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Lefkoşa (North Nicosia)

Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

North Nicosia is a safe city at any time of the day, and you should feel no concern about walking the streets.

At night, the Old City can become rather quiet, and visitors may feel intimidated walking alone along dimly lit and sometimes narrow streets. It’s best to avoid them if you feel uncomfortable. The areas abutting the Green Line look threatening, with large black-and-red signs that clearly forbid photography or trespassing in the buffer zone.

Do not take photographs on the Roccas (Kaytazağa) Bastion, at the western end of the Old City limits, where you can still look over into Greek Lefkosia. Despite the loosening of the border-crossing laws, the buffer zone is still a military area. Watchful soldiers stationed not so obviously on the bastion may accost you and even confiscate your camera.

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While you're there

Medical services

Burhan Nalbatanoğlu Devlet Hastahanesi (228 5441) North Nicosia’s main hospital.

Poliklinik (227 3996; Gazeteci Kemal Aşik Caddesi) Where foreigners can seek medical treatment.

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