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Living in North Cyprus

Job Opportunity in Northern Cyprus

More and more young people and families move to North Cyprus. In practice it is possible to move to Northern Cyprus before either securing a job or a work permit. In terms of the work available - because of the boom in property development in North Cyprus there are specialist jobs available in the construction industry from civil engineers to plumbers and electricians.  Vacancies for estate agents often come up as well in TRNC. Furthermore as the number and size of schools in Northern Cyprus grows so the demand for internationally qualified teachers intensifies.  There are also vacancies arising in the tourism industry of Northern Cyprus from travel reps to bar and waiting staff for example.

Opening Hours in North Cyprus

In Northern Cyprus, there are different business hours in summer and winter. North Cyprus post offices, banks etc. are open from Monday to Friday (except public holidays) in summer: Monday: 07:30-14:00 and 15:30-18:00
Tuesday-Friday: 07:30-14:00.
In winter: Monday-Friday, 08:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00.

Passport and visa in TRNC

Northern Cyprus is encouraging a policy of attracting foreigners to come and live and work. The citizens of European Union nations, Turkey, USA, Canada, Mexico, Malta, Japan, Switzerland, Norway, Israel, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Australia and New Zealand do not require visa. For further information about North Cyprus and regarding visa requirements, please contact the nearest North Cyprus Embassy or Representative Office abroad. When you arrive in North Cyprus, you are issued with a 3 month tourist visa. After that you must apply for a residence permit in North Cyprus. Temporary residency permits are issued from the local North Cyprus police station. This is a simple procedure involving the completion of a form and supply four passport sized photographs. This permit is renewed annually. A Full residency permit will not be issued until the person has lived in Northern Cyprus for five years.

North Cyprus Postal System

The outgoing postal system in Northern Cyprus is reliable. Incoming mail must be suffixed "Mersin-10, Turkey" and not "Northern Cyprus". The history of the postal service in Northern Cyprus will definitely be of interest to all philatelists.

Standard U.K. three pin plugs are widely used in all hotels and houses located in Northern Cyprus and the voltage is 220/240 volts.

With respect to GMT, Northern Cyprus is always two hours ahead.


1 January New Year's Day

23 April National Sovereignty and Children's Day

1 May Worker's Day and Spring Day

19 May Youth and Sports Day

20 July Peace and Freedom Day

1 August Communal Resistance Day

30 August Victory Day

29 October Turkish Republic Day

15 November Northern Cyprus Day

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