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Questions tagged [turkey]

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

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While on vacation my taxi took a longer route, possibly to scam me out of money. How can I deal with this?

I am on vacation and I have realized that some people here in Turkey are trying their best to get the money out of my pocket. I have already had a situation where after a folklore show I decided to ...
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Why does the Chinese visa form specifically ask about visits to Turkey?

In the Chinese visa form it says Applicants who were born in Turkey or who have travelled to Turkey must provide an original personal letter. This letter should state the detailed reasons for ...
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Is it rude to tell the ice cream man in Istanbul not to mess with me?

I have never been to Istanbul but I am planning to go there with the kids. A friend of mine showed me yesterday a video of him buying ice cream from a traditional ice cream shop in Istanbul. He ...
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Was I scammed by BoraJet? They cancelled the flight, promised to pay for another ticket - it didn't happen

This is about the Turkish airline BoraJet. I was going from Istanbul to Ankara via BoraJet, but when I arrived at the airport, the flight was cancelled by the airline. The manager of BoraJet told me ...
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How can I meet the world's most jovial taxi driver?

I'm a fan of Anthony Bourdain's TV shows and the two times he's been to Istanbul he was driven and shown around by the tirelessly cheerful and voluble taxi driver/entertainer Issam (Ihsan ? Isham ? ...
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Where on earth is this image from the backgrounds in Windows?

My Russian colleague had this image as his desktop, so I asked if it was Lake Baikal or not. He actually didn't know, as it was just one of the default Windows desktops that he had. So, the question ...
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Do I need a Turkey transit visa for a layover?

I have an Indian passport and am planning to visit Germany with a valid visa. To book a flight for Germany (Mumbai – Dusseldorf), I came across some connected flights that stop at Istanbul. Do I need ...
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Is it safe to drink the tap water in Istanbul?

Is the water from the tap/faucet potable in Istanbul or must I buy bottled water? If not, what are the specific contaminants in it?
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How to solve the language problem in Ankara, Turkey?

I will start studying my Master at Ankara, Turkey soon. I don't know the language and I receive strange behaviors when asking help in English: For example, I start with "Merhaba" ("Hello" in ...
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Late boarding and passport control failures caused a missed flight in Turkey on a non-EU airline - what compensation can I claim?

I've just had a two part flight, Antalya-Istanbul-London Gatwick via Pegasus airlines. I arrived at the airport early and checked in with plenty of time to spare. The boarding for the first part of ...
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Etiquette for talking to others on public transport in Turkey

Beyond asking for directions and skipping sensitive topics like religion, politics, regional conflicts, is it considered rude to talk to strangers on Turkish public transport (trains, buses) ? Is ...
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How can you complain about being wrongly denied boarding and demand compensation?

An African friend of mine was traveling from Dar es Salaam to the UK (Manchester) and had an "Indefinite leave to remain" visa. His wife and children live in the UK. He was flying on Turkish ...
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Should I tip in restaurants in Turkey?

I will be in Istanbul for a week. Do I have to tip in restaurants or not?
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Crossing from Georgia into Turkey

Going from Georgia into Turkey overland—can you do that without problems? (Assume no visa requirement for either country.) What border crossing points are there? Also, what are the public transport ...
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Is there any way to safely check expensive electronics on a flight?

The unanimous verdict is, DON'T put anything expensive in your checked luggage. I get that. But I'm in a bit of a tough spot here. Long story short, I'm sitting here in the U.S. with a $2000 piece of ...
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I wasn't allowed to check in for my flight because I didn't have a Turkish transit visa

I was going to Dubai, with a transit in Istanbul. I was to land in Atatürk International Airport and, on the same day, fly from Sabiha Gökçen Airport. Both flights were on Turkish Airlines. When I ...
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Can I pay for my Turkish visa on arrival at the airport in Euros?

I'm Australian, flying into Istanbul Turkey tomorrow (Ataturk airport) and I know from last year's trip that I must pay a visa fee upon entry. But last year I crossed by land from Bulgaria and this ...
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Traveling to Turkey and Istanbul during Ramadan

I am contemplating traveling to Turkey and Istanbul during Ramadan. Turkey seems more liberal than other Muslim majority countries, so I wonder the effect of Ramadan are during that time. Will ...
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Can immigration authorities make cross checks between multiple passports of the same (German) person?

I have the following specific case but it would be nice to have a general answer if one does exist: A fellow German traveler just spent 3 months in Turkey on his passport. He just then left to ...
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Turkey's secret underground city

On Feb 14, 2017 the BBC released a video on their website entitled Turkey's secret underground city but they don't actually mention the name of the city. They video concludes by saying "authorities ...
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Travelling from Germany to Iran

Travelling from Germany to Iran, I'm looking for the cheapest but comfortable way. One idea is to travel to Turkey then going to Iran form there. There are many flights with reasonable price for ...
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Flying to, but not entering, Turkey without passport

I am a Swedish citizen and will fly to Saudi Arabia (with approproate visa) shortly. My route is as follows; Gothenburg-Istanbul and Istanbul-Riyadh (GOT-IST-RUH). On the flight IST-RUH, I will be ...
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Where in Istanbul is this dome people are standing on with views across the city?

I'd like to enjoy the scenery where the following pictures were taken:
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Train connection from Istanbul to Sofia?

