How diverse is the island of Cyprus?

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Between the island of South and North Cyprus

The island is home to two countries; the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). A buffer zone, known as the Green Line, was established between the two countries by the United Nations. Both republics are politically stable and have low crime rates. Both the northern and southern parts of the country welcome foreigners and have sizable ex-pat populations.


The cost of living is substantially cheaper in the north. If you are looking for a fantastic bargain retirement vacation in a stunning Mediterranean environment, North Cyprus is an excellent option. North Cyprus is ranked as the number one location for the best beachfront property buying in 2021, according to Forbes.

The southern economy, on the other hand, is more stable, with more transparent and EU-compliant rules. In addition, the Republic of Cyprus is an excellent choice if you want to start a business or take advantage of lenient tax regulations in a white-listed, reputable country. Foreigners are allowed to acquire properties in both North and South Cyprus, but only with authorization (which is just a formality).

Larnaca and Paphos are the two major international airports in South Cyprus, while Ercan International Airport in Northern Cyprus serves as the main civilian airport. Flying to Larnaca or Paphos from most major UK airports takes slightly under five hours. Flights to Cyprus are available from a variety of airlines, including the low-cost EasyJet, and tickets are nearly always fairly priced (apart from during the school holidays, of course). There are currently no direct flights to the Ercan International Airport due to an international agreement that requires all planes to land in mainland Turkey before heading to North Cyprus.


Tourists can travel between North and South Cyprus while on a vacation trip. Anyone may cross the border between North and South Cyprus in both ways as long as they adhere to the current visa requirements. Citizens of the European Union are free to travel between the countries.

Non-EU citizens, including Britons, must adhere to the EU’s visa regulations for their country of residence. The good news is that British citizens do not need a visa to visit any EU nation and can remain for up to 90 days. So, you can cross the border easily in both ways, but only at specified crossing points, the most accessible of which are in Nicosia, the capital of both republics.

Border crossing is not difficult, however, you may have to wait in line at times, especially if you travel by car. If you are a resident of the Republic of Cyprus, you must get entry clearance at the checkpoint and insure your vehicle before entering North Cyprus especially if your car is registered in the Republic of Cyprus. The clearance is free and valid for up to 90 days; short-term car insurance may also be obtained on the spot.


Expats living on both sides of Cyprus routinely travel back and forth without a hitch. Once you have done it, you will realize how simple it is. In the South, shopping and entertainment options are in abundance and easily accessible, whilst in the North, nature and great historic monuments are more striking.

On both sides of the island, people are truly friendly and hospitable. You will get assistance on car rentals, organized tours, and holiday rentals from a reputable holiday property rental company operating in the Northern part of the isalnd.

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