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What hasn't been mentioned in the previous answers: The water smells of chlorine, so it is very unpleasant to drink. The chlorine is added as a disinfectant. While this is done in many cities around the globe, in central europe this smell is not noticable while in Istanbul it is so I assume they just put a bit more chlorine into the water.


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You don't need a visa if you stay in the international transit area. But in order to collect baggage and check it in to a separate flight, you must go through immigration and customs to enter Turkey, then collect your bag and check it in with the next airline, then go through immigration again to exit Turkey. This is how the process works nearly everywhere ...


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