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Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Turkey is officially known as the Republic of Turkey and it came into existence in 1923 through the efforts of its founder, Musafa Ataturk.  The country is in the transition between Europe and Asia,  traditionally determined by the Bosphorus, which joins the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara and the Aegean.  It has borders with Bulgaria, Greeece, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Iran, Iraq and Syria.  Istanbul occupies the small European section of the country north of the Bosphorus.

Turkey has a populuation in excess of 70 million and the official language is Turkisk.  In the past the region was ruled by the Byantines, the Romans and subsequently the Ottomans.  The transition from Christianity to Muslim is apparent in its architecture and most of the population is now Muslim.  The Kurds occupy the border areas with Iraq and have experienced long struggles for independence.

Visas:

Turkey has complex lists of citizens who are exempt from visa requirements.  For a list of countries requiring a travel visa, visit the Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs web site or check your specific country at VisaHQ.  For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.  For those requiring a visa, the Turkish government now provides an online eVisa at a reasonable price.  The visa on arrival system was phased out in 2014.  Ocean cruise lines generally handle visa arrangement for their passengers visiting ports of call, such as Istanbul.

Currency:

The currency used in Turkey is the Turkish lira (TRY).

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