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Visa in Istanbul port

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Visa in Istanbul port

We are disembarking in Istanbul after Mediterranean cruise with NCL and staying 2 extra night in Istanbul in hotel. Turkish embassy web site says that US passport holders can buy Visa in port in Istanbul at arriving with cruise ship, also I have email from Turkish Consulate with confirmation to buy visa in Istanbul port. For some reason agent and NCL reps suggest to buy visa in States. Is any one had a problem to buy Visa in Istanbul port at arriving. Different in price is huge, also have no desire to send out passports out before cruise if it's not absolutely must. Please reply anyone who has this experience. Thank you in advance.

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Hi Nellie: there is no problem getting a visa in the port of Istanbul. The cruise ship line usually arranges this for disembarking passengers. This is the first time I have heard of a cruise ship company telling people to get visa beforehand. This entails going to the Turkish consulate near you, I dont' know if there is one in Atlanta and giving them you passport, filling out a form and paying a fee of 26USD, then your passport will be mailed back in a few days. entry to Turkey at airport or port is only 20USD. Maybe NCL doesn't want to be bothered. Contact the reps and say other cruise ships in Turkey have no problem in helping people obtain a visa in the port. Mention the forum, that often works wonders. Good Luck and tell us how you fare.

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My husband and I are also taking a NCL cruise that ends in Istanbul. We'll be there May 5 & 6. How about you? We've just begun searching for hotels in Istanbul for one night. Where might you be staying?

Re: VISA. Wasn't aware that NCL recommmends buying it in the States. What is the difference in price?



Gocek, Turkey
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Don't bother about getting a visa in the USA, it will cost you more money and the system of applying for one at a consulate is not designed for tourist visas.

It's just a sticker that they'll put in your passport in exchange for a $20 note, you get it before you go through immigration and it's valid for 3 months, multiple entry.

As for hotels, check out all the information on here.

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Obviously the cruise company's primary interest is reducing the queue in front of the visa office at the docks, and quickening the process of unloading thousands of passengers. That's why they prefer if you get the visa from beforehand.

If you have nothing better to do and you live near a Turkish consulate, then yes, get your visa from beforehand to avoid the queues of your ship's passangers. But otherwise, no need to bother, the easiest place to get a visa to Turkey is Turkey.

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On arrival at the port of Istanbul just make sure that you get your visa stamp BEFORE going to Passport Control.

If you haven't got your visa you'll be sent away by the Pasaport Polis to get one and all the time you've queued will have been wasted.

Also make sure that you have a 20 dollar bill for each person requiring a visa stamp. They don't give change.

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