Information for Travelers

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Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.

You can find a variety of information below which might be useful for travelers.

Please exercise caution and beware of pickpockets while shopping and sightseeing. Pickpockets tend to operate in areas most frequented by tourists. Pay attention to your surroundings and be aware of unusual behavior. Situational awareness is your best defense. Read the Country Information Sheer for Turkey before travelling.

It is a crime to remove antiquities from Turkey. All national parks and historic sites such as fortresses, castles and ruins, and everything in them or on their grounds, are the property of the government of Turkey. Individuals should check with local authorities if they intend to purchase or transport any article which may be considered a cultural artifact.  One may buy certain antiquities, but they must include a museum certificate, and can only be purchased from authorized dealers. Offenders are prosecuted and if convicted, sentences may range from five to ten years.

For all information about customs and border protection of the United States, including entry and exit procedures and customs declaration regulations, please visit the website of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection at


We know that travel for your feathered or four-legged friends is very important to you. Unfortunately Consular Services do not extend to pets and we cannot provide any information regarding pet travel. We suggest you contact your local veterinarian, the customs, agricultural or health authority of the jurisdiction where your pet is located and/or where you wish your pet to travel, as well as your airline to obtain further information. There are also some international pet moving companies that you may find by searching a business directory or the internet.

American Citizen Services has compiled a checklist to ensure that your travel to Turkey is safe and enjoyable.

  1. Prior to leaving the United States register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
  2. Check with your tour operator, airline, or charter flight company (as appropriate) regarding travel services back to the United States in the event of a hurricane, and the possibility of early return if a storm is forecasted for your region.
  3. Obtain a cell phone that works internationally to stay in regular contact with family and friends in the United States and advise them of your whereabouts.
  4. Research the region you are visiting and familiarize yourself with local procedures.
  5. Keep an up-to-date list of local emergency phone numbers, as well as contact numbers for the nearest U.S. Embassy, Consulate, or Consular Agency.
  6. Protect your vital travel documents from potential water damage by placing them in a waterproof container.
  7. Obtain travel insurance prior to your trip to cover unexpected medical expenses in the event of an emergency.  More information about international medical insurance can be found by clicking here.
  8. Leave a detailed itinerary and your local contact information with a friend or family member in the United States.
  9. Make two photocopies of your passport identification page, airline tickets, driver’s license, and the credit cards you plan to take. Leave one copy of each with family or friends at home and pack the other copies separately from the originals to take with you. Leave a copy of the serial numbers of your travelers’ checks with a friend or relative at home.