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What NOT to Forget on your holiday to Turkey

16th March 2015

Turkey is one of the top holiday destinations for travellers from the UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Germany. And with its fantastic weather, tasty food, amazing sights and beautiful landscapes; it’s easy to see why.

So for all you Turkey lovers out there, who count down the days, hours, and minutes until your next summer holiday! We have created a guide for "What NOT to Forget on your holiday to Turkey!"

Your've packed your sun cream, sun glasses, sandals and best swimming costume! but what else should you consider?

1. Evisa - This is a must!The Turkish Tourist Visa or e-Visa is a document that allows the bearer to legally enter Turkey.

Each visa is valid for 180 days and allows the visitor multiple entries of up to 90 days in Turkey.

The e-visa can be purchased online or on entry to Turkey, and for online purchases please use the official e-visa website:-
Visitors arriving to Turkey can also purchase the visa from Turkish airports, either by interactive kiosk placed at arrivals, or directly from border authorities.

- Evisa update - Obtaining an evisa from Airports in Turkey 2015
- Turkish Tourist Visa

2. Passport ValidityCheck and check again that you have a valid passport.
As from 1 January 2015 passports should have at least 60 days validity from the date of expiry of a traveller's visa, visa exemption period or residency permit to be able to enter the country.

More info can be found here

3. AdaptorsRemember to pack an adaptor for your devices. The voltage in Turkey is 230 V (50 Hz) and you will need a European two pole plug adaptor.

4. Money / Credit CardsIt is advisable to change a small amount of lira from your home country and exchange the rest when you arrive, you will get a better rate of exchange. Top tip - Use a local bank to exchange your currency.

5. AlcoholAlcohol tends to be more expensive in Turkey due to it being highly taxed this is especially so for imported alcoholic beverages.
Top tip -  If you are staying in self catering accomodation - Purchase alcohol from duty free before your flight.

The following goods may be imported into Turkey by travellers aged 18 and over without incurring customs duty:

• 400 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars and 250g of tobacco.
• 1L of alcohol over 22% volume or 2L of alcohol under 22% volume.
• 600ml of perfume and eau de toilette.
• 2kg of food products (eg tea, coffee or confectionery).
• Souvenirs to the value of €430 (reduced to €150 for children under 15).

6. Travel InsuranceAvoid your dream holiday turning into a nightmare by purchasing travel insurance. Before you head off, it’s essential that you organise travel insurance or check that your policy is still valid (and will cover the duration of your stay)

7. Car HireDon't forget to book your car hire in advance. This can be done online via any of the big car hire firms. (located inside the Turkish airports)
During the high season it can be difficult to hire good quality cars for the duration of your stay.

What you need to hire a car - All you need is a valid national or international driving license. & credit card.

8. Appropriate Clothing for Site SeeingIf you plan on site seeing during your holiday, please remember to bring appropriate clothing. (especially when visiting a mosque)

Please be respectful by dressing modestly as all visitors are expected to cover the majority of their body. For tourist these rules can be less strict, However, it is advisable to cover the hair as well as the shoulders and knees. Covering the knees and shoulders is also expected from male visitors. Some mosques will provide a scarf or other attires free of charge.

- Do’s and Don’ts when visiting a Mosque in Turkey

Tips:Very useful –Photocopy your passport and leave it with someone you trust. If you do lose your passport, they can fax the photocopy through to you. This will help your local consulate to issue new travel documents quicker.

Save luggage space for all your holiday purchases -
Don't forget to save space for your bargain goods, i.e The best fake bags money can buy!

And lastly remember the most important thing…

Have a Great Holiday!


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