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:: Travel Tips ::

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... Bridging The Two Worlds ...

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Passport + Visa :

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All participants are required to have a passport that is valid for 6 months beyond the return date,
to be carried on your person or stored safely at all times. It is a good idea to photocopy the
picture page to carry in a separate place in case of loss and to also keep a copy at home.
A visa is
required for entry into Turkey. The government of Turkey has introduced an online visa system,
which allows American citizens to obtain a visit visa electronically. US citizens can now
conveniently apply for Turkey visa right from their home or office. 

Visa Validity:
A Turkey electronic visa can work both as a short-term business visa and tourist visa. Hence, US
citizens can visit Turkey for tourism or business/trade purposes and can stay in the country for up
to 3 months. However, travelers must plan a visit to Turkey within 180 days from the date the
visa was issued. Moreover, the eVisa to Turkey will stay valid for up to 90 days, starting from
the time you entered the country.


Purpose of Visit:

The Turkey e visa for US citizens is an ideal option for short tourist purpose and business-
related or recreational trips to Turkey. If you want to make several trips within the 180-day

validity period of Turkey eVisa, you should apply for a multiple-entry visa. Similarly, if you
intend to visit the country just once apply for a single-entry visa.

Please Click Link Below for More Updated Information !

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Trip Insurance 

INSURANCE :

 

For this journey, it's crucial to treat it as a financial investment. We highly advise all participants to acquire short-term traveler's insurance covering lost baggage, accidents, life, and trip cancellation. This insurance safeguards against non-refundable costs due to personal or family illnesses, unforeseen emergencies, and even provides coverage for emergency evacuation from remote locations. Opting for a more comprehensive "Cancel for Any Reason" policy can offer additional protection, including coverage for cancellations due to political unrest or civil emergencies.

For travel to Turkey, all visitors must obtain medical travel insurance covering the entire duration of their trip. While there's no specified amount required, it's essential to have coverage for the entire stay. Many travel insurance options may duplicate coverage you already have, such as through homeowners or renters policies or credit card benefits when booking flights. It's wise to review your existing credit card insurance policies to avoid redundant coverage and make an informed decision.

 

Tin Leg Offers the best coverage for most affordable prices in my research as there are many travel + health insurance companies 

https://www.tinleg.com

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Communications

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During our trip, each place or hotel we stay at will provide internet access for communication needs. Downloading Whatts App will be your best option to communicate with Wi-Fi.  For direct phone calls, we suggest getting a Turkish temporary SIM card from Turk Telekom upon arrival, offering affordable and flexible options for unlimited or high GB internet calling. Alternatively, you can contact your carrier beforehand to ensure you have an international call and data package for the duration of your stay.

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Money + Currency Exchanges 

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In Turkey, the currency is the Turkish lira (TRY), with an exchange rate of 1 USD = 32.26 TRY as of March 2024, subject to change. It's advisable to wait until you're in Turkey to exchange money. While hotels and larger shops accept VISA and Mastercard, having cash on hand is convenient for discounts. ATMs are available but not always convenient, so consider using a secure method like a money belt. Carry smaller denominations for gifting and tipping.

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Health Care

For travelers originating from the US or Europe, no specific inoculations are required, but consulting your physician is advisable. Prior travelers and local herbalists have found alternative suggestions effective. While medical facilities are accessible in most areas, bringing personal supplies and medication is recommended. Maintaining good health and physical condition enhances the experience. Diarrhea is a common issue; consider taking megadophilus or acidophilus daily and bringing an herbal immune-support formula. Tap water in Turkey should not be consumed; only bottled water should be used for drinking and brushing teeth, readily available throughout the country.

Here's a suggested healthcare supply list for your trip:

  • Jetlag Medicine (Homeopathic from your local health food store)

  • Oregano oil or Grapefruit seed extract (for stomach bugs)

  • Charcoal tablets (for dysentery)

  • Vitamin C (Emergen-C), Vitamin D, Zinc, and a Multi-Vitamin

  • Aloe Vera gel or other skin cream

  • Sunscreen and Chapstick

  • Mushroom Immunity Pills

  • Probiotics

Remember to keep medications in your carry-on, following TSA standards. It's essential to use only bottled water for drinking and brushing teeth, readily available along the way and at hotels.

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Climate & Clothing 

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August in Turkey can be hot, with daily temperatures averaging around 30°C (86°F) and reaching the mid-30s°C (mid-90s°F) in coastal regions, while inland areas like Ankara and Cappadocia may be slightly cooler.

 

Respectful attire is important, particularly in conservative regions like the East past Konya. Loose, comfortable clothing is recommended, with layers for varying temperatures. Bathing suits and casual wear are suitable for beach areas, but conservative dress is advised for travels towards Eastern Turkey. Comfortable walking shoes are essential, and slightly nicer attire may be appropriate for evening dining at hotels or local restaurants.

Here's a clear list of things to bring for your trip, keeping in mind not to overpack:

  1. Clothing:

    • Bathing suits

    • Sun dress

    • Goggles for underwater viewing

    • 2 Sarongs and/or Quick Dry Towel

    • Shorts

    • Closed-toe shoes

    • Hiking sandals with a Vibram sole (Chacos are great)

    • Flip flops

    • 2-3 long-sleeved shirts and/or a flannel

    • 3 pairs of yoga pants

    • Cloth pants or drawstring-style pants

    • Ceremonial white/grey clothing

    • Several pairs of socks

    • Hoodie

    • 3-5 tank tops

    • A couple of t-shirts

    • 5-6 pairs of underwear

  2. Outerwear:

    • Rain jacket

    • Sun hat/ball cap

  3. Accessories:

    • Day bag (for keeping hands free, money belt)

    • Toiletries

    • Earplugs

    • Eye mask

    • Washcloth (sometimes not available at hotels)

    • Cameras

    • Small flashlight

    • Notebook / Journal

    • Pens

  4. Electronics:

    • Adaptor plugs (standard European type with two round pins)

    • Converter (optional but required for certain appliances, most are 220 volts)

    • Cameras / Vlog Recorders

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To Read + Watch 

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Here's a list of suggested documentaries and series:

  1. "THE GIFT" on Netflix

  2. "The Resurrection Ertugrul"

  3. "Magnificent Century"

  4. "Ethos"

  5. "Midnight at the Pera Palace"

  6. "The Club"

  7. "Rise of Empires: Ottoman"

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Laws + Customs

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Please acquaint yourself with Turkey's laws, behaviors, and cultural norms. It's a conservative society, so dress modestly, especially in rural areas, mosques, and markets. Public displays of affection and drinking in public places other than licensed establishments are not allowed and can lead to arrest. Possession, use, or trafficking of illegal drugs can result in severe penalties, including lengthy prison sentences or even the death penalty. Be aware that legal troubles in a foreign country can have serious consequences, and the US Embassy may not always intervene. Photography near military installations is prohibited, and caution is advised regarding public displays of homosexuality. Additionally, be mindful of poverty-related perceptions among locals and politely decline unwanted solicitations.

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