A. Travel Documents & Visas

Travel Documents & Visas

Please make sure that you have all the documents/personal needs/subsistence allowance prior to your departure for Kyrenia, North Cyprus.  These should include:

  • Roundtrip ticket (itineraries confirmed);
  • Valid passport with a validity period of at least six months beyond the time of stay allowed in North Cyprus and visa stamped to enter North Cyprus (if needed);
  • Official letter of invitation from TRNC Development Bank
  • Program of activities;
  • Personal medicines; and,
  • Personal travel accident insurance

Foreign nationals must be in possession of a current passport or other internationally recognized travel document.  They must be endorsed for traveling to North Cyprus and have a period of validity of at least six months beyond the time of stay allowed in Kyrenia.

Foreign nationals who require a visa to enter North Cyprus must apply and obtain a visa in advance at Turkish Embassy in your respective country before entering North Cyprus.

A few countries may however be exempted from having a pre-arranged visa to visit North Cyprus , and a few countries are granted visa on arrival.  It is requested that you may like to visit the following links  for getting the relevant information :

www.mfa.gov.tr/visa-information-for-foreigners.en.mfa

http://mfa.gov.ct.tr/consular-info/visa-regulations/

For the citizens of the Republic of Turkey traveling to TRNC:
A valid passport or identity card is required.

For the citizens of the European Union:
A valid EU passport or national identity card is required

For the third country nationals:
A valid passport is required.

Visa regulations apply to crossings from South Cyprus.

 

NOTE:The nationals of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Armenia are under obligation to apply in person to a TRNC Representative Office abroad to obtain a visa prior to traveling.

Regarding the visa applications:

It is recommended to make visa applications at least one month in advance of the intended travel date if possible. It is recommended to have a passport valid for at least 6 months on the date of visa application.

Foreigners are required to have the following in their possessions at the port of entry to the TRNC:

  • A valid passport
  • £85 (Sterling Pounds) or equivalent per day the visitor intends to stay
  • Round trip ticket
  • Proof of confirmed hotel reservation
  • For visiting family or friends, a letter of invitation which provides name, address, phone number and other contact information in full
  • If traveling on a business trip, an official letter of invitation from a company in the TRNC

NOTE: TRNC Immigration Police Officer at the ports of entry is authorized to issue a maximum of 90 days to enter and stay if the responses to his/her questions are satisfactory. The visitors who intend to stay longer than the permitted period should apply before the visa expiry date to the Immigration Department of the Police Headquarters for an extension. Visitors who stay longer than the expiry date without an extension of stay will be given a notice of “visa penalty” fine at the port of departure. The fine will be paid by the visitor at the re-entry to the TRNC.

In case there is a need for consultation and coordination related to consular matters ,you can contact the Consular Affairs Department for assistance.

Between 09:00-15:00 hours during week days you can reach to telephone number: + 90 (392) 2270569

E-mail: info@mfa.gov.ct.tr
Web: http://www.mfa.gov.ct.tr

Office Hours
Monday- Tuesday – Wednesday – Friday :08:00-12:30 / 13:00-16:15
Thursday :08:00-12:30 / 13:00-17:30

B. Arrival Information

Arrival Information

All arrival/departure details need to be communicated to the following Officers :

ADFIAP Secretariat c/o Mr. Enrique I. Florencio via email: eflorencio@adfiap.org; and,

TRNC Development Bank c/o Ms. Ozlem Barutcu  via email: ozlem.barutcu@kktckb.org   with cc to  inquiries@adfiap.org.

All International Flights arrive at Atatürk International Airport or Ankara Esenboğa . After a short touch down, you will take another flight to International Ercan Airport , The flight from İstanbul/Ankara to Ercan will take 1 ½ hour.

Suitable arrangements will be made to Welcome and Receive the Delegates on arrival.

C. Departure Arrangements

Departure Arrangements

All delegates/accompanying persons are requested to reconfirm their flights with the Secretariat team and should be ready at the hotel lobby 3 hours prior to their flight departure time.

All delegates/accompanying persons will be brought to the airport for their respective departures through transport facilities arranged by the host. The Secretariat team will issue a circular notice informing delegates on what time they need to be at the hotel lobby prior to their respective flight departures.

D. Location Map

KYRENIA

Kyrenia has a Mediterranean climate with long, dry and hot summers and cool winters with mixed weather of sunny spells and rain.   The Mediterranean climate is usually characterized by rainy winters and dry, warm to hot summers.  Temperature in Kyrenia during October 23-25, 2018 would range between 170 C (low) to 270C (high).  Mornings and evenings are expected to be cold.

