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Entry to Türkiye

Obtaining a Visa

Before arriving in Türkiye, you should obtain your international visa if it is required for your country. There are different types of visas depending on your nationality and the duration of your stay in Türkiye. For details, please visit our Entry to Türkiye page ( Depending on nationality and bi-national agreements, there is more than one entry option available. These are:     

  • Consular visa
  • E-visa
  • Visa on arrival
  • Passport
  • National ID

Once you have a clear understanding of how you will enter Türkiye and what is most convenient for you, you will be able to make your choice. We recommend you start the visa process two months before your arrival to be on the safe side.

STEP 1: Visit // This is the official website of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Find your country in the A-Z list for visa information.

STEP 2: Understand the visa/ passport terminology. Ordinary is equivalent to touristicofficial refers to service or diplomatic. If a visa is necessary, you MUST look at rules associated with the ordinary (regular) passport unless you hold diplomatic passports.

STEP 3: Depending on the situations given below, we have written the corresponding action you must take. Please go to your country of citizenship in the list and follow these actions. Below you may see the rules with the corresponding actions. 

“Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.”  Enter Türkiye with your valid passport. NO visa required.
“Ordinary, Special, and Service passport holders are required to have visa to enter Türkiye. These passport holders with a valid Schengen members or USA, UK, Ireland visa or residence permit may get their single entry e-Visas valid for one month e-Visas via the website, provided that they meet certain conditions.” If you meet the mentioned requirements, you can simply enter with an e-visa. If you do not meet the given criteria for e-visa, visit  and make a pre-visa application appointment. Then, go to the nearest consulate for an in-person visa interview to obtain your visa for Türkiye.
“Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Türkiye. They can obtain three-month multiple entry e-Visas via the website” Visit and obtain your touristic visa, pay online, print it, and travel to Türkiye. 

An e-Visa is a tourist visa that anyone can use to enter Türkiye and does not require an in-person visa application at a consulate. The e-Visa module also provides information about whether someone is exempt from a tourist visa and if they can enter Türkiye with a valid passport. Nationals of some countries can travel to Türkiye with a valid passport.

We recommend that you use the e-Visa module to check the visa requirements for Türkiye.

Important Notes

  • Even though the visa website mentioned states, “Please note that e-visa is only valid when the purpose of travel is tourism or commerce. For other purposes, such as work and study, visas are given by Turkish Embassies or Consulates”. 
  • Those with Turkish citizenship or holding a Blue Card are not required to seek a visa or residence permit to Türkiye. Entry with a valid passport is recommended, yet valid Turkish ID’s are also accepted. 

For more information about the passport and visa rules, visit // 

Packing Tips (What to Bring with You to Türkiye)

  • Think about the climate and the duration of your stay in Antalya. Antalya experiences all four seasons, so it is advised to bring attire for cold and rainy winters (with mild to harsh snowfalls), as well as for hot and humid summers.
  • How to dress: Contemporary clothing is widely accepted, and there are no rules or restrictions; however, in order to avoid unwanted attention on public transportation or in places of religious worship, it is best to dress modestly. If you are traveling to different regions of Türkiye, it would be helpful to simply ask a Turkish friend about local customs (including dress code).
  • European Grounded (Schuko) adapters are used in Türkiye, so depending on where you are from, you might need to bring an adapter for your electronic devices.

Travels and other details for venue


                              Akdeniz Medeniyetleri Araştırma Enstitüsü (AKMED) - Arkitera


AKMED is located left in the Kaleiçi (Old Town), near to the famous Hadrian's Gate, and is easily reached by passing through the historical narrow streets within the city walls. We are only 15 km from Antalya International Airport, and in close proximity to the ancient harbour, Antalya Cultural Center and so many other attractions.

Antalya Airport

From the Airport

By Tram
The tram leaves from the arrivals terminal every half hour for the city center.
Alight at the İsmetpaşa stop on İsmetpaşa Caddesi.
From here it is a 5 minute walk to the Old Town (Kaleiçi) via Atatürk Caddesi.

You can buy the public transportation card from the automatic machine at the airport in front of the exit door. You can find how to do that from the link below.

By Taxi
Take a taxi from the arrivals terminal, and ask for; ‘KOÇ UNIVERSITY AKMED, in Kaleiçi’.
The taxi charge is approximately € 10-15, and will take about 30 minutes, depending on the traffic.

