5 Things You Need In Order To Visit Turkey – FAQ Fridays

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Welcome to another edition of Travelstart’s FAQ Friday with me, Nick Paul.

You may have noticed this week that we are going a little bit crazy about Turkey on social media. We thought we would look at 5 things you need in order to visit Turkey.

1. South African Passport

First up is your passport. You will need a permanent South African passport, which is valid for 6 months after your return to South Africa.

2. Return Flight to Turkey

Secondly you will be looking at a round-trip plane ticket. Specials start for around R5600 including taxes from Johannesburg, regular prices are R6000+. Please note that you will pay a little bit extra from Cape Town and Durban.

3. Turkish Visa

The third thing you will need to take into account is the Turkish Visa. Turkey used to be visa free; it now offers a free visa. You don’t need to send your passport in though; it is done all online and is at no charge. Click here to apply for a visa.

4. Hotel Reservation

The fourth thing to take into account is a hotel reservation. Budget hotels in Istanbul will cost you around R700 per night for 2 people sharing. More upmarket hotels in a good location will be from around R1300.

5. Spending Money

The fifth thing to take into account is spending money, and how you will take money over. 1 Turkish Lira is equal to about R5. You can take a credit card, one of those cash passport cards, or otherwise Euro cash is a good idea as well. I recommend taking Euros on top of one of the other forms of money.

Cost of food and drinks:

  • Fast food will cost around R60 per meal
  • A mid range restaurant meal will cost R300 for 2 people
  • Coke will cost you R11-R12
  • Draught beer will set you back R40

These prices are similar to South Africa, but where Turkey is more expensive is in petrol prices. The price per litre of petrol is +-R25, so if you are going to hire a car take that into account.

So that’s it from me this week on FAQ Friday, if you have any travel related questions please ask them in the comments below, who knows, next week we may make them into a video. Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel by clicking here.



Our Readers Comments

  1. Hi my husband and I would love to go to bodrum turkey…and would like to find out how much a seven day trip would cost us (round about average) airfair, accomodation and spending money. We will fly from Johannesburg. Would love to hear from you. Regards

    • Hi Nicky,

      Turkey is an amazing country and sure you will love every minute while visiting 🙂

      Should you wish to get assistance in making a reservation, we have a team of Travel Experts that would love to help.
      You can contact Travelbar by calling 021 468 4300 (Monday – Friday) or by sending an email to travelbar@travelstart.com with all details exact dates, routing and number of passengers and they will get back to you with 2 working days.

  2. Hi
    Can i travel to turkey with a tempory passport?
    Please can anyone let me know

    • Hi Nazmira,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge this is not possible. I would recommend contacting the Embassy direct. They will be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

  3. Are there any required vaccinations for a South African travelling to Turkey?

    • Hi Ra’ees

      Great to hear from you.

      When one is travelling from South Africa to Turkey one does not require any vaccinations.

      That is so great about travelling to Turkey, no vaccinations are required, and if one is a South African passport holder you just apply for a visa online free of charge which takes only minutes! Its great 😀

      Have an awesome day!


  4. Just want to thank you for all the information and research you provide, it is very helpful. Thank you.

  5. Hi there lm planning a trip to Istanbul for shopping & for holidays wth my Family looking for a nice 5 star hotel in front to the beach cab you advice me wll be coming for December month

  6. Good Morning
    Im a student who has to do practical work in Quantity Survey next year. I was thinking of doing that in Turkey please advice on which university and the overall cost of the tuition and accommodation in 2015.

    • Hello Daphney, thank you for contacting us! We do not have any information with regards to this – we are an online travel company who can only assist with direct plans to travel to and from Turkey. If you need to find and book flights, you can do so here: https://www.travelstart.co.za/ or you can contact one of our agents on 0861 878 278/+2721-468-4300 for further assistance with your travel plans, Almene

  7. Great little article. Would love something similar on all major cities.

  8. Please tell us what FAQ stands for ,all a bit puzzling .

    Kind regards,

    Philip .

    • Hi Philip,

      FAQ = Frequently Asked Question

  9. I had called the Turkish Embassy in Pretoria,and they had said that a temporary Passport is Valid,can anyone confirm this

    • Hello Safura, thank you for contacting us! If you got the information from the Turkish Embassy, then you should go with what they confirmed as they are the highest authority on this Visa issue and it all depends on what they say in the end. Keep us informed, Almene

  10. hi
    you said that the evisa for Turkey is free, but on the link you supplied they ask for USD 20.

    • Hello Maria, we just double checked and it does come up as free. Please let us know what type of passport you inserted when applying online 🙂

  11. I really wana visit turkey ,, but how to get visa got Pakistani passport

    • Hello Tahir, thank you for contacting us! Unfortunately we do not have information for Pakistani passport holders. We usually use this site for Visas to Turkey for SA passport holders, we hope it will help offer you some valuable information – https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ Almene 🙂

  12. I need info about a trip to Morocco and Spain frm 25 th December. Till 17 th January 2015

    • Hello Shehnazkajee, thank you for contacting us! One of our agents will be in contact with you shortly with regards to this request 🙂

  13. Hi, i would like to know what to do if your are a foreigner living in South Africa , having a permanent resident permit and want to apply for the visa.

  14. Please can you tell me thinking of going to Las Vegas

    • Hello Megan, please send us your contact details, dates and budget so to assist with this 🙂

  15. Hi
    How does one get from the airport to one’s hotel
    I am booked in at : Taksim Residence Firin Sokak Nr 9 , Taksim Beyoglu Istanbul.
    I have problems actually locating this . I get multiple possibilities .
    Please help

    • Hello Danie, you can either have it arranged before you leave or do it when you get to the airport. If you would like us to assist, pls contact our agents on 0861 878 278/+2721-468-4300 or send us your details to travelbar@travelstart.com. We look forward to hearing from you 🙂

  16. In Turkey you can buy a ISTANBUL CARD FOR 7lira and add credit on the card and use it to ride the tram,metro and ferry .It is awesome fare cost 1 lira back and forth.when you leave Istanbul you can sell the card for 7lira where you bought the card or any outlet tbat sells the card.

  17. Your travel ‘tips’ are (and have been) much appreciated. Kindly advise on reasonably-priced accommodation in (and around) the Lake District of the UK. My intention is to hire a vehicle and tour the area in the foreseeable future. Also, information on similar-priced accommodation in Hay-on-Wye, the ‘book town’, would be appreciated. Am I correct in believing that so-called ‘Pub accommodation’ is cost-wise and -effective? Advice, including websites, will be of immense value.


    • Hello Guy, thank you for contacting us! Please send us your details to travelbar@travelstart.com to assist with this or contact one of our agents on 0861 878 278/+2721-468-4300 so to help with this 🙂

  18. to whom it may concern which airline are we using to Turkey

    • Hello Themba, there are many airlines who fly between South Africa and Istanbul – among them are Turkish Airlines which is the most direct flight. You can find and book flights here: http://www.travelstart.co.za/ You can also contact one of our agents on 0861 878 278/+2721-468-4300 for assistance with this 🙂

  19. Thank you for this information.

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