How it works:
- Violent crime (UNODC’s stats):
- Victims of intentional homicide per 100,000 inhabitants per year: 1.1 (2016) vs global average: 8.2 (2016), Europe average: 1.5 (2016).
- There is a buffer zone between northern and southern Cyprus that is controlled by the United Nations peacekeeping force. This is also known as “The Green Line” and there have been occasional violent incidents.
- Do note that the Government of the Republic of Cyprus is the only internationally recognized authority in Cyprus, though they only control southern Cyprus, while northern Cyprus is controlled by the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus”.
- No recent history, but should not be taken for granted.
- Civil unrest:
- Demonstrations may occur periodically.
What to do:
- Stay alert and don’t look like an easy victim (e.g. looking like a tourist/flaunting valuables).
- Monitor local media in case of any terrorist threats, and avoid the danger zones and demonstrations.
- Be aware of the political sensitivities between northern and southern Cyprus. Do also note that access to roads in the UN Buffer Zone is restricted.