Travel Insurance for Turkey

Every avid traveler has more than once considered taking a trip to Turkey. This ancient and ethereal place has everything- historical ruins and monuments, excellent food, unique natural attractions found nowhere on the planet, and picture-perfect locations. This place is a perfect blend of Europe and Asia, offering something special to every visitor.

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    With so many things to do, it makes planning your trip even more complicated, with added worries and fears that could go wrong during your trip. This is where having a Turkey travel helps. International travel insurance is not only mandatory for all tourists visiting Turkey but also highly recommended.

    Thus, it becomes even more important to go the extra mile and purchase good overseas travel insurance for Turkey, so that your trip is secured. It allows you to be carefree and assured that if in case something undue happens, you are well prepared and not alone in a foreign country.

    Fast Facts about Turkey

    International Airports

    Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, Ankara Esenboga Airport, and more.

    Capital

    Istanbul

    Time Zone

    GMT+03:00

    Languages Spoken

    Turkish, Kurdish, Zazaki, Arabic.

    Currency Exchange Rate

    1 Turkish Lira = 0.12 USD = 8.84 Rs.

    Climate and Weather

    Extreme with hot summers and very cold winters.
    Winter Temperature: 3-11 °C
    Summer Temperature: 30-40 °C

    Turkey Visa Processing Time

    Minimum 15 days

    Entry Essentials to Turkey

    All Indian citizens who wish to travel to Turkey for any purpose must apply for a visa. Now, this can be easily done thanks to the online eVisa or visa on arrival facility after which they can stay in Turkey for 30 days, be it for tourism purposes or business-related work. However, this eVisa is only available for Indians who have a visa or residence permit of any of the following countries:

    • Any Schengen territory
    • US
    • UK
    • Ireland

    If you don't fulfill these requirements then you can apply for a traditional visa through the nearest Turkish Embassy/Consular. Please note that Turkey doesn’t provide visa-on-arrival facilities to Indians if they don’t meet the above requirements in terms of documentation. 

    Types of Turkey Visa for Indians

    There are many types of visas for Turkey made available for Indians. Other than the tourist eVisa, all of these can be obtained only through the diplomatic mission. These visas are briefly discussed below:

    • Tourist/ Business Visa: This visa is valid for up to 30 days and only for a single entry. Anyone going to Turkey with an intention to tour or for business-related activities can apply for this.
    • Transit Visa: This is only for those Indians who wish to leave the transit lounge of the airport in Turkey. It is not required if they decide to stay in the airport lounge.
    • Student/Education Visa:Applicable to any student going to Turkey to participate in a course, an exchange program, or any other educational purpose. Requires additional documents.
    • Working Visa: Any Indian seeking employment in Turkey needs to request this visa. applicable to academics, journalists, athletes, and other professionals.
    • Others:These are available to Indian nationals given they meet the exact purpose of travel. These include:
      • Medical purpose
      • Documentary purpose
      • Seafarer purpose
      • Archaeological Excavation/ Exploration purpose
      • Tour Operator Representative purpose

    Documents Required for Turkey Visa

    These are the important documents you should keep handy before heading for your visa appointment:

    • A valid Indian passport with a validity of at least 5 more months after the date of arrival
    • A valid travel medical insurance for Turkey
    • Approval from both parents if the applicant is under 18 years of age
    • Evidence of your flight tickets and hotel bookings, including the travel itinerary
    • Duly filled visa application
    • Proof of sufficient funds to sustain your time and travel in Turkey.
    • Bank account statement of at least last 6 months
    • A police clearance certificate

    Turkey Visa Procedure

    The visa procedure for entering Turkey is not complicated and requires some basic steps and documents. You can apply for a Visa for Turkey online, through an agent, or via Gateway Globe, as authorized by the Turkish Embassy.

    • Complete the application form and collect all documents
    • Schedule an appointment with the nearest Turkish Embassy/Consulate
    • Pay the required visa application processing fee
    • Wait while the documents are processed. This usually takes 15 days, however, there are some faster routes available too.

