White beaches, exotic markets, fabulous food and friendly people – Turkey is one of the most fascinating places in the world. Turkey’s rich history due to its central location covers the Greek, Roman and Ottoman periods and gives the country a flavour quite unlike anywhere else in the world.
Famous for legends such as Helen of Troy and The Trojan
Horse, Turkey is also the site of the modern-day legend of the ANZACs. Explore the ancient ruins at your leisure, enjoy baklava and spicy coffee at a kafe, shop for carpets, alabaster or silk, or swim at a secluded beach.
|How are you?||Nasilsiniz?|
|My name is…||Ismim…|
|Pleased to meet you||Tanistigimiza memnun oldum|
|How much?||Ne kadar?|
As with travel to any country, there are risks, so be well-prepared before you leave.
Parts of Turkey are sometimes subject to earthquakes, especially in the north and east, so familiarise yourself with emergency procedures when you arrive. Turkey lies on several fault lines and minor tremors can occur at any time.
Public demonstrations can happen at any time, especially in Istanbul, Ankara or Izmir, and can become violent and escalate quite quickly. Avoid demonstrations even if they are peaceful – it’s best to leave the area if one occurs.
Petty crime is generally low, but as with any major city, thefts and pick-pocketing can occur, especially in crowds. Be wary of strangers in cafes and bars offering you drinks or food, which may be drugged, and avoid unsolicited offers to take you to nightclubs.
When travelling out at night choose a registered yellow taxi and make sure you note the number before entering. Passports have been stolen, even from locked rooms, so make sure yours is safe. Avoid entering restaurants where there is no menu or prices are not clearly posted.
It’s an offence to transport antiquities without a valid receipt and certification and if convicted you could serve a lengthy jail term.
There is a high threat of terrorist attack in some parts of Turkey, especially around significant dates such as the ANZAC ceremonies. Check the risks for your planned area with Smartraveller before you go.
As soon as adverse events such as violence, natural disasters and others that may affect your trip hit mass media, you are not covered unless you already have travel insurance, as it’s no longer ‘unforeseen’.
It’s wise to consider buying your insurance in advance of travelling, as you never know when disaster can strike and cause you to cancel or delay your trip.
Visa and entry and exit regulations are set by the Turkish government and change regularly, so it’s best to check before you go. Currently, Australian passport holders require a visa to enter Turkey, which must be obtained before you arrive (you may be able to arrange this online via e-visa).
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