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Travel insurance – Turkey

Did you know that Istanbul’s the only city in the world that sits on two continents – Europe and Asia. Perhaps it’s this quirk of geography and the cultural history of an ancient civilisation where east meets west that attracts over two million Brits every year.

Or it could be the 4,500 miles of coast and the 314 Blue Flag beaches, either way Turkey has all the ingredients to make a stunning holiday destination. The one thing you absolutely should think about before you jet off, is think about sorting out your travel insurance for Turkey – because you never know.


Do I need travel insurance for Turkey?

It is always advisable to make sure you have travel and medical insurance when you go away. Also don’t make the mistake that because Turkey straddles part of Europe that your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will cover you – it won’t (even if you are traveling to Europe you will need travel insurance alongside an EHIC. Double check that your travel insurance to Turkey includes ambulances and emergency flights home too. We know it sounds overly dramatic but accidents do happen and we want you to stay safe and without a hefty cost.


What should I consider when choosing my Turkey travel insurance?

It’s not all about getting cheap travel insurance to Turkey. You’ll need to think about what you’ll be doing when you get there. There are some fantastic sports if you’re feeling adventurous such as sea kayaking, white water rafting, diving and even skiing (incredible but true). So make sure that if you intend to indulge in some serious sport then make sure your policy will cover you. If you’re planning to dive check whether your insurance policy includes unlimited diving depths.

It’s also worth considering what might happen if your luggage stands you up. Turkey’s Grand Bazaar has over 4,000 shops selling everything from silver and gems to books, rugs and food. Which is probably the sort of shopping you’d prefer to spend your money on rather than forking out for toothpaste and deodorant if your luggage goes AWOL. Just make sure that you cover yourself sufficiently if you’re planning on taking expensive gadgets like your laptop or tablet as well.

Bear in mind any circumstances out of your control that may force you to cancel your holiday such as illness that might prevent you going in the first place. Also, your holiday should be ATOL protected (meaning that the Civil Aviation Authority will help you if your holiday provider fails to meet their obligations). If you’re holiday isn’t ATOL protected, make sure your travel insurance covers the cost of your holiday if it doesn’t happen.

Taking all of this into consideration sounds like a chore – we know, that’s why we’re here to help you, just search from our wide range of travel insurance providers and we’re sure you’ll find the best fit for you.

What else should I think about before going to Turkey?

You shouldn’t have too much to think about before you go, credit and debit cards are used in most tourist areas and there are also plenty of cash machines. But here are some other facts to help you decide what you might need:

Visa: You will need a visa which you can buy online directly from the official Republic of Turkey eVisa website, your visa will be issued when you arrive in Turkey. Your visa will allow you entry numerous times within a 180 day period and the number of consecutive days you can stay is 90.

Currency: The Turkish Lira (TL)

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 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.

Now all that’s left to do is check for the very best travel insurance for your Turkish adventure, but that’s the easy bit – just let us search and compare the best Turkey travel insurance for you.

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