TRAVEL & VISAS
TRAVELLING TO ISTANBUL
Istanbul is less than a three-hour flight from most European cities. Located at the crossroads of East and West, Istanbul offers easy air connections and is served by more than 300 airlines from hundreds of cities around the world. Istanbul is serving with two airports; new Istanbul International Airport and Sabiha Gokcen International Airport with a capacity of far over 50 million travelers per year.
Istanbul Airport houses an Aircraft Maintenance and Repair Centre and it provides service in compliance with the EU standards. This centre, established over 700,000 square meter area located between the two parallel runways, offers services to Turkey at international standards and promises hope for the future of Turkish aviation sector. Having become an emerging business line in Turkey, aircraft maintenance and repair sector will have the opportunity to become the leader of the industry worldwide thanks to the centre established.
Almost all international airlines have convenient direct flights to Istanbul from all over the world. Turkish Airlines, which has been carrying passenger and cargo since 1933, has today a fleet of 131 aircrafts and flies to a total of 148 destinations, 36 domestic and 112 international. It has consolidated its international position by linking the Caucasian countries and the Turkish Republics in Central Asia, as well as the Middle Eastern and Asian countries with Europe, Africa and North America through the service network hub in Istanbul. Turkish Airlines is a member of Star Alliance.
ISTANBUL OFFERS DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM MANY DESTINATIONS IN THE WORLD ! MOSCOW, TORONTO, PARIS, AMMAN, BACU, LONDON, NEW YORK, CAIRO, DUBAI, HELSINKI, KUWAIT, BUDAPEST, KUALA LUMPUR, SAO PAULO, OSAKA, NEWYORK, CAPETOWN, SHANGHAI, LAGOS, TOKYO, TASHKENT, ASTANA, KAZAN, FRANKFURT, ISLAMABAD, KABUL, BATUM, OSLO, AMSTERDAM, BARCELONA, ROME, PRAGUE, ATHENS...
Pegasus is a leading low-cost airline in Turkey, which provides reasonably-priced transportation opportunities on point-to-point basis in short and medium range flight lines and aims to set up a wide flight network with high flight frequency for guests.
Pegasus Hava Tasimaciligi A.S, which was founded as a joint venture company on 1990 by Aer Lingus Group, Silkar Yatırım ve Insaat Organizasyonu A.S. and Net Holding A.S., entered into commercial operation with two airplanes.
After being acquired on 2005 by Esas Holding A.S. owned by Sevket Sabanci and his family, Pegasus started scheduled domestic flights in November of the same year and became the 4th top among the scheduled airlines operating in Turkey.
According to the final structure of partnership after the Initial Public Offering; 34.5 % of shares are floating in Borsa Istanbul and 65.5% belongs to Esas Holding A.S, whereas the rest is owned by Sevket Sabanci and his family.
All participants are required to show a valid passport while traveling to Turkey. Citizens of some countries are required to obtain visa before arrival from the Turkish Embassy or Consulate and some may obtain e-Visas via the website www.evisa.gov.tr before arrival. The most updated visa information can be received from the website of the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs; www.mfa.gov.tr
- Citizens of 75+ countries may travel to Turkey without visa.
- Citizens of 100+ countries may travel to Turkey with e-visa.
- Citizens of many countries may obtain visa easily at Turkish airports.
Should you need further information, contact the Congress Secretairat at [email protected].
Travel and Cancellation Insurance
It is your responsibility to arrange your own travel and cancellation insurance.
Please ensure that you have adequate insurance cover for your trip, including medical coverage and repatriation in case of illness or accident, as well as theft and cancellation. The organisers cannot accept responsibility for any injury, loss or damage suffered by members or their guests due to accident, illness or theft. (LAC MAY WISH TO ADD ANY FURTHER INFORMATION RELEVANT FOR TURKEY)