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When we went to Brazil last year a visa was needed and I didn't hear of anyone being exempt.I would call the consolate to find out now just in case you need to get one sometimes it takes a while to receive them and also you
may need to get shots we did and it took time as your dr. cannot provide them hope this helps and enjoy your trip.
We had been told that you could get a visa upon your entry into Turkey, but decided not to take the chance. However, Seabourn obtained visas for anyone who wanted one and I think the cost was about $25 per person.
Check with Seabourn to see what is required.
You must have a visa to visit Turkey whether you are in a group or not -- the good news is that unlike my most recent visit to Turkey where visa's had gone up to $100 they have just (within the last few months) been substantially lowered ( perhaps due to the dip in tourism). We were lucky in that we lived just outside D.C. and we could go down to the Embassy and get our visa in person -- but there are services that will help you get it by mail. If you need they phone number or address for the embassy just let me know and I'll post it for you. ( BTW, we just got back from Tucson and rented a house for the next year while our new one is being built -- we almost rented one in La Paloma! )
The Turks don't make it too difficult---they are just interested in getting the revenue! Have a great trip---we loved that Spirit cruise!
US wants to invade Iraq through Turkey. Turkey says they don't particualrly want to be part of that. US posts Travel Warning for its citizens suggesting deferring travel to Turkey. Turkey raises visa fees to US citizens. US asks for permission to transfer humanitarian aid and supplies through Incirlik air base. Turkey says OK. Travel Warning suddenly disappears. (Poof! No more danger!) Turkey lowers fees for visas. All parties will vehemently deny any of the above. Coincidences one and all. (...sigh)