to Turkey for a Wedding

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  1. bernardfeay

    bernardfeay Read Only Funster

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    Our niece Hannah is getting married to a Turkish man in October this year. We always make the effort to attend her weddings but we don't know what the prospect of driving the camper to Turkey might be.

    My insurance is due for renewal in April and I'm anticipating green card problems. Any tips as to who to insure with, visas, permits would be much appreciated.
     
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    :Eek!: Is she a nuptomaniac or just a sucker for punishment...? :Wink:


     
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    Obviously just likes the taste of wedding cake:Rofl1:
     
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    I rode my motorbike through Turkey on the way to China a couple of years ago it's a fantastic country to visit. No visa required only potential problem is crossing the border from Greece. I use a German company for insurance on big journeys called Allesie if you need the contact details'm s pm me.
    :thumb::thumb:
     
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    I think you do need a visa, available at the border for £10 (must be a £10 note) per person. Goodness knows where the money goes.
     
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    That's not a visa its corruption :Wink:

    I travelled with a guy from Huddersfield a few years ago on a bike trip who point blank refused to pay these backhanders at borders. He would stand up to them and argue for ages and hold everything up until eventually the guards would give in and let him through. Me I couldn't go through all that its easier to give them the tenner but for him it was a principle and he never did pay. We tried it in Tunisia (I think) a few years ago the guy stamped our passport then asked for a tenner I refused, the argument started as expected but instead of letting me through he pulled a gun on me :BigGrin:. Needless to say I paid the tenner and got a royal bollocking from Jan for putting us at risk, so now I just pay up. :thumb:
     
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    I think the gun was a safer bet:BigGrin:

    PS...have a good ski trip:thumb:
     
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    Do not try this in Turkey. A 10 quid online visa is 10 times less than Turks pay to come to the Uk. In Turkey you will be turned back or arrested.

    Turkish authorities have unlimited punishments and you have no right of recourse against the Turkish state.

    Steve.
     
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    Changed chunnel til Weds now, Jans mum is out of hospital but still not well. See how she is next week if no better we'll have to forgo skiing this year. :cry::cry:
     
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    I got held up for hours driving into Saudi Arabia once. It got to the stage they were unscrewing bits of the car. It turned out the customs officer just wanted a little gift such as a tin of tomatoes. Once I'd worked this out (brain defuddled by the heat) all was smiles and we could proceed. Best to play the game I think.
     
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    You got it :thumb:
    That's how it works once you leave mainland Europe like it or not. Never mind what the regulations say this is the real world. :BigGrin:
     
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    The OPs niece is marrying a Turkish guy so let's not be too dismissive of their country.

    Relatives live in Turkey and we are going to drive out to visit them next year.............the £10 charge for the visa is the cost of a visa full stop- not corruption and as pointed out a lot less than we charge for UK visas.

    By the way from April it will be an electronic visa in advance and no longer available at the border.
     
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    We have dear deceased Margaret Thatcher to thank for the £10 visa entry to Turkiye. Her government imposed a substantial entry visa to Turks entering the UK and Turkey imposed the £10 as a tit for tat retaliation. Its been this among to enter Turkiye for 20 years or more to our certain knowledge. :thumb:
     
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    Good point. Funster instincts kicking in there. Turkey is a great country.

    Driving to Turkey has the problem you will leave the EU at some point around the former Yugoslavia and this will create insurance problems. They are not insurmountable but need to be factored in.

    The alternative is a ferry from Italy. This is a well trodden path and probably best for attending a wedding. Good luck whichever you choose.
     
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