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Travel insurance when visiting Turkey

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If you’re visiting Turkey be ready to take in the best of both worlds where East meets West. Straddling the border between Asia and Europe, Turkey offers everything from museums and archaeological sites to pristine beaches along the Turquoise coast and the always busy Grand Bazaar in Istanbul’s Old City with over 4000 shops.

What's covered?

With World Nomads, you can consider buying travel insurance when you book your trip from home or while you're already traveling around Turkey.

World Nomads offers cover for many activities ranging from hiking Turkey’s Lycian Way, hot air ballooning in Cappadocia, or surfing, whitewater rafting, and scuba diving in Antalya. Our plans can offer cover for:

  • Overseas emergency medical
  • Medical evacuation and repatriation
  • Trip cancellation
  • Lost or delayed baggage
  • More than 150 activities, sports and experiences
  • Cover for some Coronavirus-related events
  • 24/7 worldwide Emergency Assistance
  • And many more cover options and extras…

Make sure that you’ve selected the right travel insurance plan for your specific needs. World Nomads has two levels of cover - the Standard Plan and Explorer Plan - that offer different benefits, limits and sub-limits so it’s best to compare them to see which one suits your travel needs. You can get a quote, make a claim, or extend your policy instantly online, even while traveling.

What should I look out for when traveling to Turkey?

When visiting Turkey there are many spots to visit, whether you’re visiting in the summer or winter months. If you want to avoid big crowds, your best bet is to avoid the major tourist hotspots especially in the Summer months as they can get very crowded with locals and foreigners. The capital Istanbul is incredible but can be also quite daunting as it has 15 million people alone. If Istanbul is a must-see on your travel itinerary, then it’s advisable that you plan ahead, leave enough time and have a handy map when exploring the big city.

There are several attractions that will suit the more adventurous traveller looking for a unique outdoor experience. For example, you may want to visit the ruins of Mount Nemrut at dawn to witness a breathtaking sunrise. For those wanting to go skiing there are a number of ski resorts in Istanbul and Ankara (Turkey’s winter season is November through March).

Cover for more than 150 activities and sports while in Turkey

With World Nomads Travel Insurance there are many outdoor activities, sports, and experiences that are automatically covered and available under both plans. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can upgrade the level of activity cover, which offers cover for a broader range of activities and sports. Whether hiking through ancient ruins, kayaking the Aegean coastline, or rock climbing at Ala Daglar National Park, always make sure you check the plan details before you buy to make sure you’ve got the right level of activity cover.

You should plan ahead for any sports and adventure activities you'll be doing and compare our two insurance plans before purchasing. Remember, you can’t upgrade your activities coverage to the Explorer plan after you buy, so it’s important to get this right on the first go.

Whitewater rafting in Antalya
Whitewater rafting in Koprulu Canyon in Antalya. Photo credit: Getty images / ozgurdonmaz

Access to our 24/7 Emergency Assistance Team around the clock

World Nomads travelers have access to 24/7 Emergency Assistance. If something goes wrong and you need help, contact our team.  They can help get you find local medical facilities if needed, provide local consular details and information and in the worst-case scenario, help get you home if you’re seriously injured or ill and need to be repatriated. When you call (free from anywhere in the world), make sure you have your policy number and a contact number for where you are so we can help.

Overseas medical insurance and cover for Coronavirus-related events

When traveling to Turkey, travel insurance may help if you become unwell or have an accident, especially in these uncertain times of traveling and dealing with Coronavirus (COVID-19). You don’t want to be left out of pocket if you have to visit a local doctor, go to hospital, need an urgent trip to the dentist, or even worse, have to be repatriated back to your country of residence.

With Coronavirus causing travel disruptions globally, it’s also important that you follow any government and World Health Organisation guidelines while in Turkey. It’s always a good idea to wear a face mask when visiting any of Turkey’s popular hotspots.

The level of cover you’ll have for any Coronavirus-related events under our Standard and Explorer plans will depend on your country of residence and the plan you’ve chosen. Check out our Travel Insurance cover for Coronavirus article which goes into more detail on all the benefits, including benefit limits, terms and conditions, and exclusions.

