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Friend needs help in Turkey

Most likely the person you're communicating with is not actually your friend, and is trying to scam you. This scenario, where a friend is overseas, has had everything stolen, and needs you to wire ...
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Denied boarding although I have proper visa and documentation. To whom should I make a complaint?

In a comment, you wrote that Ryanair said "People checks during boarding are not our staff, ask to the Airport". I don't think that's correct. You are right. Even if the person was employed by ...
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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?

Use an app. Virtually everywhere these days has either Uber/ Lyft/ Grab/ Gojek/ Ola/ Didi/ Yandex/ Careem /local clone ride-sharing service, or an app put out by local taxi companies in an attempt to ...
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Recognize a place in Istanbul from an old (1890-1900) postcard

I'm not that familiar with Istanbul but this appears to be a navy building: Old photo here from a similar angle. Location on Google maps Photo pre-renovation Modern view:
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I wasn't allowed to check in for my flight because I didn't have a Turkish transit visa

You do need a Turkish visa because you are changing airports and will not remain airside. Check-in staff was right. If your ticket had your transit on one single airport you wouldn't need one but with ...
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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?

As airline horror stories go, this one is pretty mild. You arrived at your destination city only a few hours late, with luggage. Moreover (and this is the important point) the reason for all this ...
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How can I meet the world's most jovial taxi driver?

His name is Ihsan Aknur, and maybe he'll be your friend, too, if you message him on Facebook.
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How to solve the language problem in Ankara, Turkey?

One way you can help these situations is: Start by asking whether they speak English, in Turkish. I don't know any Turkish, but Google Translate says it's "İngilizce biliyor musunuz?" Make sure you ...
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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?

This is actually based on my mother's experience, and not my own. Yes, this is a common scam. Despite some answers wanting to be generous and say it's possibly accidental, much of the time it is not. ...
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Where in Istanbul is this dome people are standing on with views across the city?

Local here. This place is called Büyük Valide Han. It's located in Mahmutpaşa, Fatih. Its roof has an amazing view. A lot of people want to take a selfie or jumping photos on the roof (thanks ...
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Turkey e-Visa official website to avoid phishing

The first link (https://www.evisa.gov.tr/) is the correct one. The gov.tr domain is a good indication that this is an official website from the Turkish government. The second link (https://turkeyvisa....
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Staying in Turkey for 6 months using 2 passports

The fact that you have multiple passports does not change the fact that you are the same person, so the answer will be the same as if you did a visa run and returned with the same passport. And the ...
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Was I scammed by BoraJet? They cancelled the flight, promised to pay for another ticket - it didn't happen

If you bought the ticket using a debit/credit card, the easiest way of solving the situation is to file a chargeback with your bank, stating that you did not receive the product you've paid for and ...
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How to solve the language problem in Ankara, Turkey?

I am Turkish. Firstly I will say that my English isn’t perfect - if you don't understand me please comment and I’ll try to clarify. It’s a good choice to start with hello (merhaba) or excuse me (...
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I wasn't allowed to check in for my flight because I didn't have a Turkish transit visa

The question of responsibility for visas crops up from time to time here, and I don't think we can be clearer than Greg Hewgill is in the accepted answer: In general, it is the passenger's ...
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Flying to, but not entering, Turkey without passport

I'm Swedish too, and I tell you, you will not be able to board without a passport, because Turkey is outside of the Schengen Area You can usually use your driving licence within Schengen (though not ...
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Denied boarding although I have proper visa and documentation. To whom should I make a complaint?

Did you buy your flight ticket with a credit card relatively recently? Check your credit card terms and conditions and benefit programs. You may be able to file a claim through the credit card ...
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Was I scammed by BoraJet? They cancelled the flight, promised to pay for another ticket - it didn't happen

What can I do? In addition to the answer by @luchador, keep contacting the airline, asking about the status of your complaint. In some countries you just send a complaint/request one time and then ...
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Flying to, but not entering, Turkey without passport

You won't be able to board in GOT unless you have your passport; they'll check your documents for RUH at that point. Maybe you can talk them into checking you in for the GOT-IST leg without issuing a ...
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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?

If you aren't using a ride-sharing or taxi app, as suggested by jpatokal, use a different app: a mapping app. Enter your destination (make sure it's correct), show the map to the driver and ensure he/...
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Friend needs help in Turkey

"Unfortunately the Turkish police took his passport and now he cannot leave and also not pay his bill" Page 1 of my Canadian passport says "This passport is the property of the ...
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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?

If you were to claim any damages, who would you blame? The airline doesn't control the passport systems. The delay for departure may have to do with incoming aircraft, which may have been delayed due ...
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Traveling to Turkey and Istanbul during Ramadan

I'm from Turkey and I live in İstanbul for 10 years, I will gladly answer that.. Will restaurants be closed during the day? As far as I can see, this depends on the location. In some small and ...
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How to solve the language problem in Ankara, Turkey?

I'm a Turkish citizen that also happens to live & study in Ankara; I can tell you that the reason why you get such impolite responses is that almost everyone in the country is angry (not to you :) ...
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Was I scammed by BoraJet? They cancelled the flight, promised to pay for another ticket - it didn't happen

Here is a goverment site in English version that you can fill a complaint form. It is dedicated for passanger's rights. The passanger rights regulations (sorry, I could find only Turkish version) ...
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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?

Not a complete answer, I admit. The advice I was given when visiting Istanbul is that taxi drivers often appear not to be able to read - and to be prepared for that. The advice was to give them both ...
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Is it possible to self-connect at IST without going through passport control?

Yes, it is - as long as you have no checked bags. Upon arrival in IST there will be 2 or 3 potential paths you can take. For some flights, if you already have a boarding pass for your connecting ...
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