Entry and Exit
All Singapore passport holders do not require a visa for visits less than 90 days within 180 days from date of initial entry to Turkey.
As visa requirements often change at short notice, we advise you to contact your travel agency, or the Embassy of Turkey in Singapore for up-to-date information. Please ensure that your passport has space for entry and exit stamps or you could be denied entry into Turkey.
Safety and Security
Natural Disasters: Many parts of Turkey are subject to earthquakes and tremors. In the event of such occurrences, please follow the instructions given by the local authorities. It would also be good to familiarize yourself with the general safety procedures in the event of an earthquake.
Petty crime: In major cities like Istanbul, petty crimes like purse snatchings, and pick-pockets, most commonly occur in crowded areas, transport hubs and tourist sites. Travellers should also be alert to theft from unattended vehicles and from hotel rooms.
As a number of Singaporean nationals have been victims of fraud, please exercise caution when making online friends, and be wary of accepting free services such as shoe polishing services, invitations by strangers to food and beverage outlets, and sending money to unknown recipients. Hitchhiking or accepting lifts from strangers is not recommended, especially for lone travellers.
We advise Singaporeans to adhere to local laws during their stay in Turkey. Singaporeans are subject to all local laws and penalties. Singaporeans are advised to research local laws prior to arrival, especially for extended stays. Do note the following:
The Turkish Police and Gendarmerie have the right to request for information on your identity and address. You may be detained until your identity can be established if you fail to provide the requested information. To facilitate this, Singaporeans are advised to carry an official photographic identity document (e.g. Passport, National ID, Residence/Work permit, etc...) with them at all items. Refusal to cooperate with the authorities or the provision of false information can also lead to a fine or imprisonment.
Turkey has strict laws against the use, possession or trafficking of illegal drugs. If convicted of any of the above offences, you would receive a heavy fine or a prison sentence.
The possession, sale and export of antiques from Turkey is strictly forbidden, and there are severe penalties for those who attempt to do so without official permits. Antiques brought into the country should be registered in the owner’s passport to avoid difficulties upon exit.
It is an offence to insult the Turkish nation or national flag, and to deface the local currency.
Most money changers in Turkey do not accept Singapore dollars. If you plan to buy lira (TRY) in Turkey, please bring along new US dollars or Euros. You can get lira from banks and exchange bureaus (known as DOVIZ in Turkish). You can also get lira from ATMs, which are widely available in major cities and tourist areas.
Visitors are not permitted to use drones for aerial videography or photography in Turkey. However, foreign nationals with Turkish residency permits may register drones (below 500 grams) for aerial photography through the Turkish Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) (https://iha.shgm.gov.tr/public/register).
General Travel Advice
Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [Updated on 14 October 2021]
Singaporeans planning overseas travel are reminded to take the necessary precautions, including being prepared to deal with accidents, natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Singaporeans are also reminded to be familiar with your destination’s local laws, customs, and COVID-19 restrictions, including immigration procedures and entry requirements.
Demonstrations do occur in major cities across the world. Such demonstrations can sometimes escalate into violence. It is important for Singaporeans to keep abreast of local news, avoid any protests or demonstrations and heed the advice of the local authorities.
When participating in outdoor leisure activities overseas, Singaporeans should be mindful that certain sporting activities, especially in open seas, may carry risks. Besides ensuring that one has the physical competencies and appropriate condition to undertake the activity, every effort should be made to ascertain if the trip organiser or guide is reliable and competent, and that appropriate safety and contingency plans are in place. When in doubt, Singaporeans should consult the relevant professional bodies or sporting associations for specific advice.
For those planning to travel, here are some tips:
- Familiarise yourself with our network of overseas missions.
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.
- Equip yourself with research about your destination’s entry requirements, current situation, local laws and customs.
- eRegister with us on our website (www.mfa.gov.sg) so that we may reach out to you during an emergency.
- Always take care of your personal safety, remain vigilant and monitor local weather news, advisories, and security developments.
- Exercise caution around large gatherings and avoid locations known for demonstrations or disturbances.
- Be prepared for possible delays and last-minute changes in travel plans especially during unforeseen events such as natural disasters, social unrests or terror attacks.
- Stay connected with your friends and family. Inform them of your whereabouts and provide them with your overseas contact details.
- In the event that you require consular assistance, please contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.
Advisory: Email Scams
There have been reports of individuals receiving scam emails/messages purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas. These emails/messages typically originate from an email address/social media known to the receiver bearing claims of the sender getting into trouble overseas and urgently requesting financial assistance. The sender would also claim to have approached a Singapore Embassy/Consulate and the local Police for help to no avail.
MFA takes the safety of all Singaporeans very seriously. Singaporeans in distress approaching our Overseas Missions for assistance will be rendered with all necessary consular assistance. If you receive such emails/messages from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails/messages before responding to their request. It is also not advisable to give out any personal information such as NRIC/passport nos., address, telephone number, etc. Any form of reply, even one of non-interest, could result in more unsolicited emails. Members of the public who suspect that they have fallen prey to such scams should report the matter to the Police immediately. Should Singaporeans abroad require consular assistance, they can contact the nearest Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.