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I'm a non-muslim lived and worked for 9 months in Istanbul. So, here's my experience. Turkish people are really really friendly and very kind. They are known as Turkish hospitality which they as a host will take good care of you as a guest. While I was living in Istanbul, I talked and asked many questions to strangers. I never had any problems, even though I ...


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With the exception of some hotels, some high-end (tourist-focused) retail, and many shops are the airport, the only currency used is Turkish Lira. Anywhere that does accept other currencies will do it at a relatively poor exchange rate, so even where it's possible, I wouldn't recommend it. However Money Changers are pretty much omnipresent in Istanbul - at ...


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Turkey is a beautiful country and Turkish citizens are very educated and well mannered pretty much everywhere. If you are taking public or private transport in Turkey, it's very common for people to help you, them typically being very kind to strangers. If you are non-Muslim, take some care of the sensitivities surrounding that, Avoid topics that might ...


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Turkey is listed by Air France as one of the countries requiring this type of information. The Air France list is slightly different from the Wikipedia list (itself based on an info page from Air Canada) but the latter does not claim to be comprehensive (“these countries include […]”). I guess this is called “APIS” by analogy with the US system and other ...


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It's possible, although I would not necessary recommend it in the current climate. First, a map courtesy of the CIA: Start from Diyarbakir, Turkey, in the Turkish area of Kurdistan. Cross into Iraqi Kurdistan via the Ibrahim Khalil checkpoint, firmly in Kurdish hands, and the town of Zakho. Detour to Faysh Khabur at Syria's northeastern tippy-top if ...


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Addresses work similarly in Turkey to most countries, in that a postcode is a general area. The point that your sat nav is showing will likely be the centre of that postcode area. As Henning pointed out, however, that area may be quite large. Here in the UK, urban postcode areas are very small (a few houses) but out in the country they can take in a much ...


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There is a booth at the arrival terminal of Istanbul Atatürk Airport. The company is called IUGO. They are renting WiFi modems, smartphones, tablets and GPS navigators. The service became available in June 2014. WiFi modems and smartphones cost 6EUR/day to rent. Here's a photo of the location (sourced from IUGO's official Twitter page):


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I think it is fairly certain that no such ferries exist. (Confirmed at turkeytravelplanner.com.) Until just recently (10-15 year?) there were no interaction at all between Greece and Turkey. What you can do is to get a ferry from Çeşme (just outside of Izmir) to Chios and from there get on a night ferry to Athens or Thessaloniki. I also found a schematic ...


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You can check all mobile wifi rental companies by yourself and see the list of companies offering the rental service in Turkey. As your travel plan suggests, buying a SIM card is not the best option to solve the connection problem. According to the new law of duties, cell phones from outside Turkey will be blocked between 7-10 days if they are not ...


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The best source for authorized Apple retailers will be Apple itself. Apple's Turkish website links you to sales information in Turkish or English. A search for turns up listings and a map for dozens of authorized retailers within Ankara, and dozens more in nearby cities such as Kirikkale and Çankiri. Additionally, Apple's Online Store has been operating in ...


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Yes, there always are customs laws. Free import: 1kg of coffee; 1kg of instant coffee; 500g of tea; 1kg of chocolate; 1kg food made of sugar; Prohibited Meat and dairy products Free export: Local drinks and foodstuffs up to a total value of TRY 100, each commodity not to exceed 5 kgs Prohibited ...


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Officially Turkey no longer issues Visa-On-Arrival at any airports. The Visa-on-Arrival has been replaced with an "e-Visa" which can be applied for electronically at http://www.evisa.gov.tr/ eVisas are generally issued immediately so you could potentially apply for one whilst in the airside area of the airport if you had internet access, however you will ...


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It is completely okay. I do similar things all the time, although the two passports I hold are both visa-free in most of the places I visit. The Greek official will not care whether you have a stamp from Turkey in your passport. She or he will be concerned only with stamps from Greece and other countries in the Schengen area, to determine whether you have ...


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Although there are quite a few nice beaches along the Black Sea coastline, it's not particularly suitable for a vacation that's beach oriented. The weather will definitely be fine, you shouldn't worry about the temperature. Nor should you worry about the water being too cold either. However there are still a couple of peculiarities that make the northern ...


