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With such amazing history, architecture and culture, not forgetting the amazing Turkish cuisine on offer throughout the region, and sandy white beaches with clear blue sea, Turkey really does have a lot to offer as a holiday destination. Here at Holidaysafe, we offer an award-winning range of travel insurance policies for your trip to Turkey, designed to protect you against unforeseen events.
When purchasing a policy from us you will always enjoy the following benefits:
Remember to select ‘Europe’ to be covered for travel to Turkey.
We always suggest you check the FCDO’s website in case of any unforeseen events that may occur before travelling.
Also, please remember that the EHIC is not accepted in Turkey, and so we would advise that you check the FCDO’s Health Page which explains what to do in the event of a medical emergency. Our Emergency Medical Assistance Team is open 24/7, always contact them as soon as possible as they can help liaise with hospitals on your behalf.
Please ensure you have the correct visa for travelling to Turkey. The FCDO’s website gives you the best places to purchase this before travel. We would advise doing this as it will save you time and money. If you do forget, you should be able to purchase this at the airport upon landing, but it is usually more money and you will have to queue twice, once to purchase the visa, and again for security to check your passport and visa. *
Turkey generally has good weather the majority of the year, with April, May, September and October being the most pleasant. The summer months are extremely hot, and temperatures can reach between 35-40 degrees. A destination which is rich in amazing weather, culture and architecture, we recommend taking time out to go and see:
Turkey is also known for its amazing cuisine, it’s not all about kebabs, although they are very tasty! With immense flavours that will infuse your pallet, why not try some traditional options such as:
In recent years Turkey has been victim to several violent incidents, which led to the FCDO advising against travel to large parts of the country. However, the majority of the ban has now been lifted (for most parts excluding the area bordering Syria), meaning that tourists can safely travel to Turkey once again*. It is advised to check the latest FCDO travel advice to find out whether it’s safe to travel to your destination. Remember, you will not be covered under your travel insurance policy if you travel against the FCDO’s guidance.
Current Status – FCDO Guidance
The FCDO currently advises against all but essential travel to Turkey.
We do however, advise all customers to check the FCDO’s website prior to booking.
All arrivals into Turkey, will have to have their temperature checked as well as other medical evaluations including potential COVID testing.
You will also need to complete a passenger locator form, details of which will be provided by your airline. This will need to include the address of where you are intending on staying as well as your personal contact information.
Do I need to wear a mask?
As with any enclosed space in the UK, you will need to wear your mask in the airport and on the plane. Please check with your airline to confirm if they have any other guidelines to follow before travelling.
As with every country, Portugal is constantly reviewing their guidelines in regards to COVID-19 so we always suggest to check the FCDO’s website before travelling.
Do I need to wear a mask?
Yes, as of 8th September, it is mandatory to wear a mask at all times outside your residence, hotel or villa.
This includes but is not limited to streets, parks, gardens, markets, shops, restaurants and all public transport.
There is a fine of 900TL (approx. £106) for those who do not comply.
Are they taking details for Track and Trace?
To our knowledge they are not currently using track and trace in the same way that we are here in the UK. However, we would always advise to check the FCDO website to confirm prior to travelling.
Is everything open?
As with the UK, the majority of hospitality and tourist facilities have now opened. However, they may have different opening hours and you may need to book in where you didn’t before. We would always check online before turning up.
Am I covered for coronavirus under my travel insurance?
Planning a trip to Turkey this year? If you need to cancel, you’ll have to get reimbursement or a refund from your tour operator (package holiday company, airline or accommodation provider) before approaching your travel insurance company to make a cancellation claim.
Our Premier Plus and Platinum policies will cover you if you need to cancel your holiday due to you or anyone named on your policy testing positive for COVID-19 up to 14 days before you are due to travel.
If your pre booked excursions or events are cancelled, if you cannot recover from any other source you are also covered under these policies, as well as if your airline goes into administration due to the pandemic.
What do I need to do if I experience symptoms abroad?
If you are feeling unwell, as per the guidance from the FCDO website, please call a medical practitioner before going to a public health facility.
Holidaysafe have also teamed up with Medical Solutions UK Ltd to bring you free 24/7 GP telephone consultations whilst abroad, allowing you to access GP advice from your phone.
Is flight cancellation due to COVID covered under travel insurance?
In regards to cancellation costs, the only time your travel insurance would kick in, is if your airline goes into administration due to the pandemic. This is because your airline or travel provider are responsible for refunding you due to cancellation or getting you an alternative flight.
For more information on what you are entitled to, please click here.
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