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Compare travel insurance for Turkey

Compare travel insurance for Turkey

With 4,500 miles of coast and 454 Blue Flag beaches, as well as the ancient and beautiful city of Istanbul, Turkey attracts around 3 million Brits every year. Before you jet off to this stunning holiday destination, here's what you need to know about Turkey travel insurance.

Patrick Ikhena
From the Travel team
minute read
posted 9 DECEMBER 2019

Do I need travel insurance for Turkey?

It's not compulsory, but it's a smart move – and travel insurance for Turkey is particularly important because your EHIC card isn't valid there, meaning you can't get free medical treatment. Without travel insurance, an accident or illness could leave you with a very hefty bill.

Generally crime levels are low in Turkey, but you definitely need to look out for street robbery and pick-pocketing in the major tourist areas of Istanbul. Having insurance for your personal possessions and travel money could save your holiday from being ruined.

Double check that your travel insurance to Turkey includes ambulances and emergency flights home too.

What should I consider when I choose my travel insurance for Turkey?

It's not all about getting cheap travel insurance to Turkey. You need to find the cover that's right for your situation.

  • There are certain risks to travelling in Turkey. While it's not nice to think about, and you'll generally be very safe, terrorist attacks do happen in the country. Be aware of your policy's exclusions – full terrorism cover is not offered with every policy. Remember to check the Government's foreign travel advice for Turkey before you go.
  • You should consider all of the basics when buying cheap travel insurance for Turkey – for example, loss of baggage limits, cover for expensive gadgets like your laptop or tablet, and limits for cancellations. When you compare travel insurance for Turkey with us we'll show you the highlights of each policy and give you a link to the full policy documents so you can check the details.

Do I need a visa for Turkey?

You'll need a visa to visit Turkey. You can buy it online from the Republic of Turkey e-visa website. Your visa will be issued when you arrive in Turkey. With it, you can enter Turkey numerous times within a 180-day period. The maximum number of consecutive days you can stay is 90.

There's an exception and you won't need a visa if you arrive on a cruise ship if your stay isn't longer than 72 hours – but if you arrive or leave Turkey by air for your cruise you'll need a visa.

Any other tips for a trip to Turkey?

Here are a few more tips to help you on your way.

  • Currency: the Turkish Lira (TL). Credit and debit cards are used in most tourist areas and cash machines are plentiful.
  • Language: Turkish and Kurdish are widely spoken alongside several other dialects. Some English may be spoken.
  • Vaccines: you should see your doctor at least one month before you go to Turkey just to check you're feeling 100%. You may also be advised to have Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Tetanus vaccines which are usually free on the NHS.
  • Tipping: tipping is expected in restaurants (about 10-15% of the bill), hotel porters expect 3% of the room price and taxi drivers would welcome any rounding up of the fare.

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