Turkey — Visas and Vaccinations
For a small fee, travelers from the United States can get a visa upon arrival that will be valid for three months. This is a multiple entry visa, which makes it all the more convenient for returning guests. For more information, visit http://travel.state.gov/visa/.
Health and Safety
Crime in Turkey is relatively low, but petty muggings and pick-pocketing can occur. However, the introduction of CCTV in the cities is beginning to reduce the number of thefts. Avoid walking through dark areas in the larger cities like Istanbul, and always think before traveling alone at night.
When it comes to diseases, there aren’t too many to worry about in Turkey. However, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever cases have popped up recently in rural areas. This tick-borne virus is fatal, so head straight to the hospital if you find a tick anywhere on your body. Do not try to pull it out yourself, as this may cause the head to pop off, leaving it under the skin.
Public toilets are located in most cities and towns, and are usually in abundance. However, what is not common, or available at all, is toilet paper. Turkey’s devout Muslim population tends to use water instead of paper to cleanse themselves. Travelers are advised to bring their own whenever they go sightseeing.
Turkey’s summer season comes with high temperatures, so be “sun smart.” Wear sunscreen, cover up as much as possible and drink plenty of fluids, as heat stroke is not uncommon among tourists.