Travelling to Turkey
Straddling the border between Europe and Asia, east meets west right in the heart of Turkey’s largest city Istanbul.
It's overall landmass is approximately the size of the American state of Texas, and whilst 97% of it sits within Asia, 3% of it lies within the continent of Europe, making Istanbul the only city in the world to span two continents. It is one of the most populous in the region, just behind the likes of Paris and Moscow.
The country shares a border with eight other countries; Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Bulgaria, Greece, and Georgia, as well as three seas; The Black Sea, The Mediterranean Sea and The Aegean Sea.
The Republic of Turkey (so called since 1923) therefore offers holidaymakers a unique blend of cultural heritage, landscape and history like few other destinations can. Approximately 30 million tourists a year agree. Turkey has been a holiday hotspot for some time and visitors are welcomed by incredibly hospitable and friendly locals, who are pleased to offer insight into their heritage.
Don’t be put off by the large tourist numbers though - mountain scenery, stunning beaches, cosmopolitan cities, rich culture and some of the world’s most delicious cuisine means there’s still so much to discover.
Official Language in Turkey
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Turkey Visas and E-Visas
Just in case of any technical issues at the Turkish border, take a printed paper copy with you and an electronic version on your smart device. Be wary of fake e-visa websites, only purchase your e-visa at the official site: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
Visit the Foreign Office website for more information.
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), is not valid in Turkey. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.