How to Travel to Turkey
Turkey is a country well-known for its gorgeous and varied culture, its profound history, and its sincere people. Migrant to Turkey can be tough at times, and approximately might even find it too risky to visit (as of June 2018, a travel advisory is in place due
to terrorism and arbitrary detentions), but it’s well worth it to be able to experience all that the Mediterranean country has to offer. If you plan your trip carefully and take steps to ensure your own safety, traveling to Turkey can be an immensely rewarding and unforgettable experience.
Planning Your Trip
Make sure your passport is valid for at least 60 days longer than the duration of your stay. According to the Turkish government, most foreigners who wish to enter the country must have a passport that expires no sooner than 60 days after the end of the duration of stay on their visa.
For example, if you’re entering Turkey with a visa with a 90-day duration of stay, your passport must be valid for at least 150 (90+60) days after the date of your arrival.
Obtain a visa ahead of time. While some nation’s citizens are conditionally exempted from visa requirements, most foreigners wishing to enter Turkey will need to have a visa. Check the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website to determine your exemption status: http://www.mfa.gov.tr/visa-information-for-foreigners.en.mfa
Exchange your travel money for Turkish currency. Choose how much costs money you need to take with you, and exchange it for Turkish currency. You can do this at many banks, in international airports, or through online currency converters.
Traveling and Finding Accommodations
Book a flight into Atatürk International Airport if traveling from distant away. Although it is likely to travel to Turkey by wagon or train, for most travelers, the calmest way to enter the country will be by air. Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport is Turkey’s principal destination for most long-haul international flights, and you can easily arrange travel to other locales from here.
To save money, try booking a flight into Sabiha Gökçen Airport, Istanbul’s “second airport,” which offers some international flights at a discounted rate.
Book your ticket at least three months ahead of time to ensure you’re getting the best price and that you’ll able to fly on the dates you prefer.
Book a hotel or apartment within your budget. Turkish housings run the range from 5-star hotels to old-fashioned country houses. Don’t feel compelled to bust your budget on a top hotel room.
Sightseeing in Turkey
Get a Museum Pass. Museum Passes give you free entry into all museums in the city you’re visiting for up to 5 days. The pass will give you entry into some of the major sites, including Hagia Sophia, Istanbul Mosaic Museum, and the Yildiz Palace.
Keep your ID and visa on you at all times. Carry identifying information and your entry visa with you at all times, and comply with Turkish security personnel if they ask to see them. Keep them in a secure location on your body, such as a bag you hold near the front of your body, and be aware of their location at all times.
Bring your hotel’s Turkish business card with you every time you leave the hotel grounds. If you’re lost, you can show this card to locals or taxi drivers who don’t speak English and get back to your hotel during an emergency.
Carry a cell phone you can use in an emergency. Be sure to have a phone you can use to get in contact with your hotel, the police, or your nation’s embassy during an emergency. Save these emergency numbers in the phone before you leave your hotel.