Visa Requirements, Etc
ORDINARY PASSPORT HOLDERS OF NATIONALS OF THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES MAY OBTAIN STICKER TYPE VISAS AT THE TURKISH INTERNATIONAL BORDER GATES TO ENTER INTO TURKEY
Type of Passport : Ordinary Passport.
Duration of Stay : 3 Months
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil,Canada, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, United States of America
Type of Passport : Ordinary Passport
Duration of Stay : 1 Month
Albania, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Yugoslavia,
Type of Passport : Ordinary Passport
Duration of Stay : 15 Days
Information correct as at December 2001
When arriving at Istanbul Airport do not proceed through the immigration control unless you already have a valid visa. The visa office is to the left of immigration, and they will place a sticker into your passport for the appropriate fee. Visitors from will be charged £10 sterling, and I believe visitors from the USA will be charged $46. When you proceed through Imigration they will endorse your visa sticker.
A word of advice. At every stage of your journey within the airports you will need to produce your passpot and aircraft boarding card. Even when you think you won't require them again, believe me, you will!! So put them in one convenient place, either a pocket or your handbag.
There is more visa information in my Travelogue for visitors from other countries.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable shoes, always.
There is alot to see in this big city.
Photo Equipment: Take lots of film but beware if you are using a regular 35mm for inside the Blue Mosque or St. Sophia, your pictures won't come out. There is no where near enough lighting.
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Toilet paper and Guide book.[Separate uses.]
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Toilet paper. A few sheets with you, all toilets do not supply.
Miscellaneous: Suggest lonely planet Istanbul encounter UK £6.99. USA $11.99, as a good compact guide book with map.
Miscellaneous: Bring a thick skin to Istanbul, which is neccessary when dealing with aggressive Turkish carpet dealers and other misc. con artists on the streets of Sultanhamet.
Miscellaneous: The basic but sufficient inner city Istanbul map is available from the tourist office near blue mosque. Chcek out if it is available in the langauge you speak.
Watch The Weather!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Be prepared for sudden changes in the weather. Carry an umbrella with you in case of sudden showers!
Luggage and bags: A good page to start preparing your trip is Istanbul.com
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