A Country Guide to Turkey

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Health and Vaccinations

Typhoid: Sometimes as typhoid is a threat in rural areas
Diptheria: No
Malaria: Sometimes from May to the end of October in the Cukorova/Amikova areas and in southeast Anatolia, Adana and Antalya
Cholera: No
Yellow Fever: No

Health Care

Health sector is fairly well developed in the country with advanced private healthcare centres in main cities. The cost of healthcare is also much less compared to most other European countries. Understandably, the rural areas have a less-developed healthcare sector. Language is no problem while communicating with the doctors in Turkey, as most of them know one foreign language at least.

The authorities in Turkey strongly advise full travel insurance for all travellers to the country.

Travel Advice

From time to time, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK issues Travel Advisories for visits to Turkey. Accordingly, most visits to Turkey are trouble-free but the global threat from international terrorism can never be ruled out. Therefore, the travellers should take adequate precautions while visiting the places of tourists’ interest in Turkey.

At the time of publishing, this information is correct. However, the travel advice is periodically and rapidly updated. Therefore, all the visitors are advised to contact at the following addresses for the latest travel advice:

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Tel - 0845 850 2829
Website - www.fco.gov.uk

US Department of State
Website - www.travel.state.gov/travel

Passport and Visa Info

NationalityPassport RequiredVisa RequiredReturn Ticket Required
BritishYesNote 3Yes
AustralianYesNote 3Yes
CanadianYesNote 3Yes
USAYesNote 3Yes
Other EUNote 1Note 2/3/4Yes


Passports are required by the nationals of all countries except the nationals of:
Note 1: Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, and Spain.
Identity can be proved either by a valid a national passport or any valid national identity card.

Passport is valid for at least six months from the date of arrival in the country.


Visas are required by nationals of all abovementioned countries except:
(a) Note 2: For EU nationals, visas are not required for stays up to 3 months except those mentioned under Notes 3 and 4 below.
(b) Transit passengers continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft within 24 hours, provided not leaving the airport and in possession of confirmed onward tickets.

The visitors traveling by sea or land via Turkey do not need a visa.

Sticker-type Entry Visas: Tourists and business visitors from the following countries need visas and can obtain a sticker-type entry visa at the point of entry for a varying fee depending on their nationality:

Note 3: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Malta, The Netherlands,Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, the UK and USA for stays not exceeding three months;
Note 4: Greek Cypriot Administrative Region, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Slovak Republic for stays not exceeding one month.

The nationals of all countries, not mentioned in the chart above, should contact their local embassy for visa requirements.

Visa Fee for UK travellers: The UK passport holders can obtain tourist visa either at the port of entry in Turkey for £10 or from the consulate general in the UK for £50. Single transit (up to three months): £30. Study (up to one year): £85. Work (up to one year): £122.

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