E. Weather Conditions

Kyrenia has a Mediterranean climate with long, dry and hot summers and cool winters with mixed weather of sunny spells and rain.   The Mediterranean climate is usually characterized by rainy winters and dry, warm to hot summers.  Temperature in Kyrenia during October 23-25, 2018 would range between 170 C (low) to 270C (high).  Mornings and evenings are expected to be cold.

F. Hotel Accommodation

Name of hotel : Acapulco Resort Convention SPA Hotel

Address : Çatalköy, Kyrenia, Turkish Republic of Northern, Cyprus

Phone : +90 392 650 45 00, +90 392 444 68 35, +90 392 824 41 10, +90 392 824 44 49

Fax  : +90 392 824 44 55

WhatsApp / Viber : +90 533 850 45 00 (10:00-19:00)

E-Mail : reservations@acapulco.com.tr, live@acapulco.com.tr

Website : http://www.acapulco.com.tr

G. Dress Code

Dress Code:

Business attire would be most appropriate for all the meetings held at the Acapulco Beach Club & Resort Hotel, .

The dress code of the Welcome Dinner and the Closing Dinner would be business attire or national dress.

Fellowship Day Dress Code would be comfortable attire.

What to Bring for the Fellowship Day:

Walking shoes, hat, sunglasses and sunblock cream.  You may wish to bring handy-cam or camera to capture all the breathtaking images during the various tours that the host bank, TRNC Development Bank, has organized.

H. Conference Fee

Conference Fee
Attendance to the CEO Forum is free of change for ADFIAP members.

I. Hotel Accommodation/Travel Costs

Hotel Accommodation/Travel Costs

The delegates will be booked at the Acapulco Resort Convention SPA Hotel. Hotel accommodation and travel costs will be borne by the delegates.

J. Host Institution

Host Institution:

TRNC Development Bank

Şehit Mustafa Hüseyin Str. Yenişehir Nicosia 99010 North Cyprus Mersin 10 Turkey

Contact Person:

Ms. Ozlem Barutcu

Representative of SP & QM Unit

Telephone # : +90 392 228 8440 Ext. 1218

Fax # : +90 392 610 1040

Email Address: ozlem.barutcu@kktckb.org, ozlembarutcu@yahoo.com

Mobile # : +90 542 855 82 70

Website : www.kktckb.org, www.ceoform2018northcyprus.com

K. Co-Organizer

Co-Organizer:

Association of Development Financing Institutions

in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP)

2nd Floor, Skyland Plaza, Senator Gil Puyat Avenue

Makati City 1200, Philippines

Telephone #: +63-2  816 1672/843 0932

Fax # : +63-2  817 6498

Contact Person:

Mr. Enrique I. Florencio
Executive, Membership & Knowledge Management

E-mail :  eflorencio@adfiap.org

Mobile #: +63 9328879975

Website :  www.adfiap.org

L. Registration

Delegates are requested to register on Monday, October 22, 10 am to 6 pm at Lobby Level,  Hotel Acapulco Beach Club & Resort Hotel. They may claim their conference bags at this registration area.  The Registration Desk will be moved to the conference centre on Tuesday, October 23.

M. Accompanying Persons Programme

Accompanying Persons Programme

Accompanying persons are invited to join the following activities:

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

–  Tour/Shopping (details to follow)
–  Welcome Dinner/Awards Night

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

–  Tour/Shopping (details to follow)
–  Farewell/Gala Dinner/Gift Exchange

Thursday, October 25, 2018

–  Fellowship Day: Tourism Sites

N. General Information

TURKISH  REPUBLIC OF NORTHERN CYPRUS

Type of Government: Parliamentary Democracy
Established on: 15.11.1983
President of the Republic: Mustafa AKINCI
Colors of the Flag: White and Red
Capital city: Lefkosa (Nicosia)
Currency: Turkish Lira
Neighboring Countries: South Cyprus, Turkey , Syria , Lebanon, Israel , Egypt.
Area: 3,355km2
Population: De-Facto: 295,000
Religion: % 99 Muslim, % 1 Others

The first inhabitants of  Cyprus are thought to have migrated to the island from the lands now called Anatolia, Syria and Palestine between the years 7000-6500 BC. The mountains of these countries can be seen from the island on clear days.

The name of Cyprus, which is the most important island in the Eastern Mediterranean, came from the rich cooper mines that were first used in the Bronze age. Its location  and natural resources such as olives, cereals and grapes made Cyprus a very important trading center. Because of these, many ancient civilizations tried to capture it and those which managed, each left behind a piece of their own important cultural heritage and made the island a center of attraction. The Egyptians, Assyrians, Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines, Lusignans, Venetians and Ottomans were the most important ancient civilizations which ruled the island.

