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A trip to Turkey

On how to move around, getting a Turkish online visa and exploring safely. A visit to Turkey is a visit to what once was the capital of the world. Stunning landscapes, lively bazaars, shimmering beaches and ancient ruins, Turkey is the mixture between the exotic and the familiar. The enthusiasm of its people, the dark nights of Cappadocia and the reddish tones of its sky make Turkey one of the most magical places on the planet. From Istanbul, city of cities, to the peaceful Aegean city of Ayvalik, Turkey is a plural country conformed by a wide variety of ethnicities and traditions. Travel to Turkey and discover the history of East and West, the flavours of its cuisine and the unforgettable smell of its streets. Church turkey Although Turkey is considered an unstable country due to the recent threat of terrorism and its proximity to the Syrian conflict, the United Kingdom and the US have no warnings for visitors regarding the vast majority of the country although they have advised against all travel to within 10km of the border with Syria and the city of Diyarbakir. Both countries strongly advise against all but essential travel to the areas of Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Diyarbakir, Kilis and Hatay provinces, as well as Siirt, Tunceli and Hakkari. Regarding traveling in Turkey, the best way to move is the bus, as the country provides a strong transport network. Most bus tickets must be bought in advance at a special ticket kiosk located at major bus terminals or near bus stops. To get around cities such as Ankara, Istanbul, Bursa and Izmir, underground metros are the best and cheap alternative to move around. Ruins Turkey Despite the positive relations of Turkey with western countries, most women have doubts about traveling to Turkey, specially when they travel on their own. Although there have been many cases of harassment of foreign women, there should not be any problem for a woman visiting the country. Traveling in Turkey may seem like a big challenge at first, but making an effort to understand the country’s culture is important to make the most of your trip. As a woman you do not have to cover your hair, except in Mosques, but it is advisable to wear formal clothes and remain in groups. In order to make the most of your stay, you should use Turkish travel planners that provide detailed reviews of all traveling options in the country, information on how to get a Turkish visa at the different embassies and how to get a Turkish online visa. These Turkish travel groups will also inform you about the best accommodation options and tips to enjoy the hidden gems of Turkey. To enter the country as a short-term visitor you must have a valid visa for Turkey that can be purchased online at e-Visa. The fee for a Turkey e-Visa ranges from US$20 prior arrival to US$30 upon arrival. Regarding Turkish visa requirements, your criminal record will be looked at, and you will need to respect the deadlines of your visa. If you are planning to travel to Turkey for any other purpose other than a mere visit or a short business trip, you must obtain a Turkish visa in advance from a Turkish Embassy or Consulate. More information about how to get a Turkish visa and other Turkey related matters can be found at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. More information can be found at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. U.S. citizens can contact the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey at 2525 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008, telephone: (202) 612-6700 (Turkish Embassy USA), or the Turkish Consulate Generals in Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, or New York.

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