Banking Hours for the Public: Commercial banks in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus are of two kinds. There are banks which are branches of large organizations based in Turkey, and those which have branches only in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Transactions can be carried out in all leading currencies. The Central Bank of Northern Cyprus is responsible for the monetary, credit, and exchange policy, and acts as bankers to the government. Transaction hours are between 08:30am.-2pm. during summer. Also open from 3pm.-6pm. on Mondays and 08:30am.-5pm. during winter.
Cost of Living: Compared with most countries in Western Europe, the cost of living in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is low. Locally produced products or those produced in Turkey are generally cheaper than those grown or produced in Europe.
Security: Gazimağusa Police Headquarters is at the service of the community 24 hours a day.
Health Services: Gazimağusa State Hospital and Private Hospitals are open with their Emergency Services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Transportation Airlines: There are two airlines which şy to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. These airlines provide regular daily sights, via Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Adana and Antalya Airports in Turkey to Ercan Airport. The right lasts 70-75 min. from Istanbul or Izmir, 50 min. from Ankara, and 30 min. from Adana or Antalya. For information about timetables, prices and reservations, please contact the numbers below:
Airport: The only international airport, Ercan State Airport, is near Lefkoşa, the capital of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. It is only a 40 min. drive to Gazimağusa.
Boats (Ferries): There are regular ferry services from Girne and Gazimağusa to towns on the southern coast of Turkey, namely Mersin, Antalya and via Mersin to Syria, Lebanon and Israel.
Driving: Driving in North Cyprus is the most advisable form of transport as there are infrequent bus services to many of the more remote areas of the country, and bus services cease to operate after 5pm. The two-lane road connecting Gazimağusa to Lefkoşa and then to Girne gives drivers ease in driving, and the roads between major towns and villages are reasonably good; however, care should be taken especially in wet weather.
Car Rental: This service is available in all major towns and some hotels. A British or international driver’s license is required. Rental cars have red number plates.