Summer is the peak season for Istanbul – you will find out why when you visit! We recommend booking your flight ASAP if you are able to make the wedding festivities. Below are a couple of booking tips, but should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us personally. We would be happy to help in any way possible!
FROM THE USA
Turkish Airlines, Delta, and United Airlines all offer direct flights to Istanbul. You may be able to get a better rate with flights with European layovers. We advise to search on a travel engine, such as Kayak, Orbitz, or Expedia to compare these rates.
FlyDubai, Pegasus, and Turkish Airlines all fly from Dubai direct to Istanbul.
*NEW INFO* You can now get your visa ahead of time and save time in the customs line! Check out https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ for all details!
USA CITIZENS: For those who need to purchase visas upon arrival, these will need to be purchased before lining up to go through Customs. If you do not have the necessary visa when you reach the Customs Officer, you will be sent back to purchase one and then you will need to line up again. Please note that these officers generally do not speak very much English although the people in the visa purchase area speak some English. For USA Citizens – it will cost you US$20.00.
The visa purchase area is clearly marked and is located to the side of the Customs’ lines. Depending which side of the hall you disembark and enter from, the visa purchase are may be either to the left or the right of the Customs zone however there is only one visa purchase office. There is a sign above the purchase area outlining how much the visa will cost which is determined by your nationality.
ALL OTHER NATIONALITIES: Visa requirements for every nationality are listed here http://www.mfa.gov.tr/default.en.mfa