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Before you go to Turkey


Before Your Travel

Whenever you go on holiday, it's a good idea to be as prepared as you can be. These pages are designed to make sure your holiday runs as smoothly as it can. With advice on passports and visas, health, travel money, what to pack and amendments, you can spend a few minutes looking for all the nitty gritty information that you may need.



Passports, Visas and Flights

Happy holidays start with an up-to-date passport, it is your responsibility to ensure that yours is valid and accepted in the country of travel as well as having the correct visas or other documentation necessary.

It is vitally important that you check all the requirements for your destination before you finalise your travel plans. We at Pegasus Air would like to ensure that all customers are prepared before entering Turkey. Please read the sections on this page to find out more information on passport and visa requirements for your trip.



VISA

For full details of any travel restrictions, entry and stay requirements, visa and travel advice to your particular destination, visit the foreign office website at www.fco.gov.uk/travel. Please note that it is your responsibility to have he correct travel documents and that Pegasus Air cannot be held responsible or liable for extras costs incurred if you are refused travel due to incorrect passport/visas. (http://www.turkishconsulate.org.uk/en/visa.htm)

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for at least six months on entry into Turkey and have at least three months' validity on the date you are exiting Turkey

What to Pack

PASSPORT

It goes without saying that you need your passport. However, what would you do if you ran into trouble and lost it? Take a photocopy of your passport and keep it safe in your luggage somewhere in case your passport is lost/stolen, then you will have all your details to hand. Alternatively email yourself essential information such as your passport number and insurance policy number just in case you need to access them quickly if you run into problems

CLOTHES

What we wear on holiday is so important - but how do you strike the balance between what you want and what you'll actually wear. How to get there without spending your first day ironing and avoiding those "If only I'd brought..." moments? These tips should help without making you feel like you're planning a military operation!

When packing for your holiday, if you are travelling with a partner or family and have more than one case, make sure that you mix the clothing in different cases, then if one of your cases is lost or delayed, everyone will at least have something to wear. Even if you are travelling on your own, try and pack at least one change of clothes in your hand luggage. Pack your important clothes in plastic so that you won't need to iron them once you get there. Recycle the packaging that you get from the dry cleaners to wrap these items of clothing. It takes a bit longer to pack but it really works and saves time waiting for hotel irons.

TOILETRIES

Save on excess baggage by using small containers of shampoo and conditioner and there will be the perfect amount for your holiday. Another great alternative to taking a lot of hair gel/ wax - just put some in an empty film canister! But remember that in many resorts you can buy everything you need locally – which is worth considering if you are concerned about the excess baggage that may be charge (usually over £5 per kilo!)

GUIDE BOOK

Invest in a good guide book to help you make the most of your time away. Whether you're planning a long-haul holiday, city break, regional tour or short-haul trip you'll find a guides can be invaluable for all kinds of practical information on transport, sightseeing, eating out, history and culture.

FIRST AID

Put together a travel first aid kit - obviously the more remote the region you are visiting, the more comprehensive this will be. Even on a short-haul holiday it is worth taking a few plasters, a spray-on antiseptic, condoms etc. As well as remedies for indigestion, headaches, sore throats and tummy bugs which, even if only minor, can impact your holiday.

Travel Money

ATMs are widely available in major cities and tourist areas. Local currency can also be obtained from banks and exchange bureaux, known as DOVIZ in Turkish. The official currency is the Turkish Lira abbreviated YTL. Most hotels will have their own currency exchange available for your convenience - and often will have very competitive exchange rates and low commission charges. Take our advice and shop around. Bear in mind that we do not advise that you carry large sums of cash around with you – just take what you need for each trip out and keep the rest in your safety deposit box.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is essential - you should buy this as soon as you have booked your holiday. Good travel insurance will cover you if for some reason you need to cancel as well as cover you for any sporting activities you want to take part in. Make sure you check the small print for exclusions and be scrupulous about declaring any pre-existing medical conditions. If you're planning to take a number of trips, annual travel insurance is better value than one-off cover. WE STRONGLY recommend that you do not travel without comprehensive medical insurance (including cover for medical repatriation), as private medical treatment is very expensive. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.

Holiday Extras

AIRPORT PARKING

Save time and money. Pre -book your airport parking in advance of your holiday to save up to 40% off the normal prices.

Health Advice

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide. You should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. This advice features general information, so more specific enquiries should be accessed via The Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit for the most up-to-date information.

Turkey can be very hot, especially in summer when temperatures can reach 30-40C. To avoid heat-related illness drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, use a high-factor sunscreen and avoid direct sunshine. Older, very young and some other travellers may be particularly vulnerable to heat-related illnesses and should take extra care. Drink bottled water only – as tap water may contain high mineral contents which can cause upset tummy for those not used to it.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the applicable vaccinations for your choice of destination and take the necessary precautions against bites from insects and animals. Always check with your GP for any recommended vaccinations prior to travel.

Insect Bites

There are hundreds of ways to avoid those irritating insect bites - here are a couple of suggestions. Dampen a small cotton wool pad or tissue with hot water and add a few drops of lavender essential oil on to it. The lavender is great for relaxing and mosquitoes hate it! Vitamin B1 actually deters the little midges as it omits a smell they don't like and because humans can't smell it, it makes an ideal insect repellent. Start taking it 1-2 months before travel and hey presto - no mosquito bites!

Traveller's Tummy

It is a relatively common occurrence to suffer gastric illness when travelling abroad. There are many ways you can reduce the possibility of being affected such as: not eating undercooked food, avoiding ice drinks, ensuring you drink plenty of bottled water and avoid over exposure in the sun. In your travel medical kit, take some diarrhoea control tablets and electrolyte replacement powders for children with the runs. Do not stray too far away from your normal diet abroad nor pile your plate up with lots of different foods on the first night - break your stomach in gently. Having lobster, prawns, salad items and a little bit of steak washed down with 10 pints of the local brew is more likely to be your problem - not food poisoning!

Sunburn

Mild sunburn results in skin irritation and redness so can be very uncomfortable. The best treatment for sunburn is prevention - avoid sunbathing between 11am and 3pm. Apply waterproof sun cream that protects against UVA and UVB every 2 hours. Also use t-shirts and wide-brimmed hats to protect all the family.




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