In the end I was able to find what I'm looking for by traveling to a pharmacy in one of the big shopping malls (Emaar Square Mall), which had a section with food supplements that I was looking for. I guess the answer is thus to travel to the nearest large shopping mall instead of trying local pharmacies in downtown Istanbul.
According to the prepaid SIM card wiki, which is of course unofficial but usually reliable, you do not have to complete the foreign-purchased-phone registration process if you are using a non-Turkish SIM card.
If you can read Turkish, you may be able to find more information from the MCKS website, though their English website does not appear to contain any ...
Sabiha Gokcen (SAW)
I have never been to the new Istanbul airport, yet I know that it is far from the city centre and commuting from there might be problematic.
Your travel itinerary would look like this:
Arriving to SAW
Taking either the city buses (E-11), Havabus or taxi to Kadikoy. If you won't spend time in Istanbul, Havabus is easier because as long as ...
The HES code is only required for Turkish citizens, it's not required for foreigners with or without residency. This information is available on the Turkish airlines and SunExpress websites, and I verified it by calling Turkish Airlines.
The law enforces agencies to get your passport id and bunch of other information. #36 of the law describes it.In case of missing information, I think in any control point they will be punished by money.
However, The authorized person first fills the electronic ticket without passport information. The legally required information is filled in only after ...
SIM stands for Subscriber Identity Module. It identifies the phone it is in to the cellular network. When removed from the previous phone, that phone will no longer register itself to that network and so will not be able to receive calls, text or data for the number with the SIM.
The phone itself will still work and you are free to put back your old SIM in ...
I called another tourist company and told them that I was asked for all those information and that I am not comfortable with it.
I asked the if this was normal and if it was not normal I would cancel with gettransfer and book with them, so there was a huge incentive for them to tell me that it wasn't normal even if it was.
However they told me to not worry ...
It looks like the app is badly designed, others are also complaining about the same issue:
Totally useless app which only shows that the Turkish government doesn't care about the thousands of tourists who have been stranded in Turkey since the beginning of the corona pandemic. It's only in Turkish, it doesn't accept foreign phone numbers so you can't even ...
If you use foreign SIM card, you do not have to register. However, if you ever use a native SIM card, then 120 days period starts and whatever you do (leave-come again), after 120 days, the phone will be blocked for native SIM cards. After this point, could you still use a foreign SIM card again? There is no official information, but by experience, at least ...
TL;DR Turkey is opening borders but travellers must have a HES code
This is newly the case.
(Information retrieved from the US embassy in Turkey as it was updated recently and in English).
On June 11, Turkey announced opening the majority of its international air, land, and sea borders. The border with Iran remains closed.
Flights are starting to resume to ...
Is it mandatory to be in Turkey for 14 days for non Turkish residents, If we want to flight from Turkey to abroad?
No (there's currently no mandatory quarantine when entering Turkey).
the next day I'll fly to Canada from Istanbul
See the IATA travel center for Canada travel restrictions. (Most people currently can't enter)
If you used a turkish SIM card in your phone, the phone's IMEI will be blocked in Turkey after a certain time unless it is registered.
In this thread on tripadvisor https://www.tripadvisor.co.nz/ShowTopic-g293974-i368-k11432822-I_used_my_mobile_in_2017_in_Turkey_will_it_be_blocked_2018-Istanbul.html A user claims, that using the phone in your home country ...