Turkey - Travel Information
Read on for more information about preparing for your holiday to Turkey. Information about getting there, entry requirements, money and vaccinations should answer many of questions. If you have any other queries about travel to Morocco, then please don't hesitate to contact us .Before your trip, we strongly recommend that you check the latest travel advice to your destination. For visitors to Turkey from the UK, we suggest the foreign ofice website.
Getting There & Away
Turkey is relatively easy and good value to reach from the UK. Below is information about direct flights from the UK. If you require any help with flight booking, please get in touch.
There are two airports at Istanbul: Ataturk and Sabiha. Ataturk is closer to the city and more convenient.
British Airways has daily flights to Ataturk from LHR
Turkish Airlines has directflights to Ataturk from LGW, LHR, MAN, BHX, EDI
EasyJet has direct flights to Sabiha from LTN
Pegasus Airlines has direct flights to Sabiha from STN
Cappadocia is serviced by two airports: Kayseri (ASR) and Nevsehir (NAV) Neither of these airports has direct flights from the UK, so you will need to fly via Istanbul and then catch a connecting flight with Pegasus, Atlas Jet & Turkish airlines have. Remember to check which Istanbul airport you are flying in and out of.
Izmir airport (ADB) is not serviced direct from the UK, you will need to fly via Istanbul and then catch a connecting flight. Turkish, Pegasus & Atlas Jet all offer these. During the tourist season (April - October) there are direct flights between Izmir and Kayseri in Cappadocia from Pegasus and Atlas Jet.
For Dalyan holidays, you will need to fly to Dalaman airport (DLM) There are direct flights from most UK airports in the summer season flying with Easyjet, Fly Thomas Cook, Thomson and Jet2.
Visas & Entry Requirements
British nationals require a visa to enter Turkey. The easiest way to get this is online before you depart: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ You will need to provide passport information, flight details and payment of £10 per person. You will need to print out your visa and take it with you. Alternatively, you can still purchase your visa on arrival at the airport. You will need to do this before you proceed through passport control. The cost is £10 per person. This is payable by cash only - make sure you have this in notes. Please check with the FCO website (for UK citizens, or relevant consulate for other nationalities) before you depart to ensure that this advice has not changed. (https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice)
It is imperative that you have personal travel insurance in place. The insurance should include travel delays, loss of baggage and money, medical expenses, personal accident and any cancellation costs.
If you need to make a claim for illness, injury or loss, then please inform your insurance company, the local police and ourselves as soon as possible and follow your insurers instructions.
We ask all clients to provide us with their insurance details and an emergency contact number before they travel. Please ensure that you have done this.
Health & Well-Being
We recommend that you take a travel first aid kit with you and that you visit your local travel clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure. For UK residents, the NHS Fit for travel website (http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/) is an excellent resource. The following is an excerpt from their advice (last updated January 2013, please check for latest advice): “Confirm primary courses and boosters are up to date as recommended for life in Britain - including for example, vaccines required for occupational risk of exposure, lifestyle risks and underlying medical conditions.
Courses or boosters usually advised: hepatitis A. Other vaccines to consider: tetanus; typhoid; hepatitis B; rabies.”
It is possible to buy sanitary items locally, however you may find it more convenient to bring all sanitary essentials with you. Toilet facilities are usually Western style facilities in hotels and restaurants, most of them come equipped with disposal units. If you are participating in wild camping, you will need to dispose of any items once you return to hotel accommodation. Please prepare for this accordingly. We recommend travelling with small disposable bags (eg nappy sacks) and hand sanitiser.
Food & Food Safety
Western food is readily available in Turkey and the local offerings are delicious and rarely spicy. There are a few basic things you can do to reduce the likelihood of an upset stomach:
• Practice good hygiene; wash your hand thoroughly after bathroom visits and before eating. We suggest taking anti-bacterial hand wash with you.
• Tap water in Turkey is not potable; we suggest using mineral water to brush your teeth.
• Avoid eating anything uncooked that may have been washed in tap water (e.g. salad items such as lettuce). Opt for fruit and vegetables that you can skin (eg bananas)
• If you are eating freshly prepared meat or fish, check to see that it has been cooked thoroughly first.
Money & Valuables
The national currency of Turkey is the Turkish Lira, although you may well find that in tourist areas prices are also advertised in Euros. Debit & credit cards are accepted in most places and can be easily used for paying entrance to museums and cafes. It is also worth taking some spare Euros and storing them separately. There are cash machines in large towns and at the main airports.