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Old 3rd March 2020, 17:48   #1 (permalink)
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Cases of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported in many countries worldwide. As of 28 February 2020 there are no confirmed cases in Turkey. Please see the Additional Information/Health tab for further details.

Turkey/Syria

On 9 October 2019 Turkey launched a unilateral military operation (Operation Peace Spring) in north-eastern Syria.

We strongly advise against all travel within 10 kilometres of the border between Turkey and Syria and to Diyarbakir city. We advise against all but essential travel to the remaining areas of the provinces of Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kilis, Mardin, Şanliurfa and Sirnak. In addition, we recommend against all but essential travel to all areas of Siirt, Tunceli and Hakkari provinces.

The offensive has increased political tensions within Turkey and the Turkish government has warned against what it terms "terrorist propaganda", which can be interpreted broadly. 78 people have been reportedly detained for making critical comments against the operation on social media.

General Travel Advice
Our general advice to Irish citizens in Turkey or those who intend to travel to Turkey is to exercise a high degree of caution at all times. You should avoid all protests and demonstrations and minimise time spent in crowded areas, particularly those frequented by foreigners, follow local security advice, and monitor local media. You should also devise and/or review a personal security plan.

It is no longer possible to obtain a visa at Turkish Airports upon arrival. For a tourist or transit visa, you must apply for an e-visa prior to departure: www.evisa.gov.tr/en. A transit visa is required only if the scheduled transit period is longer than 24 hours.

Six month passport validity is required from the date of entry to Turkey. Please check your passport in plenty of time before travel as you may be refused entry. The Embassy cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet the entry requirements. If your passport needs to be renewed please use our Online Passport Renewal System. Please see Additional Information for visa and tourist residence permit requirements.

The political environment in Turkey remains potentially volatile and we strongly advise Irish citizens to avoid rallies, demonstrations and public gatherings. Presidential and parliamentary elections took place in Turkey in June 2018 and the State of Emergency, put in place following a failed coup attempt in July 2016, ended in July 2018.

If you become aware of a demonstration, please change your travel plans and leave the area. Please also be aware that the police in Turkey can take measures such as the use of tear gas to control protesters. Ensure you have a charged mobile phone at all times. Please carry ID / passport / visa at all times, presenting to security officers if requested (and keep a copy to hand also).

Turkey, including Istanbul and coastal regions popular with Irish tourists, lies in a seismically-active area and there have been a number of significant earthquakes in the west of Turkey in recent months. This includes a magnitude 6.7 earthquake near the coastal towns of Marmaris and Bodrum on 21 July 2017. Further earthquakes are likely and many buildings in the country are not earthquake proof.

We recommend that you check this travel advice regularly and download the Department's TravelWise Smartphone App and activate alerts for Turkey. You can also follow the Irish Embassy in Ankara on Twitter (@IrlEmbAnkara) and on Facebook (Irish Embassy Turkey). We strongly recommend that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all intended activities.

Terrorism
The threat from terrorism in Turkey is high, including in Istanbul and Ankara. The Mediterranean and Aegean resort areas in the south and west of the country may also be targeted, though this has not generally been the case to date. The terrorist threat in Turkey is multi-faceted and unpredictable, with several terrorist groups currently targeting the country. These include the so-called Islamic State (IS), the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), and its offshoots.

In the event of a terrorist attack, you should let your family and friends at home know you are safe as soon as possible, even if the attack is not close to where you are located. You should also keep your family and friends informed of your travel plans as much as possible. If you need assistance, call 00353 (0)1 408 2000 or 0090 (0)312 459 1000.

Terrorist attacks are, by their nature, random and indiscriminate and cannot be predicted in advance. You should remain vigilant at all times, particularly in public places that are frequented by foreigners, avoid large public gatherings and all demonstrations, and follow the advice of the local authorities. You should also monitor travel advice and local media regularly, and review personal security plans.

Particular vigilance is required in tourist areas such as Taksim Square in Istanbul, in airports and on public transport (including the metro systems in Istanbul and Ankara), and at locations close to police and military installations, which may be targets for terrorist attacks.

Post-Coup Attempt Environment

There are police checks in busy areas, particularly in Istanbul, and on main roads across the country. Irish citizens should cooperate with officials carrying out these checks and keep, at minimum, a copy of your passport and e-visa/residence permit with you at all times.

Rallies and demonstrations may occur at short notice. Irish citizens should remain vigilant, particularly where crowds may gather, stay well away from any demonstrations, and stay informed of local developments and security advice.

There have been several cases of nationals or dual-nationals of EU Member States being detained, for example, because they worked, or intended to work, in an organisation suspected of links to the Gülen movement. Foreign employees of international NGOs operating in the country have also been detained and several have been deported. Irish citizens intending to work in Turkey should exercise particular caution in this context. All intending travellers should follow instructions given by police or security personnel.

Emergency assistance
The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.

You can contact the emergency services in Turkey by dialling:

101/112 – Ambulance
102 – Fire
100 – Police

https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-adv...ntries/turkey/
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But Norman there is one part of this alert that cannot be true as several members are convinced that Irish Passport holders no longer need a visa !
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But Norman there is one part of this alert that cannot be true as several members are convinced that Irish Passport holders no longer need a visa !
Sleepy...I know you dont seem to believe the links that I and others have quoted re Irish Passport holders being exempt from tourist visas for Turkey.
However, if you go to the official evisa site and try to apply for a visa, completing the drop down box stating you have an Irish Passport, you will find the message YOU ARE EXEMPT FROM A VISA.
Obviously I would not expect you to take my word for that so I am attaching a screenshot.
The fact that the Irish Government dont seem to be able to furnish you with the correct information does not obviously mean it is not true. After all, it is the Turkish authorities who are exempting you, not the Irish.
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Sleepy...I know you dont seem to believe the links that I and others have quoted re Irish Passport holders being exempt from tourist visas for Turkey.
However, if you go to the official evisa site and try to apply for a visa, completing the drop down box stating you have an Irish Passport, you will find the message YOU ARE EXEMPT FROM A VISA.
Obviously I would not expect you to take my word for that so I am attaching a screenshot.
The fact that the Irish Government dont seem to be able to furnish you with the correct information does not obviously mean it is not true. After all, it is the Turkish authorities who are exempting you, not the Irish.
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