A subject which is often confusing for many! Rules here in North Cyprus change from time to time, so if you are thinking of bringing a vehicle with you if you are relocating to North Cyprus then you would be wise to do your homework first.
At the time of writing we can give you some pointers as to the process and what things to look out for in terms of assessing the viability and financial aspects of hauling a few tonnes of metal across the ocean!
Although it’s fairly complicated to achieve, you would obviously never leave your beloved pets behind when considering relocating to North Cyprus! The pet relocation process itself just requires some forward planning, and if you start early enough you will prevent yourself a lot of the stress that others incur when relocating animals and leaving everything to the last minute.
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.
‘Do not be afraid’ is our first tip! Moving your prized lifetime’s belongings to North Cyprus can be a relatively hassle and stress free experience as long as you have done your homework. There are many companies which deal with freight to the island, and most people enjoy a good shipping experience – well, as good an experience as is ever possible when your new life depends on your belongings arriving shortly behind you!
Having purchased a car here in North Cyprus it is important to actually make sure that you can legally drive it! Fortunately, as European driving standards are classed as being far superior to those in North Cyprus, (you’ll soon realise why!), you won’t have an issue with obtaining a TRNC license, and you will not be required to sit through another driving test!
If you’re living in North Cyprus as a foreign resident then it’s useful to know that there are expat residents’ groups around to offer a helping hand in times of need, or if you require some specific information about something.
If you’re living in North Cyprus there’s often the question of what to do as an expat, especially if you like to participate in social gatherings and want to get involved in local activities which are of a more social nature. The good news is that there’s plenty of choice of social activities to do and social groups to join available to you and your children.
Besides all other forms of communication here in North Cyprus, there is still the good old trusty ‘snail mail’ postal service too!
The postal service here 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 50krs (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.