Some British expats in the TRNC may be in jeopardy with driving and residency….
By Trevor Hughes……
This month’s News Round has been sent early because of the importance of the information.
International Driving Permits (IDP)
Because of the current Brexit negotiations, if there is a “no deal”, you will need to be aware of:
Driving in the EU after Brexit
The UK Government has confirmed that if there is a no deal with the EU then recognition of UK driving licences in the EU may end.
What is an IDP?
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is a permit that allows you to drive in countries where a UK licence alone is not sufficient. These countries include all European Countries and South Cyprus.
Yes, an IDP is required or recommended in over 140 countries.
How do I apply?
Firstly, an application can only be made in the UK. When over there, find your nearest Post Office branch usually a main post office in a town. Take with you your full valid UK photo-card driving licence, a passport sized photo and your valid passport as proof of identification if presenting an older paper version licence.
What you need when applying
- Full valid UK driving licence – photo card or an older paper licence
- A passport sized photograph
- The £5.50 application fee (cash or debit / credit card)
- Original valid passport as proof of identification, if presenting an older paper version licence
The permit is only valid for a twelve-month period and needs to be renewed if you wish to continue to drive in South Cyprus/Europe.
You can make an application for someone else if you so wish, the only difference is, take two passport sized photographs, one must have a written statement on the reverse side stating that it is a true likeness of you, duly signed by the person who is making the application for you, and dated. You do not have to be a professionally educated person to do this.
All indications point to the Greek Cypriot Authorities preventing you from driving over there after the 29th March 2019, if you have not got an IDP in your possession.
Many people go shopping over the border and or provide a taxi service for their visitors. In the event of a Brexit no deal the border staff will not allow you to drive over there unless you hold an IDP!!
We are in “unchartered waters” and who knows what the requirements will be twelve months from now?
This ruling will also apply to your visitors should they wish to drive over the border.
Even if the UK Government manages to secure a deal, what have you lost, £5.50? which may avoid you experiencing the Greeks playing silly beggars.
What have I been saying for a long time when asked “should I continue renewing my Temporary Residence, or not”? The compulsory requirement from 2010, if you were 60 plus years was shelved and considered “a gentleman’s agreement” which was never put in writing.
It’s amazing, when the TRNC Government needs to swell its coffers, they tend to look at the expats as a way of raising much-needed cash.
Although this is “a shot across the bows” the devil will be in the detail and all will be revealed in the months to come!
- Will you need some form of medical check?
- How much will it cost?
- What category of residence will be needed to obtain this Residence?
- What about people who rarely visit here, but rent their property?
- Will there be a fee to be paid, if so, how much and will it be back dated?
- Will we be going back to the bad old days of queuing for hours on end waiting to be seen?
- Will there be an upper age limit?
Watch This Space in The Coming Months
Tuesday 23rd April National Sovereignty and Children’s Day. Government Offices, schools, Banks and some businesses will be closed for the day.
We do a monthly news round which I send out via email and this also goes on the CyprusScene website and weekly online Enewspaper which is free to you and will keep you up to date on the ever changing things here in the TRNC.
For any further information please email me through the contact box below or at Capital Bank in Alsancak.
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