to Turkey and from Turkey to Ercan Airport), then you may need a Turkish visa as you will be going through the passport control in Turkey to collect your luggages here and get your boarding pass for your Ercan Airport flight.

Kindly note that Turkey does not apply visa for visitors from many countries. Please check the visa requirements of Turkey for your country at www.mfa.gov.tr/visa-information-for-foreigners.en.mfa.

Since April 2013, electronic visa (e-Visa) has replaced “sticker visa” which was issued at the border crossings. Therefore, if you would like to get your Turkish visa without applying to the Turkish Consulate in your home country, please make sure that you apply for e-Visa at www.evisa.gov.tr/en before arriving to Turkey.

Regardless of the Turkish visa, you will be passing through the passport control while entering Northern Cyprus at Ercan Airport. You need to have your passports with you by then. Kindly note that you should pay attention that your passport is not going to be stamped. You will need to fill up “paper visa” form at the customs which will be stamped “instead” of your passport.

It is important to keep the paper visa during your stay as it is also going to be stamped while leaving Northern Cyprus.

 

Alternative 2; via “Larnaca” Airport in Larnaca, Southern Cyprus

EU citizens or participants who have Schengen visa can fly to Larnaca Airport at Southern Cyprus. You will go through passport control at Larnaca Airport, and you will need a Schengen visa to enter Southern Cyprus.

After entering Southern Cyprus, you will need to pass through the border between Southern and Northern Cyprus. At this border, while entering Northern Cyprus, your passports might be re-checked with a very short procedure, however, you will not need any other visas in addition to Schengen as Northern Cyprus is not requiring visa for any countries except Nigeria and Armenia.

You need to have your passports with you by then. Kindly note that you should pay attention that your passport is not going to be stamped. You will need to fill up “paper visa” form at the border customs which will be stamped “instead” of your passport.

It is important to keep the paper visa during your stay as it is also going to be stamped while leaving Northern Cyprus.