Can someone clarify for me as to whether there is an airport departure tax on leaving Istanbul?
steve wrote:I'm not sure if the entry visa for aussies is in US$ or Aussie dollars. When I was at Istanbul Airport last summer a couple of australians were having problems paying. I think they were only carrying sterling or something, I can't quite remember. Anyway, the visa staff refused to do anything and referred them to a Euro-dispensing ATM which was broken. They then had to sweat for about 10 mins when the visa manager-typed-bloke offered to take the cash they had, but at a 500% mark-up on the exchange rate.
It's a bit odd, but some countries can pay in a variety of currencies and some, Australia for example, could only pay in one and had no choice even though there are directly comparable rates for other countries.
All I'm saying is that the visa entry is very easy, just as long as you do exactly what it says. You need the exact money in the exact currency asked for, just so long as you do that there are no problems at all. It's when people start asking for change and stuff that it can get a bit difficult.
Oh, and some other kind-hearted traveller gave the two troubled tourists the funds they required.
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