Turkey At A Glance
Turkey sits at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, and Istanbul is actually the only city in the world to straddle two continents. Turkey has been the center of civilization for thousands of years. The history of Turkey reads like a list of the world’s great civilizations from the Persians, the location of numerous Greek city-states including the legendary Troy, to Alexander the Great, the seat of the Byzantine-Roman empire, to the capital of the Ottoman empire.
With some of the world’s great tourist sites like Istanbul, Ephesus, Cappadocia, and many coastal Mediterranean resort towns, Turkey is already a center of tourism. As a center of spa tourism and wellness for thousands of years, Turkey is now promoting its superior private medical establishments to serve the needs of international patients, and it doesn’t hurt that Turks are well know for their hospitality and warmth.
Healthcare, Fertility Tourism and Turkey IVF
As an indication of its superior private medical facilities, Turkey currently has 42 hospitals accredited by The Joint Commission International (JCI), the gold standard in international healthcare. JCI is the international arm of the same body that accredits 18,000 American healthcare facilities, and hospitals are subjected to a rigorous process. In addition, Turkish facilities must meet very strict standards as Turkey is set to join The European Union in 2014, so standards must be the same as European counterparts. Add to this the fact that many Turkish doctors who work in the top private hospitals have worked and trained in some of the top American and European hospitals, and that prices for treatments in Turkey are hard to beat, and you have a recipe for success.
With high quality medical care with eminent US board certified specialists, a fantastic tourist destination, and prices that can be 1/3 the cost of the US even after flights and accommodations, Turkey has emerged as a center of fertility tourism for patients from North America, Europe, and The Middle East. Turkey IVF performs over 40,000 IVF cycles per year, one of the largest volumes in the world.
Visa / Entry Requirements
- US and Canadian passports must be valid for 6 months;
- You must have a valid return airline ticket;
- A visa is required and can be issued on arrival for a stay of up to 90 days – $20 USD;
Other Travel Considerations
- There are two major airports in Istanbul: Atatürk International Airport (IST) at Yeilyurt is the busiest of Turkey’s major airports and is approximately 1 hour away from the hospital serving fertility patients;
- Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW) is on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus and is about 15 minutes from our hospital serving fertility patients;
- There are direct flights to Istanbul from New York, Washington, Chicago, LA, and Toronto;
- Turkey is a democratic, secular republic;
- It has become increasingly Westernized as a member of organizations like NATO, the OECD, the G-20, and it is set to become a full member of The European Union in 2014;
Money And Paying For Things
- The local currency is the Yeni Türk Liras? (New Turkish Lira – YTL);
- Try to keep a selection of smaller bills as many shops and restaurants will not be able to change larger bills;
- Credit cards are widely accepted but AMEX is not;
- ATM’s are prevalent in major tourist centers;