FAQ - North Cyprus

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Q. How can I fly to North Cyprus?
A. There are three main arrival airports, Larnaca and Paphos in the south and Ercan in the north. Arriving at one of the Southern airports will require that you travel just over an hour into North Cyprus. Flights to Ercan Airport involve a brief stop in Istanbul.

Q. Is it safe to buy a property in North Cyprus?
A. It is completely safe following the establishment of the Immovable Property Commission and the system of contract registration. Vision Group state that to guarantee a safe buying experience a buyer must work with a reputable property advisor and a conveyancing lawyer. For the full history on title matters and for the Vision Group tick list of “How to guarantee a safe purchase” please write to [email protected] and request “safe buying procedure”

Q. What permission do I need to enter North Cyprus?
A. Upon entry you will receive between 30 to 90 days. If you wish to stay longer or are planning a permanent move, you will require a residence permit, a fairly simple process. Vision Group will advise you as to the requirements for application.

Q. Do I need to make a Will if I have one at home?
A. Yes, in order to secure your assets you must make a new Will and Last Testament in North Cyprus. This can be arranged with your purchasing lawyer or with a notary.

Q. What is the time zone in North Cyprus?
A. Eastern European - 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (daylight saving time is applied) (GMT+2)

Q. What is the dialling code in North Cyprus?
A. The international dialling code is +90.

Q. What is the religion in North Cyprus?
A. It is a moderate Muslim society and whilst religion does still play a role in the community, many Turkish Cypriots do not practise their religion. It is mainly secular society with alcohol generally consumed and most women do not cover their heads.

Q. What language is spoken in North Cyprus ?
A. The local language is Turkish, however English is widely spoken.

Q. Can I receive Internet and TV channels in North Cyprus?
A. Yes, Vision Group will refer you to a provider

Q. Can I take out insurances ?
A. Yes, Vision Group will refer you to reliable providers

Q. What happens if I get sick in North Cyprus?
A. There are both state and private hospitals and the standard of medical care is very high.

Q. Can I travel between North and South Cyprus?
A. Yes, the borders were opened in 2004 and now there are 9 border crossings between the states open 24/7

Q. What are the driving rules in North Cyprus?
A. Due to historic British links, driving is the same in the South and UK, on the left hand side and all cars have a right-hand steering wheel.

Q. Which side of Cyprus island is more costly?
A. The cost of living in the south for certain items is much higher.

Q. Can I drink the tap water in North Cyprus?
A. We do not recommend this. It is better to use bottled water as you go and water dispensers with larger 19 litre water bottles at home that can be delivered to your door.

Q. Is North Cyprus safe?
A. It is one of the safest destinations in the world. Crime is very low and it is tourist friendly. The local people are particularly welcoming and helpful.


FAQ - Spain

Vision Group have kept a list of frequently asked questions since 2017. We hope that some of these will answer your questions. If not, please send you enquiry to [email protected]

Q. Is it safe to buy a property in Spain?
A. Spain is a full member of the European Union and the number one destination for second home purchases by Europeans. Provided you purchase through a reputable establishment and use the services of a local lawyer to process your purchase, there will be no problem purchasing a property in Spain.

Q. What permission do I need to enter Spain?
A. European citizens can travel freely in and out of Spain. 183 consecutive days per year is officially the maximum stay for a non resident.

Q. Do I need to make a Will if I have one at home?
A. Yes, to ensure that your estate is given to the people that you care about when you die, it is important to prepare a legal Will. To make Will in Spain you must be over 14 years old, ensure your specific wishes are in writing (preferably) and have it signed before the Notary Public.

Q. What is the time zone in Spain?
A. Central European - 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (daylight saving time is applied) (GMT+1)

Q. What is the dialling code in Spain?
A. The international dialling code is +34.

Q. What is the religion in Spain?
A. Although Spain has no official religion, the people are predominantly Catholic.

Q. What languages are spoken in Spain?
A. Surprisingly, there are 7 official languages in Spain: Castellano - the international Spanish, spoken by everyone in Spain and many South American countries. Catalan - spoken almost exclusively by people in Catalonia. Galician - spoken by people in the North West of Spain. Euskera - the Basque language spoken by people in the North East of Spain. Valencian - spoken by people in the Valencian community of Castellon, Valencia and Alicante. Mallorqui - spoken by people in the Balearic Island. Andaluz - spoken by people in Andalusia, Ceuta, Melilla and Gibraltar.

Q. Can I receive Internet and my usual TV channels from home?
A. Yes, Vision Group will refer you to a provider. There is high speed internet everywhere and many companies offering foreign TV through Satellite and Online services.

Q. Can I take out insurances?
A. Yes, Vision Group will refer you to reliable providers.

Q. What happens if I get sick in Spain?
A. There are both state and private hospitals and the standard of medical care is very high.

Q. What are the driving rules in Spain?
A. If living in Spain, you can drive for 6 months on an international licence before being required to change over to a Spanish licence. All European licences are accepted for car rental for short stay visits.

Q. Which area of Spain is more costly?
A. Property prices vary massively by area, in general the Costa Blanca is cheaper than the Costa del Sol.

Q. Can I drink the tap water in Spain?
A. The official word is YES you can, although hardly anyone does simply because in the past is was not advisable! The government has spent millions on the water infrastructure to provide clean drinking water but despite this many people install additional filter systems or buy bottled water.

Q. Is Spain safe?
A. It is one of the safest places in the world. Crime is very low and it is tourist friendly. The local people are particularly welcoming and helpful. Police are very friendly and visible. There are occasionally pick-pockets in tourist areas or big cities so it is wise to be careful but in general it's very safe.


