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Travel to Turkey after Brexit

Travel to Turkey after Brexit
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Turkey is one of the top holiday destinations for British tourists, but uncertainties have arisen due to the UK’s imminent departure from the EU. You may be asking yourself “Can I travel to Turkey after Brexit?” If so, then this article is for you.

Britain will no longer be a part of the EU from 1 January 2021. That doesn’t mean that British citizens won’t be able to travel. What it does mean is that some rules and regulations regarding travel may change.

This will depend on where you are planning to go. So, if you want to go to Turkey, here are some things that you should be aware of.

Passports and passport control

The Turkish authorities advise that all tourists travel with passports valid for at least six months from the date of entry. You will need a full blank page in your passport for entry and exit stamps.

Travel visas

As of 2 March 2020, British tourists no longer have to pay £27 for the e-visa permit. British citizens can now travel to Turkey without a visa as long as they are staying in the country for no longer than 90 days in any 180-day period.

Make sure you obtain a dated entry stamp in your passport on the day you enter the country. This is especially important if you enter the country via a land border.

“Can I travel to Turkey for a period longer than 90 days?” The answer is yes, you can. However, you will need a visa to do this. Further information is available from the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Travelling with children

If you are leaving the country with a child that is a dual British/Turkish national, you must have written permission from the Turkish parent. The authorities have the right to ask for this permission before allowing you to take the child out of the country.

Healthcare and health insurance

Make sure you have health insurance that covers you for any existing conditions, where applicable. If you require medication, make sure you have enough for your journey. It’s a good idea to pack extra medication in case you have to extend your stay due to flight delays, for example.

Be aware of the rules and regulations on the use and possession of over-the-counter drugs in Turkey. Further information is available from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).

“Can I travel to Turkey without vaccinations?” It’s best to check to see if you need any travel vaccinations at least two months before your trip. The World Health Organisation recommends that visitors to Turkey are vaccinated against Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Rabies and Tetanus.

Driving

In order to drive in Turkey, you must be over 18 and hold a full UK driving licence.

You have two options. You can apply for an International Driving Permit and take this with you, or you can use your own UK driving licence. If you choose to use your UK driving licence you will need a notarised copy in Turkish.

Do not even think about drinking and driving. The police have the right to breathalyse anyone suspected of doing this. They can fine you on the spot and confiscate your driving licence for six months.

Take home

“Can I travel to Turkey after Brexit?” The answer is yes, you can, as long as you take the necessary precautions and have the appropriate paperwork. Make sure you have a suitable travel credit card that doesn’t charge you inflated fees abroad, too!

This information was correct at the time of writing, but please note that post-Brexit travel to Turkey is under constant review. Do check the gov.uk website for up-to-date foreign travel advice about Turkey.

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