Tourist Information & Essential Tips.
This information is currently being updated and is subject to change at anytime,
so it’s for general guidance only.
Nearest town for Banks, Post Office, Doctors, Supermarkets and much more is:
The Electronic Visa (e-Visa) Application System was launched on 17 April 2013 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey. This system allows visitors traveling to Turkey to easily obtain their e-Visas online (www.evisa.gov.tr), in approximately three minutes.
As of 1 January 2015, in accordance with the article 7.1b of “the Law on Foreigners and International Protection” no. 6458, foreigners wishing to enter Turkey should carry a travel document (passport) with an expiration date at least 60 days beyond the “duration of stay” of their visa, e-Visa, visa exemption, or residence permit.
Passports must have at least one blank page for passport control to issue the entry and exit stamp.
Further gatherings may occur in Istanbul; if you’re in Turkey, you should follow the advice of the local authorities; in Istanbul and Ankara, demonstrations and gatherings may occur at short notice; you should be vigilant, particularly in areas where crowds may gather, and stay well away from any demonstrations; enhanced checks for Turkish nationals may lead to delays or long queues at foreign national desks; you should turn up at the airport earlier than normal to get through these delays, carry identification at all times.
Safety and Security
Local travel – Syrian border
The FCO advise against all travel to within 10km of the border with Syria. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the remaining areas of Sirnak, Mardin, Sanlurfa, Gaziantep, Kilis and Hatay provinces. On 20 July 2015, a suicide bomber killed 33 people and injured over 100 others in Suruc, Sanlurfa. On 11 May 2013, 2 car bombs killed 53 people and wounded more than 100 in the town of Reyhanli, Hatay province. Fighting in Syria continues in areas close to the Turkish border and there remains a heightened risk of terrorism in the region.
Visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. Country specific information and advice is published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre on the TravelHealthPro website and by NHS (Scotland) on the fitfortravel website. Useful information and advice about healthcare abroad is also available on the NHS Choices website.
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), is not valid in Turkey. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.
If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 112 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.