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|Tourist visas for Turkey|
|Since 2014 Turkish visa regualtions have been altered.
Electronic "E-visas" for Turkey must now be purchased online from a government website.
It is unclear whether visas will still be obtainable at points of entry.
We will be updating this page soon with the latest information.
Citizens of the following countries can buy a visa:
Valid for three months:
UK (US$20 / €15 / £10)
USA (US$20 / €15)
Australia ($20 / €15)
Valid for two months:
Valid for one month:
Slovakia (€10 / US$15)
Azerbaijan, Moldova, Russia (€10 / US$20)
Previously, the visas resembled postage stamps which were stuck onto a page of your passport and then date-stamped when you entered and left the country. The were usually sold at windows just before the passport control at borders, ports and airports.
If you leave Turkey during the duration of your visa, for example to visit a Greek island, you do not have to obtain another one when you reenter the country. If in doubt, ask an official when obtaining your visa.
The citizens of the countries/territories listed below can enter Turkey without a visa for 90 days unless otherwise stated:
Andorra, Argentina, Bahrain, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina (60 days), Brazil (30 days), Bulgaria, Chile, Costa Rica (30 days), Croatia, Czech Republic, Northern Cyprus (Turkish republic of), Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, Hong Kong, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan (30 days), Kyrgyzstan (30 days), Korea (South), Latvia (30 days), Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau (30 days), Macedonia (60 days), Malaysia, Moldova (30 days), Monaco, Mongolia (30 days), Montenegro (60 days), New Zealand, Nicaragua, Paraguay, San Marino, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan (30 days), Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan (30 days), UAE, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, Venezuela.
German citizens do not need a visa for stays up to 90 days, and can even enter with their personal identity card (Personalausweis) or an expired passport/ID except at non-Council of Europe land border crossings, i.e. Iran, Iraq and Syria.
|We will be adding further information to this page in the near future.|
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|Turkish roads and tolls
|Roads in Turkey range from the most modern motorways (otoyols) to potholed highways and country roads and unpaved tracks. As in other countries, most drivers are friendly and courteous while some are totally mad. Traffic can be chaotic in larger cities such as Izmir.
There are several firms in Turkey offering car and motorbike rental. It is currently beyond the scope of this guide to recommend particular companies. The best advice we can offer is to shop around and ask locals, other visitors and staff at your hotel.
The Otoyols (expressways or motorways) and some large road bridges (such as the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul) charge expensive tolls.
You can not pay these tolls by cash or credit card.
The only way to pay the tolls is with a "HGS" electronic-chip sticker or a toll transponder (small plastic device), which you can buy at post offices and participating Shell fuel stations.
HGS stands for Hızlı Geçiş Sistemi (Fast Transit System), an electronic toll-payment sytem designed to speed up traffic flow. You buy credit for your transponder or chip card, which is affixed to the windscreen, and the toll is deducted electronically as you pass a toll booth.
You will need your vehicle registration documents and passport to register with the HGS system and pay a minimum of 30 TL to charge the first credit onto your HGS account
If you hire a vehicle in Turkey it should already be fitted with a HGS transponder.
You can not buy a HGS device on the internet. Any website offering to sell these devices is bogus.
The HGS system may improve traffic flow, but it also reduces the number of staff required at toll points and increases the government's ability to track the movements of citizens and visitors.
Often there are alternative, though slower, non-toll routes for those not in a hurry.
The Website of the Republic of Turkey General Directorate of Highways www.kgm.gov.tr publishes information in Turkish and English about the country's road sytem, as well as downloadable road maps.
The toll system:
Izmir province road map (2014):
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