Pre travel arrangement from UAE to Turkey

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Travelers from the UAE need a valid passport and Turkish visa to enter the country. The Turkey visa for UAE residents can be obtained online in just a few minutes using the online application form. Travel with cash (in small denominations), an ATM card, and a credit card. Travelers’ checks are no longer common. US Dollars and Euro are the easiest currencies to convert and change offices offer the best rates

Make sure to include an adapter for turkey in your list of things to carry for turkey so you can charge your electronics. Turkey’s electrical outlets feature two pins.

Outside the tourist areas, even in big cities, not many people speak English, so having some Turkish language basics is really useful. If you receive an invitation to a local family home for Turkish coffee or tea, knowing even a few words is much appreciated. However, some unscrupulous people take advantage of that friendly nature

Turkey’s population is 99% Muslim, so religious beliefs influence a lot of the daily behavior and customs you’re likely to experience, be it in cosmopolitan centers or traditional rural communities. This doesn’t mean women traveling in Turkey have to cover from head to toe, but being aware of proper etiquette and dressing modestly helps you avoid unwanted attention.

PayPal is unavailable in Turkey. Certain commercial transactions will be difficult to complete without access to your PayPal account. In order to use PayPal in Turkey, you didn’t want to utilize a proxy. The good news is that if you have the PayPal mobile APP, you can use it to access your PayPal account.

Corona virus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Turkey

COVID-19 remains a risk in Turkey, with continuing community transmission. Follow local measures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 and minimise your risk of infection.

Private hospitals in major cities often have good medical facilities, but COVID-19 may place health services under pressure. Services elsewhere are limited. If you’re seriously ill or injured, you may need medical evacuation. Ensure your travel insurance covers this.

Except for Turkish citizens and residents with a residency permit, all visitors to Turkey must fill out an online form within 72 hours of arrival. Passengers transiting Turkey on their way to another country are exempt from this requirement.

  • Passengers travelling from the United Kingdom, Iran, Egypt, or Singapore will need to take a negative PCR test within 72 hours of landing in Turkey starting on June 1.
  • Passengers departing from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, as well as those suspected of having visited these countries in the previous 14 days, will be required to submit a negative PCR test report 72 hours prior to entering Turkey, and will be quarantined for 14 days in locations determined by the governorship.

Its Mandatory requirements in turkey

  • In Turkey, wearing a face mask is required at all times outside the home.
  • Public transportation has capacity limits to ensure that passengers adhere to social distancing rules
Pre travel arrangement from UAE to Turkey

Departure from UAE

Security screening is an important aspect of modern air travel. We understand that ensuring everyone’s safety is critical, but we also understand that it can be time-consuming. Similarly, a customs inspection is an obligation. Here are some things you can do to make things go more smoothly.

  • Put ‘loose’ items in your hand luggage, such as your phone, wallet, watch, keys, and so on.
  • Keep your laptop in a convenient location; you’ll need to place it in a separate security tray for the scan.
  • Remove any metal buckles or heels from your belt or shoes and place them in a security tray.

The UAE, like all nations, has restrictions on what you can and cannot carry with you. Some things can result in fines or, in some situations, incarceration, like as narcotic substances. Please declare your products when you departure if you are unsure about anything.

Arrival at Turkey

Passports or equivalent documents can be used to process your entry and exit procedures at border gates. You can enter and stay in Turkey if you have a visa, a visa exemption, a residency permit, or a work permit. You will not be allowed to enter Turkey if you do not obtain a passport or an equivalent document valid for at least 60 days after the expiration of the permit or exemption period.

Declaration of Cash

Officers may ask you to disclose any cash you have with you when entering or leaving Turkey. Declaring the cash money will be required in this scenario.

If you refuse to declare the cash money, or if you misreport or report it in a fraudulent manner, the currency you have will be held by the relevant Customs Office, and you will be charged an administrative fee.

At Turkey

  • Istanbul is well connected to other cities by train, bus, and metro, allowing for hassle-free commuting. Cabs are available if there is no public transportation available after midnight. The greatest bus services are Ulusoy and Safran, which are both equipped with Wi-Fi. Passengers are offered to snacks and beverages onboard on long journeys. These buses can be reserved online. When taking a taxi, always check the logo at the taxi stand to avoid falling into the trap of money-laundering taxi drivers. This is a crucial Turkey travel tip to keep in mind when commuting throughout the country.
  • The tap water is perfectly safe to drink. However, because the water in many places, particularly in the European portion of Istanbul, does not taste good, it is recommended that one consume bottled water.
  • If you’re visiting someone’s home, don’t refuse any food or tea that is offered to you. Even if you’re full and not hungry, at least eat some of it! It’s fine to say no if they ask if you’re hungry, but it’s usual to accept the meal if they give it to you without asking. Turkish hospitality is a significant issue, and some people may find it disrespectful if you refuse it.
  • Don’t use or carry illegal drugs. Penalties for drug offences are severe and include long prison sentences.
  • Always carry photo ID, such as a copy of your passport. Keep the original in a safe place.
  • It’s illegal to ‘insult’ Turkey, the Turkish flag, the President or government, and the country’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Don’t make insulting comments, in public or on social media. It’s illegal to photograph military sites.
  • Get a receipt and an official certificate if you want to export cultural artefacts or antiquities. Exporting them without a permit is illegal. Other illegal activities include using a metal detector to search for artefacts, and defacing or destroying Turkish currency.