By Car
Antalya Airport (AYT) to KOÇ UNIVERSITY - AKMED - Approximately 30 minutes.

Transportation Options 

You'll have plenty of transportation options getting around Antalya, with taxis available around the clock at the airport, and in the city center. Taxis are bright yellow, with a ‘Taksi’ sign mounted on the roof. They have digital meters and only accept Turkish Liras in cash.

There are several bus stops near to the hotel, and public buses run daily; within the city bus journeys have a flat fee of 6 TL no matter how far you wish to travel.
Allow us to arrange your transportation to and from the airport and the port. Choose between a taxi service or have our concierge reserve a private chauffeured car for you. Our concierge is happy to take care of all the transportation details.

Note: Estimated charges, fees, and schedules are not guaranteed by the hotel. Travel distance may be affected by local conditions and traffic.

Hotels (special discount for MELCom)


Suggestion for lunch: 

Varuna Gezgin Cafe  

Antalya,Rokka Pizza Falafel  

Baba Mutfağı 

Zeynebin Mutfağı 

Leman Kültür Cafe 

Suggestion for Dinner:

RuinAdalia Hotel

Vanilla Restaurant il Vicino Pizzeria

Alp Paşa Restaurant 

Seraser Fine Dining Restaurant 

7 Mehmet, Asmani 

Lara Balık Evi 

General Information about Antalya


Historical Places in Antalya:

Antalya and its surrounding is an important and noteworthy touristy center on the Mediterranean Coast with its perfect climate and splendid harmony of archaeological, historical and natural beauties, throughout the year. Daily tours to surrounding touristy areas like Side, Alanya and Termessos are available, in addition to longer tours to Pamukkale or Cappadocia or anywhere you would like to go. Professional tourist guides are also available. 

Kaleici (Old city): This is the nucleus of a city which embraced many civilizations during time. It is now restored and has became a most attractive touristy center with its hotels, restaurants, shopping and entertainment facilities. Kaleici retains all the original ancient Turkish archaeological characteristics. The port's marina has been completely restored and is well worth visiting. The restoration activities in Kaleici won the Golden Apple Prize, the Oscar of tourism. 

Antalya Museum: A prize winning museum and one of the most notable archaeology museums, of the world. It is also the only museum in Turkey with a children's department exhibiting ancient monuments appealing to children. 

Hadrian's Gate: This ornamental marble arch was constructed in 2nd century AD in honour of the Emperor Hadrian. It is the most amazing area in the whole ancient Pamphylia region. 

Kesik Minaret (Broken Minaret): Once a Byzantine Panaghia church, later converted into a mosque. 

Yivli Minaret: This fluted minaret of 13th century was built by the Seljuks. Decorated with dark blue and turquoise tiles, the minaret eventually became the symbol of the city. 

Karatay Madrasah, Hidirlik (Hıdırlık) Tower, Ahi Yusuf Mescidi, Iskele Mosque, Murat Pasha Mosque, Tekeli Mehmet Pasha Mosque, Balibey Mosque, Musellim Mosque, and Seyh Sinan Efendi Mosque are other places to be visited. 

"Han"s are Seljuk or Ottoman inns which have architectural significance. Some worth visiting are the Evdir Han, Kırkgöz Han, Alara Han and Castle and Sarapsu (Serapsu) Han. 

Ancient Cities 

Termessos: It is a Pisidian city with remnants of an agora, theatre and an odeon. It has a reputation of being the most magnificent necropolis on the Mediterranean, 35 kms northwest of Antalya. 

Perge: 18 kms northeast of Antalya. The ruins are spread on two hills, the theatre on one and the acropolis on the other. According to the legend the city was built by three heroes from Troy. 

Sillyon: 34 kms from Antalya on the Alanya direction. It is situated between Aspendos and Perge and dates back to 4th century BC. 

Aspendos: One of the most important Pamphylian cities. It is situated on the point where the Kopru River meets the sea. Once an important port and a commercial centre, it has a reputation for raising the best horses on earth. The odeon, basilica, galleria and fountains are worth seeing.

       Side - Tourist Guide | Planet of Hotels                                  Aspendos Antik Kenti: Tarihi, Konumu, Yol Tarifi ve Giriş Ücreti

Driving in Turkey

You can drive in Türkiye with a valid driver’s license from any country for up to 6 months. This license must be translated into Turkish and notarized.