Travelling to Turkey? What you need to know

If you’re planning a holiday to Turkey in 2019, or beyond, remember that you’ll need to finalise your visa prior to travelling.

It’s no longer possible to apply for an e-visa on arrival in Turkey as self-service e-Visa kiosks were removed from airports in late October 2018.

You therefore need to ensure you have all of the necessary documentation, including your passport, before your trip.

What visa is required to travel to Turkey?

Fortunately, you can apply for an e-visa up to three months in advance of when you wish to travel by visiting the official e-visa website. It costs $20 for the visa (around £15-£16) and once you have it, you can stay in Turkey for up to 90 days in any 180 day period.

An alternative is to apply via the Turkish Consulate in London – this is perhaps your best option if you are planning to study or work in the country, or if you are unsure of your exact visa requirements.

It’s also recommended that you print off a copy, or have an easily accessible version of the e-visa on your smartphone, that you can produce if requested.

What about your passport?

Your passport should also be valid for at least six months from your intended date of arrival in Turkey – while this is only a recommendation, you should look to renew your passport if it is nearing its expiry date.

Make sure you get your passport date stamped if you enter Turkey across a land border too and remember that a failure to abide by the terms of your visa or applicable permit could see you fined, deported and potentially banned from re-entering the country.

When is best to visit Turkey?

Temperatures can regularly top 20°C in April and approach 30°C by July. Be warned though, as temperatures in certain parts of the country can go significantly higher too.

Around 12 hours of sunshine in the summer months make it a popular choice as a beach destination, while if you’d like to explore Turkey a bit more, autumn temperatures are often comfortable and rainfall is limited.

Even the winter months in the southern Mediterranean resort of Antalya see temperatures of between 10°C and 15°C.

If you are intending to travel to Turkey in the coming months, make sure you have adequate travel insurance in place. This is especially the case if you are planning to take part in any adventure sports or other activities that may require additional levels of insurance cover. 

Date Created: 12 February 2019

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