FAQ - Turkey

Q. How can I fly to Turkey?
A. Last year, 200 million passengers used air travel to or within Turkey. Due to Turkey's location at the crossroads of Europe and the Middle East, air travel is at an all-time high. With the ever-continuing growth of tourism and more passengers looking to access Turkey as a destination or as a regional transfer hub, it's likely this number will grow.

Turkish airports are very accessible and spaced out evenly across the country. There are currently 57 airports in Turkey. Of these airports, 33 offer both domestic and international flights, while 13 offer regional flights across Turkey. Turkey's national carrier, now private, Turkish Airlines, covers all of these airports from most major airports in Europe, USA, Russia, Far East and the Middle East. Flying to and from Turkey using an international airport has never been easier.

When buying a property in Turkey, it is crucial that you have easy access to and from your home, whether you are jetting in for a weekend visit, or spending a whole summer lavishing in the Turkish sun, your home needs to be easily accessed.

Q. Is it safe to buy property in Turkey?
A. In recent years, the Turkish government has opened up the possibility to of buying property in Turkey to a host of new nationalities with the extension of reciprocity laws. Nationals from GCC and other countries such as Azerbaijan, Iraq, Iran and Iran, can now purchase a property. Please talk to us about the specifics of this law and about where you can buy and what quantity. Of course, EU national were already able to buy property in Turkey, with the market being especially popular with Brits, Germans, Scandinavians and Belgians.

Foreigners were first able to buy property in 2001, and since then authorities have continually revised and simplified the process to attract investment in the housing market from overseas. Here at Vision Group, we also check the paperwork of all properties to ensure they are legally in good standing. You can ask more details about the process, or alternatively, see our portfolio of property for sale across the country. Vision Group is here to walk you through every step of the process to owning your own home in Turkey.

Q. What permission do I need to enter Turkey?
A. Visitors to Turkey must obtain a visa from one of the Turkish diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the 78 visa-exempt countries and territories or one of the 42 countries and territories whose citizens are eligible to apply for an e-Visa online. Turkish visas are documents issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its subsequent diplomatic missions abroad with the stated goal of regulating and facilitating migratory flows.

As the latest news; the Turkish government announced that effective from 2 March 2020, visas are lifted for the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Ireland, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain and United Kingdom.

Q. Do I need to make a Will if I have one at home?
A. Foreigners who wish to bequeath real property in Turkey should make a will in the form specified by the Turkish Civil Code. A foreign will which does not comply with Turkish law may be invalid in Turkey.

The testator should have full mental capacity, and be more than fifteen years old. In case of error, fraud or duress, the will is not valid.

A will may be executed in official form, in handwriting, or orally. An official will is made in the presence of a Notary Public or a Justice of the Peace in accordance with certain formal conditions, and is signed by two witnesses. A holograph is written entirely in the testator´s handwriting and must include the place, day, month, and year in which it was made the signature of the testator. A will prepared in this way should be given to the court or a notary public for safekeeping. In exceptional circumstances, an oral will may be considered to fulfil the formalities.

Q. What is the time zone in Turkey?
A. Eastern European - 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (daylight saving time is not applied) (GMT+3)

Q. What is the dialling code in Turkey?
A. The international dialling code is +90.

Q. What is the religion in Turkey?
A. Turkey is a secular country in accordance with Article 24 of its constitution. Secularism in Turkey derives from Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's Six Arrows: republicanism, populism, laïcité, reformism, nationalism and statism. The Turkish government imposes some restrictions on Muslims and other religious groups, as well as Muslim religious expression in government offices and state-run institutions, including universities.

According to the Turkish government, 90 percent of the population is Muslim. The government recognizes three minority religious communities: Greek Orthodox Christians, Armenian Apostolic Christians and Jews (although other non-Muslim communities exist).

Q. What language is spoken in Turkey?
A. Turkish is the main language used there, with the Constitution of Turkey designating it as the country’s official language. It is spoken by 85-90% of the population as their mother tongue and is used by government, in schools, by the media and by the majority of Turkish citizens in their day-to-day life for both speech and writing.

Q. Can I receive internet and TV channels in Turkey?
A. There are two main cable TV systems in Turkey – Turksat Cable TV and Digiturk.

Turksat Cable TV gives you over 50 channels of programming, most of which are in Turkish. However BBC Prime, BBC World, Eurosport and CNN, are available in English. TV5 broadcasts in French and for native Germans, German RTL is available.

Digitürk gives you more than 130 channels of programming via a digital platform. Family channel, Hallmark, entertainment channel E! Entertainment and Extreme Sports are among the channels Digitürk covers. National channels, radio and digital music channels are also available.

Internet connections are provided either by Turk Telekom or by private companies using their lines. Connections are provided either through phone lines or cable TV lines. There are a number of private internet providers with various Internet service packages that differ in duration and fees. You can choose from 1, 3, 6 or 12-month periods and the price range is between US $10 and $20/month for unlimited usage.

Q. Can I take out insurances?
A. Every owner of a Turkish property needs to get the national earthquake insurance, called DASK. The DASK will be done before the Tapu transfer to be able to complete the paperwork. It covers a year and is being paid in one payment, and is approximately 2.15 TL per m2. As an example, a newly built apartment of 120 m2 would pay 257 TL annually. When it comes to renewals, there are discounts available. Home insurance in terms of ensuring the building or the goods against burglary, fire, etc., or liability insurance is not obligatory in Turkey, although it is being recommended. There are several insurance companies and banks that are offering insurance packages. As part of our after-sales service, Vision Group will be happy to assist you if you decide to get your property in Turkey insured.