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GREEN LINE CROSSINGS
I have, this morning been in a lengthy video conference call with members of the British High Commission to discuss questions which have been asked by our Members with regard to travelling from the TRNC to the RoC via one of the Green Line crossings.
It would seem that in the short to medium term things should be as they were prior to the closure of the Crossings pre-Brexit, although we are led to believe that as things settle down this could change.
We want to be positive, but we would urge caution. We are no longer in the EU and if the Republic chooses to implement the rules for 3rd party nationals, they have the right to do so.
In order to ensure clarity I have done this as a Q and A.
Q. Will UK citizens require any form of visa to enter the RoC?
A. At this moment in time there is NO requirement to show anything but a negative PCR test result taken within SEVEN days of your journey and your passport. It is advised that the PCR result should be the original printed result – NOT on a phone.
Q. What will we need to enable TRNC vehicles to be driven in the RoC?
A. As previously required, you will need a RoC Ministry of Transport document showing your vehicle is able to be used in the RoC. This document can, at present, ONLY be obtained from Metahan crossing. The office is just past the Immigration Desks on the right. You will need to have your vehicles original documents (Logbook, MOT, Tax) and show your UK Driving Licence.
Once you have obtained this document you must then visit one of the Insurance booths to obtain Insurance to provide cover for you to drive in the RoC.
Q. Will we be able to drive using UK driving licences?
A. At present there is no restriction, however post 7th July, residents in the RoC must surrender their UK licences for a RoC EU version. There is no advice as to how this will affect TRNC based residents.
Q. Will we need International D/Ls?
A. Not as far as we are aware – yet.
Q. Which crossing points will we need to use now we are 3rd party nationals?
A. Our advice is that ALL are in use.
Q. Is it likely that ‘overstayers' or those who entered via an ‘illegal' point of entry be refused entry?
A. We have been told that at present passports will not be stamped and that the systems used at the Green Line crossings by the RoC Immigration officers cannot distinguish where your last point of Access/Egress onto the Island was. The issue here potentially is that the Greek Cypriot Immigration Officers can, and probably will check passports. If they see TRNC Residency Visa stamps in your passports, they may refuse you entry. If this happens it will simply be that you are told you are refused entry and they will turn you back.
The final advice is that if you use one of the SBA crossings (Pile or Black Knight, Famagusta) you are less likely to encounter these problems, but again this could change at any time.
Should you encounter problems can you please provide feedback for us to pass to the British High Commission team.
If and when we receive an updated advice we will share this with you.
LATEST COVID RESTRICTION CHANGES
Starting June 7th the Curfew will be from Midnight until 5am - Every day.
Markets can open from 7am until 11pm
Restaurants, Cafes, Patissieries and Tavern can open between 6am until 11.30pm
All other business that are able to be open can operate from 8.30am until 10pm.
As the UK is classified 'Orange' by the TRNC Government, fully vaccinated people can be admitted into the TRNC without quarantine. They will also need a negative PCR test up to 72 hours and one upon arrival. Non-vaccinated individuals will be required to quarantine for 10 days (home quarantine) using the Stay-Safe app.
Please do not confuse the fact that Turkey is an Orange/Amber country here, with the UKs classifications. If travelling to the UK and transitting through Turkey YOU WILL be required to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days on arrival at a cost of £1750.