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kathy1


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30/06/2010 13:19

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we would like to go to ikea,we hire a car in Northern Cyprus,but we know its not permitted to take over the boarder,is it possible to get a taxi to the south to ikea and does anyone know the cost



scoobydoo


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30/06/2010 13:27

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I do not know the answer to your question, but the first thing that popped into my mind was that if you go by taxi would the things you bought be obvious when you cross the border as you are not allowed to bring any furniture items over (or so I am told).



The other thing that I would consider is that there have been some threads on here where a car rental company has allowed you take a rental car to the south, maybe that would be worth an investigation into old threads.



Deniz1


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30/06/2010 13:40

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Even if the hire company say you can cross over your are 95percent sure to be stopped by the greek officers at the border



scoobydoo


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30/06/2010 13:44

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Don't know about that Deniz1, I have just picked up on going over the border from previous threads, I am sure someone will respond to this



fiendishpaul


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30/06/2010 13:51

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Deniz1



Not true.



Provided the hire company provide you with a copy of the vehicle documents and a letter authorising you to take it into the South there shouldn't be any problems although you will still have to buy insurance for the South from one of the insurance booths. We did this last year with a vehicle from Eva rentals - no problems whatsoever.



Paul



the butler


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30/06/2010 14:18

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Aone rentacar allow you to take their cars across the border and will provide you with a letter. You are not allowed to bring furniture back across as stated in msg 2.





The butlers wife



niftyduo


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30/06/2010 22:05

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go by bus, it is easy and cheap



scoobydoo


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30/06/2010 22:08

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You still have to carry your goodies and if it is furniture of any sort then you are asking for trouble when you come back over the border .............. bit difficult to stick a chair up your jumper!





But yes the bus is a good idea if you are only going to buy a couple of smaller things. Isn't there a bus station not far from the ledra street crossing?



john1234


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01/07/2010 01:13

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There is the bus station at Salamos Square, anyone know which bus goes to Ikea and Carfoure?



scoobydoo


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01/07/2010 08:50

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No, but there must be an info place there as my friends were advised which bus to get onto to get to the big M&S on the way to Orphanides



maggamoni


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11/07/2010 17:42

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HI



I do IKEA trips 25 Tl /person, have a mini bus



spider


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11/07/2010 17:54

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What a great idea maggamoni..please post your phone No..







Spider,X



snakes



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11/07/2010 18:03

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Sank yoo for yur imformasion vee vil keeep an eye out four yoo !!!!!!!



maggamoni


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12/07/2010 20:07

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Hi



my mail is maggamoni@spray.se please mail me your phone no, and i will phone you



Simhar


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12/07/2010 20:10

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Just a thought, and I know I will get slated for it but.......



Do you really want to spend any money in the south???



Tenakoutou



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12/07/2010 20:31

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Simhar/Msg 15: 'Do you really want to spend any money in the south???'



No 'slating' intended - but spending money [not earned in TRNC] in the South to buy something much cheaper, not only makes sound economic sense, but as I presume Kathy1 and her entourage are tourists, why should they be restricted from spending their own money how and where they see fit?



If this and past governments insist on imposing such diabolical taxes on consumer goods, what can they expect people to do?



canyavuz


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12/07/2010 21:05

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Tenakoutou

Think of it from the government's perspective. They naturally want to promote their own economy, so therefore they put restrictions and taxes in place to stop people buying abroad and make them buy in the TRNC so that their economy can benefit - this is the same almost everywhere in the world. Quite simple.



Its exactly the same in the UK. If you try to bring in noticeably large and pricey goods into the UK, you will also get taxed - e.g bought a phone from abroad because of the extortionate UK price and was made to pay 35 in import taxes.

