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Tuesday, 12 June 2018 07:59

Passports required for daily boat trips

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In Turkey there is a legal requirement to carry identification.  Turkish citizens carry an ID card.  Foreigners are expected to carry passports.

Anecdotally we know that some visitors tend not to carry a passport around Kalkan town because they are concerned about losing such a valuable document.  However one place that you must definitely have your passport is if you go on a boat trip.

The Coast Guard in Kalkan is now monitoring boat passenger details more closely.  Before any day trip boat leaves the harbour the captain is obliged to submit a passenger list to the Coast Guard, which must include passport numbers.

This has in fact been a requirement for some time but controls and checks have not always been so rigorously applied. 

Failure to submit a complete list will result in the captain being fined.  We understand that a number of Kalkan boats fell foul of this rule yesterday and fines were issued.

So if you are due to go on a boat trip please remember to take your passport with you.  If you're a visitor it's also a good idea to have your eVisa with you - either a paper copy or a soft copy on your mobile device. 

For residents with a plastic residence permit (ikamet), this is an official document that includes your photograph and your kimlik number (the one starting 99..) so this should be adequate identification for the authorities.

 

Katie-Ellen

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1 comment

  • Comment Link Stephen Kendall Wednesday, 13 June 2018 18:05 posted by Stephen Kendall

    Are laminated coloured photocopies accepted (passports) by police and coastguards. To save losses. Lots of steps

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