    In case of any confusion, please contact the nearest Turkish Embassy or Consulate through the following:

    Name

    Address

    Contact

    Working Hours (Monday-Friday)

    Turkish Embassy

    50-N, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri, Delhi 110021

    Tel: +91 1126889053

    9:30 AM to 5:30 PM

     

    Consulate General of Turkey  

    51, Jamnalal Bajaj Rd, Nariman Point, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400021

    Tel: +91 222204 0365

    9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Travel Insurance for Turkey

    Since 2016, it has been made compulsory for all foreigners entering Turkey to have a valid insurance policy. This is also a requirement when you apply for a visa to enter Turkey. Going for a good travel insurance is always recommended just to be steer clear of any mishaps or the damage they might bring on you in a foreign country.

    Even if there are no major issues, you can rest assured about worries like flight delays, loss of baggage or passport, political/civil unrest, medical and non-medical emergencies, and more.

    It is also suggested to carefully go through the insurance you decide to buy so that you know exactly what they have to offer, or not. Here are some benefits of buying international travel insurance for Turkey:

    • Monetary Compensation:You will easily get a reimbursement in case of delayed/missed flights
    • Cashless Facilities:You can conveniently opt for cashless payments in case of emergencies or covers that require payments.
    • Emergency Cash:In case of theft or loss of wallet/bad/ luggage you are eligible to get advanced cash to sustain yourself.
    • Emergency Trip Extension:In case of an important event or extended stay, you can even get your hotel stay extended along with some other benefits, given that this was included in your plan.

    Best Time to Visit Turkey

    While the country has its own perks throughout the year, it is recommended that you plan your trip during the spring and fall seasons. This is because Turkey has very hot summers and pretty cold winters. Thus, going there during April or May is recommended if you wish to avoid the harsh sun. Going after mid-September is also a good time if you don’t mind a bit of cold.

    Transportation in Turkey

    Turkey is one of the most well-connected countries to travel in. With a well-functioning network of flights, high-speed trains, and bus services, you can easily find conveyance through the following:

    • Flights:There are numerous flights available for all the major cities, that too at affordable prices. buying these tickets in advance would be even cheaper.
    • Trains:Turkish State Railways have a well-operated system of passenger trains throughout Turkey. You can pick sleeper trains or high-speed trains depending on your time and budget.
    • Buses:These are a lot cheaper than others, given you have extra time. A very good option for those traveling in groups or under a budget.
    • Ferries:This is more common around the areas of Aegean, Marmara, and other coastlines. Easily accessible from Tasucu and Girne ports.
    • Taxis and Rentals:Many international taxi-hailing companies function well here, providing easy access to all major tourist spots.
    • Others:You can opt for many other public means of transport like city buses, minibusses, taxis, and trams.

    International Airports in Turkey

    The country is extremely well connected and has many important national and international airports. Here are some of the most popular international airports located throughout Turkey:

    Name of the Airport

    Location

    Istanbul Ataturk Airport     

    Istanbul

    Ankara Esenboga Airport     

    Ankara

    Sabiha Gokcen International Airport     

    Istanbul

    Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport     

    Izmir

    Antalya Airport     

    Antalya

    Trabzon Havalimanı     

    Trabzon

    Turkey Weather

    Turkey sees extreme weather conditions, with summers being very hot and dry and its winters being dark and cold, often accompanied by rainfall.

    During winters, the average temperature ranges between 11°C to 3°C or below. Snow is not rare. Rainfall is a bit more common (precipitation is 100mm over 14 days) meaning that tourists should be prepared for chilly and damp weather.

    July and August see the highest temperatures of Turkey’s hot season. The temperatures can easily reach the higher end of 30s°C, sometimes even touching 40°C or more. 

    Top Tourist Attractions in Turkey

    Turkey will dazzle anyone with her rich ancient history and her mesmerizing natural landscapes. Here are some of the most popular tourists attraction in Turkey that you shouldn't miss:

    • Visit Aya Sofya: This spellbinding museum is one of the beautiful structures in the world with its delicate minarets since the time of the Ottoman conquest. This is a must-visit place if you're in Istanbul.
    • Cappadocia: This place is the picture-perfect hill crest formed by centuries of weathering and natural elements. It is also one of the world's best destinations to ride in a hot air balloon.
    • Topkapi Palace: Visit the palace of the sultans who made the Ottoman the seat of everything opulent and sumptuous. The palace is remembered for its lavish interiors and jeweled decorations, not forgetting their lavish gardens.
    • Pamukkale: Also famous as the 'Cotton Castle', this is among Turkey's most popular natural wonders. These pure white travertine glow during dusk, truly a sight to behold.

