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Can I take a hire car from South to North Cyprus?

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Postby rastan » Sun Nov 30, 2008 5:06 am

Thanks very much for all your replies, I think :shock: I feel I must apologise - it was never my intention to cause any arguments and of course I am well aware of the situation in Cyprus - I always study the basic history of every country I visit.

The whole reason I joined this particular forum was because both myself and my family fell in love with Cyprus and actually it makes me very sad to see such a lovely, paradise island divided in such a way, since our holiday I follow the developments in the talks to find a solution with interest, I sincerely hope that for the sake of Cyprus a way forward can be found.

Let me make it clear, I am born and bred English/Scottish (& a bit of Irish too). Here in England I have some very good friends that are Greek Cypriots & also some very good friends that are Turkish Cypriots, I absolutely am not taking any sides in the Cyprus situation. The politics of it all are extremely complex and although (since our family holiday) it is something I now follow with interest, I don't pretend to know even a quarter of the details. I know I am new here so some may view me with suspicion, but I assure you I do not have any "ulterior motive", my question was intended to be taken at face value and nothing more.

Hopefully by the time we return to Cyprus next year there will no longer be "The North" and "The South" but one Cyprus reunited. Then my original question will be irrelevant - I can hire a car anywhere and travel anywhere.

Thanks again to everyone that responded.
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Postby cari » Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:52 pm

Hi Rastan,

I have an apartment in North Cyprus but often fly to Larnaca. I usually hire cars from Fontana, they are very competitive and will insure you wherever you go on the island!! You will have to pay for an additional insurance when you cross the 'boarder'. the last time I went (nov 08 ) it was approx £30 for one week. Good luck
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Postby Tim Drayton » Wed Apr 15, 2009 11:05 am

Earlier this year I accompanied two British lawyers on interviews which they conducted in the occupied part of Cyprus. They flew into Larnaca airport and drove to the north in a car that they rented at the airport, so I can confirm that it can be done. There is a compulsory insurance scheme costing 20 euros and valid for three days. The interesting point is that, as far as I know, this insurance covers third party risk only. This means that if the vehicle suffered any damage while you were in the north, you would be personally liable to the car rental company because their insurance only covers the free areas of the island.
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Re: Can I take a hire car from South to North Cyprus?

Postby EPSILON » Wed Apr 15, 2009 11:12 am

rastan wrote:Having recently enjoyed an absolutely fabulous holiday in North Cyprus & having spent only one day in South Nicosia (due to not being allowed to take our hire car across the border) Next year we plan to return to Cyprus & we really would like to explore much more of the south, but also visit several places in the north that we didn't have time to vist.
We are considering having one weeks holiday in the south & then a second week in the north, but it really would be a lot simpler if we could fly into/out of Larnaca (cheaper too!) and hire a car there and travel into North Cyprus in our hire car.
Does anyone here have any experience of taking a hire car across the border? When I was looking at car hire in the TRNC I read that it was possible to take the car to the south, but in reality the car hire company would not allow us to do so!


You can easily hire a car in South and drive in whole Island.In case you pass cease fire zone point you have to pay a small amount for car's insurance to the occupation forces . this will take you only 5 minutes.
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Postby halil » Wed Apr 15, 2009 12:13 pm

North Cyprus Car Hire
Although many tourists consider car hire in a foreign country an expensive bet, there are a few advantages why to decide for this option. In Northern Cyprus you can use some alternate means of transportation such as mini buses or taxi however, they might happen to be at a drawback, especially when visiting the island during summer holiday. Due to the irregular bus schedules and some nice places of interest that are hard to access by public transport, planning your itinerary and trips can be quite hassling. For the convenience and freedom that a car rental allows you in North Cyprus it is the most advisable transport solution. Even if you stay for a few days, you will have a chance to enjoy a drive and explore far remote places that the TRNC offers.

North Cyprus Car Hire Companies
Renting a car in North Cyprus is easy and cheap. There are many good car hire companies in North Cyprus, particularly in Kyrenia. Many offer free airport and hotel delivery, so most can meet you when you arrive at Ercan Aiport. It is advised to make reservations before you arrive as many companies have special offers. Bear in mind that many of them offer 10-20% discount on online reservations.

Car Hire Arrangement
To make things easier it is recommended to arrange your car rental in advance by filling an online car reservation form. The visitors may pick their car from the Northern Cyprus Ercan Airport where the representatives will be waiting for them holding a renter’s name sign. You do not have to be, however bound to the airport only. Car rental companies with online reservation often provide to choose your own pick-up and drop-off location. You can also visit local car hire offices directly after the arrival or contact them via travel agencies in North Cyprus. Car rental companies are situated in all TRNC major cities, particularly great many of them are housed in Kyrenia, the centre of tourism in Northern Cyprus. There are car rental companies that provide airport pick-ups form Larnaca airport in the South part of Cyprus Island.

North Cyprus Rental Services
In North Cyprus you will find several car hire companies operating a large car fleet. At competitive prices, they match good quality services and customer care. Both manual and automatic cars are available with air-conditioning especially useful during hot summer days when temperature rises above 30 degrees. Majority of the cars are right hand drive, since traffic on the island moves on the left. Left hand drive cars are to get too, although little in number. Car rates vary according to the rental and season period. In Northern Cyprus payment for car rental services can be done with currencies like US Dollar, British Pound, Euro, Cyprus Pound or North Cyprus currency which is Turkish Lira. Customers can also pay with credit cards and traveller’s cheques, depending on the agency.

