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Old 18th June 2019, 16:14   #81 (permalink)
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Unless you are involved in an accident, or overtly break the driving rules the police are not interested in hassling foreigners. I did at one point have to show my passport to show that I was inside the 6 months though. Also kasko (fully comp) insurance will not pay out if the driver is outside the 6 months on a foreign licence.
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Old 10th October 2019, 05:20   #82 (permalink)
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Re: Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey

F & C Update

Safety and security

Local travel - Syrian border

The FCO advise against all travel to areas within 10km of the border with Syria, except the city of Kilis. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the remaining areas of Sirnak, Kilis (including Kilis city) and Hatay provinces.

Turkey has announced that its military forces intend to enter north-eastern Syria imminently. This could lead to heightened tensions in border regions. If you’re in provinces bordering Syria, you should remain vigilant and keep up to date with developments via local media and this travel advice.

On 24 August 2016, the Turkish military started operations across the Turkey-Syria border near Karkamis and declared special security zones in villages along the Turkey-Syria border in Gaziantep Province.

Fighting in Syria continues in areas close to the Turkish border and there remains a heightened risk of terrorism in the region.

Mortar rounds are occasionally fired from Syria into Turkey. As a result of heavy fighting in northern Syria, there has been a mass influx of refugees into southern Turkey over the past 3 years.

Due to the ongoing conflict in Syria, roads in Hatay province leading towards the border may be subject to closure.

Local travel – eastern provinces

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the provinces of Diyarbakir, Tunceli and Hakkari. Since July 2015 there has been an intensive period of PKK attacks on Turkish security forces, their premises and vehicles. Civilians have been affected. Security operations have taken place in the cities of Diyarbakir, Sirnak and Hakkari, with curfews imposed in these and other towns and cities in the region. If you’re undertaking essential travel to these provinces, you should take extreme care.

A temporary Turkish military restricted zone has been imposed for the Mount Ararat area. No permission is being given for parties to enter the area, nor to climb the mountain. Other temporary military restricted zones have been established in eastern provinces. Don’t attempt to enter these zones. There may be some disruption to travel in these areas.
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Old 22nd October 2019, 15:11   #83 (permalink)
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Visa charges update.

Visas
British nationals need a visa to enter Turkey, except for cruise ship passengers with ‘British Citizen’ passports who arrive at sea ports for tourist visits to the port city or nearby cities, provided that the visit doesn’t exceed 72 hours.

Turkish visit visas are valid for multiple stays up to a maximum of 90 days in a 180 day period.

We recommend that you get an e-Visa online through the official Republic of Turkey e-Visa website. An e-Visa costs $35 (plus $1.05 service fee) and you can pay by credit or debit card. If you use this option, you should apply at least 48 hours before travel and can do so up to 3 months in advance. In case of technical problems at the Turkish port of entry, carry a printed copy of your e-Visa or keep an electronic copy on a smartphone or other device to show at immigration.

Be wary of using unauthorised websites, as these may charge additional fees for supplying information and submitting applications. Some unauthorised websites have also issued fake e-Visas.

If you have any queries regarding e-Visas call the Visa Contact Centre (details provided by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

Alternatively, until further notice you can get a multiple entry sticker visitor visa, valid for 90 days, on arrival at any port of entry on payment of 20 in cash (Scottish and Northern Irish currency is not accepted). However, as the visa on arrival service is likely to be phased out at some point in the near future, we recommend you get an e-Visa.

You can also apply for a visa before you travel from the Turkish Consulate General in London. If you’re planning to study or work in Turkey, or are unsure about the type of visa you require, you should apply for a visa before travel.

If you hold a different type of British nationality (eg BN(O), British Overseas Citizen, British Protected Person or British Subject), check visa requirements with the Turkish Consulate General before you travel. These types of passport are classed as ‘UK Special Passports’ in the Turkish e-Visa system. You’ll need to apply for a visa from the Turkish Consulate General before you travel.
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Old 10th December 2019, 19:57   #84 (permalink)
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Re: Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey

Posted today from F & C Office .5.11pm

Weather Warning

On 10 December the Turkish authorities issued a red weather warning for the Antalya area. Central Antalya, Serik, Kemer, Finike and Kumluca may be affected by storms, heavy rain, strong winds and flooding between 6am Wednesday 11 December and 12pm Thursday 12 December. If you’re travelling in the area you should check local weather reports regularly.

British nationals made over 2.3 million visits to Turkey in 2018. Most visits are trouble free. Be alert to your surroundings and remain vigilant in crowded places popular with foreign nationals, including during festival periods.
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Issued today 4/1/20




Update on GOV.​UK.

Turkey travel advice

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Latest update: Summary – Following the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in a US strike in Baghdad on 3 January, British nationals in the region should remain vigilant and keep up to date with the latest developments, including via the media and this travel advice.

Time updated
11:28am, 4 January 2020
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Re: Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey

Repeated today.


Update on GOV.​UK.

Turkey travel advice

Change made
Summary – amendments to existing information on increased tensions in the region

Time updated
4:52pm, 6 January 2020

Following the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in a US strike in Baghdad on 3 January, the incident has led to increased tensions in the region. There is a possibility of an increased threat against Western interests and the security situation could worsen with little warning. You should remain vigilant and keep up to date with the latest developments, including via the media and this travel advice.

Turkey is conducting a military operation in north-eastern Syria. This has led to heightened tensions in border regions, including cross-border rocket and mortar attacks into Turkey, close to the border. If you’re in provinces bordering Syria, you should remain extremely vigilant and keep up to date with developments via local media and this travel advice.
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Just issued today.
Not sure what the incident is, but it's serious enough for a F & C warning.

Following an incident on 7 January 2019, there are cancellations and disruptions to flights arriving at and departing from Sabiha Gokcen Airport in Istanbul. If you’re travelling via Sabiha Gokcen, you should contact your airline for updated information.
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Just issued today.
Not sure what the incident is, but it's serious enough for a F & C warning.

Following an incident on 7 January 2019, there are cancellations and disruptions to flights arriving at and departing from Sabiha Gokcen Airport in Istanbul. If you’re travelling via Sabiha Gokcen, you should contact your airline for updated information.
Pegasus plane skidded off runway at SG airport in bad weather.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/sto...-runway-150674
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Re: Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey

Sabiha Gokcen had been due to re-open for flights at 1120 but this was put back till 2000 Turkish time.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turk...irport/1694626
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Just in case it's been missed. . .




Update on GOV.​UK.

Turkey travel advice

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Summary – A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Elazig and neighbouring provinces in the east of Turkey on 24 January. You should avoid the immediate vicinity and follow the advice of local authorities.

Time updated
10:31pm, 25 January 2020
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