Precautions must be taken before traveling to any foreign country, and health travel in Turkey is no exception. Check your country’s travel health recommendations before consulting your doctor and making your own immunization decisions. We will still, without fail, recommend that you purchase travel insurance.
What precautions you should take to ensure your safety when visiting Turkey
Relax and enjoy the holiday season
To stay healthy while flying to Turkey, please don’t overdo it. Eat and drink in moderation, and get plenty of sleep. If you’re not feeling well, instead of pushing ahead, stay in your hotel room or, if you own a property in Turkey, relax. (If you push on and get sicker, you’ll have to rest for more extended and miss even more travel time.) If you don’t own a Turkish property, you could look at where to invest in Turkish real estate to guide you if you are considering it.
The sun and heat
In the summer, apply sunblock lotion and wear a hat to avoid being sunburned. Even if you don’t feel thirsty, drink liquids regularly (at least every hour) in hot, dry weather to prevent dehydration. Mild dehydration, which is often misdiagnosed as food poisoning, may cause stomach upsets, dizziness, and diarrhea. The solution is simple: drink a glass of water or a soft drink every hour. Turkey gets very hot during the summer months.
Consumption of food and drink
Consult your physician for travellers diarrhea. Changes in diet can cause digestive problems, so avoid spicy foods. (Most Turkish cuisine is mild.) Make sure you don’t overeat. You should under eat at first, particularly when you’re starting your holiday. You can try new foods once your digestive system has adjusted to its new surroundings, and you’ll be in for a treat!
Bottled water is a must
Drink bottled water, which is available everywhere and inexpensive; at first, restrict tea and coffee intake, which can cause dehydration and insomnia. It can also make stomach issues worse. If you drink alcohol, do so in small amounts for your own benefit. Please be cautious because alcohol can cause dehydration and upset stomachs.
Chemists and pharmacies
Look for the prominent E symbol for an Eczane; you won’t be able to miss it (chemist in Turkish). Every Turkish city, town, and most villages will have pharmacies or chemists where you can buy medication, medical aids, and equipment like plasters and paracetamol, among other things.
While a doctor’s prescription is preferred, it is not always required unless antibiotics are needed. If you tell them the symptoms, pharmacists and chemists (usually male and female) will prescribe medicines for simple illnesses. Medication prices are regulated by the government and are typically low.
When the chemist is closed, what do you do?
One or more eczane in a city can open on Sundays and Turkish holidays. Signs in the windows of duty pharmacies and chemists will list the addresses of open chemists. If you’re unsure, inquire at any shop; the Turkish people are very accommodating.
Medical attention if necessary
Hospitals (hastane) and clinics (klinik, salk oca) are prevalent in Turkish cities and towns, with staff who speak at least some English. In addition to government hospitals (devlet hastanesi), many private and specialty hospitals are of high quality and provide excellent medical care. Some of these clinics have excellent “medical tourism,” in which you can go with your insurance and be treated. The majority of payments are made directly to the insurance provider, and you are not required to do anything.
Medical care that the patient chooses
Foreigners travel to Turkey for various elective medical procedures since they might be less expensive or more readily available in Turkey than in your own country.
Turkey’s private hospitals
Be wary of private hospitals’ exorbitant costs. It can be costly, as with any private hospital; however, Turkey’s state hospitals provide quality care at reasonable prices. If it’s an emergency, head to the nearest hospital, and if possible, inquire about medical costs before committing. Typically, they will tell you how much it will cost upfront.
Referrals from Consulates
The consulate of your country might provide you with reliable references and recommendations for medical services in Turkey.