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Northern Cyprus Passport Stamp - Help!  
User currently offlineCxsjr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3109 times:

Hi folks,

I have a stamp in my passport, dating back to Dec 2002, done when I landed in Geçitkale in Northern Cyprus.

I want to travel to Santorini in Greece this year but I've heard there can sometimes be 'issues' if you have a Northern Cypriot stamp in your passport. I've since discovered that I should've asked them to stamp a separate sheet in my passport but it's too late for that now.

Does anyone know, is it still a problem, Greece now being part of the EU and all that or should I 'lose' my current passport and apply for a new one?

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3104 times:

Quoting Cxsjr (Thread starter):
Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Santorini? Hell, all they'll do it check your photo page. Don't worry about it.



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3095 times:

Quoting Cxsjr (Thread starter):
I want to travel to Santorini in Greece this year but I've heard there can sometimes be 'issues' if you have a Northern Cypriot stamp in your passport.

Don't show your passport but only your ID card at the passpot control, problem solved.

Patrick


User currently offlineHAVACI From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks ago) and read 3083 times:

Hey,

Where did you visit in North Cyprus, i used to live there - beautiful country!!

Did you enjoy it??

Gaz


User currently offlineGreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3084 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks ago) and read 3079 times:

Simple......Lose the pasport and get a new one issued...

GS



Sometimes all you can do is look them in the eye and ask " how much did your mom drink when she was pregnant with you?"
User currently offlineLewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3636 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks ago) and read 3072 times:

You can get to Greece from the UK with some other form of ID and even if you don't, I suppose nobody will even check for the stamp in Greece. I am not sure though if you cannot come into Greece because you have visited northern Cyprus, I have never heard it before.

Some people say that if you have a stamp from Northern Cyprus in your passport you will be unwelcome in Greece or The Republic of Cyprus. We have no evidence that this was ever the case and it certainly is not the case today.
www.aboutnorthcyprus.com/index.php/f...ractical-north-cyprus-information/


User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks ago) and read 3060 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 2):
Don't show your passport but only your ID card at the passpot control, problem solved.

UK isn't a part of Schengen.

That said, I've only ever seen EU passport control check the photo page, so I wouldn't imagine there would be any issues



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks ago) and read 3054 times:

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 6):
UK isn't a part of Schengen.

Irrelevant. You can travel from the UK to Greece (and vv.) with your ID card only, a passport is not required.

Patrick


User currently offlineCxsjr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3049 times:

Quoting HAVACI (Reply 3):
Where did you visit in North Cyprus, i used to live there - beautiful country!!

Did you enjoy it??

We had a thoroughly enjoyable time although it was Christmas and the weather was only half kind to us; it rained sometimes, it was sunny others.

Stayed in Kyrenia and travelled all over N.Cyprus from one end to the other by car - would love to go again in the summer!

Where did you live?


User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24936 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3038 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 7):
Irrelevant. You can travel from the UK to Greece (and vv.) with your ID card only, a passport is not required.

Nope. You need a passport



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3032 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 7):
Irrelevant. You can travel from the UK to Greece (and vv.) with your ID card only, a passport is not required.

Even more irrelevant, given that we don't have ID cards. At least, not yet.



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineTransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2046 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3032 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 9):
Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 7):
Irrelevant. You can travel from the UK to Greece (and vv.) with your ID card only, a passport is not required.

Nope. You need a passport

I have no idea what a UK ID card is like, but with a German ID card, I can travel throughout the EU - Schengen or not. Even numerous non-EU countries are happy with the ID card only (Turkey, Tunisia, Switzerland, for instance).



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3029 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 9):
Nope. You need a passport

You don't need a passport to enter Greece when you are holding UK (or any other EU) citizenship, see this link.

Quote:
Passport valid for at least three months beyond length of stay required by all except:
(a) 1. EU/EEA nationals (EU + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and Swiss nationals holding a valid national ID card.

An ID card is enough.

Patrick


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3029 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 12):
An ID card is enough.

Patrick, WE DO NOT HAVE ID CARDS IN THE UK!!!!!!

OK?  Wink



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineTheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3596 posts, RR: 29
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3024 times:

The brits are right, ID cards are known everywhere, but not in the UK.

Anyway, they have to allow you into the country, because you are a EU citizen. So I would think it is no issue. But I have no experience at all.


