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Tips, documentation and requirements to travel to Turkey

Turkey is a country that, although a part of it is in Europe, does not belong to the European Union. Therefore, it has specific entry requirements that you should know before traveling. In this article, we give you all the information you need to know to travel on your own to this territory.

Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.

Necessary documents

Citizens of the following countries can enter Turkey with just their ID o National Identity Document, provided it is for tourism and for a maximum of 90 days:

  • Germany
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Greece
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • malt
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
  • Switzerland
Although Spaniards can travel with ID, they must have a visa (in the next section you will find all the information). On the other hand, if you are going to travel in your own vehicle (be it a car, van, motorhome, etc.) or declare valuables at customs, you must carry a passport.

Also, some people can also enter the country with a expired passport during a certain period. They are the following:

  • Germany
  • Belgium
  • Spain
  • France
  • Luxembourg
  • Portugal
  • Switzerland

In this case, all these countries are required that the passport has expired in the last five years, with the exception of Germany, that the passport or ID must be expired in the last year.

The rest of the persons of unnamed nationalities must carry their passport with a minimum validity of 60 days after the duration of the visa or the trip.

On the other hand, most travelers also need to have a visa, which we discuss in detail in the next section.

Visa

Most people must have a visa to visit Turkey. However, there are some people who can enter the country without a visa:

Exemptions

The citizens of the following countries they don't need a visa provided they carry a valid passport, their stay is less than 90 days and the reason for the trip is for tourism or commerce:

  • TO: Germany, Andorra, Argentina
  • B: Bolivia, Bulgaria
  • C: Chile, Vatican City, South Korea
  • D: Denmark
  • AND: Ecuador, El Salvador
  • G: Georgia, Greece
  • F: Finland, France
  • H: Honduras, Hong Kong
  • I: Iran, Iceland, Israel
  • J: Japan
  • K: Kyrgyzstan
  • L: Liechtenstein, Luxembourg
  • M: Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Monaco
  • N: Nicaragua, New Zealand
  • S: San Marino, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland
  • T: Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia
  • OR: Uruguay
  • V: Venezuela

Likewise, people from Bosnia and Herzegovina can stay in Turkey for up to 60 days without a visa and those from Costa Rica, Kazakhstan and Macao for up to 30 days.

If you arrive in the country through a cruise, whenever you spend up to 72 hours in the city near the port and go for tourist reasons, you are exempt from applying for a visa.

Similarly, if you need to stop at an airport in the country, as long as you do not leave the transit zone, you also do not need any permission.

e-Visa

The rest of the territories that we have not named do need a visa. However, many people can request it on-line. In this way, the process is faster and cheaper. The countries that have this right are the following:

  • TO: Greco-Cypriot Administration, Afghanistan, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Austria
  • B: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi
  • C: Cape Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, China, Ivory Coast, Croatia
  • D: Djibouti, Dominica
  • AND: USA, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Eritrea, Spain, Estonia, Ethiopia
  • F: Fiji, Philippines
  • G: Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau
  • H: Haiti, Holland, Hong Kong
  • I: India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Solomon Islands
  • J: Jamaica
  • K: Kenya, Kuwait
  • L: The Bahamas, the Comoros, Lesotho, Latvia, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania
  • M: Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mauritania, Mexico, Mozambique
  • N: Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Norway
  • OR: Oman
  • P: Pakistan, Poland, Portugal
  • R: United Kingdom, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Rwanda
  • S: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland
  • T: Taiwan, Tanzania, East Timor, Togo
  • OR: Uganda
  • V: Vanuatu, Vietnam
  • AND: Yemen
  • Z: Zambia, Zimbabwe

You can enter the website to apply for the visa by clicking in this link. Its price is $ 20 for most countries (€ 15 for Spaniards). However, for Mexicans it is free.

Once you apply for the visa electronically, it will reach your email in 24 hours. People from some countries such as Spain and Mexico can carry out this formality at the Turkish airport through interactive kiosks. However, in this way, the visa is more expensive.

Minors may need the approval of both parents in order to have a visa for Turkey. Also, if the child travels without the parents, it is advisable to carry an authorization.

Ordinary visa

If you come from a country that is not exempt from a visa and cannot apply online, such as Cuba, Colombia or Peru, you must request it through the Turkish Embassy or Consulate. It is recommended to do so one month in advance. Among the requirements that are requested, is to have medical insurance. Also, the visa price will be € 60.

On the other hand, if you want to live in Turkey and to work or study, you must have a special permit, so you will also have to apply through an embassy or consulate.

Tips

Before traveling to Turkey, it is worth knowing some useful data that are remarkably important to avoid any unforeseen events:

Sanitary recommendations

There is no mandatory vaccine to travel to Turkey. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain recommends having the trivalent against diphtheria, tetanus and polio. In addition, depending on the risk of the area and the length of stay, those of typhoid and hepatitis A and B are also advised.

In the cities there are private clinics of quite good quality. Also, in pharmacies you will find generalized medicines in the rest of the world. In order not to incur high expenses in the event of any unforeseen event, it is highly advisable to have a high coverage medical insurance.

Turkey is not part of the European Union, so the European Health Card is not valid in its territory.

During the summer season, it is recommended to boil the vegetables to be consumed or wash them with a drop of food bleach. In addition, it is advisable to avoid eating fish in the non-coastal areas of the State and always drink bottled water.

On the other hand, in the part of Central Anatolia and the Black Sea coast, the victims of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, caused by the bite of a tick, have increased. Therefore, in this area, it is recommended to use repellents.

Security

Turkey is a country that is under terrorist threat. Therefore, we must remain alert and avoid demonstrations and crowds. In addition, in Ankara it is better not to go through the Kızılay area and avoid public, military and police buildings.

Since the attempted coup d'etat perpetrated in 2016, the country has increased security measures.

Among the most dangerous areas of the country are the border areas with Syria and Iraq, in addition to the southeast of the country. The passage of civilians to the regions of Mount Ararat and Tendürek is prohibited.

It is also not considered dangerous for women to travel alone to large cities. However, in the following article you have more detailed information about security in Istanbul: Security and dangerous areas of Istanbul.

Another aspect to remember is that Turkey is in an area of ​​the planet with seismic activity, so earthquakes in the territory are not strange.

User Questions

What is the best time to travel to Turkey?

Spring and autumn are good times to visit the country, as temperatures are milder. In winter, the weather is cold and it can snow, while in summer the heat is quite high. In addition, the number of tourists is higher and, therefore, prices rise.

In the case of being Spanish, is it better to travel with a passport or with your ID?

It is preferable to use the passport before the DNI. However, if we do not have time to get it, we will not go with our own vehicle or declare valuables at customs, we can travel with the DNI.

Can you go to Turkey with a dog?

Yes, but you must meet certain requirements such as having several vaccines (including rabies) and having a favorable veterinary certificate issued within a maximum of 15 days before the trip. If everything necessary is not met, the pet could go to quarantine.

Is it possible to get married in Turkey?

Yes, you can get married in Turkey, but for this you will have to present some papers such as the official passport translation and the single certificate, among others.

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