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To those who hve flown to Turkey: Visa in the US or in Istanbul?

To those who hve flown to Turkey: Visa in the US or in Istanbul?

Old Jun 29th, 2008, 08:56 AM
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To those who hve flown to Turkey: Visa in the US or in Istanbul?

What do you recent Turkey travelers recommend re the visa? Getting it before leaving home or wait to get it on arrival in Istanbul?

If in Istanbul, what is the process? How long does it take, etc?

Thank you.
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Old Jun 29th, 2008, 08:58 AM
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Question should read "have" flown to Turkey:
I hate it when I see a typo after I've posted. Ugh!
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Old Jun 29th, 2008, 09:00 AM
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Get in at the airport upon arrival. Took about 5 minutes.
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Old Jun 29th, 2008, 09:10 AM
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On landing, just before you clrea customs. I paid in US$, $60. When you get off the plane, try to quickly get there before any crowds.
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Old Jun 29th, 2008, 09:13 AM
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On arrival. Quick, easy, and cheap.

Get YOUR VISA BEFORE YOU GET INTO LINE FOR PASSPORT STAMP!!!!!!!

In 2005, the visa booths were to the LEFT of PASSPORT CONTROL.

Thingorjus
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Old Jun 29th, 2008, 09:21 AM
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It was $20......and as far as I kn ow it still is.
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Old Jun 29th, 2008, 09:27 AM
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We paid $20 last month (they will also let you pay 15 euro but that is not as good a deal for us in the states) and it took just a few minutes.

A guy wrote on flyertalk that he went to get one from the Turkish Embassy in Washington DC and it cost $35 there, so I say save the money and trouble and just remember to have 20 US in your pocket on arrival at IST.

BTW, it is just a sticker they place in your passport, no ppwk is involved.
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Old Jun 29th, 2008, 09:39 AM
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Turkish visa prices fluctuate based on what Turkish citizens are charged to enter other countries. The US charges Turks $20 for their visa so they charge Americans $20 to enter Turkey. In the past the prices for Americans to enter Turkey have been higher but it is now #20.

At the airport visa window you'll see a sign with prices per country. The visa prices vary widely because of the above reason.
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Old Jun 29th, 2008, 09:51 AM
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Thank you all for the quick response.

Another question: Has anyone walked across the Galata Bridge? How long is it? An easy walk?

Thanks again.
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Old Jun 29th, 2008, 12:54 PM
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Yes, I walked across the Galata Bridge! It was fun. We stopped and had tea at a restaurant down below. The bridge is not very long.
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