If you are moving to North Cyprus, relocating, retiring or just changing your life direction, the thought itself can be a bit daunting. No doubt about it though, the quality of life is wonderful. With lots of opportunities available, a wealth of history and beautiful places to visit, North Cyprus is heaven on Earth. The Turkish Cypriot community are approachable, friendly and generous natured people, it’s not surprising that the crime rate is low! If you enjoy dining out, you will find that there are lots of Restaurants and Bars to choose from, some with live entertainment and at great value for your money! Supermarkets are littered across the North. You can find most of the luxuries you are used to at home.
If you have arrived from an EU country and have an EU passport you’re free to enter North Cyprus. You’ll receive an entry stamp in your passport, which allows you to remain in the country for 3 months from that date. After this, you should begin official registration proceedings to the government offices in Lefkosa, enabling you to become a resident of Northern Cyprus. You will be required to fill in some forms and have a series of basic medical tests. But do not fret! When you come to North Cyprus you’ll quickly meet many friendly locals who’ll take the time to show you the ropes.
The intense North Cyprus heat can reach temperatures upto 37oc from June until late September. As the sun warms your bones and gives you that feel good factor, aswell as great looking tan, you will be positively glowing! Temperatures gradually begin to cool down around mid October. Winter usually lasts from November through to February, but is generally very mild and quite bearable.
Education in North Cyprus is of a high standard. There are a wide choice of Nursery and Schooling facilities. There are Turkish Cypriot Primary and Secondary Schools and a number of Universities on the Island aswell as a number of private schools and international kindergartens. State schools usually teach from: 08.00 until 13.00. Private Schools teach from 08.00 until 16.00.
Health care facilities are very good. The hospitals have state of the art equipment and are virtually free if you are a registered resident in North Cyprus. Most procedures are affordable, depending if they are basic or privately owned. Obviously private hospitals can cost a touch more. Medical and dental costs will most likely be far less than those you are used to.