SEARCH THE ALTERNATIVE WAYS OF TRAVELING FROM YOUR HOMETOWN TO YOUR DESTINATION

-Study your departure and arrival ports on the map and check the alternative way stations, if any.
-Plan the legs of your travel and decide on which vehicles (bus, train, maritime lines, airlines, etc.) to use for each.

ARRANGE YOUR TRAVEL BOOKINGS WELL IN ADVANCE

-Make sure to book or reserve your seats for each leg of your travel well in advance. Check the websites of travel agencies, follow their service schedules, ask them the passenger occupancy rates at that date, and set a deadline for yourself to buy your tickets and complete your travel arrangements.
-Most probably, at least one flight will be included on your route, and arranging a good flight (safe, cheap and comfortable) requires special attention, and maybe, some labor. So, check out the next box to see the handy tips and understand what to notice while booking a flight.

IF YOU WILL HAVE A FLIGHT ON YOUR ROUTE, GIVE PRIORITY TO YOUR FLIGHT RESERVATION

-Keep in mind that pricing policies of airline companies are extremely variable and confusing, unlike the other modes of transportation. You will see widely fluctuating airfares even on the flight schedule of a single company and for the same date. Furthermore, they used to change the fares on an hourly base without notice.
-For it's better to be safe than sorry, start looking for your flight ticket as early as possible. Because your flexibility of time can help you save a lot of money while securing and enjoying a more comfortable trip.
-Double check and compare the fares both from the travel agencies and own websites of the airline companies. Hunt for the promotional tickets offering huge discounts instantly. (But, be careful to learn about the promotional ticket change and cancellation policy!)
-When you compare the airfares of different companies, be careful about the hidden fees (taxes, check in or seat fees, extra baggage fees, reservation change or cancellation fees, etc.) that can increase the total cost of your ticket significantly.
-When you compare two fares, check if they are direct flights or transit flights with one or more interchange stations.
-Transit or connected flights are cheaper alternatives provided by the airline companies, but they take a longer time to arrive at your destination port, and possible delays in flight times can cause to even more extension, waiting and anxiety. So, carefully weigh your alternatives and decide if the existing cost advantage is worth bearing the risk or not.
-Even if it's not a common practice, some airline companies may sometimes request some of their passengers to fulfill an additional procedure called OK-To-Board. You'd better check with your airline company whether it's needed or not. If so, you should submit your visa and other requested documents, if any, at least 48 hours prior to your flight time and confirm the procedure has been done.
-Due to security reasons, all international airports and airline companies apply rigorous luggage restrictions and inspections. Therefore, you must carefully check the flight rules and luggage restrictions of the company you've chosen, and make sure that your belongings will be in compliance. Otherwise, you will be compelled to leave your disallowed objects behind at the airport.
-Turkish airline companies fly nearly to all countries in the world, and to more than one city in many of them. Besides, they usually offer the best rates for their high quality services for flights to Turkey. Therefore, we strongly recommend you to check the schedules of Turkish airline companies at first:

-TURKISH AIRLINES (THY flies to more countries than any other airline in the world: 300+ destinations in 120 countries)

-PEGASUS AIRLINES (Pegasus flies to 100+ destinations in 41 countries)

-ATLAS GLOBAL (Atlas Jet flies to 50+ destinations in 35 countries)

-ONUR AIR (Onur Air flies to 20+ destinations in 8 countries)

-ANADOLU JET (Anadolu Jet is an affiliate company of Turkish Airlines for cheaper and wider domestic flight services.)

PURCHASE A TRAVEL INSURANCE TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR BELONGINGS

-A travel insurance does not cost you much but it well covers the replacement costs of lost, stolen or damaged items. Knowing that you will be compensated for any kind of possible losses provides the peace of mind that you need to have at the start of a long journey!

CHECK YOUR MEDICAL INSURANCE AND/OR BE READY TO HAVE A VALID PLAN IN TURKEY

-Your health is the very first concern of your life and you should be careful about the coverage of a valid health care plan while you are living and studying abroad, in Turkey.
-Since there are enormous differences between the health care systems of different countries, being informed about the prevailing system in your destination country (Turkey) is extremely important.
-After you pay attention and fulfill the requirements to be covered by a proper health insurance plan, receiving high quality health care services at moderate prices, if not completely free of charge, is quite possible in Turkey. Otherwise, you may have to pay heavy bills in case of an illness or injury.

WHAT IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A HEALTH CARE INSURANCE PLAN AND COVERAGE?

-If you already have a public insurance plan, or you are under the coverage of a family plan, first make sure that it will be valid in Turkey.
-Since Turkey has signed agreements with 28 countries (Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Libya, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Quebec, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, and UK) to mutually accept the validity of health care insurances, you will not need to buy a new plan if you are coming from one of these countries.
-That means, your coverage will be in place while you are living and studying in Turkey and all you need to do is to stop by a branch of "Ministry of Labor and Social Security" to notify your stay and confirm the validity of your existing plan, after your arrival.
-Don't forget to take the insurance documents/information with you as a proof of your inclusion in the system.

WHAT IF YOU DON'T HAVE AN INSURANCE PLAN AND COVERAGE THAT WILL BE VALID IN TURKEY?

-If you don't already have a health care insurance plan that will be valid in Turkey, you need to register to a plan both for the residency permit purposes and above all, for the purposes of your healthy stay in Turkey.
-In this case, you have two options to consider. The first one we recommend is the public insurance plan for which you have to apply within the first 90 days of your final registration at your university (if you miss the date, you can not apply to it anymore). The other option is private plans offered by too many competing companies. If you prefer a private plan, we recommend you to search and compare the alternatives well to get the most inclusive plan at the lowest premium payments as possible.
-Avoid jumping into the cheapest plan offered to you that will only work for the residence permit formalities. A more comprehensive policy coverage will pay off in time!
-Finally, we recommend you to consult with the international office staff of your university, and if possible, also with some of the ongoing students who had the experience of buying an insurance policy, before you decide and register to a plan.

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