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Travel to North Cyprus

Ercan Airport - North Cyprus

Whatever type of holiday you desire, there are easy travel options to North Cyprus.  For stays less than ninety days there are no visa requirements although passports must be valid for a minimum of six months.  Please, always check for the latest rules and restrictions when you are planning your travelling.  It is also advisable for those nationals from other countries to inquire at the Turkish Embassy regarding any entry requirements that may be applicable. A list of embassies can be found here If there is no TRNC (Turkish Republic of North Cyprus) office, you can inquire via Turkey embassies.

The primary international airport in North Cyprus is Ercan International with regular flights to and from the Turkish mainland.  Generally, flights to North Cyprus are via Turkey.  For example, there are no direct flights from the UK available, however, Turkish Airlines and Pegasus offer the most straightforward travel with a short stopover in Istanbul.  They operate from many of the smaller airports which, with their more relaxed feel means you can start to unwind even before you even leave the UK.  The larger UK airports and USA flights are via Istanbul or places such as Zurich.   

If your visit is likely to include time in the South of Cyprus, then Larcana airport is closer to the border than Paphos.  There are direct flights to Larcana from several UK and EU airports. It is possible to hire a car before you travel or when you arrive at the airport.  It is acceptable for those cars hired in the South to be taken into the North of the island, whilst those hired in the North are not permitted to enter the South.

For most flights from the UK expect to allow around five hours plus check-in and transfer time.

If you like the idea of sailing for part of your journey, then there are regular ferry crossings to North Cyprus from Turkey.  So flying to Turkey and then continuing via public transport, hire car and finally ferry is an alternative to flying in.  It is possible to travel to North Cyprus without flying at all.

Independent travellers can drive via mainland Europe to Turkey and down to the coast to catch a ferry.  To do the drive is an adventure of approximately thirty-four hours driving from South-East England.

Alternatively, either independent or travel agent land and sea travel via train, ferry or car, train and ferry. The usual travel time is usually in the region of five to six days.  The trains include those that are equipped with one or two-bed sleepers and sleeper trains are a favoured way to travel for those wishing to avoid airport chaos and tightly packed bus journeys.

For those visitors with their own yachts, the Mediterranean is well charted. It offers well-organised facilities for chandlery and mooring.  Making the Mediterranean an excellent place for new sailors to gain confidence or experienced sailors to enjoy more leisurely sailing.  It’s a great testing ground for new boats too.  Sailing around North Cyprus is a fantastic way to explore the coastline.  The harbours are ideal for leaving the boat while you hire a car and explore the island’s inland parts.

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