Retiring here is easier that any other place in all of Europe. Upon your arrival at Ercan Airport, your Passport will be stamped for a thirty or ninety day visit. There are no fees and no Visa requirements. If you are over sixty, thats it… really, that's all. Just come see us! Don't worry about the ninety day stamp in your Passport, you can stay legally as long as you want if you are over sixty.
Obviously, some folks will want something a bit more substantial and legally binding, please refer to the White Card section on our Residency Page for information on that. The purchase of your home is the biggest hurdle to obtaining a Permanent Residency Permit.
Your Drivers Licence is good here for ninety days and there will be no driving test with your valid licence. Many Insurance Agencies will handle getting your licence for you; no need to go down to the office. You will not be asked to surrender your current licence when your new one is issued.
This is handy when you need to fly back home or if you want to visit another country. If you rent a car in Italy (its a short flight), show them your EU Drivers License.
After looking at various websites and numerous Estate Agents we finally selected two locations, Southern France and Northern Cyprus. In France we did find that language was a problem and finally decided that Northern Cyprus was to be our retirement destination. We spoke to several agents and without doubt the staff at Busy Bees were the most knowledgeable and helpful and couldn’t do enough, without being pushy, to help us find our dream home. We actually bought the property without actually seeing it in the flesh, and was delighted when we finally came over and took possession. We have now lived in the property and North Cyprus for the last 5.1/2 years and in that time have recommended Busy Bees to numerous friends who have been equally impressed with the service, knowledge and helpfulness of all the staff. I must add that throughout my life in dealing with Estate Agents I have had a very mixed opinion. If only they were all like Busy Bees it would make purchasing a property so much easier. Carry on the great work Busy Bees from a very grateful and satisfied customer.
Michael and Karen Newton
We came to Northern Cyprus on holiday a few years ago, loved it, when we went home we browsed the internet and saw a house we liked, contacted the agent, got an instant response, it was so instant that we flew the very next day to see the house, the lovely Maria from busy bees arranged the transport from the airport and somewhere to stay on our arrival. We met with Maria the day we arrived and she showed us a few properties just to ensure we were sure about what we wanted, nothing was too much trouble for her. We bought the property all thanks to Maria who continued to help us with the whole process of purchasing, from money transfers to legal issues with lawyers, she was with us every step of the way which was wonderful as we were new to buying in this market. Even after the purchase was finished Maria and her team have always been there for help whether it be needing jobs such as painting or simply directions to somewhere. Busy Bees really gave us 100% and I wouldn't hesitate to buy from them again.