Turkey Travel Advice and Travel Advisories

Turkey Travel Vaccines and Advice

While traveling to Turkey, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.

Nestled between Europe and the East, Turkey is known for its diverse culture. You will find the marks left by many ancient civilizations such as the Persians, Greeks, Romans and Byzantines. Istanbul and its 16th century Souleymane mockery, Cappadocia and its troglodyte dwellings, Ephesus and its Greek monuments, as well as Hattusa and its walls decorated with sculptures, are all just waiting to be seen. The attractions do not stop here; the beaches and turquoise sea make this beautiful country a real paradise. A stay by the sea, boat trips, swimming and water sports will occupy your days. Do not leave Turkey without seeing a coastal sunset – a magical experience that you will not be able to find anywhere else.

While traveling to Turkey, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.
A gorgeous waterfall on the seaside of Turkey

Recommended travel vaccinations for Turkey

VaccineDisease Transmission
Traveler’s diarrheaContaminated water/food
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis BContaminated body fluids
(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)
RabiesInfected Animals
InfluenzaAirborne Droplets

Recommended Medication for Travelling to Turkey

MedicationAdditional Information
Acetazolamide or DexamethasoneRecommended for prevention of acute mountain sickness
Azithromycin or SupraxAntibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea

Current Weather in Turkey


Medical Care in Turkey

In Turkey, the quality of medical care depends on the hospitals and the places where they are. At Mesa Ankara Hospital, it is possible to treat all kinds of diseases. It also has an emergency room. In Istanbul, foreigners can visit the International Hospital, affiliated with the HQS in the UK and the New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Products sold in pharmacies are well regulated by the government. However, some medications can be hard to find. In case you have problems, do not hesitate to ask pharmacists for advice, because they are well trained. Note that pharmacies in major cities are open 24/7.

To provide ambulance service, call 112. For quality ambulance care, contact the International Hospital or the American Hospital of the Vehbi Koc Foundation at +90(212)444-3777. 

Is Turkey Safe for Travel?

Safety and Security Descriptive
Crime Risk present, especially in Istanbul
Terrorism High risk
Demonstrations Risk of violence
Road safety Caution required
Border with Syria AVOID ALL TRAVEL
Kidnapping Risk present
Women’s safety Risk of sexual assault in coastal resorts during holidays
Mount Arrarat Acces restricted
Health Polio warning
Risk level High degree of caution
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Do I Need a Visa to Visit Turkey?

Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country.

Both, a visa and a passport are required to enter Turkey. The passport must be valid for at least 60 days beyond the date of departure as stated on your visa or e-visa.

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Embassy of Canada to Turkey information

When travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:

  • A legal problem
  • A lost passport
  • The need to report a crime

It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.

Canadian Embassy to Turkey (ANKARA)
Street Address:
Cinnah Caddesi No. 58,
Çankaya 06690, Ankara, Turkey

Tel.: 90 (312) 409-2700
Fax: 90 (312) 409-2712

Email: [email protected]

Click here to access the embassy’s website

Canadian Consulate to Turkey (ISTANBUL)
Street Address:
209 Buyukdere Caddesi, Tekfen Tower – 16th Floor,
Levent 4, Istanbul, Turkey

Tel.: 90 (212) 385-9700
Fax: 90 (212) 357-1000

Email: [email protected]

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