    Eating Out in Turkey

    Turkish food has been popular among continental food lovers for ages. A continuance of the lavish Ottoman cuisine, there's more to this cuisine than Turkish delight and kebabs. Make sure you try these dishes during your trip:

    • Turkish Ravioli or Manti: This unique dish is stuffed with spiced meat, usually lamb or beef. Its unique sauce and spices make it simply delicious.
    • Meze: This is a perfect dish for those who want to eat everything- salads, spreads, cheeses, beans, and bread. It is usually served with a loaf of bread, a soft drink, Raki, or wine as per your preference.
    • Kumpir: Potato lovers can not pass this one- loaded with cheese and butter and baked to perfection, this is perhaps the most popular street food. The toppings can be veggies, cheese, or meats.
    • Baklava:While this one has been around us for a while, eating it in turkey is altogether a different story. This is a must for every dessert out there!

    Things to Do in Turkey

    With an endless list of things to do in Turkey, here's a little list to help you pick your favorites from:

    • Try taking a natural sauna in the beautiful thermal pools of Pamukkale. These pools are brimming with therapeutic water helping a lot of people suffering from skin issues, asthma, and eye issues.
    • Visit the Goreme National Park and check out the beautiful limestones. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, don't miss its splendid lunar landscape.
    • Try taking a Turkish Bath. Make sure you give Hammam a try for a uniquely relaxing experience.
    • Visit the historical ruins of Ephesus. Built-in 10th century BC, these remains along with the Temple of Artemis are counted among the World's seven wonders.
    • Visit Kapali Carsisi if you're interested in artifacts. Make sure to buy some souvenirs from its Grand Bazaar.
    • Go on a team hike to Mount Nemrut. This beautiful landscape is also among an important World Heritage Site.
    • Visit the amazing archaeological site of the battle of Troy. A must-go for all the history buffs.
    • Take in the spectacular view of the Bosphorus on a ferry ride. With the Mediterranean Sea right next to the Rumeli fortress, the experience from a boat ride makes it one of the most beautiful views on the planet.
    • Visit the Aqua Vega Aquarium if you wish to discover how Turkish marine life is different
    • Spend a day at the ancient Ankara Castle. Built in the 7th century, this place used to be a witness of empires include Roman, Crusaders, Ottoman, and more.
    • Look at the architectural marvel that the Dolmabahce Palace is. The palace has 46 halls and over 250 rooms adorned with gold, Iznik tiles, and the largest crystal chandelier in the world.
    • Visit the Erimtan Museum if you're interested in local Turkish arts
    • Visit the Blue Mosque. Situated near Hagia Sophia, this structure is a place of worship and silent tranquility.
    • Go to Pigeon Valley to fall in love with their beauty. Be ready to spot more varieties than you've ever seen of a pigeon.

    Indian Embassy Information in Turkey

    With everything planned and sorted, it’s always good to have a helping hand in an alien country. While your travel insurance for Turkey will definitely cover a lot of mishaps, there may be something only authorities may be able to help you with. Make sure you have these points of contact saved whenever you plan your trip to Turkey. 

    Name

    Designation

    Contact

    Shri N. Yobin

     

    Assistant Consular Officer

    +90-312-4382195 Extension: 111

    Mr. Uma Kant

    Second Secretary & HOC

    +903124385371

    Dr. Aditya Jha

    First Secretary

    +90312440 8259

    Mr. Amit Kumar Gautam

    Assistant Consular Officer

    (+90) 212 2910942

    You can also contact the embassy through the following:

    Phone: 00 90 312 4382195 98

    Fax: 00 90 312 4403429, 4399323

    Address:

    Embassy of India

    77, Cinnah Caddesi,

    Cankaya 06680