Working & Permits in North Cyprus

So, you’ve relocated to North Cyprus and you need to find work.  Well, take a step back for a moment!  Rules relating to foreigners getting a work permit have been in place for a long time, but until recently they were very infrequently enforced and nowadays, getting a work permit is not exactly straightforward.  If you need to find a job to support yourself or your family in Northern Cyprus, then you ideally need to find work before you arrive.

We will detail the rules for obtaining work and a work permit as best we can, but please note that the rules do change quite frequently so it always better to seek government advice for regular updates.  For example there are currently rumours circulating that a foreigner will only be able to hold a work permit for 4 years and will then have to leave for 10, before they can get another one!  A work permit will entitle you to reside legally in North Cyprus and work here, and it will need to be renewed on a regular basis during your working life on the island.

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State Hospitals & Healthcare in North Cyprus

North Cyprus operates a fairly modern state run healthcare system, albeit still a little behind the times in places.  However, it is perfectly acceptable for the majority of the population, although expatriates may also prefer to have the addition of private health insurance if they can afford it.

First things first, and that is North Cyprus is at present not a member of the EU, and therefore the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will not be valid at any medical facility here, whether state or private.

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