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| Updated on Sep 14, 2015

Exploring Turkey Safely

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Safety and Visa Tips to Enhance your Trip

Safety is everyone’s priority when travelling and having both your passport and Turkish visa application filled out completely is just the beginning steps to a safe, fun filled vacation.

After all, you’re not going anywhere in Turkey without them. To assure a quicker process and one filled with less headache, check out our website about how it works the Turkey Online visa service https://turkishvisa.com/faqs/ and for more information. Click, fill and submit! That’s all there is to it. If everything is good to go, expect your electronic visa back quickly.

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No matter where you are travelling to in Turkey, staying safe is probably on the top of the list. Staying street smart and people aware if the first bit of advice to adhere to when in the city or even out in the not-so-populated areas.

Since crime generally goes up in highly populated areas, here are some safety tips to use:

-Bags/purses: Ladies, we know some of you love dangling those flashy, colorful oversized purses off your shoulders but you are a walking target for muggings. Save the headache and potentially violent crime of being robbed and leave the bright bags at home. Downsizing and NOT carrying a purse is the safer route to go.

Keep a wallet or coin pouch in your front pockets (never in the back!) or slung across your chest. Pick pocketing is highly probable especially in larger crowds.

Remember: out of sight, out of mind.

  • Con artists: Be aware that not every person who comes up to you is wanting to say hello. They want something of yours either by your willingness or theft. Avoid taking anything from anyone who offers a “free gift.” Nothing in this world is free and when people offer gifts, 99% of the time it comes with a cost.

  • Sickness: Depending on where you are traveling from, the food or bacteria in Turkey (like any other place) could have a negative effect on your insides. Those vacationing from the US are more susceptible to food poisoning or other stomach issues as the change in food is drastic. Try only drinking bottle water. Begin eating one item at a time, specifically breads, fruits and vegetables. Meats should be taken in smaller portions as well as cheese. Also, keep antibacterial hand sanitizer with you at all times. Constantly washing your hands is one of the best ways to prevent sickness.

  • Public Transport: It’s the way to get around but it can also be a stage for small crime. Taxis, for example, can potentially be a problem. Before entering a cab, have an idea of where you are going and how to get there. With use of cell phones and Google Maps, there is no excuse for not having some idea. If you have absolutely no clue the direction you are seeking, a taxi driver could take the longest route possible in order to drive up the fare. Seems innocent enough but it’s not.
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