Key features of our travel insurance for Turkey
With its beautiful climate, delicious cuisine and exotic skyline, Turkey is a firm favourite among Brits. The culture is different enough to that of the UK that travellers can experience a real adventure, despite the fact that it is not too far away. However, before jetting off, make sure you have a good travel insurance policy in place.
Get a quote online or by calling our friendly team of travel insurance specialists on 0800 033 4902.
Cover for medical conditions in Turkey
Turkey has no reciprocal health agreements in place with the UK so you will not be covered by a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This makes arranging adequate holiday insurance all the more important.
Travelling to Turkey without travel insurance means you will have to pay for any emergency costs that may arise. These could include bills for medical treatment and hospital stays, repatriation, replacing lost or stolen baggage, new flights home or even an entire holiday you might have to cancel before you go or cut short due to a last minute emergency.
Turkey travel information
Make sure you visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need to arrange for any vaccinations or other preventive measures.
Most towns and cities have stray dogs and packs tend to congregate in parks and wastelands, occasionally displaying aggression. Take care and avoid approaching stray dogs. If you’re bitten, seek medical advice immediately, as rabies and other animal borne diseases are present in Turkey.
If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 112 to ask for an ambulance. Don’t forget to contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.
The NHS advises you to confirm with your doctor that all your boosters are up to date. The courses and boosters usually looked at are Rabies and Hepatitis B.
To enter Turkey, all British nationals need a visa. However, no visa is required for cruise ship passengers who hold ‘British Citizen’ passports and arrive at tourist ports, provided their visit does not exceed 72 hours. The Turkish government advises that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you arrive in Turkey.
- An e-Visa can be obtained from the official Republic of Turkey e-Visa website up to 3 months before your date of travel.
- Alternatively, visas can be issued upon arrival and are valid for multiple stays of up to 90 days within a 180 day period. They cost £20 cash (Scottish and Northern Irish notes are not accepted). This service is soon to be phased out so do check that it is still available before you travel. Find out the latest from the Visa Contact Centre.
Avoid unauthorised websites that may charge for information and the submission of e-Visa applications. These websites are not endorsed by the Turkish government and may issue you with a fake e-Visa.
Driving in Turkey
Roads in and around major cities are generally in good condition, but they can be poor in more remote areas. Accidents are common, mostly due to poor or reckless driving.
In order to drive in Turkey, you must have either an International Driving Permit or your UK driving licence (with a copy notarised in Turkish). Provisional driving licences are not recognised as legal documents to drive in Turkey.
In order to legally drive a motorbike over 50cc in Turkey, you must have an ‘A’ category standard licence while an A1 category light motorcycle driving licence is only permitted for bikes under 50cc. You are legally obliged to wear a helmet and failure to do so could mean a heavy fine.
The police will breathalyse drivers and fine them on the spot and immediately confiscating their licence for 6 months if they are over the limit.
On 20 July 2016 President Erdogan announced a state of emergency in Turkey for three months.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) does not recommend travel within 10 kilometres of the Syrian border and the city of Diyarbakir. They also advise against visiting the provinces of Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Diyarbakir, Kilis, Hatay, Siirt, Tunceli and Hakkari unless absolutely necessary. See the FCO’s page on safety and security for all the latest information on the volatile environment in Turkey.
It’s advisable to check with your airline or travel company before you travel to Turkey. You may need to turn up at the airport earlier than normal to get through the additional security checks in place.
Coastal resorts don’t appear to be significantly affected but you should remain vigilant and be aware that security forces activity may be obvious in some resorts. Be aware that some terrorist groups, including Daesh and the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, have threatened to attack tourist areas in Turkey so take extra care.
Many parts of Turkey are also subject to earthquakes and tremors so take care to familiarise yourself with the relevant safety procedures and any advice given to you by the local authorities.
- Turkey’s currency is the Turkish Lira.
- Cash point machines are widely available in major cities and most tourist areas.
- You can also get local currency from banks and exchange bureaux (DOVIZ in Turkish).
Travel Insurance to Turkey
At Staysure, we want to give you the peace of mind to fully enjoy your holiday in Turkey, call our travel insurance team on 0800 033 4902 or get a quote online.