Visa, Money & Safety

The Turkish Electronic Visa (or e-Visa) replaces the famous ‘sticker visa’ starting 2013. And you better get used to it, since the latter will be depreciated on April 10, 2014. Is this a bad thing? No, not at all. The Turkish online visa procedure is quick, smooth and actually saves you time since you no […]

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The border procedures at the Istanbul International Airports are not that complicated but follow strict rules. And if you’re a duty free fan, you’ll love Turkey. After you shopped duty free prior to boarding the plane, you’re also allowed to buy duty free goods after arriving in Istanbul. Although I’ve never been asked by the […]


In Istanbul, pedestrians aren’t treated the same way as they are back home. The car rules in Istanbul, except in places like Sultanahmet Square, Istiklal Caddesi, Taksim Square, Ortaköy and of course the Princes’ Islands. Nevertheless, the ideal way to explore a city is to go about it on foot. But because the car is […]


To enter Istanbul, or Turkey for that matter, most tourists will need some kind of visa. However, there are a few visa types, several ways to obtain your visa and different fees to pay. It all depends on your passport type, country of origin and the purpose of your visit. Follow these four steps to […]

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Istanbul, just like every world city, has to cope with its typical tourist scams. Although most Turks are unbelievably honest and would go the extra mile to help you rather than rip you off, in a city with well over 12 million inhabitants, you’ll always find a few people with different intentions. This shouldn’t scare […]

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