Is it possible to go from Istanbul to Sofia by train? This link suggests there is a train connection between the two cities: https://rail.cc/en/train/sofia-to-istanbul but I can't find it on the ...
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What should we consider when buying a gift for a host family in Turkey?

In September, we are traveling to Turkey. Part of the trip is a family home stay. We will be staying with a local family who will feed and house us for the night. We want to thank the family with a ...
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What are Android and/or iOS apps for public transit directions in Istanbul, Turkey?

I found that Google maps doesn't provide public transit functionality in Istanbul, so I'm curious what apps natives use?
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How can I find out if I'm wanted in Turkey?

Say that I want to travel to a foreign country, but it's possible I am wanted by the authorities there*. To find out if this is the case, I could just go, and see if I get arrested at the airport, but ...
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Where in Istanbul airport can I rent a portable 3G/LTE Wifi hotspot?

Since Turkey's mobile phone legislation is a pain in the ass, I'm considering renting a 3G/LTE Wifi hotspot on the two stopovers I will have there in February. Is there a company which could rent me ...
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How to eat a meal with locals in Turkey?

When I was in Japan I found this website that matches travellers with locals in various cities who host them for dinner and I thought it was a great travel experience. I'm wondering if there's any ...
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Is there currently train service between Turkey and Iran?

According to this website the train service between Istanbul and Tehran is suspended and the alternative company they propose makes its last stop in Turkey and requires guides to accompany people into ...
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Can you currently get from Turkey to Egypt by ferry?

Since April 2012, Anrusstrans is offering a ferry service between the Turkish port of Mersin, in the south east of the country, and Port Said, east of Alexandria on the Egyptian coast. Over at ...
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How to use Turkish toilet tap?

I was in Turkey a while ago, and encountered sit toilets with taps (edit: taps controlling a nozzle a wee way below a normal western sit-toilet rim, making a little fountain from the back to the front ...
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Are there ferries from west coast of Turkey to Greece?

I'm planning a trip to Georgia and Turkey (I'm from Poland). I've done this route a couple of times hitchhiking / by bus - and I have always "switched continens" by Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul. This ...
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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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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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Can I hitchhike on a yacht to cross the Mediterranean from Spain to Turkey?

I've heard occasionally of people managing to get passage on yachts and other boats and I would like to try this. How can I find a boat to ride on and what would be the likely conditions of carriage?
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Turkey sea-side cottages [closed]

We’d like to go to Turkey next summer to have two weeks holiday. There will be relatively big number of us – 6-8 adults and 3-4 kids. People will be coming from different places – mostly UK, Russia ...
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Travelling from Bulgaria to UK via Turkey, will I have issues with tobacco products bought from the EU?

So basically I will travel from Sofia, Bulgaria to UK, but I have a layover in Turkey. Previously I've flew the Bulgaria-UK route, but only within the EU borders. Usually when I do so, I buy ...
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What might be the cheapest ferry connection from near Athens to anywhere in Turkey?

Soon I'm heading from Albania to Turkey to Georgia. The obvious way is to go through Thessaloniki which is a great city and I'd like to go back. But I'm considering an alternative plan of going via ...
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What are the consequences of the military coup in Turkey for travelers?

Reuters reports a military coup in Turkey. What are the consequences of this for people who travel to Turkey? What about passengers transiting through Turkish airports?
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Identify a strange object on the map, somewhere around Euphrates River

Can you help me identify a strange object on the map, which I saw during my recent flight from Frankfurt to Mumbai? It seems to be in Turkey, however I can't give you nothing more closer or more ...
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Identify location of this Dondurma (Turkish Ice Cream) shop

Can someone please help me identify where is this Ice Cream seller's shop located in Sultanahmet Istanbul? Courtesy: Youtube My 3-year old son has seen the video and absolutely wants to get an ice ...
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Is it currently possible to travel directly between the different parts of “Kurdistan” which lie within different countries?

Kurdistan is an ethno-cultural region within parts of several connected countries. It's basically the part of the world where the Kurds come from, but is not a country or nation. The parts are mainly ...
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Lesovo, Bulgaria to Hamzabeyli, Turkey with bike

It's hard to find online information about the border crossings between Bulgaria and Turkey in English. The border crossing between Kapitan Andreevo, Bulgaria and Kapıkule, Turkey is allegedly only ...
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Bus from Van/Turkey to Tabriz/Iran

Question Looking for information on the bus from Van to Tabriz. According to Seat61, the Trans-Asia Express from Turkey to Iran has been cancelled and need to take a bus from Van/Turkey to Tabriz/...
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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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Does Turkey no longer offer visa on arrival to Australian passport holders?

I'm an Australian citizen who's been to Turkey several times, starting in 2010, but not for a couple of years now. Each time I visited, I was able to obtain a visa on arrival at the land border or ...
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Overstayed in Turkey

I have overstayed in Turkey for 8 months now. My travel agent has gotten a Canadian visa for me. Do I need to return first to my home country and then travel to Canada. Or is it possible for me to ...
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Why was my residence permit card bounced against the desk at immigration?

This may sound like a very bizarre question, but today while entering Turkey at Istanbul Atatürk Airport, I was using my UK Residence Permit as an entry requirement (since Indian passport holders need ...
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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 ...