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I'm sorry to say you were scammed, and the charge was not legitimate. While many airports charge departure tax/service charge, the majority of airports nowadays include this charge into the ticket price. There are still ones which do not, and charge the tax from passengers (their usual rationale is that some categories of passengers are tax exempt). I ...


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I'm not sure I qualify as a newcomer anymore, but I'll make up for it with my enthusiasm for karma whoring :) As Gayot Fow has already stated, the answers to your questions are: No No Yes To explain why, it boils down to the fact that as far as the EU and the international community is concerned, the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" (TRNC) does not ...


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The police can take action to prevent you from fleeing if you are suspected of a crime. With Cyprus being an island, taking your passport away is a simple way to keep anyone but the most determined criminal from leaving, without inconveniencing you too much. You will get your passport back, either when any misunderstanding is cleared up, or when you leave ...


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Legally speaking, no, you can't. The Republic of Cyprus's (ROC) position on this is clear: the Turkish occupation of the northern half of the island is illegal, and they do not recognize the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus's (TRNC) authority. Therefore, if you enter Cyprus via the TRNC, you are an illegal immigrant as far as the ROC is concerned and ...


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Cyprus, Greece and Turkey have all been using the same timezone, EET (Eastern European Timezone), which is UTC+2 (and UTC+3 at "summer", Daylight Saving). I guess what you have heard is related to the announcement of the Turkish government to stop the daylight saving changes and fix the country's timezone to UTC+3 (the EET's daylight saving timezone). From ...


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Here is my explanation of how the system worked when I traveled there in 2013. Some details may have changed but the broader picture has not. (This description makes use of the terms "North Cyprus" to refer to the predominantly Turkish speaking "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" nation-state that has limited international recognition and "Republic of ...


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It sounds like they're simply becoming more serious about it. If, if a non-EU citizen enters the TRNC and crosses over to the ROC, then, if leaving the island through a ROC airport, usually the TRNC stamp will merely be crossed out and replaced with a retroactive ROC entry stamp. However, formally a non-EU citizen entering the TRNC can be heavily penalised ...


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Traveling into Cyprus via Ercan Airport in Occupied Cyprus is against both Cypriot as well as EU law. It is not an approved port of entry into Cyprus. Getting your Passport stamped at Ercan Airport can cause issues for you when you reenter the European Union. The EU immigration folks might hastle you. If you travel to Cyprus via Larnaca Airport in the south,...


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It's been a while since I visited Cyprus. But I doubt things have gotten worse; There are only a few border crossings, but crossing the border is quite painless, though the setting might resemble crossing from East to West Berlin before German unification. Public transport, on both sides, was limited when I was there. It should be possible to take a rental ...


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Don't fly into Ercan Airport, because you will be breaking the law of an EU member nation-the Republic of Cyprus. It's a matter of ethics, not practicality. On top of it, flights into Ercan Airport are not controlled by the International FAA rules and procedures, so safety is a concern as well. Those airlines that do fly into Ercan routinely ignore Flight ...


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Your Pakistani passport suffices. Holders of every passport except the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Armenia can enter Northern Cyprus for up to 90 days without a Visa. Check the Visa Regulations for other requirements: Foreigners are required to have the following in their possessions at the port of entry to the TRNC: A valid passport £...


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Ok I can answer my question, as I did travel to North Cyprus via Ercan this weekend and came back last night :-). In the whole airport there are couple of benches, however they are not sleeping material, because of the following reasons: They are made of metals, and sleeping on them is obviously uncomfortable. These benches are in the arrival section of ...


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The TRNC does not require that your student visa be current, as long as you leave within 60 days of its expiry. You should be within this time frame if you leave by the end of November, as TRNC student permits are issued for a year's time frame which begins and ends on the last day of September, e.g. 30 Sept 2017 - 30 Sept 2018. According to the Turkey ...


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Apparently not: NOTE: The nationals of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Armenia are under obligation to apply in person to a TRNC Representative Office abroad to obtain a visa prior to traveling.