Cyprus, with its natural beauties and historical richness remains a center of attraction for many people to this day.

The Chronological Calendar of Cyprus History
B.C 1450 – 700 Old Egypt Domination
B.C  700 –  545   Assyrian Domination
B.C  545 –  345 Persian Domination
B.C  345 –  290 Old Greek (Helen) Domination
B.C  290 –   58 Ptolemik King Domination
B.C   58 – A.D 395 Roman Domination
395 -1190  Byzantine Domination
1190 – 1191 English Domination
1191 – 1489 Lusignan Domination
1489 – 1570  Venetian Domination
1570 – 1878   Ottoman Period
1878 – 1960 British Administration
1960 – 1963 Cyprus Republic
1963 – 1974  Autonomous Turkish Administration/Greek Administration
1974 Cyprus Peace Operation
1974 – 1983 Turkish Federated State of Cyprus
1983 Turkish Republic Of  Northern Cyprus

MAJOR TOWNS
The capital of TRNC is Lefkosa (Nicosia), which has a population of approximately 35,000 where the main administration and business centers are located. Other major towns include: Gazimagusa (Famagusta) which is a flourishing tourist, industrial and commercial center, as well as being the country’s principle port, Girne (Kyrenia) a town of touristic importance with a wonderful yachts harbor and Guzelyurt (Morphou) and Lefke which are known for citrus trees.

LANGUAGE
Although Turkish is the official language, English is also widely used and understood. Many hotels employ German speaking personnel. Some of the hotels have Arabic or French speaking personnel, too.

TIME
Local time is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) however, from April to September; the local time is three hours ahead of GMT.
For the rest of the year the time difference is two hours.

HEALTH AND MEDICAL CARE
Helped by  a  mild climate, health conditions and medical facilities are good. Emergency medical treatment at State Hospitals in all towns, are free for visitors.
The country is free from infectious diseases.

HOSPITALS
There are state hospitals in all major towns. There are also clinics in smaller towns and some villages. There are many private hospitals as well.

 

BANKS AND CURRENCY
In TRNC, numerous Turkish and Turkish Cypriot banks operate and they are open from Monday to Friday (except public holidays) between 08.00-12.00/14.00-16.00 hours.

Turkish lira is used as the local currency. There is no restriction for the import of foreign currency into Northern Cyprus; however, the export of currency is restricted to US-dollars 3000, or the equivalent in other currencies.

Exchanging all the currencies is possible in banks, exchange offices and in hotels.
Visa card, credit card, master and Euro cards, checks etc. can be used in place of cash.

SHOPPING IN NORTH CYPRUS
There is a wide selection of consumer goods and services in North Cyprus. Turkish Lira (TL) is the official currency of North Cyprus. Exchanging most of the currencies are possible in foreign exchange offices and banks. Credit card, visa card, master card and checks can be used in place of cash.

DUTY-FREE REGULATIONS
North Cyprus customs officials are relaxed about items for personal use such as laptops, iPods, musical instruments etc.

Each adult is permitted to bring 400 cigarettes, 500gr tobacco or 50 cigars, 1 liter of wine or spirits and up to 100cl of perfume. Duty-free shops can be found at Ercan Airport and the ports at Girne and Gazimagusa.

North Cyprus Controlled items:

The following items are controlled items and cannot be exported, nor imported

Controlled drugs (any kind)

Firearms and munitions (including fireworks)

Antiquities

Archaeological goods

Wild animals

Please take care not to attempt to export antiquities or archaeological goods from Northern Cyprus. There are heavy fines and the threat of jail for removing such items.

TAX FREE SHOPPING IN NORTH CYPRUS
North Cyprus introduced the Tax Free system which is the return of taxes paid by foreign shoppers on the way out of country at all points of exit from the North Cyprus.

To benefit from tax free shopping  in North Cyprus, ask for the Special Tax Invoice from stores where you see the “Tax Free Shopping” sign. Apply to customs and tax refund offices found at all North Cyprus departure points. Refunds are made in the form of cash or are made payable to credit card accounts. Please note; the number of special tax invoices submitted is irrelevant however, total invoice value must be at least 200 TL for a refund.

