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Do You Need Travel Insurance for Turkey?

Do You Need Travel Insurance for Turkey?

Do You Need Travel Insurance for Turkey?
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Turkey spans two continents, Asia and Europe. This fact alone makes the country such an exciting place to visit. Imagine shopping across two continents on the same day. You can do just that at Istanbul's famed Grand Bazaar. Turkey blends both European and Asian cultures seamlessly but what does it mean for entry requirements for Turkey?

From vaccinations required for visiting, to finding medical insurance valid for Turkey, let's get it sorted out.

Travel Requirements for the Turkey

Looking for Turkey travel insurance requirements? Currently, travel medical insurance is required for the length of your stay. The European health insurance card (EHIC) isn't valid in Turkey. But most international travel plans that cover Europe will cover Turkey, including the Asian region.

Covid information for your trip

Do you know the Covid situation for your destination? Keep up with country-specific advisories and notifications.

COVID-19 in Turkey

If you have to travel, here are some Covid safety precautions to take. For the most up-to-date information on Covid restrictions for traveling, please follow CDC guidelines.

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Health & safety

The potential for terrorist acts is relatively high and all travelers especially U.S. citizens should be on guard. In response to a rash of terrorist attacks, Turkey passed strict security laws in 2018 aimed at protecting citizens and visitors.

For your safety:

  • Carry a passport or identity document at all times.
  • Follow local news sources during your stay to keep up with any areas to avoid.
  • Be vigilant.
  • Avoid political demonstrations as they might turn violent.
  • Always obey Turkish security personnel.
  • Whenever possible avoid places of worship as these can be targets for terrorist attacks. Anti-Israeli and anti-semitic sentiments are significant.

Street crime is fairly low but visitors should be wary of pickpockets, scams, schemes, break-ins and assaults.

Necessary vaccinations

Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before your trip. Here are some common vaccination recommendations for Turkey.

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Rabies
  • Hepatitis B

For the most up-to-date information on required vaccinations and other health requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.

Visas & documentation

A lot of visas require travel insurance. So be sure to confirm your visa requirements before your trip. Likewise, your passport must be valid for six months beyond your entry date, and must have room for entry and exit stamps.

Visas are required for tourism or commercial travel of up to 90 days within a 180 day period. You can get a Turkish visa from the e-Visa application system prior to arrival.

U.S. citizens traveling on cruise ships can enter visa-free for no more than 72 hours with written permission from port authorities. Finally, if you're working, studying, or conducting research in Turkey, you must receive a visa from a Turkish embassy or consulate before your trip.

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