Grand Bazaar
A store with Turkish lights in the Grand Bazaar. Photo credit: Getty images / Manakin

What’s not covered?

Travel insurance isn’t designed to cover everything – so make sure you know what you’re covered for. Some of the events we don’t cover include:

  • Pre-existing medical conditions: see the policy wording for details.
  • Activities and sports: participation in a sport or activity not listed in the policy wording, or one that's offered by World Nomads, but you haven't paid the required additional premium.
  • Not following doctor’s orders: disobeying your treating doctor’s directions and/or those of our Emergency Assistance Team.
  • Leaving valuables unattended: stolen, lost or damaged personal belongings that were left unguarded.
  • Recovering expenses: expenses you have not made every reasonable attempt to recover from the carrier, accommodation provider, booking or travel agents, any compensation scheme, or other source.

About World Nomads

World Nomads polices are designed by travelers for travelers to provide simple and flexible travel insurance. Featuring coverage for more than 150 activities, you can get a quote, claim, or extend your policy online at All the information we provide about travel insurance is a brief summary only. It does not include all terms, conditions, limitations, exclusions, and termination provisions of the travel insurance plans described. Coverage may not be available for residents of all countries, states or provinces. Please carefully read your policy wording for a full description of coverage.

Travel insurance tip 1: if travelling to Turkey you’ll need an e-Visa to enter. You are permitted to remain in the country for 90 days. Rates will vary depending on your country of residence. You can apply for your visa ahead of time on the official Turkish government e-visa website. For more visa information for foreigners visit the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Travel insurance tip 2: if you need medical treatment, evacuation or repatriation, you or a travel companion MUST contact our 24/7 Emergency Assistance Team immediately. They will confirm if the treatment is medically necessary and advise you on what to do, help locate suitable medical facilities (particularly in remote areas where access to medical care can be tricky) and monitor your medical treatments if needed to make sure you’re given proper care. The EA team can also offer translation and interpreter services.

Travel Insurance Benefits: how we can take care of you*

Trip Cancellation

Been working hard for your trip?

We'll work hard to protect it.

Trip Protection
  • Unexpectedly hospitalised?
  • Travel buddy unfit to travel?
  • Been made redundant?

We’ve got your back.

Emergency Medical Expenses

Feeling fit and healthy? What if you get sick or injured?

Take the pain out of medical or dental costs.

Emergency Medical Insurance
  • Need meds quick?
  • Accidentally injured?
  • Suddenly sick?

We’ve got your back.

Emergency Medical Transportation

Know where the nearest hospital is?

Don’t stress, we’ll get you there quickly.

Evacuation and Repatriation
  • Banged up abroad?
  • Need a hospital urgently?
  • Medivac home?

Help starts here.

Protect your gear

Love photography, filming or sport?

Cover your bags, tech or gear.

Protect your gear
  • Luggage lost?
  • Airline lost your gear?
  • Tech trashed?

Help starts here.

  • Emergency Overseas Medical & Dental Expenses
  • Emergency Medical Evacuation & Repatriation
  • Trip Cancellation or Interruption
  • 24-Hour Assistance Services
  • Baggage
  • And more (depending on your country of residence)
*This is a general summary only. Restrictions, exclusions and limitations will apply. Coverage may not be available for all countries, states or provinces. Benefit limits may vary depending on the plan chosen. Get a quote for full details.

Travel insurance. Simple & flexible.

Travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families. Nobody wants to think about all the things that could go wrong on their trip, but these things can and do happen. So be prepared and get your travel insurance today.

True Claims Stories

Never travel without travel insurance. This was the first time I ever purchased travel insurance and I am so glad I did. A few days into my trip to Spain I twisted my foot heading down to the metro. Thanks to World Nomads I was able to get medical attention in Spain, and since, as luck would have it, I had a fracture that required surgery, they got me a flight home the next day. Filing a claim was surprisingly easy and when the claim was finally processed, I was reimbursed for all of my expenses including things like the extra week in the hotel I didn't get to take advantage of.
U.S resident in Spain

24/7 emergency assistance

Whether you need medical assistance or emergency evacuation, our teams are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year before and during your trip.

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