REGULATION FOR CROSSING THE GREEN LINE
The Green Line Regulation (EC No 866/2004 of 29.4.2004) regulates the crossing of persons, goods and services from North Cyprus to South Cyprus. According to the Green Line Regulation people can cross from North Cyprus to South Cyprus with:
Goods purchased in North Cyprus for personal use of a total value of 135 EUR per person (they are exempt from turnover tax and excise duty),
Additionally, 1 liter of spirits purchased in North Cyprus for personal consumption (it is exempt from turnover tax and excise duty),
Additionally, 40 cigarettes purchased in North Cyprus for personal consumption (they are exempt from turnover tax and excise duty),

TELECOMMUNICATIONS
International subscriber dialing is possible. Telephone calls can be made from telecommunication offices, kiosks and at the hotels. Also there are 2 GSM operators that have roaming agreement with different GSM operators from different countries.

 

TELEPHONE
The code for the UK is 00 44 followed by the local number but omitting the first number (0). From abroad the code is 00 90 392 followed by the local Cypriot number. Public telephone booths are available and telephone cards can be purchased from the Telecommunications Office.

GSM OPERATORS
KKTC Telsim    0542
KKTC Turkcell 0533

POSTAL SERVICES
The postal service in Northern Cyprus is reasonably fast and efficient. Please remember that because of the isolations, in order  to receive mail from abroad, letters must be addressed ‘Mersin 10 – Turkey’.

ELECTRIC CURRENT VOLTAGE
Power is supplied at 240 volts and wall fittings are generally the U.K. three-pin type.

TRAFFIC INFORMATION
Traffic flows on the left lane. Traffic signs are international. The conditions of roads are very good.

Cars entering TRNC must have a valid insurance certificate. For a tourist driver a valid national or international driving license is accepted.

TRANSPORTATION
Visitors can get to TRNC by air or by sea. International Ercan  Airport is 7 miles (12 km s) east of Lefkosa, which enables flights of Turkish Airlines etc.

There are several ferry-boats of different lines operating between ports of  Girne and Famagusta in Northern Cyprus and ports of Mersin and Antalya in Southern Turkey.

For local transportation apart from taxis and private hire cars, there are daily bus services between the towns.

CLIMATE, TEMPERATURE, WEATHER & CLOTHING
Cyprus enjoys an intense Mediterranean climate, with long dry summers from mid-May to mid-October and with mild winters from December to February, which are separated by short autumn and spring seasons. Summer is the season of high temperatures with cloudless skies, but the sea breezes create a pleasant atmosphere in the coastal areas. Winters are mild with some rain, but even in January (usually the coolest month) there are generally six hours of bright sunshine during the day. During the summer months very light clothing is all that you will need. In spring and autumn daytime temperatures are generally warm enough for light summer clothing, but in the evenings, one might feel the need for a light jacket or pullover. In winter, you should be prepared for all kinds of weather that a European spring may bring. It is advisable to pack a light jacket and pullovers, although you may not need them during the day.

WEIGHT & MEASURES METRIC CONVERSION
The conversion to metric measurements took place some years ago. However it is still possible to talk in terms of inches, miles etc. The traditional Cypriot measurements of “oke” can still be used to buy meat and vegetables. One oke is equal to 1.23 kg.

ELECTRIC CURRENT VOLTAGE

Power is supplied at 240 volts and wall fittings are generally the U.K. three-pin type.

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
1 January – New Year Day, 23 April – Children’s Day, 1 May – Labor Day, 19 May – Youth and Sports Day, 20 July – Peace and Freedom Day, 30 August – Victory Day, 29 October – Turkish Republic Day, 15 November – Northern Cyprus Republic Day. There are also several religious holidays or “Bayrams” dates of which, like the Christian festival of Easter, change every year.

OFFICE HOURS
Winter
Monday-Friday:  8.00-12.30/13.00-16.15

Thursday  :  8.00-12.30/13.00-17.30

Summer

Monday -Friday  : 7.30 -14:00
Thursday  : 7.30 -12.30  /13.00-17.00

USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Town                                    Police Station                      Hospital
Lefkosa                             (+90 392 ) 2283311                   (+90 392 ) 2285441
Gazimagusa                    (+90 392 ) 3665310                   (+90 392 ) 3662876
Girne                                 (+90 392 ) 8152125                   (+90 392 ) 8152254
Güzelyurt                          (+90 392 ) 7142140                   (+90 392 ) 7142125
Lefke                                  (+90 392 ) 7287256                   (+90 392 ) 7287757
Ercan                                 (+90 392 ) 2314650                               ———-
Geçitkale                          (+90 392 ) 3733416                               ———-

 

USEFUL TURKISH PHRASES

Turkish is the language used in North Cyprus. However, most people working and living in North Cyprus can understand and speak English.

Hello:                          Merhaba!

Yes:                            Evet

No:                             Hayır

Good Morning:        Günaydın

Good Night:              İyi Geceler

Please:                       Lütfen

Sorry:                          Özür Dilerim

Thank You:                Teşekkür Ederim