A new postcode system has just come into effect for North Cyprus. Every district has been allocated a five digit postcode starting with 99, which is to be used in addition to the Mersin 10 code. The new system went live at the weekend and is a huge step forward for the postal service .
The postcodes are internationally recognised by the Universal Postal Union, enabling them to be used in online transactions such as internet shopping. The TRNC Post Office Service has even set up an online “Track and Trace” service to allow residents to check the delivery status of any items ordered simply by entering the barcode number shown on an order receipt. The tracking service, as well as a full list of all the new postcodes can be found on their website: www.posta.gov.ct.tr
Dogan Emirogullari, Director of the TRNC Post Office Service, has promised that postal delivery will be much faster now that the postcodes are in operation, with delivery of a letter within North Cyprus typically taking one day rather than two. Post will now be delivered straight to the door or PO Box, instead of to the nearest post office. Any packages over 20kg will be held at the nearest post office for collection and postal staff will inform the recipient by phone if a contact number is available.
Historically there have been numerous reports of post going missing, specifically post sent from the UK to North Cyprus. Emirogullari says all post from abroad comes via Istanbul, where it is then transported on a Turkish Airlines plane to Ercan airport. From there the Post Office Service takes the post to their headquarters in Nicosia for sorting and distribution. It is not clear at what point the post was going missing, but Emirogullari wants to reassure residents that no post is thrown away and delivery times will be much improved.
LGC News are currently carrying out a test of the new postcodes, with letters and cards sent from the UK, and will report on the results very soon.
Example address with the new postcode:123 Abc Sokak Karakum Mersin 10 99320 Turkey