Top Holiday Destination for Summer 2022: Istanbul Turkey

Top Holiday Destination for Summer 2022: Istanbul Turkey

The number of foreign arrivals to Turkey's largest city has surpassed pre-pandemic levels, in a much-needed rebound for the Turkish economy.

Istanbul, which has long drawn international crowds for its culture, art and history, saw foreign arrivals soar in the lead-up to the pandemic, with foreigners increasingly coming for shopping, sightseeing and health tourism.

Turkey has long since been a popular vacation spot for travellers from all over Europe but has also recently begun trending with travellers from other parts of the world too.

It has been reported that German tourists topped the list in June with 126,507 arrivals, followed by 117,169 arrivals from Russia, 99,115 from Iran, 96,604 from the United States and 59,901 arrivals from the United Kingdom.

Turkey’s Entry Rules

British holidaymakers flying from the UK to popular Turkey hotspots like Istanbul and Marmaris should ensure their passport has at least six months of validity left.

“If you are visiting Turkey, your passport should be valid for at least six months from the date you arrive and there should be a full blank page for the entry and exit stamps.”

The UK Government website

According to the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UK passport holders do not need a visa if they are staying for less than 90 days in any 180-day period.

UK passport holders with “British National Overseas”, “British Subject” and “British Protected Person” nationality need a visa to visit Turkey and they can only get their visas from the Turkish diplomatic or consular missions abroad.

Currently, travellers do not need to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination and do not need to have had a vaccination.

Travel advice can change quickly, always check the Foreign Office's latest advice for a destination before booking or going on a trip.

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