Traveling to Cyprus for IVF treatment has been a growing trend within the past couple of decades. In this day and age, ease of access to information is easier than ever thanks to the internet and advancements in various forms of media. It is now very easy to source any kind of information with the click of a mouse.
This is no exception when searching for solutions to your fertility issues. You can now search for information on the internet about infertility, infertility treatment options and clinics that offer these treatment options. You can even compare cost of IVF treatment as well as success rates across fertility clinics in Europe or any other location.
Combining the availability of information with ease of travel across the world, you have unlocked all the possibilities available to you without the local limitations.
Approximately 25,000 women travel abroad each year for IVF treatment according to recorded statistics. However, this is more than likely to be an underestimation since not everyone traveling for IVF treatment is going to report this to the authorities. Our clinic alone receives over 500 couples from all over the world every year, which shows how much of a trend there is when considering traveling to Cyprus for IVF treatment.
Cost is the main consideration when seeking IVF treatment abroad. The same treatment with the same technology, resulting in similar IVF success can cost dramatically less or more depending on the country this treatment is sought. A standard IVF treatment costs over 10,000 US Dollars in USA, whereas the very same treatment, and in most cases, with higher success outcomes, can cost less than 3,000 US Dollars at our clinic in Cyprus due to serious cost advantages including lower service fees, lower cost of equipment and lower wages.
Another reason why couples travel abroad for IVF treatment is due to legal restrictions as a result of the local IVF regulations at home. While some countries allow women to seek IVF treatment over the age of 50 (using third party reproduction methods such as egg/sperm donation), in other countries, women over the age of 45 may not be allowed to receive fertility treatment with or without third party reproduction options.
Furthermore, some treatments may be available in some parts of the world where they may not be offered in others. For instance, IVF with egg donation (type of IVF treatment where donor eggs are used instead of the patients’ own eggs) is not offered in some countries due to ethical or religious considerations. Therefore, patients seeking treatment using donor eggs need to travel abroad to access this treatment technology. Likewise, some IVF clinics offer gender selection (sex selection) for family balancing or genetic reasons whereas most other clinics won’t even pronounce such an option.
Regardless of the reason for seeking treatment abroad, patients are able to transcend physical borders, local fertility treatment regulations as well as monetary restrictions to become pregnant.
Our clinic has been one of the hot spots for fertility treatments due to favorable regulations and cost advantages. Adding this to the beautiful weather of Cyprus, you can always make your IVF treatment into a holiday vacation and improve the odds of your success by eliminating stress altogether! Check out our IVF success rates page for more information on how North Cyprus IVF center can offer you higher success rates while keeping the cost of IVF treatment affordable.
Traveling to Cyprus for IVF Treatment
Cyprus is a country where the weather is usually warm during winter and hot during summer. It will be in lower 10s during winter and upper 30s during summer, so make sure you pack your clothes according to the weather. It will be a good idea to check the local Cyprus weather prior to your travel so that you can decide for yourself how to pack your bag.
The electric plugs in Cyprus are similar to the ones in the UK, however, patients traveling from other countries should bring an adapter with them if they are planning on bringing electrical equipment with them (blow dryers, cell phone chargers). These Europe-UK converting adapters can be easily found at airports, therefore, if you are traveling to Cyprus from a country other than the UK, then it will be a good idea to purchase a Europe-to-UK adapter for electrical appliances at the airport when you are traveling. These adapters can also be found in Cyprus, but it would be more convenient if you had one on you.
Do not use your cell phone excessively unless you have to. The roaming charges will be high and you will face a large bill upon your return, therefore, it will be wise to obtain a prepaid phone chip with one of the local carriers to use in your cell phone to avoid those charges. Our clinic’s driver will help you obtain one.
The local currency used in Northern Cyprus is Turkish Lira. However, all major currencies including the US Dollars, Euros, and Pound Sterling are accepted at local shops, supermarkets and restaurants due to the traditional role of tourism in North Cyprus. You will also have access to foreign currency exchange offices to change your money into the local currency if you would like to use the local currency.
Turkish is the commonly spoken language in the North. However, most people have conversational skills in English, therefore, you are not likely to have any language barriers. If you have any problems, your patient coordinator and patient care team will help you accordingly.
