Crossing the Green Line : regulations
To clarify this issue a bit : The EU-Commsssion has issued a direct regulation regulating Green Line traffic. Since the EU does not recognize the Green Line as a border it has extended the freedom of movement principle from the Maastricht treaty to all of Cyprus, thus abolishing all restrictions on cross-Green Line movement of people. This means that EU-Citizens (including Republic of Cyprus citizens) may cross the Green Line in either direction, regardless of their point of entry into the island. They may stay on either side as long as they wish. (Note that the TRNC-authorities do impose limitations on the lenght of stay).
Because the freedom of movement clause in the Maastricht treaty only applies to EU-Citizens, the regulation also legally applies only to EU-Citizens. This means that people from countries outside of the EU can be turned back by Greek Cypriot authorities at the checkpoints if they entered the island via the north . In practice citizens of western countries (Switzerland, USA, Australia) are rarely turned back, while Turkish citizens and citizens of other countries that need visas to enter the Republic will almost always be turned back. Travelbird 02:21, 12 June 2006 (EDT)
As the two regions are nearly completely separate from a traveller's point of view, this article will concentrate on the northern territory governed by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. This is not a political endorsement of claims by either side in the dispute.
But by promoting this a destination in its own right, isn't Wiki Travel actually being politically involved and endorsing travel & tourism here? Perhaps all issues should be resolved first before dedicating a page?
I suggest one page for the entire island, split according to attractions and interests in their own right - and that way continuing bi-communal relations for a peaceful re-unification. Inspirational actions such as this are what will help, motivate and drive Positive change. 126.96.36.199 05:44, 23 June 2009 (EDT)
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wrong suggestion in the article
This is problematic and should not be suggested in this article. It is illegal to enter northern part of Cyprus without going through formal immigration check at the check points. The only difference from entering through airports and seaports, is that the officers no longer stamps the passports or require you to fill out a visa form, which was the case previously. This is also valid for entry into the Republic of Cyprus (southern part), as the officers will definitely check your passports and ID cards. Never ever walk past the check points without showing an identification document!