A large country straddling the border between Europe and Asia, with Ankara as the capital.

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Is Van a good base to visit Turkey and Kurdistan?

I am planning to spend 3 weeks in Turkey and Kurdistan. I'm told the region is relatively small and I could feasibly stay in Van and explore from there. Is that wise? If not what other cites would ...
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What currencies can I use in Istanbul?

Besides the Turkish Lira, can I use US dollars and/or Euros in Istanbul? I mean particularly for paying in taxis, groceries and vegetable markets. If this is possible, is there any additional cost ...
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How to calculate stays against 90/180 visa rules?

Some destinations have a "90/180 rule" which says you can come and go but you must not spend over 90 days out of any 180 days in the area. A recent question asked by a new contributor concerns this ...
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Is there a bus/coach direct from Batumi, Georgia to Istanbul, Turkey?

I've been doing some online searches for a friend staying in my hostel here in Batumi who wants to travel to Istanbul tomorrow. Now I know there are direct buses from various cities in Turkey to ...
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Which bus terminal in Istanbul for a bus to Bodrum?

My initial plan on arriving in Istanbul was to catch an early morning ferry out of the city and then making my way down by train to Izmir. However, now that I think of it, this plan sounds like an ...
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Safe overland route from Turkey to India using public transportation?

I know there is very similar question, however it was in 2011 and many things have changed since then. Now is 2016. I'm interested in public transportation overland (buses, trains), least - oversea, ...
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What time does the Tbilisi to Istanbul bus depart?

I know there are buses running between Istanbul Turkey and Tbilisi Georgia. I know they take about 30 hours and cost about $35. What I don't know is what time they depart Tbilisi and what time ...
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Is it possible to take a direct bus from Tbilisi to Istanbul?

I'd like to go by bus directly from Tbilisi to Istanbul. My questions are: What companies run on the route (please list as many as you know)? What bus Station in Tbilisi does each Company operate ...
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What international border crossings link Turkey, Georgia and Russia?

Looking to travel from Turkey into Georgia and then Russia with motocycle What international border crossings link Turkey Georgia and Russia? Is it possible to go by ferry from Turkey to Russia?
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Flying in the EU, can I transit in Istanbul airport without a passport?

I was going to book tickets from Bucharest to Malta, but there is a stop in Istanbul, Turkey. Can I take this flight with just a Romanian ID card? The Turkish airlines transit information page ...
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Is a photocopy of your passport valid ID in Turkey?

This site tells me: It is illegal not to carry some form of photographic ID in Turkey. Carry a photocopy of your passport with you at all times. However i want to double check. While it would be ...
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Printing a (scientific) poster near Boğaziçi University in Istanbul

I have to make a poster presentation at Boğaziçi University in two months and will not be able to bring the poster with me on the airplane. Therefore, I'd like to print it near the University from a ...
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Should I cancel my trip to Turkey due to the recent protests?

I've been planning a trip to turkey for this July. How easy would it be to avoid the areas where people are demonstrating? If I hadn't already booked my flights, I would probably postpone the trip ...
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Will I be able to benefit from free movement in Europe

My mother is going to get her citizenship from France within a year or so. In this website it is stated that family members of EU nationals can have the right of free movement. So will I be able to ...
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Do I need to get a visa for Turkey?

I'm going to travel to Iran from Germany. Since I've booked connected flights (Germany- Turkey, Turkey- Iran), do I need a visa for Turkey as well as Iran? This is my flights schedule: Basel-...
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Will travellers be able to get full internet access in Turkey during the current protests/riots?

With the current widespread riots in Turkey, the police reaction, the government's intervention and the worldwide observation, there've been reports of threats to have the internet restricted, as has ...
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How to get from Istanbul Atatürk Airport to Çanakkale‎?

The usual way to get from Istanbul to Çanakkale‎ is to take a direct bus from the Büyük or the Harem otogar (bus station). That's especially true if you stay somewhere in the "center" of Istanbul. But ...
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Non-EU citizen travelling with EU citizen (Irish spouse) to Turkey; do I need a visa?