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Kars has quite a harsh climate. In November and December the driving conditions are not the best in that area. Moreover, if you don't want to freeze your balls off, think twice before considering options that involve walking, hitchhiking or waiting for buses or taxis in the middle of nowhere. From Kars there is a bus to Hopa, on the shores of the Black ...


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I am a UK citizen and have visited Russia, Turkey and Georgia recently (only came back from Georgia 2 weeks ago - via Turkey). It is safe to visit Istanbul (apart from the usual risks associated with being a tourist in an unknown city) and it is safe to visit Moscow. If you want to visit both on one trip, I would strongly recommend that you fly between ...


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Turkish police does not have a page for wanted people, so no online resources by the Turkish government. The only online resource which might give you this information is the interpol, Turkey is a member of interpol and they should send information about wanted people to the interpol, especially those who do not reside in Turkey. Interpol has a page for ...


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Lonely Planet has a practical section on money costs in Istanbul: US dollars and euros are easily changed at exchange bureaux. They are also often accepted as payment without being changed. Rates are similar whichever bureau you go to, with the possible exception of those in the tourist precinct of Sultanahmet. I linked the entire article in case ...


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This recent post from The Istanbul Guide website mentions a few general-purpose apps including: Trafi Türkiye (Free, English and Turkish, iOS and Android) Working with real time data and timetables, this app pretty much unlocks the wondrous world of Istanbul's public transport. This well designed and easy to use public transport map gets you from A ...


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Although not unheard of, it is quite uncommon that ATM operators charge you for using foreign credit or debit cards and after using several different ATMs in Turkey, I've never experienced that Turkish ATM operators do so. Your bank however (Sydbank) charge 2% of the amount, minimum 50 DKK for cash withdrawals abroad. I don't understand why your bank ...


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I have not been able to find any restrictions on the border crossing by foreigners on the Kartsakhi. Actually the most news on the subject I was able to find on Russian and Azeri news sites specifically with respect to the high speed rail project Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (Russian) where Kartsakhi would be the border crossing station for rail traffic on the line. ...


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You want to apply for a Turkish visa and using their e-Visa system. You have a UK Provisional Driving Permit and are asking if it can be presented as a residence permit. tl;dr => no. One of the requirements for a UK Provisional Driving Permit is that the person be a 'UK Resident'. In this context, a 'UK Resident' is a person whose leave to remain was ...


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Kosovo: Based on the list "Who doesn't need a visa" from the Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs, you do indeed need a visa as an Indian citizen. Based on this QA website linked to by the Kosovo MOFA, it seems you can arrange to mail your passport to one of the visa issuing locations. Based on the "Visa application procedure" page, there is no requirement ...


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Travelling from Istanbul to Moscow overland is adventurous at best. For example, there's a big country between the two places called the Ukraine. Assume you take the Asian route, you will almost certainly pass near Kharkiv border and other hot spots along the border of eastern Ukraine. These would include Donetsk and Lugansk. Anywhere near those ...


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The place called IUGO and it was at the Ataturk Airport, Arrival Terminal. We rented a wifi modem and paid tptal of 29 Euro per 5 days.


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I do not know Bulgaria well but I can tell you where you should look at for this kind of outdoor stuff. Karaköy is the best neighbourhood for buying outdoor and camping gear. You can find famous brands for good prices and average equipment for less. There are tens of outdoor shops there. Do not forget to negotiate the prices since there is at least 30% ...


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If you plan on leaving the airport then, as a US passport holder, you will need a Turkish Visa to enter the country. United States of America: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can obtain three month-multiple entry visas from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad and also via the website ...


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So, yes it would seem you do need a visa if you want to leave the airport even if you have a valid Schengen visa. This is the relevant portion from the link for Indian citizens, Ordinary, Special and Service passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Ordinary, Special and Service passport holders with a valid Schengen or OECD ...


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The official website includes the following information: Egypt: Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days. Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Ordinary passport holders may obtain their 30-day single-entry e-Visas via www.evisa.gov.tr, provided that they have a valid Schengen or ...


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I think you can visit Istanbul either on the way to schengen but please check as different rules exist for citizens of different nationalities. Just apply here: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ (pay them and see if you are issued a visa) I just arrived from Turkey and entered using e-visa 2 days ago. I am indian, holding schengen residence permit. This is what ...



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