Requirements to Hire a Car
For renting a car in North Cyprus you have to be over 25, however some exceptions can still occur. You need to own a valid driving licence from any country in the world or international driving licence. Only the approved person(s) at the time of rental can drive the car. Further requests are to be agreed with your car hire agent.

Useful Information on Car Hire
Rental cars in Northern Cyprus have distinctive red number plates, and are known as “Z” cars, usually with the logo of the company placed on the car. Please note that you are not allowed to cross the border to Southern Cyprus once your car was rented from the North. If you still wish to cross to the South you can drive up to the check point and park your car at the border. From there you can walk across.

Before Hiring a Car
Check the company’s offer before you rent a car and make sure it is inspected and maintained properly as to your satisfaction. Discuss minimal rental period since the periods vary with different car rental companies. Inquire about fuel type filling, “Collision Damage Waiver” insurance charge, possible delays when collecting the car, and further issues referring the rental cost before signing a contract. At some companies you may encounter special offers for groups or families. Those wishing to go off-roading ask about a suitable vehicle.

North Cyprus Driving
If you are coming from UK, driving in North Cyprus will not be different for you as the traffic moves on the left and majority of cars are being right hand drive. The traffic signs are international and the roads are generally well surfaced, except for some mountain areas. Front seatbelt use is a compulsory. Children under five are not allowed to occupy the front seats. When driving in Northern Cyprus avoid alcohol, drinking or using telephone (unless hands-free).

North Cyprus Speed Limits
The speed limits are similar on both parts of the island. In Northern Cyprus is generally applied 100 kph/60mph on the Kyrenia – Nicosia - Famagusta highway, 60 kph/40 mph on the smaller back roads and 50 kph/30 mph in built-up areas, unless otherwise indicated. Watch the road signs attentively.

North Cyprus Driving Tips
Make a plan about where you are going. Ask for a road map when you rent a car. More detailed maps of the island and its main cities are sold in bookshops and at local kiosks or you can get some at the tourist agencies.
Always make sure you have sufficient fuel as petrol stations can be few and far between especially in North Cyprus villages.
If you are the driver, remember to carry your driving licence and car rental documents with you at all times. You may be asked to show your documents on the spot by a police officer.
Make sure that you follow the instructions on your rental agreement and inform your car rental company in case of accident.
Do not leave your camera in your car in summer as the heat inside may have ruined your film. Although crime rate in North Cyprus is minimal, do not leave valuables, jackets, maps and other belongings in the car also.
Rush hours in the towns are generally between 7.30 and 8.00 am, 13.00 and 13.30 pm and between 17.00 and 18.00 pm. Try to avoid the traffic at the time as you can get sometimes trapped in a jam.
If possible, avoid driving west in the late afternoon during summer, as the glare of setting sun right into your face may seem dangerous.

http://www.northcyprusonline.com/North- ... -a-Car.php
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Postby Tim Drayton » Wed Apr 15, 2009 12:35 pm

halil wrote:[...]
Please note that you are not allowed to cross the border to Southern Cyprus once your car was rented from the North.
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Is that information up to date?
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Postby halil » Wed Apr 15, 2009 1:34 pm

Tim Drayton wrote:
halil wrote:[...]
Please note that you are not allowed to cross the border to Southern Cyprus once your car was rented from the North.
[...]


Is that information up to date?


İnformation is up dated Tim ,


most of the rent companies they don't allow u take their cars to South because of car insurances .Insurances are only third party ones .It does not cover to bring accident car from South to North or other things ....etc....etc.... there is no restrictions on the boarder ... they can pass.

BUT there is a companies who can let their cars to pass from North to South . You must ask to rent car companies for it .
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Postby Tim Drayton » Wed Apr 15, 2009 1:41 pm

halil wrote:
Tim Drayton wrote:
halil wrote:[...]
Please note that you are not allowed to cross the border to Southern Cyprus once your car was rented from the North.
[...]


Is that information up to date?


İnformation is up dated Tim ,


most of the rent companies they don't allow u take their cars to South because of car insurances .Insurances are only third party ones .It does not cover to bring accident car from South to North or other things ....etc....etc.... there is no restrictions on the boarder ... they can pass.

BUT there is a companies who can let their cars to pass from North to South . You must ask to rent car companies for it .


So it is not quite as cut and dried as the sentence I quoted implies. The situation seems pretty similar on both sides - some hire companies are OK about you taking their cars to the other side, and some are not.
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Postby halil » Wed Apr 15, 2009 2:26 pm

Tim Drayton wrote:
halil wrote:
Tim Drayton wrote:
halil wrote:[...]
Please note that you are not allowed to cross the border to Southern Cyprus once your car was rented from the North.
[...]


Is that information up to date?


İnformation is up dated Tim ,


most of the rent companies they don't allow u take their cars to South because of car insurances .Insurances are only third party ones .It does not cover to bring accident car from South to North or other things ....etc....etc.... there is no restrictions on the boarder ... they can pass.

BUT there is a companies who can let their cars to pass from North to South . You must ask to rent car companies for it .


So it is not quite as cut and dried as the sentence I quoted implies. The situation seems pretty similar on both sides - some hire companies are OK about you taking their cars to the other side, and some are not.


what they think is only money Tim ,

How they can reduce their expenses and not to bother with formalities ....

with police reports , carring the vechile from one part to another part or finding mechanics or how u can show the bill on your expenses , lots of things have to solved . There is no agreements between 2 sides about legality of the bills .(Invoices).
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Postby Tim Drayton » Wed Apr 15, 2009 2:32 pm

Looking at things from a different angle, there is probably not much a car hire company can do to stop people taking their cars over the green line, anyway.
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