According to the foreign ministry of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, EU citizens are able to enter Northern Cyprus using their identity cards. However at the bottom it says that to enter Northern Cyprus foreigners are required to possess a valid passport. Am I as an EU citizen able to enter Northern Cyprus with only an id card? If I am, is the procedure different compared to if I have a passport?
Nationals of any country (as revealed to me by the police at Ercan Airport - the MFA website is completely incorrect in other words), can use ID cards (if written in the Latin alphabet) for short-term visits. For citizens of Turkey, EU states, Australia and USA, passports/IDs must be valid for 2 months on entry, for other foreigners 6 months.
So yes, you're all good. If flying, you can transit Turkey without clearing the border, but many ground handling staff don't understand this, so if flying, make sure to email the handling company at the departure airport to clear it up in advance.
You will not face any problems entering the ROC if having flown into the TRNC - as an EU citizen the ROC authorities cannot touch you.
For the citizens of the European Union:
- A valid EU passport or national identity card is required
Yes, the or makes this clear enough.
The usage later of A valid passport is just inprecisly written.
Beware that the Republic of Cyprus requires you to enter the island at a proper port of entry:
Presently, it is possible for foreign tourists who visit the government-controlled area of the Republic of Cyprus, to cross to the occupied areas through the 7 crossing points, at their own risk as the area is not under the effective control of the Republic of Cyprus. List of ownership status of hotels and other accommodation facilities in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus, it can be found here.
Travelers entering the Republic of Cyprus via the illegal / closed airports and ports (i.e. all the airports and ports in the occupied areas), are in breach of the international law of the Republic of Cyprus. Therefore, you are urged to travel via the recognized ports of entry, so as to avoid any possible problems (provided that a visa has been granted to you). The legal ports of entry into the Republic of Cyprus are the airports of Larnaca and Paphos and the ports of Larnaca, Limassol, Latsi and Paphos, which are situated in the area under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus. Any entry into the territory of the Republic of Cyprus via any other port or airport in the area of Cyprus in which the Government of the Republic does not exercise effective control (Turkish occupied area) is illegal”.
Since Cyprus is a member of the European Union, entry with a national identity card for EU citizens is not a problem.