Overland Turkey Travel

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Visiting Turkey[edit]

Give a brief overview of what it's like to visit. How easy is the border, how safe is the country, are there great things to see and do, etc.

Entering Turkey with a Car or Motorbike[edit]

Correct as of: August 2013

Required Paperwork[edit]

(To check if you need a travel Visa for Turkey, application instructions and fees see: Turkey Visa online application at VisaHQ.com)
You just need your original Vehicle registration and passport, in the same name.

Process at border[edit]

If you do not have a Visa yet you will first have to buy one at around €10.00 EUR. They will put a big stamp in your passport. With this you go to the vehicle registration and get your car papers in order. All this should not take you more than 15 minutes.

Cost of entry[edit]


Permitted length of stay[edit]

30 days.

Extension of stay[edit]

Describe the process to extend the permitted length of entry for the vehicle, if possible.

Storing a vehicle and temporarily leaving the country[edit]

Describe if/how a vehicle can be stored, and for how long.
Also mention if the owner / temporary importer can leave the country while the vehicle is in storage.

Exiting with a vehicle[edit]

Describe the paperwork requirements and process at the border to exit.

Driving in Turkey[edit]

Recommended books for Overlanding in Turkey[edit]

Lonely Planet Turkey (travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Turkey (travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet, James Bainbridge, Brett Atkinson, S...
From $15.75 on Amazon
Work Less To Live Your Dreams: A Practical Guide To Sa...
Work Less To Live Your Dreams: A Practical Guide To Sa...
by Dan Grec
From $click on Amazon
Overlanders' Handbook: Worldwide Route And Planning Gu...
Overlanders' Handbook: Worldwide Route And Planning Gu...
by Chris Scott
From $22.49 on Amazon
Adventure Motorcycling Handbook: A Route & Planning Gu...
Adventure Motorcycling Handbook: A Route & Planning Gu...
by Chris Scott
From $click on Amazon
Footprints In The Desert: A Novel
Footprints In The Desert: A Novel
by Maha Akhtar
From $7.50 on Amazon

Travel insurance for Turkey[edit]

World Nomads offer the most flexible Travel Insurance at the best prices for multi-country / multi-year trips. You can buy, extend and claim online, even after you've left home.

Vehicle insurance requirements[edit]

Liability insurance is compulsory. Most European insurance policies will include Turkey.

Cost of vehicle insurance[edit]

State the price of insurance and a time period.

Where to purchase vehicle insurance[edit]

Describe where insurance can be purchased.

Driving license[edit]

Any kind of valid drivers license is good.

Driving side of road[edit]

RHD vehicles can drive in Turkey.

Mandatory items in vehicle[edit]

State any mandatory items that must be carried in the vehicle. (i.e. safety triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, etc.)


General Road quality[edit]

Turkey has an extensive network of tarmac roads, usually in good condition. Roads where there is heavy truck traffic might be damaged or potholed.

Road signs[edit]

All major roads will have good road signs. On secondary roads, not always.

Toll roads[edit]

The major highways are toll roads but they are excellent. Around Istanbul, between Istanbul and Ankara and further south there are these excellent highways. They are much faster than taking the local roads and are not to expensive.

Bribery in Turkey[edit]

I have driven extensively in Turkey and never encountered any bribery attempts.


describe the frequency of checkpoints (police or military and what to expect.

Traveling with pets[edit]

List the entry requirements and anything else required to travel with a pet.

Gas and Diesel price in Turkey[edit]

Last updated: July 2017

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Gasoline Grade Price
Unleaded €1.24 EUR per Liter
Diesel €1.07 EUR per Liter

Gas and Diesel Availability / Frequency[edit]

Fuel is incredibly expensive in Turkey and I assume good business. You will find fuel everywhere
Every town has one or more petrol stations and on heavy traveled roads also in between.

Gas and Diesel Quality[edit]

Discuss if gasoline / diesel considered "clean" or "dirty", and generally high or low quality.
State the sulfur content of diesel, if known.

Safety and Security Considerations[edit]

Driving at night[edit]

Discuss driving at night and if it should it be avoided. Mention why.

Vehicle parking[edit]

Discuss if vehicles can be parked on the street, if they are considered "safe" at night. If vehicles can not be parked on the street, list the other options that exist.

Special driving considerations[edit]

In Turkey there are many, many speed controls so watch your speed. Not only in towns but also in the country side.

Security advisories and information[edit]

Camping in Turkey[edit]

There are many campsites in Turkey, specially, but not only, around tourist attractions. Most will have all the facilities like (hot) water, power etc.

Camping guide books[edit]

List and link to books specifically for camping.

Drinking water[edit]

Describe if the regular tap water is safe to drink. If not, describe where safe water can be purchased and the approximate average price range.

Tap Water is not an option in Turkey,although the country side highway have well's that are safe to drink from. The usual prize for a water is 50 Kurus - 1 Turkish Lira( 15-20 euro cents)


Paper maps[edit]

Reise Know-How are amoung the best paper maps. Purchase paper maps before arriving in Turkey

Turkey, Mediterranean Coast
Turkey, Mediterranean Coast
by Reise Know-How Verlag
From $3.00 on Amazon
Europe Executive [tubed] (national Geographic Referenc...
Europe Executive [tubed] (national Geographic Referenc...
by National Geographic Maps - Reference
From $14.07 on Amazon
Michelin Turkey Map 758 (maps/country (michelin))
Michelin Turkey Map 758 (maps/country (michelin))
by Michelin
From $7.82 on Amazon
Lonely Planet Middle East (travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Middle East (travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet, Anthony Ham, Sofia Barbarani, Jessi...
From $15.99 on Amazon

GPS Maps of Turkey[edit]

Review different GPS companies, quality and coverage (Tomtom, Garmin, OSM, Tracks4Africa). (with links to each).

GPS co-ordinates for camping, propane, gas, repairs, etc. in Turkey[edit]

  • iOverlander is a website and iPhone application designed by Overlanders, for Overlanders. It contains GPS co-ordinates and reviews for camping, hotels, propane, water, mechanics, borders and much more.

Link to sites that have a list of GPS co-ordinates (or directions) for camping locations (including "wild" campsites), propane filling, gas stations, repair shops, places of interest, etc.

Special Overland Travel interests[edit]

List any special items / places that are popular with Overlanders

Vehicle Maintenance[edit]


4x4s / Trucks


Local Garages[edit]

Add known good mechanics here.

Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Turkey[edit]

Describe how a foreigner can buy a vehicle. List any difficulties or limitations on where the vehicle can be driven.

Describe how a foreigner can sell a foreign-plated vehicle, or list not possible.'


Links to the source of any information - blogs or discussion forums, etc.

Helpful External links[edit]

Add any helpful external links here.