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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 ...


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Where are you from and what is your residence? If you have a passport, you should use it and put its number into the field "Passport Number". If you don't have a passport but you are allowed to travel around these two countries with an ID card from your country, you can put its number into the same field (if the number will pass the validation). As a ...


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I crossed that border a year ago in Nicosia. All I had to do is to show the passport. Not sure if they even have the stamps, as the north Cyprus is not admitted as an independent state by most of the countries (afaik, all except Turkey). You may ask for that, however, it is unlikely, that such things exist.


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The North Cypriot companies I've found allowing cross-border travel are Esentepe Brisk (what I ended up going for) Oscars and Baspinar. You buy an EU Cypriot insurance at the border for €25 lasting a month.


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We're on the island as we speak, and the Ledra street, Ledra Palace and Metehan crossings are indeed no longer equipped with stamps, only Ercan airport, the ferry terminals in Girne and Gazimagusa and (apparently) the Astomeritis crossing (don't know about the others) At the ferry terminals (well, at least Girne), stamps are automatically put in foreign (...


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Typically 62 linear inches is the allowance for a checked in bag and there is no way the box of 40" HDTV is under that. For example http://www.brandsmartusa.com/Samsung/184264/40+Class+Smart+1080P+LED+HDTV+With+Wi+Fi.htm this 40" HDTV is in a 90 linear inch box and that's typical. You will likely be charged an oversize baggage fee -- typically $100-$200. ...


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Just in case others are still looking at this question and answers - if you have any of the passports listed in answer 1 above, there is absolutely no problem at all flying into Ercan airport and then crossing to the ROC and back. I have an Australian passport and I have had a holiday home in TRNC for 8 years. I work in the Middle East, I regularly travel to ...


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The only legal way to fly into Cyprus is through Paphos (PFO) or Larnaca (LCA) international airports. If you want to visit KKTC (Turkish occupied part of Cyprus) you can use the crossovers in Nicosia, but don't fly into the Tymbou so called "Ercan" airport. It's an illegal port of entry and EU Immigration will likely hassle you when you return. It also be ...


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First I need to mention that I used to live in Cyprus. My suggestion is to fly to Cyrpus on Larnaca or Paphos airports. Visa is not required if you hold an American passport and plan to stay for less than 90 days. Crossing into Northern Cyprus is very easy. I used to cross from Nicosia (Leedra Street) on foot, however this is not the only crossing point. ...


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I use maps.me (https://maps.me/) for all places where I don't have mobile connection or can't afford it :-). Openstreetmap data is used for the maps. Those are updated often.


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VISA Regulations - Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus 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 ...


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According to Booking.com, the closest hotel to Ercan airport is 8.5 km away, but that's in Nicosia across the border, which is probably quite inconvenient. The closest hotels in Northern Cyprus are located in Kyrenia, which is 40 km by car. A one-way transfer by taxi would cost $40 and it doesn't appear that there is any public transportation available.


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The official page of the airport does not mention any hotel/sleeping facility. Moreover, the Sleepinginairports page for Ercan contains two reviews, one, dating 2003, mentioning uncomfortable metal, albeit armrest-free, seats on which it is indeed possible to sleep without lying down due to a small number of them: even though all seats were metal ones, ...


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If someone would like to visit Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus then you must fly to Turkey in the first of all and then you must take your transfer flight to Northern Cyprus,Ercan Airport.At the border of Turkish Republic of N.C,they will stamp your passport. If you've EU passport or USA or any visa-free country for EU then there will be no problem when ...


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No, you do not need a visa for Northern Cyprus. In addition, if your journey is on a single ticket (such as with Turkish Airlines or Pegasus), you also do not need a visa for Turkey.


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At the Ledra Street pedestrian crossing in Nicosia in August 2015, you weren't even stopped for checks, with locals casually walking through the checkpoint. In fact the North Cypriot officers were bamboozled at me voluntarily walking up to the booth and presenting my ID card (as I wanted my entry into a non-EU country to be recorded).


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