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Getting There

Flights

Dalaman Airport

The most convenient airport for Turunç is Dalaman (DLM) about 120 km away – approximately 2 hours by road.

Flights to Dalaman from the UK take about four hours but the airport is surprisingly efficient and you can easily be on the road within 30’ of landing.

The airport has an English-language website (YDA Dalaman) which can be useful for checking schedules.

Several charter airlines fly into Dalaman from a number of UK airports. Depending when you want to fly, what time of the day (or night) the flights leave, how long you want to stay, and crucially how far ahead you book, flights cost can vary hugely.  A reasonable budget would be around £250-£300 per person.

In general, these charter flights only operate April through October. However, in recent years a number of airlines have stared to operate year-round, if somewhat limited, schedules to Dalaman from major UK airports like Gatwick and Manchester.

As part of EU-wide measures to improve security, passengers flying to Turkey may be required by their airline to supply details of their date of birth, nationality, and passport number before flying.

Top Tip Start off with low expectations of your experience at Dalaman airport - and you won't be disappointed!
 

Inbound is generally OK - do check out the Duty Free shop - bizarrely sited at baggage reclaim! - but be prepared for pushy staff.  Whatever you do, don't change any money at the desk in the baggage claim area - indeed anywhere at the airport - the rates are obscenely poor.  Returning home ... expect poor air-conditioning, uncomfortable seats and exorbitant prices: bring your own food/snacks and drink as much water as possible before going through security.


Transfers

If you are travelling independently, transfers by taxi or people-carrier can be arranged and cost ~£100 (2014) – this covers both inbound and return transfer journeys.   Our featured Travel & Tours agencies will be delighted to help you organise this.

Alternatively, many airlines offer a coach transfer service - certainly to Marmaris and often all the way to Turunç - for ~£25 per person (2014) return. This option will probably take slightly longer because of drop offs en-route and will probably drop you in centre of the village.  However, from here it will cost around £3-5 to your final holiday destination: village taxis run 24/7.


Entry Requirements

Turkey e-Visa

British nationals need a visa to enter Turkey.

From April 2014, the Turkish authorities stopped issuing visas on arrival.  You must now obtain an e-visa online before you travel. Cruise ship passengers with ‘British Citizen’ passports entering the country for a day trip, remaining in the port of embarkation and returning to the ship the same day will continue to be able to enter Turkey without a visa or e-visa.

For more information, visit the UK Government, FCO website.

e-visas can be obtained from the Republic of Turkey Electronic Visa Application System; their FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section is quite comprehensive and informative.

Top Tip

Important things:

  • Make sure your passport has a blank page for the visa stamp.  If it does not, the Turkish authorities will issue an ‘Entry-Exit form’ and put your entry-exit stamp on there.  You should carry this form with you in Turkey and present it to the border officers when you leave.
  • Turkish visit visas issued on arrival are valid for multiple stays up to a maximum of 90 days in a 180 day period.  Up to 31 January 2012, the Turkish immigration authorities operated a flexible interpretation of this requirement whereby visitors could leave after 90 days, and immediately re-enter for a further 90 day period.  The rules are now fully enforced, and you will only be able to stay in Turkey for a total of 90 days in any period of 180 days.
  • If you plan to remain in Turkey for a period of more than 90 days, you should either apply for a longer stay visa before you travel, or get a residence permit from the local authorities in Turkey before your 90 day stay has elapsed. If you exceed the 90 day limit, you may be fined, deported and banned from re-entering the country.

Passport Validity

UK Passport

Your passport should be valid for at least six months on entry into Turkey and have at least three months validity from the date you are exiting Turkey.

Useful travel websites are listed on our Links page as is the useful address of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website.