North Cyprus Guide

North Cyprus Information

What are the advantages of buying a property in Northern Cyprus compared to other Mediterranean countries and South Cyprus?

Northern Cyprus is one of the most easy going countries in the world. Many business matters are done based only on trust. Unlike other countries – bureaucracy is not common here. A foreigner can very easily buy a property and get a residency permit. The prices of properties in North Cyprus are not as high as in most other Mediterranean countries. The banking system is completely confidential. Furthermore – the island has one of the lowest crime rates in the region. Safety and quality of life in North Cyprus are some of the biggest advantages here.

How to acquire a visa to Northern Cyprus?

Northern Cyprus has a visa-free entrance policy for almost any country in the world. Have in mind that if you wish to stay for more than 90 days, you will need to acquire a residency permit or work permit (if you plan to work). The procedures of getting those permits are quite simplified and usually do not take more than a month time.

How to get to Northern Cyprus?

You can come either from Istanbul (also from Ankara, Izmir, Antalaya and most other big Turkish cities) or Larnaca (in South Cyprus) via airplane. Ferryboats are also available from Tasucu or Alanya (Turkey), which go directly to Kyrenia (Girne) port.

What currency is accepted for treatment in North Cyprus?

Turkish lira is the official currency of Northern Cyprus. However, you can also pay in any store or institution with British Pounds, Euro or American Dollars as per the daily exchange rates.

As a foreigner, can I easily open a bank account in Northern Cyprus?

Foreigners can open bank accounts in the same way as locals. All you will need is your passport and a proof of address – in most cases, this will be your contract for buying a property or your rental agreement with your landlord. Opening a bank account in Northern Cyprus has some good advantages. Your deposits and banking operations are under 100% secrecy, since Northern Cyprus does not disclose any banking information to other countries. There is no limit on the amount of transactions and no tax on deposit.

What is the official language of Northern Cyprus?

The official language in Northern Cyprus is Turkish. However, since it is a tourist country with a huge population of foreigners – English is also widely spoken almost everywhere (shops, hotels, government institutions, etc).

What is a donum and what is the actual size of a donum

Donum is the area measurement unit used in North Cyprus. It is used for the measurement of land. One donum is equal to 1,338 square meters.

Can I buy a property in Northern Cyprus without visiting the country?

This is allowed and absolutely legal. All that needs to be done from your end is to sign a power of attorney for your lawyer, who will represent you in all business matters. However, it is recommended that you first visit and personally inspect the property. In this way, you will be absolutely sure that you like your new property.

What are the advantages of using a real estate agency such as Winvest

A real estate agency has a much better understanding of the property standards and buying procedures in Northern Cyprus and have huge selections of properties. Real estate agencies are very helpful with the property selection and list only verified properties on their databases. In most cases, real estate agencies and consultants also provide legal assistance when needed.

What can Winvest do for me?

We provide full assistance during every step of the purchase. We will assist you during the inspection and selection of your dream home and guide you through the purchasing process. We have a huge database of properties, suitable for any type of customer and multilingual, well trained agents, willing to answer any of your questions.

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