In Northern Cyprus there are tourist information centers located in Kyrenia, Nicosia and Famagusta. Tour guides, hotel receptionists, taxi drivers as well as the locals are also a good source of information.
North Nicosia Tourist Office
Tel.: +90-392-228 9629
Kyrenia Tourist Office
Tel.: +90-392-815 2145
Famagusta Tourist Office
Tel.: +90-392-366 2864
The clocks do not change for daylight saving in North Cyprus and as such is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT/UTC), and seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST) in the summer Months and 3 Hours ahead in the winter months.
Predominant language of Northern Cyprus is Turkish. However, in Cyprus, a former British colony, English is widely spoken and understood. As a second language it is taught at every school in North Cyprus. Here are some hints for English - Turkish conversation:
Hello - Merhaba
Goog morning - Günaydin
Good afternoon - Iyi aksamlar
Good evening - Iyi geceler
Good bye - Güle Güle (bay bay)
How are you? - Nasilsiniz?
Welcome Hos geldiniz
Thank you - Tesekür ederim
The outgoing postal system is reliable. Incoming mail must be suffixed Mersin 10, Turkey and not Northern Cyprus!. Stamps can be bought from post offices, many small shops and hotel receptions. Mail sent to Europe should arrive in seven days. You can take mail to the post office or alternatively there are small yellow post boxes, but these are not frequently emptied. Many hotels will also post your mail if you leave it at reception.
Voltage in North Cyprus is 220/240 volts AC, supplied at 50 Hz. Standard British rectangular 3-pinned plugs at 5 amp or 13 amp are used, but also exist some 2-pinned plugs. There are widely available in the stores, supermarkets, grocery shops and electricians, or provided by holiday hotel itself. In Northern Cyprus power cuts occur quite often. Larger hotels, companies and holiday villages operate with their own generators. A torch is therefore useful to bring. Not many accommodations have a shaver point, so it is better to take wet razors.
Public holidays in North Cyprus
January 1 - New Year's Day
April 23 - Turkish National Sovereignty and Children's Day
May 1 - Labour Day
May 19 - AtatÃ¼rk Commemoration and Youth & Sports Day
July 20 - Turkish Intervention, Peace and Freedom Day
August 1 - Establishment date of T.M.T (Social Resistance Day)
August 30 - Zafer Bayram (Victory Day)
October 29 - Turkish Republic Day
November 15 - Republic Day of T. R. N. C.
*Please note that among public holidays in the TRNC are the two Muslim religious holidays (Seker Bayram and Kurban Bayram) are not celebrated on exact days, they are timed due to local sightings of various phases of the moon.