There are few sections of the world better for a US expatriate to take up residence than North Cyprus, and few places more misunderstood. This section of the Mediterranean island is convenient to quite a few Asian countries, it is a true paradise, very affordable and English is spoken widely throughout the area. If you are considering making a move to this beautiful country, you may want to take a little time for a vacation or plan a short trip over the holidays to see what Northern Cyprus offers.
The Weather is Beautiful
One of the best reasons to head over to Northern Cyprus is because of the weather. This part of the world enjoys a median temperature of a very comfortable 73 degrees Fahrenheit. Nearly every day of the year is filled with sunshine and the seasons are all mild. Winter weather dips down into the low to mid 60’s and summer puts temperatures up into the mid 80’s. In short, you’ll find very little to complain about when it comes to the weather in the area, which is a vast difference to most of the areas of the US where temperatures fluctuate wildly.
While Turkish is the first language spoken throughout Northern Cyprus, you won’t have much trouble if you can speak English. That’s because it’s the recognized second language and is supported throughout the country. Most of the signs are in both Turkish and English and you’ll be hard-pressed to find people that don’t speak at least a bit of English in the area.
There are ferries available to get you back and forth to Turkey, and making your way to Israel or Egypt is as easy as hopping aboard a cruise boat out in Southern Cyprus. There’s also airport access, making it easy to get to any other section of Europe that you would like to travel to.
Move Your Vehicle There with Ease
All the access to the country makes it easy to move your vehicle over using an international car shipper. Once you have a vehicle over in the country you’ll find it even easier to travel around the country, just be aware that you’ll only be allowed to keep your vehicle there for a period of three months. Provide your passport and all valid US identification to the transport company and to customs to get the vehicle into Cyprus, and prepare to pay a steep tax to get your vehicle in. Once it’s there you’ll be able to travel around freely once you have Northern Cyprus car insurance. You will want to take a little time to see how traffic flows throughout Northern Cyprus before you begin driving on your own. While there are traffic laws, speeding is often an issue and it may take a little time to get used to driving with local drivers on the road.
Becoming a Resident is Simple
Another major benefit of moving to Northern Cyprus from the US is that it isn’t very difficult to obtain residency. You’ll have to prove that you don’t have specific transmittable diseases, and show that you have enough money to avoid becoming a burden to the local government. If you can do those two things, you can become a year-to-year resident of the country. After getting this permit you can turn into a permanent resident once you’ve lived there for at least five years.
Property is Cheap
Though property prices are on the rise, it’s still incredibly affordable to pick up a home in the area. Renting a 2-bedroom apartment will only set you back about $450 and a 4-bedroom villa equipped with luxurious features like an underground pool can be had for around $150,000. There are few first-world places in the world where such luxury can be had for so cheap, making it a good solid location for families or couples to start living.
There is a lot to like about Northern Cyprus and it’s a place that Americans considering life abroad should consider. As with any new country, I encourage you to visit before making a final decision, but it will be tough to say no to the affordable cost of living and those vibrant blue waters that surround the land.1 Like