This time last month, I packed my bags and set off to Istanbul for a mini break – and had an absolutely wonderful time. And although this was my first time visiting the country, I’m sure it won’t be the last one.
If you’re planning your first trip to Istanbul and not sure where to begin or what you need to know before you leave, I’ve got you covered. In today’s post, I collected 9 of the most important things you need to know before travelling to Turkey in order to help you get the most out of your trip.
1) Passports and Visa
Before you start planning your trip or work out your itinerary, make sure to double-check your passport’s validity. In order to enter Turkey, your passport will need to be valid for at least 6 months after the date of your arrival, and at least 3 months after the date you leave the country. It also needs to be valid for 60 days after the expiry date of your Turkish visa.
Speaking of which, although some visitors can enter Turkey without a visa, most nationalities (including those with British passports) do need one. The good news is that it’s a relatively easy process and there’s no need to go to an embassy to get it – you can apply, pay for, and get your visa online in a couple of minutes.