Foreign Office's important passport warning for Turkey holidaymakers

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The British Foreign Office has issued a crucial reminder to UK tourists planning a trip to Turkey, highlighting the necessity of carrying a passport at all times. Travellers are legally required to have their passport on them during their stay, as Turkish authorities frequently conduct ID checks.

Especially in bustling areas and tourist hotspots like Istanbul, it's common for police to stop individuals to verify their identity. The Foreign Office strongly advises holidaymakers to 'always carry' their passport or residence permit when out exploring to avoid any complications with local law enforcement.

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The official guidance from the Foreign Office states: "It is illegal not to carry some form of photographic ID in Turkey. Always carry your passport or residence permit."

"In some busy areas, especially Istanbul, the authorities may stop people for ID checks. There are also several police checkpoints on main roads across Turkey. Cooperate with officials conducting checks."

Additionally, UK citizens should ensure their passports meet Turkey's entry requirements before travelling. Passports need to be valid for a minimum of 150 days upon arrival in Turkey and must have at least one full blank page for the necessary entry and exit stamps, reports Birmingham Live.

The Foreign Office has issued advice for those planning to drive or hire a moped or motorcycle in Turkey. Travellers must carry a green card and either a 1968 international driving permit (IDP) or a valid UK driving licence notarised in Turkish.

It's important to note that IDPs cannot be purchased outside the UK, so it's advised to secure one before travelling.

Motorcycle and moped riders are required by law to wear a helmet, with hefty fines for those who fail to comply. The local police are known for their strict enforcement of drink-driving laws, with offenders potentially facing a six-month confiscation of their licence.