The same applies to most, if not all, countries in the world.



littleme


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12/07/2010 21:53

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maggamoni will keep your details if thats ok we would love to go south but at the moment can not leave the north........... so will keep you in mind, great idea, many thanks at last a useful post. May not even buy anythig it's just the going because we hope can



cyprusishome


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13/07/2010 07:56

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The hire car to south is still not a good idea. All you have is thrid party insurance so if anything goes wrong ie you end in hospital you will have a lot of money to fork out. Your own holiday insurance will probably not cover you because you take a hire car without adequate cover.



Other points about goods from IKEA. The TRNC government do not like it!!! If caught you stand to have everything confiscated and/or so much tax to pay you wish you had not bothered.



Groucho



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13/07/2010 08:09

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Tenakoutou, maybe some of the economic 'isolation' of the north is self-imposed via the tax regime in place....?



You can't buy this that or the other here because given the high taxes levied, nobody wants to buy it anyway....



David, it's no good trying scare people into not going south with supposition about valid insurance... As long as you are away from your normal location i.e. on holiday abroad then proper holiday insurance will cover you but do check the terms and conditions if you are crossing the border and are worried.



ataturk


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13/07/2010 08:45

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Tenakoutou as a turkish cypriot I would love everybody to support the government of TRNC but I feel as many other do that they are taking the p out of us. The way to stop us from shopping on the south is not by imposing heavy fines and increasing the taxes it is by reducing the taxes on goods sold in the TRNC but what do they do they try and stop you from bringing in items from the south and at the same time increase the prices here.



cyprusishome


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13/07/2010 08:59

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groucho,



Not a suppostion about insurance. It is a fact. I am not trying to stop people going south just making them aware that taking a hire car south is a definite risk. You have an accident you WILL have to pay for all damages to hire car and repatriation in case of break down. A good friend runs a hire car company and this is why they refuse point blank to allow there vehicles to go south. Also if you hire a car without adequate cover your personal travel insurance may well be invalidated.



Ask the question, if you hire a car anywhere else in the world what insurance will you require?? When you have the answer, why do people then look for the cheapest options in TRNC eg driving with thrid party cover only. With hertz in UK, who we have just used, if you do not take accident cover there is a 500 excess.



To return, not wanting to stop people doing anything, just wish them to be fully aware of the risks.



That said, I hate IKEA!!!!!!!!



Tenakoutou



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Message Posted:
13/07/2010 10:55

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ataturk/Msg 21:



Your honesty is appreciated!



I support the 'human rights' issue concerning the TRNC - read my [recent & past] posts - however, it's a bit much for any TC to expect my support for any government, that by its own lack of integrity and responsibility to even its own people, and certainly towards so many homebuyers, has caused me, personally, to have been so blatantly 'conned'.



ataturk


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13/07/2010 21:02

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Tenakoutou we have a hard few years ahead of us with this recession and I fear the TRNC will suffer if reforms are not made swiftly regarding estate agents and home buyers.



Sorry to hear about your misfortune



Tenakoutou



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23/07/2010 18:52

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ataturk: If the government was made up out of honest, sensible and balanced people like you, TRNC would not be facing the bleak future it seems to be.



These new laws 'safeguarding' property buyers are not retrospective, as most are if the government feel like it and from what I have read are 'open to interpretation'. HBPG have been told that they would have to pay for a translation into English of this 26 page document. Unfortunately, Google translator doesn't do Turkish very well [read 'gobbledegook'!], and since this legislation is aimed at restoring foreign buyers confidence and 'English' being the common language of the business world, it surely wouldn't be too much effort for the government to have produced the document for Turks, British and most educated europeans to understand.



Excuse me, but apart from Turkey, WHO are the people who have made a lot of people wealthy in TRNC?



Tenakoutou



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Message Posted:
23/07/2010 18:56

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Cont'd:



As a matter of fact, I buy hardly anything at Ikea, or anywhere in RoC nowadays - just nice to go over and visit friends, which also include GC's [who don't have the 'hate everything Turkish mentality], whom I've known from over 20 years of living in Paphos.



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