Crossing the borders between North and South Cyprus
North Cyprus and South Cyprus opened their borders in 2003, allowing for free movement of persons between the two countries. People from both sides of the island use the boundaries on a daily basis for business, shopping, and tourism. By reopening the borders, tourists can now visit the entire island of Cyprus and know about two distinct civilizations. You will need to get a form stamped when you arrive at the border. Once you have completed this, you will be able to cross to the southern part of Cyprus from the north. Your passport will also be required for identification, however, it should be emphasized that your passport will not be stamped. There are various restrictions, generally up to a value of 150 Euros worth of items. There is nothing else you can bring across to either side.
Using a Car to Cross the Border
If you rent a car in the south of Cyprus, you are permitted to drive it across the border into North Cyprus but if you rent a car in the north of Cyprus, however, you are not permitted to take it across the border to South Cyprus. If you own the car, you are free to drive it across the border.
For those who intend to travel to southern Cyprus and have rented a car from North Cyprus, you must leave it at the border. There are several rental companies available at several border crossings, so you may rent a car once you have crossed the border. Any insurance you may have purchased on either side will no longer be valid after you cross the border, so if you plan on driving on the other side, you will need to obtain extra insurance. The following is a breakdown of vehicle insurance costs:
South Cyprus car insurance is 25 EUR per month (this may differ according to the current exchange rates).
Locations of Border Crossings
There are now 5 operational checkpoints in Cyprus where you can pass what is referred to as the “green line.” These are the checkpoints:
- Driving to the Nicosia Border
This border crossing, commonly known as Metehan, is the main crossing point. This checkpoint, which is located in Nicosia, is extremely busy. Pedestrians, bicycles, cargo, and automobiles are all seen crossing the border here.
- The Black Knight (British Eastern Sovereign Base Area)
The Azios Nikolaos, Strovilia, or Akyar border crossing is one of the two crossing points in the British Eastern Sovereign Base Area. Pedestrians, cars, and products are all allowed to cross the border here.
- Ledra Palace (Nicosia)
Only pedestrians and cyclists are allowed to cross the border at this site. This crossing is occasionally used by diplomatic vehicles.
- Dhekelia (British Eastern Sovereign Base Area)
This is the second of the British Eastern Sovereign Base Area’s two checkpoints. Beyarmudu is another name for it. Pedestrians, vehicles, and products are all allowed to cross the border here.
- Border of Guzelyurt
Astromeritis, Morpho, Morfu, Güzelyurt, Omorfo, or Morfou are all names for the same border crossing. Pedestrians, cars, and products can all cross the border at this checkpoint, which was the last to be opened. Despite the fact that car rental services are provided at all of the borders listed above, most rental companies prefer to deliver to Nicosia Borders. This is because they take into consideration the English, Greek, and Turkish names of the area and its neighboring villages, most of the checkpoints have several names.