Security and health

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to Turkey. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning travel.

It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and activities are / are not included in their policy.

It is also recommended that Australian travellers consult Smartraveller to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.


Some precautions:

  • Eating food prepared from street carts is not recommended.
  • Avoid green salads, especially in summer and beware of shellfish, such as mussels.
  • Check the standard and cleanliness of a restaurant before you are seated.
  • Always drink bottled water, which is widely available. Contrary to popular belief, liquor is almost universally available in restaurants - Turkey is very liberal in this respect.