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Travel Tips


Do I need a visa to travel to Turkey?

Australia: Yes – apply for an e-visa before you go
Belgium: Yes – apply for an e-visa before you go
Canada: Yes – apply for an e-visa before you go
Germany: No – not required
Ireland: Yes – apply for an e-visa before you go
Netherlands: Yes – apply for an e-visa before you go
New Zealand: No – not required
South Africa: Yes – apply for an e-visa before you go
Switzerland: No – not required
United Kingdom: Yes – apply for an e-visa before you go
USA: Yes – apply for an e-visa before you go

Most nationalities require a visa to enter Turkey. Visas must be obtained through the e-Visa system. To apply for an e-visa, please go to https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ at least two weeks before you arrive in Turkey. This multiple entry e-Visa costs USD60 as is valid for 90 days. Please note, visa costs can change at any time and with little notice depending on the political climate of the region.

Some countries do not require a visa at all. This includes passport holders from New Zealand, Argentina, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland for stays up to three months. We recommend all nationalities check with their local consulate or embassy as this information can change.

Entry Requirements – Passport Validity:
Foreigners entering Turkey must carry a passport with at least 60 days validity beyond the expiry date of their visa.


Do I need to purchase travel insurance before travelling to Turkey?

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.


Is tipping customary in Turkey?

While tipping isn’t mandatory, a tip of small change will be appreciated by restaurant staff. It’s also common to tip tour guides and drivers of the tours.


What is internet access like in Turkey?

Internet cafes are quite common in Turkey’s large cities. Expect less internet availability in rural and remote areas.


Can I use my mobile/cell phone while in Turkey?

Mobile phone coverage is good in Turkey, especially in large cities. Coverage may not be available in more remote areas. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your mobile carrier before you leave home if you wish to use your mobile.


Are credit cards accepted widely in Turkey?

Major credit cards are widely accepted in tourist shopping areas and large hotels, but are less commonly accepted by smaller vendors, in remote towns and rural areas. Make sure you carry enough cash for purchases, since credit cards aren’t always an option in Turkey.


What is ATM access like in Turkey?

ATMs are available in large cities but are less common in rural areas and smaller towns. Be prepared for this by having enough cash before travelling out of the city.