Trevor’s Tips – May 2016
By Trevor Hughes……
Citizens Advice Cyprus
I have it on good authority [Pembe herself] that she has now given up running the Citizens Cyprus Office in Çatalköy. For those who wish to retrieve their personal papers they should go to the Bloomsbury Properties office on the other side of the road, next to Capital Bank.
Bloomsbury Properties can be contacted by email at email@example.com
Second Hand Car Purchases
I have said many times before, buying a second hand car here is fraught with danger. As an example, there was a used car for sale on a car lot in Alsancak, which would have been a category D “write off” in the UK.
I know that because the car was written off by Dagli Sigorta. The car being sold had no airbags fitted and the mileage turned back [clocked]. The nature of some of the damage was all the “A” and “B” posts being damaged to the point of being unsafe. The “A” and “B” posts are vital to the safety of the driver and his/her passengers. This is only one of many cars being sold which should not be on the road.
Please make as many checks as possible on the vehicle before you purchase it!!
Passport Entry Stamps
For those who do not wish to have a TRNC entry stamp in their passports, you now have a choice. The options are now, having an entry stamp in your passport or completing a visa sheet which overcomes having a stamp entry.
The annual cost of a Temporary Residence Permit has risen to 233TL per year.
New Location for the DHL Office
The new DHL office is now located on the mountain side of the Çatalköy main road and is run by “HIRE IT” which is opposite “Pit Stop” on the other side of the road. Click here for more information.
Useful Phone Numbers
These phone numbers may come in handy sometime.
Larnaca Airport Information Desk 00 357 251 230 22
British Airways [BA] 00 357 240 0841
Lost and Found Luggage 00 357 248 047 16
UK Income Tax Rebate
My wife and I tried to apply for some income tax rebate.
This is the reply we received……
“From the information provided we would be unable to help you claim a UK tax rebate for your UK pensions. The reason for this is that, there is no double taxation agreement between the UK and Northern Cyprus which allows for tax relief for this. If you require further clarification on your particular situation we suggest contacting HMRC directly regarding your UK tax affairs.
I am sorry we are unable to help further on this occasion and thank you for contacting tax rebate services.
So much for being a diligent tax payer for over forty years.
Cyprus Marble, Girne
I have recently had a new fire place supplied and fitted by Cyprus Marble in Girne. Their quality of service was very good indeed and the quality of the fitment, excellent. I have negotiated up to 10% discount for Dagli Sigorta customers who want a high grade product with excellent service.
Well worth considering if you require either a marble or granite work surface for your kitchen, or even matching floor/wall tiles.
May 19th – Atatürk Commemoration and Youth & Sports Day
This annual Turkish national holiday is celebrated to commemorate the beginning of the Turkish War of Independence launched by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk landing in Samsun, the best landing point on the Black Sea coast on May 19, 1919. The day commemorates the liberation of Anatolia and Istanbul which were occupied by the naval forces of foreign countries.
Atatürk himself proclaimed May 19 as “Youth and Sports Day” and it thus serves to honour the country’s founder. During this holiday ceremonies are held across all Turkey as well as North Cyprus and top civilian and military officials attend a ceremony at Anitkabir, Atatürk’s mausoleum in Ankara.