Traveling to Turkey and don’t know where or how to start planning your trip? Let me give you some tips that will help you organize and simplify your trip.
How to plan your trip to Turkey?
When planning your trip to Turkey there are five MUSTS you cannot leave aside:
1- Check all your travel documentation: Before any trip it is important to check you have all your documents in proper conditions. When traveling to Turkey, a valid Passport is required and passports should have enough blank space to allow for Turkish entry and exit stamps. If there is not enough space for entry and exit stamps in your passport, you will be denied entry into Turkey.
A valid visa is required to travel to Turkey. The passport must have at least 60 days beyond the expiration date of your visa, visa exemption, or residence permit. This means if your visa is valid for six months then you should have a passport that is valid for eight months beyond entry date.
All travellers must obtain a Turkish visa from Turkish missions abroad or from the e-Visa application system prior to arrival, depending on eligibility.
What is the e-Visa?
The eVisa is an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) that replaces the “sticker visa” and “stamp-type” visas formerly issued at border crossings. You can obtain the Turkish visa electronically after entering required information and making a payment by credit card online. Turkey e-Visa is only valid for tourism or trade purposes. For other purposes such as work or study, you should apply through Embassies or Consulates. After you have applied, the Turkish Visa is e-mailed to you. All applicants must print out their Turkish Visa, show it to airport officials and customs officers and carry it with them at all times during the travel. If you wish to apply for an e-Visa go to the following website: /turkey-turkish-visa or at the e-Visa website
2- What is your budget? Depending on your budget you may plan longer trips, shorter trips, one city trips or several city trips. Turkey has a lot to offer and for all types of budgets.
3- Places you must visit: Outside Istanbul: If you have a very good budget then I suggest you visit the following places outside Istanbul: -Cappadocia: unusual formations that look like chimneys, cones and pinnacles. -Ephesus: one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire where you can find the Temple of Artemis. -Bodrum: stunning beaches and cliff-top resorts. -Side: town of classic ruins and modern day resorts with sandy white beaches. -Mamaris: turquoise waters and historic architecture. -Antalya: gorgeous beaches, green mountains and ancient ruins. -Konya: remarkable Seljuk architecture and whirling dervishes.
Inside Instanbul: Doesn’t matter what your budget is, once in Istanbul you may visit the following sites: -Blue Mosque -Aya Sofya -Basilica Cistern -Topkapi Palace -Ayasofya Hūrrem Sultan Hamam -Sūleymaniye Mosque -Gran Bazar -Bosphorus Strait
4- Health: To stay healthy during your trip I recommend:
• To eat well-cooked foods • To eat Pasteurized Dairy Products. Fresh dairy products may have bacteria. • To peel fruits and vegetables. • To avoid food from street vendors or food that is served at room temperature. • To always drink water that is well sealed.
5- Research your destination! It is very important to research the cities you will be visiting, their customs, local laws and culture. There is nothing like arriving at your destination and not feeling lost. Knowing exactly where you are and where you are going. Knowing what you are looking at when visiting museums and being informed. It is also important to check the local weather. If you are aware of the weather then there won’t be any surprises in the trip and you will have packed adequately.