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Updated Turkey Travel Info from Don Madge


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Had an email from Don today, he left for Turkey on Boxing Day and is now lounging around on a site near Kusadasi, lucky bugger.

He asked me to pass on the following information which will definately be of use if anyone intends to travel to Turkey in the motorhome this year.......



EGNATIA ODOS (The Northern Greek motorway) A2 E90 January 2010


The A2 (E90) motorway from Igoumenitsa to the Turkish border near

Ipsala is fully open except for one bridge that has a 400 metre detour.

The total distance is about 420 miles we do it in two days and then

have a couple of nights at the municipal campsite at Alexandroupoli

(€18 per night).


Stopping places on the motorway are few and far between, the only

service area we saw was 94 miles from Igoumenitsa; it is accessable

from both carriageways. There were also fuel stations marked off the



We went through two toll booths but both were unmanned. The only toll

we paid was €2 near the start of the Thessaloniki Ring road.



Ipsala Border crossing.


The first kiosk you come to when entering the border complex you just

present your passports.


We then drive into the main complex and park in front of the duty free

building, in there are two banks, ATM's, currency exchange counter and

an insurance office for those who have no Green Card. We priced a

Green Card for three months and they quoted £136 for third party cover.


You will see about four or five lanes with the first kiosk marked

"passports". Don't go down the lane until you have got your visa from

the main building on the left, enter the building, turn left and the

visa counter is on the right. The visa costs £10.



Once you have your visa drive to the passport control kiosk, here they

record your details again. Once that's completed drive to the other

end of the lane which is the customs kiosk. Here they will need your

V5C (registration document), Green Card and drivers passport.

The customs sometimes check the van but in our case they are mostly

interested in our back box.


Once you have finished there you drive out of the main complex and

present all your documents to the last kiosk, where they are all

checked once again. Then you're free to go.


This year (Jan 7th) we completed all the procedures in about 20

minutes, bearing in mind this was winter time and we were the only ones

going through at the time. The Turks have really got there act

together, we can only assume they are trying to pull themselves into

line with the EU.



The registration document and a Manual GREEN CARD are required to

enter Turkey. Make sure the Green Card covers Asian Turkey as some

insurers only cover European Turkey also the cover is fully comp and

not just third party. They will not accept a photo copy of any of your

documents, they must be the originals.


A point worth remembering is the vehicle details are entered on the

driver's passport and under normal circumstances the driver will not be

able to leave Turkey without the vehicle. Make sure you have Travel or

Vehicle Insurance that will cover the Duty/Customs Bond if you are

taken ill and have to fly home or the vehicle is written off in an



Wild camping is not a problem in Turkey we have spent four winters

there and never had a problem. The days of a cheap holiday in Turkey

are long gone.


Using an exchange rate of TL2.4 to the £Sterling the latest

approximate fuel prices per litre are:-


Diesel £1.30


Petrol £1.54


LPG £0.83


The rural areas of Turkey are policed by the Jandarma (Military

police) they set up road blocks but usually wave you through when they

see you are a tourist. Don't under any circumstances park or camp in

the vicinity of a Jandarma Post they will move you on, the posts are

marked with plenty of white paint, large Turkish flags and soldiers

with guns. The coastal posts are usually situated in very picturesque

spots and it is very tempting to park/camp near them just for the



We have always found the Jandarma to be very correct and polite. The

rank and file are conscripts the officers and NCO's are usually the

only ones who speak English. They also have a traffic division. The

town/city police (Blue uniforms) are usually a scruffy lot compared to

the Jandarma.

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