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F.A.Q about Turkey

3rd August 2015

Turkey’s no doubt one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations and once you’ve visited you’re almost certain to want to visit again in the future. But what about those of you who are visiting Turkey for the first time? It’s natural that you’ll no doubt have questions about where you’ll be holidaying.

These questions will range from simple things like questions about the public transport available, to the weather cycles to more serious questions like concerns over your safety. So to answer some of these questions I’ve put together an FAQ. That answers the top 5 most frequently asked questions about holidaying in Turkey.

Q. Is Turkey a safe place to travel too?
There’s been a few examples of misreporting in the UK over tourists safety in Turkey that will no doubt have worried some holiday-goers. The reality of the matter is that Turkey is actually a very safe country with a good record for tourist safety.

And Turkey’s crime rate is very low when compared to many other Western European countries, plus the Turkish people are very kind and courteous. 

Q. Is Turkey only good for beach for holidays? 
While Turkey is no doubt popular for its beaches it’s a common misconception to think that beach holidays are all Turkey as to offer. Turkey is a country with a rich history and culture that you can explore at your leisure.

There’s a number of museums, galleries and ruin sites for you to explore as well as a number of religious sites and parks. So while Turkey is famed for its magnificent beaches there’s still plenty to do of the beach as well.

Q. What is the best time to travel to Turkey?
Turkey can be visited all year round so the best time for you depends entirely on what you want to get out of your holiday. If you want to enjoy the sunshine then the spring and summer months will be best for you.

If you want to explore ancient ruins and enjoy the shops then you might prefer the autumn months because you’ll have cooler weather and less crowds. Visiting Turkey in the winter (like most countries) is likely going to be more niche but there’s still plenty to enjoy.

Q. Where do I get an e-visa?
Holiday makers must purchase an entry visa when visiting Turkey. Please use the official e-visa website to purchase your e-visa online.
The online cost is approx. 12GBP or 20USD. You may also purchase the entry visa on arrival to Turkey at 20 GBP per visa.

Q. Is Turkey an Islamic country?
It’s surprising just how many people incorrectly believe Turkey is an Islamic country, while Turkey does have a strong Muslim populace on the whole the population of Turkey is very diverse. Turkey is also in fact a secular country where many people of different faiths work and live together in harmony.  

Q. How do I have to dress if I’ am visiting Turkey?
There’s no strict dress code if your visiting Turkey, rumours that woman have to wear burqas or veils are completely unfounded. If you’re visiting during the spring or summer shorts and T-shirts are the usual tourist outfit, while thicker clothes are more suited for the cooler months.

The only areas where you’ll have to adopt a dress code is if you visit any of the mosques in Turkey. You’ll have to dress neatly and ensure you’re not wearing any revealing clothing (this goes for both men and women) women will also have to wear a headscarf. Some mosques will provide these on entry for you.

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