Mediterranean Turkey.
Olu Deniz, Turkey is known for its beautiful beaches (Picture: Getty Images)

Famous for its traditional baths, gorgeous beaches and unique cuisine, Turkey has long been a hotspot for tourists globally.

It’s particularly popular with Brits, as 3.16 million flocked to grab a slice of sun (and Baklava) in 2023.

However, if you’re looking to visit this summer, you might want to keep an eye out for a travel warning that could simultaneously earn you a sneaky fine and put a dampener on the holiday vibe.

Looking to enjoy a cheeky alcoholic bev or two? You might want to be careful.

Turkey doesn’t explicitly ban people from consuming alcohol in public spaces, but it can result in a fine under certain circumstances.

Hot air balloons at sunrise flying over Cappadocia, Goreme, Turkey
Turkey is a particularly popular destination for Brits (Picture: Getty Images/RooM RF)

‘Disrupting the peace of others while intoxicated’ is a rule that’s enforced in Turkey and it brings a fine of 617 lira.

It only translates to £15, but that equates to at least two, maybe even three glasses of Aperol Spritz (to be consumed responsibly). Holiday maths, anyone?

Likewise, stores are banned from selling alcohol after 10pm, but fear not: bars and restaurants are still able to serve drinks after these hours.

Other rules to look out for in Turkey this summer

As well as tough rules on alcohol consumption, you’ll want to be aware of the following rules whilst visiting Turkey:

  • Smoking is prohibited on public transport as well as all indoor workplaces and public places
  • Locals and tourists alike also need to carry a form of photographic ID with them at all times
  • As in most religious settings, visitors should dress modestly when visiting mosques or religious shrines
  • Tourists shouldn’t take photographs near military or official installations.

That’s not the only trap tourists have been warned to look out for in Europe this summer.

UK holidaymakers travelling to Spain, France and Portugal have been urged to check costs carefully, as certain European hot spots have increased dramatically in price.

Spain on the whole has seen some big price increases since 2020, with flights to Malaga rising 28% to £246 from £129. Ibiza Town has also seen an increase of 17% from £182 to £213.

Elsewhere, a travel warning has been issued for those planning to stay with family or friends and friends who are lucky enough to live in Spain.

Morning in the bay of Marmaris. Soft dawn. Yachts and boats in the bay of the Mediterranean Sea. Turkish landscape
Marmaris is located on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast (Picture: Getty Images)

In turns out, if you don’t sort out the right paperwork, you could be fined a whopping £8,000.

Without a letter of invitation, those staying with friends, rather than in a hotel or rented apartment, could face a hefty fine.

The rules changed following the UK’s exit from the European Union, necessitating the rule for those staying for 90 days or less.

So, before you head abroad for your Euro summer, plan ahead to make sure you’re not in for any nasty surprises!

From paragliding to clubbing: Five fabulous Turkey holidays for every vibe

  1. Enjoy the magic of Marmaris, located on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast
  2. Opt for Oludeniz, a gem on the southwestern coast
  3. Experience the beauty of Bodrum, inundated with historic sites
  4. Come to Kemer, just 45 minutes’ drive south from Antalya
  5. Be charmed by cool Kusadasi, located in the Aegean Region.

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