You might have a bit of trouble takeing a hired car across to the north.
Hi, it is not recommended to take a hire car into the North, you will not be covered by insurance if you take a car hired in the Republic over to the North. You would not be prevented from doing so at the check point but if the car broke down or you were involved in an accident you would not be eligible for the usual recovery service and would have to cover any damages yourself. I really would not recommend it!
This is a link to the airport base car rental companies.
I do believe that you might have insurance problems if you'd take the car to Kyreneia. What you could do is take additional insurance cover during the period you are travelling to the north side.
When I have had a hire car in the past, travel to the North was very specifically excluded. Driving my own car I have to buy extra insurance at the crossing as they do not recognize my insurance. The notices at the booth do have prices for hire cars but I did not note the costs. The notice would suggest that there are companies that will let you take a car cross but I have no idea of who they are.
I've since confirmed with Avis that they don't have a problem with taking their cars into the north and they will even arrange insurance for you at the airport.Edited: 22 February 2010, 17:16
Very interesting info, it would be useful to know if you do cross without having to buy extra insurance. My car is covered for the North but that is not recognized and I have to buy third party cover at the crossing for my trip. My own car remains covered by the standard comprehensive insurance.
I found that driving in the North a bit slower with strong policing of speed limits.
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