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Recommendations for Tourists Who Visit Istanbul for the First Time

News As currently not many destinations in the world accept tourists due to the COVID-19 limitations, Turkey gets more attention than before. The country’s major economic and cultural hub, Istanbul, is a unique place that has one of its parts in Asia and the other one in Europe. The city has a rich history – established in the 7th century, it was the capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empire. Today, tourists from all over the world visit this Turkish city to enjoy its landmarks and one-of-a-kind charm.

If you want to enjoy an unforgettable vacation in Turkey, booking a hotel in Istanbul is only the first step. The following recommendations can help you to prepare for your journey properly. First of all, the country is open for tourism, and tourists from many European countries can stay in Turkey without any visa for 90 days. Moreover, citizens of certain countries who require a visa can obtain it by filling an online form. The visa is issued within 48 hours in this case. Check Turkish visa requirements for your country beforehand.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone must wear masks in Istanbul. There are limitations concerning the capacity of public transport and social distancing rules that prevent the spread of the disease. All foreign guests arriving in Turkey must provide the address of the place where they plan to stay during their visit. Moreover, COVID-19 screening upon arrival in Istanbul is mandatory. It includes temperature measuring, and all tourists with symptoms of the disease must undergo a PCR test.

So, all preparations are done and your Istanbul hotel is waiting for you. It is time to make a list of the places to see in this city. Topkapi Palace is one of the most famous buildings of the Ottoman Empire era. This beautiful palace was the place where the Sultan’s mother, his numerous wives, and other concubines in the Harem lived. The Blue Mosque, another prominent landmark, has gained recognition due to its signature blue-tiled design.

Shopping is a part of local culture and Grand Bazaar is the best place to see this. This kaleidoscope of stalls resembles a labyrinth with all kinds of goods. Don’t forget to bargain if you want to buy something! Established in 1664, the Spice Bazaar is the right place to shop for spices, Turkish delights, dried fruits, and other delicacies. Cold and dark, Basilica Cistern is an interesting underground reservoir built centuries ago. Istanbul has many more attractions that wait for curious tourists.


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