Relocating to North Cyprus


Are you considering relocating to North Cyprus? If yes, the information provided in this article will help you towards actualising this dream.

What you need to know about relocating to North Cyprus…

If you plan on bringing everything with you to North Cyprus, you will need to hire an international shipping and removals company to assist you. Using an international removals company, you can easily import your usual household belongings to North Cyprus from any off-island location. If they are all over 12 months old, they are tax-free. If you are moving from south Cyprus, you can bring one car or a vanload of belongings.


You must be in North Cyprus to receive the items in person and should wait at least 6-8 weeks for delivery. Another option is to buy a completely furnished home and just ship or transport your most valuable personal belongings. That is unquestionably the less difficult alternative – assuming you can endure leaving your belongings behind.

Unless you are only carrying a few bags and moving into a North Cyprus furnished apartment or buying brand new furniture, the most common method of relocating to North Cyprus is to import your personal household items via a shipping company.

If you have chosen to import your furniture, you should contact a couple of the shipping companies to see what services they provide in your region. Euromed, Olaytrans, Britannia Movers, Aspin International, and Emel Shipping are all relevant companies. You can also utilize the numerous North Cyprus Forums to gather feedback from ex-pats who have recently used their services, as well as to check if there are any new services that have been recommended, as well as those that have received negative feedback.


If you are moving to North Cyprus from the United Kingdom, representatives from some companies will come to your home to check exactly what you want to ship and provide you with a customized quotation. The cost will be determined by how much space your belongings will take up in the 20 or 40-foot containers. It is occasionally possible to reserve a portion of a container that will be shared with another customer.

Some companies will come and pack your belongings for you (for a fee) and offer a complete door-to-door service; others will provide a door to (Famagusta) dock service.

The provider you have chosen should keep you updated on the progress and provide you with an estimated delivery time and date. The shortest time from the UK is likely to be a month, although two months is quite certain. Customs clearance might take 5-10 days from the time of arrival at the dock. X-raying of goods, any physical inspection, the amount of traffic at the port, and the imposition of any import tariffs or taxes can all affect the length of this period.

At the port, you would be needing a list of everything in the container (in English and Turkish), a letter from your village’s Muhktar (Mayor) verifying your residence (you may need a rental or sales agreement to get this), and an “in and out” letter from a major North Cyprus police station is also required (which gives details of your trips in and out of North Cyprus to date).

Once you have these, you need to take them to the customs office in Nicosia (Lefkoşa) to get them stamped and authorized. After that, you or a courier must deliver the completed papers to the Famagusta headquarters of your shipping agent.

Keep a list of everything you in both English and Turkish when you are packing. Use Google Translate if you don’t speak Turkish. This is because the customs person inspecting your items upon arrival in North Cyprus may not be able to communicate in English. When the container arrives at your home, it will be met by a local Turkish Cypriot customs official who will inspect it to ensure it contains what you claim it does.

Kindly note that many of the companies listed above may also help with relocations from many other countries around the world.



The process of importing a car to North Cyprus, according to experienced ex-pats, is probably not worth the effort. It will also not save you much money in most cases and is only worthwhile if you are unable to be separated from a particular car. Although second-hand or used cars are more expensive in North of Cyprus than in the UK (due to import taxes), it may be more cost-effective to shop around for a suitable second-hand car once “on the island.” Furthermore, because car rental in North Cyprus is rather inexpensive, a longer-term car hire may be a smart first option when you arrive.

You can drive on your home country’s license at first, but if you move to North Cyprus, you will need to apply for a North Cyprus license, which is an easy and affordable process.

The process of relocating to North Cyprus would be incomplete without the entire family coming along, which for many includes a canine or feline family member. North Cyprus is fortunate to have Kyrenia Animal Rescue, or KARS, which is administered by a devoted team of skilled volunteers. This organization not only rescues and cares for stray and unwanted animals in Kyrenia, but it has also established itself as the most professional ex-pat information center for cat and dog import and export to North Cyprus.


Please keep in mind that bringing an animal into North Cyprus from the south of the island is difficult (though not impossible), and North Cyprus is not a member of the EU. As a result, your pet will be unable to use the Pet Passport Travel Scheme (PETS). It is crucial to highlight that because North Cyprus is not a member of the European Union, animals cannot be brought in for short trips or vacations, but only as part of a long-term relocation.

You will very certainly come to North Cyprus for a visit or an inspection tour before deciding to make your new home there. It is strongly advised that you visit the KARS office in Karakum for a personal interview with KARS staff during your pre-relocation tour.

Another factor to consider while considering whether or not to bring your pet to North Cyprus is the sort of home you will need. Because the grounds and gardens are shared, many apartment complexes do not allow dogs. With a ground floor apartment or a villa on a private plot, you will have plenty of private outside space. After you have found the perfect property, you will need to start planning the import. The excellent KARS website has step-by-step guidance on pet importation.

Your pet must have a current ‘Pet Passport,’ with the Rabies vaccine completed no more than 30 days before arrival and the Serology Test completed no more than 12 months prior to entry. Vaccination requirements exist for both cats and dogs, and KARS has all of the details. A health check and a DEFRA Health Certificate are required 48 hours prior to export for pets. Although quarantine is no longer necessary, an import license will be required.

If the paperwork is in order, this will be issued in Lefkosa (Nicosia). KARS can assist you on how to organize this as well as the export process.


With the emergence of fantastic English education and increasingly sophisticated private health care in North Cyprus, ex-pat families with younger and elderly family members are becoming significantly more prevalent. The days of seniors being the only ex-pats migrating to North Cyprus are long gone. In North Cyprus, there are now facilities for family members of all ages to enjoy a full life.

The Necat British College in Alsancak (west of Kyrenia) and the English School of Kyrenia in Bellapais (East of Kyrenia) are the two main English schools in North Cyprus, both of which cater for pupils aged 3 to 18. These excellent schools have relatively low tuition fees, and they are currently attracting ex-pats to come to North Cyprus only for the excellent quality educational opportunities.

If you are looking to buy a new North Cyprus home with the intention of enrolling your children in one of the schools, it is recommended that you look for a property on the side of Kyrenia closest to the school. Live in Karakum, Dogankoy, Ozankoy, Catalkoy, or Bellapais for the ESK in Bellapais. Choose Alsancak, Karaolanolu’, Lapta, or Karsiyaka for the Necat School. Once your children have finished school, there are a rising number of English-speaking universities in Girne (Kyrenia), Lefkosa (Nicosia), and Famagusta to select from.


If you are a working-age couple with elderly relatives, you should consider bringing them to live with you in North Cyprus, since the Mediterranean environment is good for older people and tends to enhance their health. The most important factor at this time is health care, as there is no reciprocal free healthcare in North Cyprus if you are from the United Kingdom, for example.

North Cyprus, on the other hand, has outstanding and reasonably priced private dental and healthcare, with many people coming specifically for surgery, low-cost dental treatment, and other operations, and with all pharmacists and doctors/specialists speaking English. In addition, it is simple to obtain prescriptions for all drugs that may have been prescribed in the country of origin through the outstanding and economical North Cyprus pharmacies, and it is often possible to save money on prescription costs elsewhere.

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