GOING TO NORTH CYPRUS - BEFORE TRAVEL INFO

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

EU citizens can travel to Greece with an ID from their country of origin.

Citizens of countries outside EU are required to have a passport with them.

Visas are required for stays longer than 90 days from most non-EU countries (UK, Canada, New-Zealand, Australia, USA,…). You can find specific information regarding visas on the websites of your country’s consulate or embassy in Greece.

COVID - 19 INFO

Latest and updated information is available on the official website of the Greek government: travel.gov.gr/#/

VACCINATION

No specific vaccination is required to enter North Cyprus.

SAFETY

Rhodes, unlike big cities like Athens and Thessaloniki, is a safe destination.

Criminality is almost non-existent, but that doesn’t mean it can not happen. The most touristic places on the island (Lindos, the Old Town) may require to pay more attention.

Do not leave your belongings  unattended.

In a restaurant or café always check the prices and the quantities. Some people have ordered a beer and were served a 5 l beer they had to pay because they were not specific enough and some places like to use this to their advantage.

TIME

The time zone in North Cyprus is GMT +2. When it is 09:00 AM in London, it is 11:00 AM in North Cyprus.

CURRENCY

The currency used in North Cyprus is Turkish lira, but euros or pounds sterling (usually notes, not coins) are also accepted. You will get your change in Turkish lira, so you will gather some local currency soon. Most shops accept cards. 

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

There are two networks which are  KKTCELL (operated by Turkcell) and KKTC Telsim (operated by Vodafone) in N. Cyprus. As N. Cyprus is not considered in the EU there is roaming for all the EU countries. It is always cheaper to buy a local SIM card and use it while you are on your holiday in N. Cyprus. You can always buy a package from the markets, cafes and even from the kiosks. If you do not want to buy one and stick to your own SIM card, you can use your phone where there is wi-fi and keep  the flight mode on unless you have a special package from your home country.

CUSTOMS

For passengers arriving from the EU aged 17 and older, they are allowed:

800 cigarettes/400 cigarillos/200 cigars/1 kg of tobacco

10 l of spirits over 22%/ 20 l of spirits under 22%/ 90 l of wine/ 60 l of sparkling wine / 110 l of beer.

For passengers arriving from outside the EU:

200 cigarettes/100 cigarillos (max 3g each)/50 cigars/250g tobacco, 1 l of spirit over 22%/ 2 l of spirits under 22% or spirits made of wine/ 4 l of wine/ 16 liters of beer. For more detailed information, please refer to the IATA website: iatatravelcenter.com

WHAT IS NOT ALLOWED TO EXPORT

It is absolutely forbidden to remove antiquities and art objects from Greece, unless a special permit issued by the Ministry of Culture is provided.

For transport of pets, the carrier must be informed, and animals are subjected to European Regulations. More information is available on the website of Ministry of Rural  Development and Food: http://www.minagric.gr/index.php/en/citizen-menu/pets-menu

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

The official language in Rhodes is Greek. Because of the high numbers of foreign visitors, most locals are fluent in English and one or more other language such as German, French, Italian…

TRAVEL FIRST AID

Rhodes has a lot of mosquitoes that become active at night when there is no wind. Having an after-bite gel or some kind of protection is therefore recommended. It is of course possible to buy one in destination.

Most medicaments for minor issues are available in pharmacies without prescription: Paracetamol for fevers, painkillers, digestion issues, etc…

MEDICAL CARE

There are several medical facilities on the island. There is one public hospital for emergencies on the west coast, one clinic in town (Krito), and a private medical center on the main road (Euromedica, Rhodou-Lindou).

Local public health centers are also available in Archangelos and Gennadi.

Most practitioners speak English.

For EU citizens it is recommended to carry EU medical insurance card with you.

For others, always have a copy of your travel and/or medical insurance with you in case of emergency.

WATER

Water is potent in most places on the island.

You can use both tap or bottled water.

If you are staying in the South (LINDOS, KIOTARI, PEFKOS,…) it is advisable to use bottled water.

In summer months, due to the high demand, the pressure of water is sometimes very low when you have a shower, and some water cuts may happen.

TOILET PAPER

Toilet paper shouldn’t be thrown in the toilets but in a bin next to it.

ELECTRICAL SOCKETS

The electrical sockets in Greece are F type, 230V and 50Hz.

If you are coming from the UK where sockets are type G, you need an adaptor.

Most European countries also use type F sockets.

SOUVENIRS

Some typical souvenirs you can bring back from Rhodes include ceramics, olive oil, olives, honey, Melekouni (local sweet made from honey and sesame), …

Few shops in the Old Town offer locally made products from Rhodes like leather shoes, T-shirts, notebooks,…

For local specialties, the women association of Apollona APOLLONIATISSES offer typical Rhodian sweets like Melekouni, glyko tou koutaliou, etc.

GPS 36.4253356, 28.2119143

Savvas Ceramics in Kalathos (before Lindos) offers handmade and handpainted Rhodian ceramics of all sizes and shapes to bring back home.

GPS 36.1406151, 28.0622847

OTHER USEFUL INFO

Tipping is not mandatory when going to the restaurant or taking a taxi.

Local phone numbers start with the code 0030.

Supermarkets are almost all closed on Sundays (some open on Sunday morning only).

Shops and restaurants are either open all day during summer, or with a break in the afternoon (14-17).

There are public silence hours between 15:30 and 17:00 (meaning that your neighbor is not allowed to use his chainsaw during siesta time).

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