Some time ago, Turkey was perceived as an underdeveloped and under civilized country, deprived of basic amenities. Today, it is well known that holidays spent in this country may be one of those that you will remember the longest. Modern architecture blends perfectly with historical monuments. Turkey is full of wonderful places and wonders of nature; it is a country offering excellent food, aromatic spices or exotic fruits ripening in the sun. Do not forget that in addition to planning great adventures, you will also have some paperwork to do before your trip to Turkey.
Required documents on a trip to Turkey
Trip to Turkey with a passport
The Turkish authorities require a passport to enter the territory of Turkey. The document must be valid for at least 180 days after crossing the Turkish border. Since you need a visa to enter into Turkey, the passport must have at least one blank page to affix it. The lack of such a space in the passport may lead to the refusal of entry into Turkey.
The passport should be in a state that allows the identification of its holder. The Turkish authorities also pay attention to the photograph – it should be up-to-date and have the characteristics of a biometric photograph. The passport photograph norms require you to sit in a frontal position with a closed mouth, open eyes, and exposed facial contour.
Entry into Turkey with an ID card is not possible.
Trip to Turkey – Tourist and business visa
Anyone planning a trip to Turkey is required to have a visa. If you plan a holiday in Turkey, you must obtain a tourist visa, which entitles you to stay in Turkey for 90 days within a period of 180 days (counted from the date of first entry). Staying in a country with a no longer valid visa may result in the imposition of a financial penalty, as well as a ban on re-entering the country.
A visa can be purchased in several ways. Before leaving, you can buy it online by registering, filling in an electronic form and paying a fee of $20 or €15 (you can do this with any credit card). Confirmation of visa issuance will be sent to the indicated e-mail address. You will need to print it out and present it with your passport during border control or before boarding the plane.
The visa can also be purchased upon arrival in Turkey. At each border crossing point, there are sales points that issue this document on the spot. The fee is higher, of $£30, €25 euros or £20, depending on the currency. The visa must be paid for in cash.
Turkish business visas are issued on exactly the same terms.
If you are going to Turkey for a purpose other than tourism or business, you should apply for a residence permit in this country. An application for a residence permit must be submitted before the expiry of the validity of the previously obtained visa. For more information, visit the website of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Health insurance in Turkey
The cost of treatment in Turkey is relatively high, so even before leaving your home country, it is worth to take out an insurance policy that will guarantee free treatment in the basic range. In smaller medical facilities, it may be necessary to pay for the treatment in cash. In such cases, it is advisable to ask for an invoice, which should be presented to your insurer. You can apply for reimbursement on the basis of the document.