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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.



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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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