Driving in Turkey

If you’re planning to drive in Turkey, you should be extremely careful. Serious traffic accidents are common, particularly at night. Road safety standards are low, particularly outside towns and cities. Accidents are frequent and are often caused by poor driving, badly maintained vehicles and inadequate lighting. Pedestrians should also exercise caution at all times, including at zebra crossings, for example, as drivers rarely stop to allow pedestrians to cross.

If you want to drive

  • Bring your full Irish driving licence and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and you risk being detained, fined or banned from driving if caught.
  • Be aware of Turkey’s traffic laws, such as speed limits.
  • Keep your vehicle doors locked and your bags kept out of sight to prevent opportunistic bag-snatching if you are stopped at traffic lights.

Departure from Turkey

The 10 information points at the Istanbul Airport Terminal are at your service for your inquiries about flights, terminal services, and location information. 2 additional information points at the departures floor provide assistance on car park payments. Departures and Arrivals floor information points also assist passengers who request wheelchair assistance alongside other passengers.

You can get services for your flight changes, ticket purchase, and refund transactions through the airline and representative companies and ticket sales agencies that are present at eight ticket counters on the departure floor, and you can get services from the offices for additional services for your travels and insurance processes at  Istanbul airport.

Things You Should Consider When Passing Through Airside Security Checkpoints

  • Have passenger boarding pass (Boarding card) ready,
  • Do not hurry at security checkpoints.
  • Complying with the information and directions provided by the personnel at security checkpoints will facilitate your safe and fast passage.
  • Make sure that your cabin baggage does not contain liquids that are not in compliance with liquid restrictions

Arrival at UAE

  • UAE nationals are exempt from taking a COVID‑19 PCR test before departing to Dubai. They will be tested on arrival in Dubai.
  • Children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability are exempt from taking a COVID‑19 PCR test.
  • Moderate or severe disability includes neurological disorders and intellectual or developmental disabilities. For example: Acute spinal cord injury, Alzheimer’s disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Ataxia, Autism spectrum, Bell’s palsy, Brain tumours, Cerebral aneurysm, Cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy and seizures
  • All other passengers, including those who are visually impaired, hearing impaired or physically challenged must hold a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate as per the requirements.
  • In UAE airports, all liquids should be packed inside a clear, re-sealable plastic bag, within your hand baggage. The item can’t be more than 100 ml and the total of all your items can’t exceed one litre.
  • The UAE government advises tourists to be extra cautious about bringing in certain types of medicines into the UAE. Some medicines from other countries could contain substances that are banned in the UAE, which could lead to the arrest of those carrying them.

Post Travel experience

It’s a heaven for shopping

I’m bringing an empty duffle bag with me to Turkey solely for shopping. The abundance of lovely and low-priced goods to browse for in the markets, bazaars, and artisan craft shops may make your head spin: rugs, towels, jeweler, books, cooking ware, copper crafts, ceramics, paintings, pillowcases, unusual mementos, antiques! There’s something for everyone, and it’s all at a great price!

Sufis Peaceful Dance

I had no idea what Sufi dancing (or Sufi Whirling) was before coming to Turkey, but once there, my eyes were opened to a new art form. In fact, this is more than a dance; it is a worship ceremony involving physically active meditation in which dervishes seek to reach the source of all perfection, or Kemal, by listening to music, focusing on God, and spinning one’s body in repetitive circles, which are thought to represent planets orbiting the sun in the Solar System.

Camping Everywhere

We mainly camped on farms, and while they weren’t guarded, they were clearly private property. We once came across a shepherd with his herd (who we assumed was the property owner), and as soon as he noticed us camping there, he approached us, curious, and inquired about what we were doing.

The talk was a great moment since we both wanted to learn more about each other, despite the fact that it was completely lost in translation. He eventually returned with his sheep and invited us to stay and enjoy his farm.

Most Turks believe that visitors should be treated as God’s guests, and we witnessed this directly. Most Turks embrace the opportunity to meet foreign visitors, learn about new cultures, and perfect their language abilities. 


Domestic flights within Turkey can be absurdly cheap – cheaper even then the bus, at times! I flew from Istanbul to Kayseri (near Cappadocia) for $20. So don’t discount flights on Turkish Airlines or Pegasus when it comes time to getting around Turkey. Turkey also has some of the best buses I’ve ever taken in my travels, and they are quite a viable way of getting around.

Turkish history in Ankara

In our first years in Turkey, expat friends – who usually had never actually been to Ankara – recommended we avoid Ankara because “there’s nothing there.” When we finally took a weekend trip there (it’s a comfortable four-hour train ride from Istanbul) we were pleasantly surprised at how much the city had to offer.

The capital is replete with Brutalist architecture, a mid-century international style typified by clean lines and raw materials. The Middle East Technical University, designed by architect Behruz Çinici, who was inspired by regional Turkish structures like Anatolian flat-roofed homes, is particularly noteworthy.

Quiet beaches on Burgazada Island

Burgazada is one of the smaller Princes’ Islands, an archipelago that lies about an hour outside Istanbul by ferry. Like many tourists and locals, I’d been to nearby Büyükada and done the obligatory horse-drawn carriage ride. But until a friend suggested a weekend trip to Burgazada this summer, this island wasn’t really even on my radar.

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