Our (few) existing questions about Northern Cyprus, like this, are currently tagged cyprus. The tag's description is:

Cyprus, officially the Republic of Cyprus, is an island country in the eastern Mediterranean Sea and is a member state of the European Union.

Which is fair enough in legal theory, but in practice places like Ercan are not controlled by the Republic of Cyprus, and entirely different procedures for visas etc apply.

Should we add a new northern-cyprus tag and retag where appropriate?

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    Need we make this political? Couldn't we just say it is a distinctive region of Cyprus that merits its own tag the same as hawaii or quebec?
    – choster
    Commented Jan 16, 2015 at 2:19
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    It's not about politics, it's about the reality of travel in the area. Commented Jan 16, 2015 at 11:40
  • But then why do we need to have a thread about it?
    – choster
    Commented Jan 17, 2015 at 0:21
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    Because this is a travel site, and we were possibly tagging it incorrectly in terms of travel.
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Jan 17, 2015 at 9:45

2 Answers 2


I think that we should add a new tag. Even it's only recognized by Turkey, different rules could apply for travellers there.

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    Agree. I had no idea they were separated, and if it's different visa requirements, then yes, we really, really should separate the tags.
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Jan 16, 2015 at 0:19
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    I've gone ahead and created this. Commented Jan 16, 2015 at 11:41
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    How do people of northern Cyprus travel if their passports are only recognized by one country? sounds like a good question to me. Commented Jan 27, 2015 at 16:43
  • @MeNoTalk I think that they need to apply for Passports from the Republic of Cyprus first.
    – Dirty-flow
    Commented Jan 27, 2015 at 17:02
  • @Dirty-flow yup, I read that in the Wikipedia article after my comment... Commented Jan 27, 2015 at 17:03

It's difficult to see how it could not be about politics. To be sure, there are many travel-related issues created by the division but with a grand total of 12 questions, we could also keep one tag, possibly adjusting the description to acknowledge the problem.

Personally, I don't feel very strongly about this one way or the other but I think this possibility ought to be considered.

Incidentally, among the three questions about Northern Cyprus, one is closed and another one is really about the island as a whole and the relationship between both sides. So we have a tag for a single question about Ercan airport, another reason to get rid of it.

  • @Relaxed My answer is that we don't need two tags. But like I said, I don't feel very strongly about this, which I why I merely wrote that “we could also keep one tag”.
    – Relaxed
    Commented Jul 7, 2015 at 6:06
  • @pnuts I edited the question slightly after your comment. I don't think the situation in Greece would generate many questions about Northern Cyprus.
    – Relaxed
    Commented Jul 7, 2015 at 6:24

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