Cyprus’s Refugee Fund Tax stamp

The following stamps were affixed in this Protaras postcard

The stamp on the right is a part of the 5-set definitive stamps issued in 1994, showing the traditional costumes of Cyprus. The one on the left is the current issue of what the Cyprus Postal Service Office calls a Refugee Fund Tax Stamp.

Every letter, postcard and parcel has to have an additional refugee postage stamp on it (cost as at January 2011 is 2 cents) in order for it to enter the sending process. The proceeds of the refugee stamps go to the refugee fund, i.e. for the Greek Cypriots who became refugees from their homes in the north of Cyprus after the invasion in 1974. (Source)


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