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    • rafhelp
    • By rafhelp 7th Feb 18, 4:13 PM
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    Is Turkey Safe
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    Is Turkey Safe 7th Feb 18 at 4:13 PM
    There are areas in Turkey not safe to travel to esp borders with Syria,

    But what more common tourist destinations like Istanbul, Antalya, Alanya or west Turkey or south west?

    Turkey is in Europe so is the rules the same? I dont understand about needing a visa
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    • Voyager2002
    • By Voyager2002 7th Feb 18, 4:40 PM
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    Here is a link to our government's official travel advice for Turkey:
    https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey
    • rafhelp
    • By rafhelp 7th Feb 18, 5:13 PM
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    i already saw that i wanted to see if it was accurate to real people as in have people gone recently with any issues?
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 7th Feb 18, 5:23 PM
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    • 7th Feb 18, 5:23 PM
    Thousands of people holiday in Turkey without any issues at all.
    If you're asking someone to guarantee there will be no terrorist activity where you are, that would be impossible.

    If you need a visa, then you need one. I'm not sure why you don't understand about needing one.
    Turkey is not part of the EU if that's what you mean.
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 7th Feb 18, 5:36 PM
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    Part of Turkey is in Europe but it's not in the EU yet

    There's always been fighting along the Syria border, never stopped me from going, the resorts you are looking at are at the different end of the country - hours away

    You need to apply for a visa online
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    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 7th Feb 18, 5:43 PM
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    Geographically only the area of Turkey west of the Bosphorus is in Europe. Turkey is not an EU member and hopefully never will be.

    There must have been something unsafe in a town on the Black Sea coast the night we were picked up by the police and thrown in the lockup. My Iranian friend, on his way home from Oxford uni, and I were hitchhiking east, completely penniless, and looking around for a place to doss for the night. The cell was warm and dry, if a little hard. They threw us out in the morning and I guess we appreciated their protection. But this was fifty years ago, if you'll excuse the lack of relevance.
    Last edited by eDicky; 08-02-2018 at 12:14 AM.
    • NoodleDoodleMan
    • By NoodleDoodleMan 7th Feb 18, 5:49 PM
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    I dont understand about needing a visa
    https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey/entry-requirements

    Make sure you apply through the official website - https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/

    Third parties will charge a fee for what is DIY.
    Last edited by NoodleDoodleMan; 07-02-2018 at 5:52 PM.
    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 7th Feb 18, 7:53 PM
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    Well, the visa is a way for the Turkish govt to make money from the tourists! Simple as that.... lots of other countries do exactly the same thing.
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    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 7th Feb 18, 9:40 PM
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    Me and the cook are flying to Antalya this Friday, having a lazy 2 weeks AI at the Sentido Perissia in Side.

    Got our e-visas online a couple of weeks ago @ US$ 20 each. Only problem I had was that for some reason I kept getting my btinternet e-mail address rejected bbhy the Turkish MFA website, and had to create a gmail account. Apparently that problem happens a lot.

    I haven't got any personal security worries, the weather forecast looks settled and warm.
    Last edited by PompeyPete; 08-02-2018 at 6:01 AM.
    • PeacefulWaters
    • By PeacefulWaters 8th Feb 18, 7:17 AM
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    It's a very subjective view.

    But you've probably got more chance of being killed by an earthquake in Turkey than by nasty people.
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 8th Feb 18, 7:30 AM
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    It's a very subjective view.

    But you've probably got more chance of being killed by an earthquake in Turkey than by nasty people.
    Originally posted by PeacefulWaters
    Sleep out in the fresh air, or under a table
    • andrewf75
    • By andrewf75 9th Feb 18, 10:10 AM
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    Turkey is as safe as most countries I would say (with obvious exceptions of far eastern border areas)
    But its very definitely not Europe (even if technically a small area of it is geographically)
    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 9th Feb 18, 1:43 PM
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    I haven't been for some years but I really loved the Dalyan area- lots to do and friendly locals (oh, and not too far from the airport at Dalaman- 1/2 hour transfer?)
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    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 9th Feb 18, 7:02 PM
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    Arrived at Antalya Airport this afternoon on time @ 1530. Cleared Immig in no time.

    Out into the coach park, clear blue skies, and lovely and warm.

    By 1600 we were on our way to Side.

    1700, we arrived, and are staying in a fabulous 5* AI called Sentido Perissia.

    Security concerns.... I'm more worried about my waistline after 14 nights here.
    • meer53
    • By meer53 9th Feb 18, 7:18 PM
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    We absolutely love Turkey and have no qualms about security. We will be going again this year, i worry more about being in London than i do Turkey.
    • rafhelp
    • By rafhelp 10th Feb 18, 1:47 AM
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    thanks for the replies
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 10th Feb 18, 9:01 AM
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    thanks for the replies
    Originally posted by rafhelp
    So have you decided to go to Turkey?
    And do you now understand about needing a visa?
    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 10th Feb 18, 9:08 AM
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    I go twice a year to Bodrum, lovely place, no issues, thinking about buying there. 5.3TL to the £ currently making it great value again.
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 10th Feb 18, 10:05 AM
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    Security concerns.... I'm more worried about my waistline after 14 nights here.
    Originally posted by PompeyPete
    Have a wonderful warm time!!
    Bitter freezing night here-

    So you might not need a belt when flying home? One less thing to take off at security!!
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    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 10th Feb 18, 2:04 PM
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    I go twice a year to Bodrum, lovely place, no issues, thinking about buying there. 5.3TL to the £ currently making it great value again.
    Originally posted by worried jim
    Agree with Jim about Bodrum, and in particular the number of wonderful small resorts within easy Dolmus* range of the Dolmus station in Bodrum.

    *shared mini-bus, cheap as chips.
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