I am from Thailand but am living in the UK on a student visa which expires in January. I have recently won a 1 week trip to Turkey. I have a letter confirming that my accommodation and flights are paid for though I do not have the option to book a specific date. If I except, they will get back in touch with my 6 – 1 week beforehand with my travel dates and then send me my documents. When I have had a Shengan visa I have had to produce all of my travel arrangements with my dates in place, is it the same for Turkey? Or will I have enough time to apply 1 week before travelling?
As you can read on the application form, specific dates of entry and departure are required. Don't know about processing time for the Turkish consulate in London: you should ask them. In general, these things don't usually move very quickly.
I am a bit confused because it asks for date of entry on the application form however on the guidence notes it recommends that you do not finalise any travel arrangements until your visa has been granted. Does this mean that I can state a provisionary date and then change once I get my visa?
No; it implies that your visa application may be refused, in which case your plane ticket would have been a waste of money. The application dates are final.
If I except, they will get back in touch with my 6 – 1 week beforehand with my travel dates and then send me my documents.
Get in touch with them now, tell them that you intend to accept but that you are Thai and thus need a visa to Turkey.
I have recently won a 1 week trip to Turkey.
Could you pretty please tell us more about that? There are some scams with trips to Turkey, they tell you that you have won a trip but that you have to pay some minor fees. Sounds like a good deal, until you look at the prices for trips to Turkey between November and February. Sometimes these minor fees work out to be just as expensive as booking a 1-week trip to Turkey during this time.
Basically I have been given free flights and accommodation which includes free transfers and all taxes. It seems pretty geniene, I think it is just a way of promoting Turkey, there will be a tour guide there so I guess they will be trying to sell things. The catch is that if I expect I could be given any date and it states that I could find out upto 1 week before though when I called them said it was unlikely.
I do have the option to choose a fixed date which costs £150 (for 2 of us) and then other hidden costs are single room suppliment, half board, insurance, different depature airport other than Gatwick, all of which I don't need so I guess £150 would all I would have to pay which isn't bad.
Also does anyone now how long you have to have on your visa? The first date available is 17 Nov and my UK visa expires 10 Jan.
I do have the option to choose a fixed date which costs £150 (for 2 of us)
It is as I suspected then.
Before you pick some fixed dates and pay the 150 GBP shop around. I know it is definitely possible to get a 1-week package vacation to Turkey for 198 EUR for 2 people from Germany if you go between November and February. It should thus be possible to find deals for 150 GBP for 2 people from the UK to Turkey in a regular travel agency or online. (You`ll have to look hard, but it is not impossible.)
The offer is genuine, but not the good deal you think it is. If I was you I would accept, but would not pay the 150 GBP for a fixed date or any other fee. Then wait whether they will get back to you telling you that you can really go for free. My guess is you`ll never hear from them again.
EDIT: If you go, definitely book the half-board. I have been on such a trip and there was no way to buy food and drink because you are essentially stuck either on a tour bus or in a hotel in the middle of nowhere. Halfboard or maybe even full board is a must. It is either that or go hungry.
[ Edit: Edited on 19-Aug-2009, at 01:59 by t_maia ]