Am a non EU citizen but my husband is. We live and work in UK and I have a residential permit. I'm looking to book a holiday to Turkey for my hubby and I for 5 days. Do I need to apply for a visa to ...
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Can we enter Istanbul, Turkey and Frankfurt, Germany while flying through in transit for a few hours?

I am a US Citizen and my wife is an Indian citizen with a Permanent residency (Green Card). While travelling on vacation to Europe from the US, we will have 2 long connections in Instanbul, Turkey on ...
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Is it cheaper and/or easier to buy a cheap tent and sleeping bag in Turkey or Bulgaria?

I'm currently in Istanbul but will soon head west to the Romania/Bulgaria border (hitchhiking) and intend to buy a cheap tent and sleeping bag on the way. I don't need a famous brand. Just something ...
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Traveling from Canada to Istanbul & Athens - 2 different passports?

I am a dual Canadian/Iranian national and I am traveling to Istanbul (Turkey) mid June and staying a few days and then traveling to Athens (Greece) for 1.5 weeks, then I am returning to Canada. As a ...
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Transit in Turkey for Swiss and Bulgarian citizens

We plan to flight me, my wife and our daughter to Bulgaria and one option is to flight from Geneva to Istanbul, then Istanbul-Varna. The question is: As a Swiss citizen I can normally go to Bulgaria ...
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Duration of Schengen visa while travelling to non Schengen areas which allow Schengen visa

I'm planning to travel to the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Turkey. I'll be in Netherlands for 4 days, Bulgaria for 4 and Turkey for 2. I'm applying for a Schengen visa for the Netherlands. Considering ...
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Is it normal for a Hotel to kick out a sick child? [closed]

We were staying at a Hotel in Turkey and on day 5 our child became ill with HFMD ( hand, foot and mouth disease) the hotel Dr sent us to the hospital, on the same day 3 families with very young ...
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50$ per day requirement for entry into Turkey

I am travelling to Turkey in ten days on an already approved e-Visa. The visa document says that, I need to prove that I hold a return ticket, hotel reservation and at least 50 $ per each day of my ...
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Sufi Dance in Turkey

I'm looking for a Sufi dance show in Istanbul. I'd like to watch for a "real and non-hollywood" show. I don't need dinner nor drinks nor any kind of extras.
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Is there a legal depth limit for scuba divers in Turkey?

Last year (2014), the guys from our dive center in Turkey told us that there is a (new) legal depth limit of 30m (100ft) for all scuba divers (including CMAS 3* and PADI Dive Master) which is enforced ...
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passport validity less than 6 months

I'm Malaysian student in Jordan. I'm planning to travel to Kuala Lumpur via Turkish Airlines on the next month. Based on the flight details on Turkish Airlines webpage, I should transit in Istanbul (...
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Do I need a transit visa travelling from Pakistan via Turkey to Iraq?

I've got a Pakistani passport & I'm going to travel from Pakistan to Iraq with a stay of 17 hours at a Turkish airport. Do I need a transit visa?
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Overnight land-based travel from Istanbul (Turkey) to Skopje (Macedonia)?

I am looking to travel between Istanbul and Skopje overland during August (2015) and wondered what the best way to do this would be? My initial plan was to take an overnight bus as I've found ...
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Turkish visa processing still ongoing after the date of my intended trip has passed. What can I do?

I applied for a Turkish tourist visa here at the embassy as I was not eligible for e-Visa. Problem is that hotel arrangements and flight schedules that I provided have already expired and yet the ...
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What type of visa do I need for short term voluntary work in Turkey?

I am from the UK and planning on traveling through Europe into west Asia. I would like to volunteer while staying at home-stays for brief periods e.g one or two weeks. For example - one website: http:...
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Do US citizens need a visa for Turkey?

