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From trawling various sources on the web it seems that as a foreign visitor you can use your phone for up to 120 days without registering it, using either a Turkish SIM, or an foreign SIM. If your phone were then to be blocked permanently thereafter this would be a big problem for many Europeans. However, TurkeyResidentVisa.com has this to say about missing ...


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D&R Bookstores are located throughout Istanbul, and they generally stock Lonely Planet books in English - at least for the Istanbul and Turkey books. They also have stores at the airport (airside) that definitely stock the English versions, however if you are already in Istanbul then this likely won't help you. Unfortunately their website is in Turkish ...


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This would depend on your nationality. If remaining in the “international” transit area you do not need a visa. National identity cards issued by some European countries can be used to enter Turkey. If your ID card is good enough to visit Turkey it is also enough for airport transfer. If your nationality is not listed you should bring a passport. Your ID ...


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Would I be able to assume/argue the lenient approach? How many bottles can I take? Most likely no. The two criteria are mutually exclusive. Either the alcohol volume is < than 22% or the volume is >= 22%. Therefore, the rule is extremely clear: you can bring up to 2L of alcohol < 22% volume, and up to 1L of alcohol >= 22% volume. Since you wish to ...


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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 ...


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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.


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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 ...


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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.


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For Kumluca, based on this website, there are a lot of bus firms that you can use from Antalya (or to Antalya). Mostly used ones are Kamil Koç, Metro Turizm and Pamukkale Turizm. I choose one of these if I were you. For Kaş, based on this website, there are Metro Turizm, Ulusoy Turizm, Kamil Koç and Pamukkale Turizm which I suggest as well. You can check ...


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I believe you are looking for "Kurukahveci" or "Kurukahvecisi", which is "seller of coffee beans or ground coffee" or "coffee store". The most popular "Kurukahveci" is Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi, which is pretty far (approx. 35 km) from the Beylikduzu zone in Istanbul, for coffee beans. It's just outside the spice market.


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Both facilities may differ from one airline to another. For example Turkish Airlines have self-service kiosks at Antalya Airport, but do not have mobile pass facility. Pegasus Airlines indicate that they have self-service kiosks only for passengers travelling without luggage. Currently, Pegasus Self-Service kiosks are for passengers flying without ...


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Yes, you need a visa to leave the airport. According to Do I need a Turkey transit visa for a layover? you don't need a visa when the transit is just 24 hours, but that is if you stay at the airport the whole time. If you want to leave then you have to get a visa. The Electronic Visa (e-Visa) Application System was launched on 17 April 2013 by the ...


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I think what you're looking for is Çekilmemiş Kahve. You should be able to find some in your local Migros. They have different types of Çekilmemiş Kahve, and the prices will be relatively cheaper than if you were to go to the Grand Bazaar. If you're solely after Turkish coffee beans, you could try for çekilmemiş turk kahvesi from places like Kahve Dunyasi.


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No, you don’t have to leave the country. The UK government travel advice for Turkey states: If you plan to stay in Turkey longer than 90 days, you must apply for a residence permit before the 90 days ends or apply for a longer-stay visa before you travel So as long as you apply for it before your visa expires you can stay in the country.


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You will need an e-visa because you will have to clear Immigration in Turkey to collect your luggage prior to your onward flight. A two-hour layover sounds very tight to me. The minimum connection time is said to be an hour but that doesn’t leave much leeway. If you miss your onward flight because of even a short-ish delay on the inbound flight for ...


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This is a goverment level official page of nationalities who can visit Turkey without a visa or with an expired passpord. Also I am pasting the content of the page in case the page is gone or become unreachable somehow Countries whose citizens are allowed to enter Turkey with their national ID’s Germany Belgium France Georgia The ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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Istanbul's city centre is highly tourist-oriented, so I'd probably check book shops in Sultanahmet or on Istiklal street. I recall that there's a book shop right next to Sultanahmet tram station, in the same building as McDonalds; I definitely bought city maps in English there, not sure about Lonely Planet.


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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 ...


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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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Citizens of certain countries can apply for a 'conditional e-visa' or evisa on arrival which carry certain conditions. If you're a citizen of one of those countries and are applying for such a visa you must use an airline that has established the correct protocols with the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For now, those are only the four airlines you've ...


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This is not true, I have Turkish stamps and I fly in and out of China at least 10 times per year. My wife has tiramisu stamps and do the same


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Amazon have a Kindle edition you can download and use with their app on your phone or tablet. They have a paperback version too, if you can wait for delivery


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The visa stay calculators are tricky to use in general, but this one (yes, it's mine!) is very intuitive: you just pick your date ranges on the full-sized calendar and it shows you in red which dates (if any) get you into trouble. When you've settled on a 'safe' itinerary, you just print the whole thing out and show it at the border if you run into trouble. ...


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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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