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October 2018 - Turkey: End of visa on arrival.

From 28 October onwards, tourists travelling to Turkey must obtain the required visa before they depart to Turkey (either at the Turkish Embassy or on the official Turkish e-Visa website). They can no longer acquire it on arrival in Turkey at the e-visa kiosk or by smartphone in the Wi-Fi areas of the airport.

October 2018 - Turkey: Upcoming opening of the new Istanbul airport.
 
On October 31, 2018 at midnight, the new Istanbul airport will take office and replace Atatürk International Airport.

Located on the European side of Istanbul, about 45 km away from Atatürk Airport, the new airport has six runways and has a total passenger capacity of 90 million a year. With an area of 67.5 million square meters, it would be the largest in Europe. The code of the new airport will be IST, the code that Ataturk airport has until the end of October 2018.

The new airport will be connected to the city of Istanbul by 180 bus lines, 15 from the European part, 3 from the Asian side. It has 40,000 parking spaces.

The first flights will be operated by Turkish Airlines to Ankara and, as far as international flights are concerned, to North Cyprus and Azerbaijan.

The construction of the new airport lasted three and a half years and would have killed 27 workers (400 workers according to other sources). In a second phase of construction expected to be completed in 2023, the airport should be able to handle 150 to 250 million passengers a year and would be connected to the city by metro lines (late 2019).

End of August 2016: Turkey - Additional bridge over the Bosphorus Strait.

A third bridge, the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, between the Asian and European parts of Istanbul was inaugurated on August 26, 2016. It includes eight lanes for vehicles and two for transit rails. It is the work of French engineer Michel Virlogeux (author among others of the Millau Viaduct) and Swiss engineer Jean-François Klein.

July 15, 2016: Turkey – Failed putsch.

After the failed putsch in Turkey, thousands of judges, police officers and soldiers have been arrested. More than 20,000 teachers or civil servants have been dismissed or suspended from their duties. The purges are directly not only against the authors of the coup, but also all opponents to President Erdogan. Supporters of Fethullah Gülen, currently emigrated to the United States, are particularly targeted.  People fear that Turkey is moving towards a totalitarian regime.

July 2, 2016: Turkey - Terrorist attack at the Istanbul Airport.

A terrorist attack, attributed to DAECH, took place on Saturday, July 2 at Istanbul's Ataturk international airport. It killed 45 (including 19 foreigners) and injured more than 200. It has been the fourth terrorist attack in Turkey and the third in Istanbul since the beginning of this year. However, Istanbul's Ataturk airport quickly resumed its activities.

Repeated terrorist attacks have badly affected the development of tourism in Turkey and particularly in the capital Istanbul. The Turkish seaside resorts are less badly hit.

Early June 2016: Turkey - Terrorist attacks.

On June 7, an attack killed 11 (mainly policemen) and injured 36 in the historical center of Istanbul. A few days later on, another attack injured several people in Ovacik in the east of Turkey.

Mid-March 2016: Turkey - Deadly attacks.

On Sunday March 13, an attack killed 40 people and injured 125 people in the center of Ankara. Two other deadly attacks took already place in the Turkish capital on 10 October 2015 (103 dead) and February 17, 2016 (29 dead).

On March 19, 2016, a suicide bombing in Istanbul left 4 dead and 36 wounded, most of them being foreign nationals. On January 10, 2016, the tourist center of Istanbul was also the place where a terror attack killed 11 tourists (including 10 Germans). The last of these attacks was committed by a member of ISIS, the others by Kurdish dissidents.


 

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