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A magical destination straddling two continents, yet overly rich in history and unbeatable scenery, Turkey is more than a perfect holidaying getaway. Visit this ancient conquerors’ playground and marvel at the sheer amount of ruins and monuments before grabbing a bite of the real Turkish food.
Whether you are dying to see the Byzantine and Ottoman remains of Istanbul, lazy around in the sun-soaked Mediterranean beaches or indulge in the sumptuous Turkish cuisines, it has them all. Enjoy your stay wandering through the centuries’ old Ephesus ruins, the mammoth-sized Roman Theater of Aspendos, and the surreal panoramas of Cappadocia and Pamukkale.
On an air balloon atop the rock valleys of Cappadocia, Turkey’s glorious landscapes, mighty mountains and arid prairie dazzle and astound to leave memories you will forever cherish. Cruise the Mediterranean to soak up the sun as you enjoy the picturesque steep forest-clad slopes and dock near the Olympus.
Pay a visit to the stunning Aya Sofya Museum or the Topkapi Palace that ooze opulence of the Sultans, explore the mystic, abandoned Sumela Monastery along the Black Sea Coast. If sightseeing if on your DNA, broken scattered pieces of Mount Nemrut’s guardian statue will surely take your breath.
US citizens need to apply for a Turkey eVisa before arrival.
Exercise increased caution when traveling to Turkey due to terrorism and arbitrary detentions. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
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Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Turkey. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas. Terrorists have also previously targeted Western tourists and expatriates.
Security forces have detained tens of thousands of individuals, including U.S. citizens, for alleged affiliations with terrorist organizations based on scant or secret evidence and grounds that appear to be politically motivated. U.S. citizens have also been subject to travel bans that prevent them from departing Turkey. Participation in demonstrations not explicitly approved by the Government of Turkey, as well as criticism of the government, including on social media, can result in arrest.
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Turkey:
Areas near the Syrian and Iraqi Borders – Level 4: Do Not Travel
Do not travel near the Turkey/Syria and Turkey/Iraq borders due to the continued threat of attacks by terrorist groups, armed conflict, and civil unrest. Terrorist attacks, including suicide bombings, ambushes, car bomb detonations, and improvised explosive devices, as well as shootings, and illegal roadblocks leading to violence have occurred in these areas.
Specific Areas in Eastern and Southeastern Turkey – Level 3: Reconsider Travel
Reconsider travel to specific areas in eastern and southeastern Turkey where the U.S. government has very limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens. These areas are the provinces of Batman, Bingol, Bitlis, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hakkari, Hatay, Kilis, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Siirt, Sirnak, Tunceli, and Van, as the U.S. government restricts its employees from traveling to these provinces without prior approval.
Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.
Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with updates to a risk indicator and the Travel Advisory Level.
You can tip in both dollars, euros, or Turkish liras (TL). Tip with cash as tipping with credit cards is not possible.
Taxis: Not expected, but you can round up the fare for good service.
Hotels: 4-5 TL per bag for bellhops. 15 TL for concierge. 5 to 50 TL per day for housekeepers.
Restaurants: 5% to 15% depending on the service and assuming no service charge was already included.
Tours: 10 to 15 TL for guides.
Spas: 10% to 20%.
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