User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 15, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3019 times:

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 14):
The brits are right

We always are.



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineTheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3596 posts, RR: 29
Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3007 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 15):
We always are.

Not in 1966 when you claimed it was a goal Big grin


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3007 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 13):
Patrick, WE DO NOT HAVE ID CARDS IN THE UK!!!!!!

Ok, ok, I didn't see reply #10 because I was writing my reply.

So you guys don't have any "carry-on" identification documents except passports?

What is when the police stop you and ask for your name, address, etc.? What do you show them? What do you show a bank when you want to open up an account there? Your birth certificate?

And does that mean that all British citizen who want to travel abroad (even to Germany or Ireland) need a passport?

Patrick


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 18, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3002 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 18):
What is when the police stop you and ask for your name, address, etc.? What do you show them?

Tell them to piss off and bother someone else unless they've got a damn good reason to stop us, usually.

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 18):
What do you show a bank when you want to open up an account there? Your birth certificate?

Yep. Plus passport, utility bills, something like that.

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 18):
And does that mean that all British citizen who want to travel abroad (even to Germany or Ireland) need a passport?

Not Ireland, as there's a long-standing customs union. But you do need some form of photographic ID to board a flight now, so usually people take a passport anyway.



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2998 times:

Thanks for the information, very interesting that the UK doesn't give out ID cards, I heard that for the first time today.

Quoting Banco (Reply 19):
But you do need some form of photographic ID to board a flight now

Now I also understand why Ryanair is making a big fuss about "photo ID's" on their website.

Patrick

[Edited 2006-04-12 21:59:42]

User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 20, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2986 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 18):
What is when the police stop you and ask for your name, address, etc.?

A Driving licence but hell, we don't all have those and a provisional licence in the UK sometimes isn't even valid ID to get into a nightclub! Trust me on that one.  irked 



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2980 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 18):
So you guys don't have any "carry-on" identification documents except passports?

Most countries will issue to you an official ID, credit card size, and just as official and hard to copy as a passport.

I understand that the US has been debating the introduction of just this sort of thing, but surprisngly you have a lot of people who are vigerously protesting the idea. C'mon guys, but drivers' licences and student IDs are NOT a satisfactory form of ID.


User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14026 posts, RR: 62
Reply 22, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2974 times:

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 22):
Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 18):
So you guys don't have any "carry-on" identification documents except passports?

Most countries will issue to you an official ID, credit card size, and just as official and hard to copy as a passport.

I understand that the US has been debating the introduction of just this sort of thing, but surprisngly you have a lot of people who are vigerously protesting the idea. C'mon guys, but drivers' licences and student IDs are NOT a satisfactory form of ID.

I think it would be acceptable if the ID card just showed your name, date and place of birth and a picture, but most continental ID's also include your adress, to be officially entered every time you change your residence, since most continental European countries have laws (dating back to Napoleon) that every citizen has to be registered at his place of residence.

Jan


User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2974 times:

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 23):
I think it would be acceptable if the ID card just showed your name, date and place of birth and a picture,

Why do you want to hide your address?


User currently offlineFrancoBlanco From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2955 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 19):
Tell them to piss off and bother someone else unless they've got a damn good reason to stop us, usually.

              

And if they do have a damn good reason, what do you show them? Your a**?

Sebastian

[Edited 2006-04-12 23:09:01]

25 Cxsjr : .... as an aside, what really pi§§es me off is when you tell them you don't have any utility bills as prrof of address to open said account because
26 Post contains images Cornish : Getting back to Northern Cyprus (and yes I know I'm the last person who can complain about a thread getting off track ), I shall be off to Cyprus with
27 Cxsjr : Not sure how much more open it is right now? I thought there was a mention of reopening the border but it fell through; can't say for sure. I thoroug
28 AirxLiban : By and large I agree with Cxsjr - Kyrenia is really the only sort of touristy thing worth seeing that you can't see on the Greek side, at least in my
29 Post contains images Cornish : Thanks cxsjr and AirxLiban. As for the border - my Dad goes out there about three times a year as he has a place out there. He's been over the border
30 HAVACI : Hi Mate, Lived in Lapta for a while (you might be familiar with that area) and then lived over in Gaziveren (near Guzelyurt) for a year or so. I went
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