I understand that Turkey does not belong to Schengen area. So would I need to have a visa to visit Turkey?
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Transit visa at Istanbul Airport, Turkey, during a Turkish Airlines arranged stopover?

Do I need a transit visa at Istanbul Airport to enter Istanbul for city sightseeing or hotel accommodation?. All services provided free by the Turkish Airline. I am Nigerian citizen and booked Turkish ...
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As European citizen (Italian), do I need a passport or ID card to get to Istanbul?

I'm a European Citizen (Italian), I'm planning to go to Istanbul in a very short time. I'm not sure I've time to make my passport, so I would like to know if I can get to Turkey with just my ID Card, ...
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Schengen visa from Turkey on Pakistani Passport

i am visiting Turkey as a tourist for one week on Pakistani Passport, can I apply for Schengen Visa from Turkey while visiting Istanul
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How to go from Kars, Turkey to Georgia?

I will travel in Turkey in Nov/Dec 2015. I will take the train from Istanbul to the far east of Turkey. As far as I know, Kars is the east end of the railway. So, how can I go from Kars to Georgia?...
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Rail travel from Turkey through Georgia to Russia

Can I travel by rail from Turkey through Georgia to Russia ?
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Is 1.25 hour layover in Turkey Sabiha airport suficient

I'm flying from Moscow to Antalia. There is a 1.25 hour layover in Sabiha airport. in general, would it be sufficient in case of picking up luggage? The air company is the same and I will travel with ...
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Food imports and exports from Turkey

I am travelling to Turkey and would like to know if are there any laws/regulations regarding bringing food into or out of Turkey?
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I am travelling from India to Kosovo via Turkey - do I need a visa as an Indian citizen?

I am an Indian citizen planning for a 90 days Business Trip to Kosovo and I have invitation letters from an Office in Kosovo. Do I need to have a Visa to enter Kosovo for 90 days? I am getting ...
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Getting to Cappadocia: Nevsehir or Kayseri Airport?

We (my wife, our 3.5 year old kid, me) are planning to visit Cappadocia in April for about about 4 days, following a stay in Istanbul. According to google maps, it takes 1 1/2 hours from Kayseri ...
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Travelling through Turkey with Russian Passport

I'm not really into politics and a friend of mine advised me not to travel through Turkey due to political tensions. Now the price through Istanbul is twices cheaper than going through London. ...
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Turkey Overstay impact on subsequent UK visas?

I need an important help on my further visa. I have been in Turkey two years back on work visa. I was working for a company out there and it was an IT project. The visa duration was for a year but ...
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Caucasus: end overland trip where I started without retracing my steps

I'm looking into a Caucasus trip visiting Turkey, Georgia and Armenia. A return flight from IST is far cheaper than a multi-city flight, so I'd like to get back to Istanbul without going over the same ...
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Quiet beach near Istanbul [closed]

Are there are any places to have quite relax on the seaside near Istanbul (less than 100 km)? It would be nice to have place to stay for few nights in this location.
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Travel to Turkey, How to Insure travel in case of Travel Advisory and Escalation

I'm a US citizen, Planning a trip to Turkey (Flight into Istanbul, travel on both the european and middle eastern half), leaving October 15th. There is currently a State Department travel advisory on ...
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Is it Possible to Exchange Turkish Lira Coins in Tbilisi?

Does anyone know if I can exchange Lira coins in Tbilisi? I'm usually careful to not return home with coins since nobody will take them on exchange, but ended up with a bunch of Lira. I would be ...
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Best way to send valuable item back home while travelling (Istanbul)?

I'm in Istanbul for a couple months and my phone is broken but it's still under warranty. I would like to send my phone back home to get it fixed but as I don't speak Turkish and I find it's quite ...
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Do I need a transit visa for a layover in Turkey?

I have a flight layover of 12 hours at Istanbul. I have a official Indian passport and will have a Schengen visa as I will be returning from Germany. Do I need a transit visa for city tour? If yes, ...