Pilot: tourists are looked after by a Polish resident, whose tasks include help upon arrival, departure and stay, as well as registration for local trips.
Visas: required. Entry of Polish citizens into Türkiye is possible only with a valid passport and visa. It is not possible to enter Türkiye upon showing ID. The tourist visa is valid 90 days for a period of 180 days (the visa entitles to multiple border crossings).
In order to obtain a visa, the passport must meet the following requirements: - validity at entrance: 60 days from the date of expiry of the visa - min. one blank page.
The tourist visa can be obtained:
1) via ITAKA
TO. ITAKA offers mediation in obtaining a visa to Türkiye. The fee for the visa and mediation is 99 PLN/person and it is lower than the fee that must be paid when buying a visa at the airport in Türkiye. The visa can be purchased on the website moja.itaka.pl no later than 4 days before departure. Detailed instructions. The visa will be sent to the email address provided and will also be available in the zone moja.itaka.pl at the earliest 14 days before the departure date, but no later than 4 days before the departure date. Upon receipt of information about the visa it should be downloaded, printed and taken with you to the airport. If less than 4 days remain to departure, applying for a visa is possible only through the E-visa system (https://www.evisa.gov.tr/pl/).
2) online via the Internet platform E-visa.
A tourist visa can also be obtained via the E-visa system: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/pl/ The fee for the visa is 20 USD/person. The visa should be printed and taken with you to the airport.
3) or on site, at the airport
It is also possible to purchase a visa upon arrival in Türkiye at sales points at border crossing points (cost respectively: 30 USD/25 EUR/20 GBP/person, payable in cash). It is recommended to purchase visas via the electronic system. When crossing the Turkish border the person entering may be asked to submit valid medical insurance (for Itaka Tourist Agency Customers it is the travel document that contains the insurance certificate no.) or proof of means of subsistence. Holders of temporary passports cannot purchase a visa through the E-visa system nor at the border.
Local time: GMT+2
Language: Turkish; communication in English is also possible, more and more frequently in Polish.
Currency: Turkish lira (TRY); 1 EUR = approx. 18 TRY.
Tips: the rule applies that you give as much as you can afford. Earnings in Türkiye are low and tips are often a great financial help. It is customary to tip drivers on local trips and waiters - approx. 5-10%.
Flight duration: Poland–Antalya – approx. 3 h.
Prices: SIDE: beer – approx. 1.5 EUR, lunch – approx. 8 EUR; ALANYA: beer – approx. 2 EUR (in discos at the port approx. 4 EUR), lunch – approx. 10 EUR; KEMER: beer – approx. 2 EUR, lunch – approx. 10 EUR.
Air-conditioning: turned on only in the warmest months, from June to September. It often operates for more than half a day, because it is assumed that Guests will spend most of the day outside the hotel. In some hotels air-conditioning is individually steered, so it can function 24h.
All Inclusive: in Türkiye the offer covers only meals and local drinks in limited hours, usually from 10.00 to 23.00. Any extra benefits like sports, safety deposit boxes, massages, saunas, and even the mini-bar are additionally payable. Aside from imported drinks, freshly squeezed juices and Turkish coffee are additionally payable. All inclusive does not include the beach, unless it has been indicated otherwise in the hotel description.
Transport: operates very efficiently and is inexpensive, even from hotels far from the city centre it is easy to get there by dolmus, or local mini-bus. Fare price is approx. 1 EUR for 15 km. Taxis are equipped with meters. Prices are the same everywhere, 1 km costs approx. 1 EUR.
Beaches: generally entry to beaches is free, you only pay for renting sunbeds and umbrellas, the fee depends on the beach; the most expensive is Cleopatra's Beach (approx. 5 EUR); the eastern beach in Alanya and in Side is cheaper (approx. 3 EUR).
Noteworthy: in Türkiye the rule is that you cannot bring any drinks or fruit bought outside the hotel into room; in a tropical climate food spoils quite quickly, and insect may appear.
Local trips: organised by local tourist agencies on terms specified by them. There is a possibility, that if there are too few participants, a trip may be cancelled.
You can always find up to date information about security in this country on your Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.