Are you booking a holiday to Turkey?
Before buying travel insurance for your holiday to Turkey, there are a few things you might want to think about:
- Firstly, the cost of your trip – If you have to cancel, it’s important to know that you can get your money back
- The activities you’re likely to be doing – If you’re doing anything really extreme, we can offer you our extreme sports policy
- How much medical coverage you have – No one wants to think about becoming ill or having an accident abroad but, unfortunately, it does happen
- Finally, don’t forget to check the latest travel advice for Turkey from the FCDO
Our Coronavirus Travel Insurance is rated Superior by a leading UK Consumer Champion. All of our policies will cover you if you catch Coronavirus.
We can cover your kids for free!
If you’re going away with your children, we can cover them on your policy at no extra charge, whether you buy an annual policy or single trip cover.
We cover over 50 activities!
All of our travel insurance policies come with cover for over 50 activities and sports as standard, so you can get up to more on your trip.
What’s covered with travel insurance to Turkey?
As standard, our policies cover for over 50 sport and activities, so you can get up to more on your holiday. We also offer a range of benefits, some of which include:
- Medical expenses and hospital benefit
- Personal accident and liability
- Cancelling and cutting short your holiday
- Abandoning your trip
- Delayed departure
- Accommodation cover
- Personal belongings and baggage
- Personal money, passport and travel documents
- Legal expenses
We want you to have the best experience as possible on your holiday, so we’ve put together some important information which you might need to know before your trip to Turkey.
|Population||Approx. 80 million|
|Plug type||Plug type F|
|Driving side||Right-hand side|
Spring – March to May
Summer – June to August
Autumn – September to November
Winter – December to February
|Laws||Local laws and customs|
Do I need a visa for Turkey?
No. As a British citizen you can travel to Turkey visa-free and stay for up to 90 days. If you plan on staying longer than this, then you may need a visa.
You can find more information about visas and entry requirements here.
Healthcare in Turkey
There are public and private healthcare services available while on holiday in Turkey. Private hospitals in Turkey are well looked after and provide good quality services and staff. Public hospitals offer well-trained and qualified staff, however the government-run hospitals don’t get much financial support, meaning the services aren’t always up to scratch.
Remember, European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) and Global Health Insurance Cards (GHIC) are not applicable to Turkey, so make sure you have the appropriate travel insurance that covers medical expenses.
Find more information about Turkish healthcare here.
Medical & Emergency Assistance in Turkey
If something happens while you’re in Turkey and you need emergency treatment for an illness or injury, we’re here to help.
All travel insurance policyholders, or someone on their behalf, can contact our 24-hour medical assistance team.
Did you know that…?
- Get naked except for a pair of leather shorts and lube yourself up with plenty of olive oil. Now you’re ready – for Kirkpinar. That’s a Turkish oil-wrestling tournament that’s been held every year since 1346, usually in June near Edirne.
- On the shores of Lake Van, the largest lake in Turkey, lives a very strange cat. The Van cat has odd-colour eyes, one green one blue – and unlike most domestic cats, it adores swimming in the lake, even though it’s very salty!
- Santa Claus came from Turkey. St Nicholas was born in Patara and lived in Myra, now part of Demre in Turkey. He became the model for Santa because he liked giving secret gifts – but he’s also the patron saint of thieves!
- Nodding your head in Turkey means “no”. But it also means “yes”. Nod it up and back and raise the eyebrows archly for “no”. Nod the head forward and down to say “yes”. Shaking your head means “I don’t understand”. Understand? Now nod or shake!
- Love dancing but hate music? Then Kilic Kalkan is for you. Also called the Sword and Shield Dance of Bursa, this Turkish dance has men dressed in shorts and waistcoats (Ottoman battle dress) dancing while clashing their swords and shields. No music.
- Tulips don’t come from Holland. They were introduced to Europe in the 16th century from Turkey, where they were first grown commercially. “Tulip” is derived from Turkish “tülbend” and Persian “delband”, meaning “turban” – which the flower resembles.
- In Turkey, they call a turkey a “hindi”, meaning “Indian” because they wrongly thought it came from India. We call it a turkey because we wrongly confused them with guinea fowl, once called turkey fowl after the Turkish merchants who sold them.