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baldy


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Message Posted:
25/11/2011 11:39

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If you are travelling to Turkey please note that the visa control office at Instanbul Ataturk airport is no longer accepting TL for payment of visas nor will they accept credit/debit cards. Payment can only be made in Euros or American Dollars. A 90 day visa for UK passport holders is 15 Euros.



Earlybird


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Message Posted:
25/11/2011 11:45

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Are you saying sterling is not accepted?



baldy


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25/11/2011 12:11

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Correct. Only accept Euros or Dollars. We wasted 35 minutes trying to get TL changed to Euro. In the end one of the airline help desks was able to change for us. Incredible that a country with TL as their currency will not accept same!



Cazleo


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25/11/2011 12:27

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Some years ago they would accept TL, but charged double if you wanted to use it instead of sterling!!



flightholiday


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25/11/2011 13:12

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Paul Msg 3 - Checked with our contacts in the tourist office and also on the Turkish Consulates web site today

"If you are a British Citizen you can obtain tourist visa either at the port of entry in Turkey for 10.00 or ....."

NB This will be when you present a UK passport at the office.



jake1


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Message Posted:
25/11/2011 13:15

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Was in Istanbul a month ago paid 10 Sterling for 90 day Visa



phylray



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25/11/2011 14:26

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Was also in Istanbul earlier this month and paid 10 sterling for visa as have done for years.



Ralph96



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25/11/2011 15:18

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In Istanbul 17 days ago he wanted Dollars,Euros or Pounds I didn't have so he accapted TL in the end.



yrret


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Message Posted:
25/11/2011 17:45

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Also, the system seems to have changed a little in that the visa people now [ink] stamp "90 days" on the visa, it was previously always just stamped by immigration, but was sent back to visa desk for extra [ink] stamp this time.



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