Overland Turkey Travel
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- 1 Visiting Turkey
- 2 Entering Turkey with a Car or Motorbike
- 3 Driving in Turkey
- 4 Gas and Diesel price in Turkey
- 5 Safety and Security Considerations
- 6 Camping in Turkey
- 7 Navigation
- 8 Special Overland Travel interests
- 9 Vehicle Maintenance
- 10 Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Turkey
- 11 References
- 12 Helpful External links
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
Correct as of: August 2013
(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
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
Permitted length of stay
Extension of stay
Describe the process to extend the permitted length of entry for the vehicle, if possible.
Storing a vehicle and temporarily leaving the country
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
Describe the paperwork requirements and process at the border to exit.
Driving in Turkey
Recommended books for Overlanding in Turkey
Liability insurance is compulsory. Most European insurance policies will include Turkey.
Cost of insurance
State the price of insurance and a time period.
Where to purchase insurance
Describe where insurance can be purchased.
Any kind of valid drivers license is good.
Driving side of road
RHD vehicles can drive in Turkey.
Mandatory items in vehicle
State any mandatory items that must be carried in the vehicle. (i.e. safety triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, etc.)
General Road quality
Turkey has an extensive network of tarmac roads, usually in good condition. Roads where there is heavy truck traffic might be damaged or potholed.
All major roads will have good road signs. On secondary roads, not always.
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
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
List the entry requirements and anything else required to travel with a pet.
Gas and Diesel price in Turkey
Last updated: October 2012
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|Unleaded||€1.97 EUR per Liter|
|Diesel||€1.68 EUR per Liter|
Gas and Diesel Availability / Frequency
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
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
Driving at night
Discuss driving at night and if it should it be avoided. Mention why.
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
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
- Country Specific Information - U.S. Department of State
- Travel Reports and Warnings - Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
- Travel advice by country - Foreign and Commonwealth office (U.K.)
- Travel Advice for Turkey - Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Camping in Turkey
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
List and link to books specifically for camping.
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.
Reise Know-How are amoung the best paper maps. Purchase paper maps before arriving in Turkey
GPS Maps of Turkey
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
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
List any special items / places that are popular with Overlanders
4x4s / Trucks
- Toyota Global Dealer Locator
- Land Rover International Dealer Locator
- Mercedes Benz International (select country on bottom right)
- Jeep International site locator
Add known good mechanics here.
Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Turkey
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.
Add any helpful external links here.