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'Glitch led to border ordeal'

A BRITISH expat on a shopping trip to South Cyprus was ejected from a coach by TRNC police at the Metehan border, accused of being an “overstayer” and threatened with a fine.

'Glitch led to border ordeal'

By KEREM HASAN

Chief Reporter

The incident occurred on Thursday as the coach carried a British Residents Society (BRS) group on a shopping trip to the Nicosia Mall in South Cyprus.

The matter, which highlighted ongoing confusion over new residency rules for foreign nationals introduced in October, was later blamed as “a glitch in the system” by a senior government official.

Linda Reddy, 69, of Yeşiltepe, said she was shocked when police asked her to get off the vehicle, with an officer claiming that she had overstayed on a tourist visa that was valid for 30 days. The visa had been issued on November 1.

 “I was pulled off the coach and told I would receive a fine of 647TL,” Mrs Reddy told Cyprus Today.

“They said my 30-day tourist visa had expired following introduction of new residency rules. I said that I had lived in the TRNC for 13 years and that I owned property here.”

Mrs Reddy said that on returning to Ercan airport from a visit to the UK her British passport had not been stamped with any visa, nor was she advised that she had a 30-day limit on her stay.

The mother-of-two, who is originally from Norfolk, said that she feared she would be arrested due to the attitude of the officer at Metehan.

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