You can travel to North Cyprus via two distinct routes:
1- Ercan Airport in North Cyprus: This is usually the most preferred route for traveling to North Cyprus as this airport is located in North Cyprus. Given that the Ercan Airport does not offer direct flights from most European cities, travelers are often required to fly to Ercan Airport via a connecting flight in Turkey. Most flights to Ercan Airport have a connection in Istanbul for a short period of time. Affordable tickets to Ercan Airport can be found at Pegasus Airlines, Atlas Jet and Turkish Airlines. Ground transfers to and from the Ercan Airport are offered free of charge by our clinic.
Traveling to North Cyprus does NOT require a visa for American, EU and most Middle East country nationals. However, immigration office in North Cyprus requires a visa for African nationals as well as Armenian nationals. If you are a passport holder of these nationalities, please let us know so that we can organize a visa letter for you to obtain your visa prior to your arrival.
2- Larnaca Airport in Southern Cypurs: Larnaca Airport is located in the South, about one hour driving distance from our clinic, which is still convenient. Since the republic of Cyprus is an EU member, patients traveling through the Larnaca Airport must either be exempted from the visa requirements of the republic of Cyprus, or obtain a visa for travel. Once you are in Cyprus, crossing back and forth between the North and the South takes only about a couple of minutes. Our clinic provides complimentary ground transfers to and from the Larnaca Airport as well, so you don’t have to book your own transport.
Regardless of the airport of your choice, we ask that you let your patient coordinator know your flight itinerary in advance so that your ground transfers can be organized accordingly. If you inform us of your flight information, you will have a driver waiting for you outside the airport terminal holding a sign with your name so that you can recognize your ride.
For information on accommodation, please see the “accommodation” link above.
While you are in Cyprus, you might as well enjoy the natural beauties and fine dining! Below is a list of the main attractions you can fit into your short schedule:
Bellapais Monastery: This historical monastery is located in the beautiful village of Bellapais. It offers an amazing view of the entire coastal strip and has amazing reastaurants where you can enjoy the fine Turkish cuisine. Kybele restaurant is one such place.
Kyrenia Harbor: This historical harbor is one long strip with fine dining, cafes and pubs. The castle located next to the harbor offers a magnificent historical sight you should see.
El Sabor Latino: This restaurant offers a combination of good food, great Sangria, and the mystic ambiance of historical old town of Nicosia.
Lord’s Palace Sky Bar: If you want to enjoy a drink at a roof bar with 360 degrees of the view of beautiful Kyrenia, this is a great place to visit and have a good time.
Galabalik Fish Restaurant: This restaurant, located in Nicosia, is a very nice traditional fish restaurant with traditional cold and hot appetizers.
Some of our patients wonder about the situation between North and South parts of Cyprus. In the past, there was no crossing between the North and the South due to political disagreements on the two sides. However, border crossings were made possible 16 years ago, in 2003. Initially, there were long ques and exhaustive waiting periods to cross back and forth, but as years passed, crosings became a part of every day life and more of a standard activity. Now, there are no visa or paperwork requirements to cross over from the North to the South or from the South to the North. You can simply show your ID card to the civilian clerk at the check point and cross over.
There are a number of check points between the North and the South. Some of these are checkpoints that can be crossed with a car while some are pedestrian only crossings. If you are staying in the South and having your treatment with us in the North, then it will be important to be able to find where our clinic is located. For this, it will be a good idea to organize so that you come to one of the Nicosia checkpoints and our driver can meet you there and take you to the clinic for your appointment. Otherwise, you may have a difficulty finding the clinic, at least on your first apppointment. The main checkpoint which can be crossed by car or by foot is called “Agios Dometios” or “Metehan”. This is the only checkpoint where you can cross with a car. The rest of the checkpoints are pedestrian only crossings.
If you have hired a car in the South, then you will need to purchase additional insurance plan for coverage in the North. At least this is the situation for now, though we have heard that the politicians are working on a unified insurance system as we speak. So if you have hired a car, and would like to purchase the additional insurance plan to drive on the North, that is great. However, it would still be a good idea to organize so that you can meet our driver at the checkpoint and follow him to the clinic so that you don’t get lost trying to find our clinic. While the clinic is located within 3/4 minutes driving distance from the car crossing point, it would still be more convenient to follow the driver at least for your first appointment. If you are not willing to pay for the additional insurance coverage, then we will be happy to send you the driver to meet you at the checkpoint for all your appointments.