Visa, Money & Safety

Just like everywhere else in the world, some Istanbul taxi drivers have several tricks up their sleeve to hustle unaware tourists. The most common practice is to extend the travel duration by making (huge) unnecessary detours. And since you’re not an Istanbulite, they’re pretty confident that you wouldn’t notice — and you won’t! But with […]

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Taking a taxi (taksi) in Istanbul is a cheap, easy and comfortable way of transportation. But with 20.000 taxis driving around town, only a fool would believe all drivers are honest. Luckily most of them are indeed fair, but there are a rising amount of cases where tourists get hustled while taking a taxi ride […]

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You will need cash during your stay in Istanbul, there is no way around it. Sure, credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, restaurants, bars and stores, but there are occasions that require cash money. So, do you bring cash along or do you withdraw it from an ATM? Do I bring Dollars, Euros or […]

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If you want to enter Turkey, the rule of thumb is that you need to obtain a visa. However, as with any rule, there are some exceptions. These can be based on the country that issued your passport and/or the type of passport you’re holding. In this article I’ll explain the different passport types, who […]

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