While you do need to have a passport when traveling overseas, special arrangements are made by the large cruise ship lines to facilitate their passengers’ shore excursions. These special arrangements allow cruise ship passengers to come ashore without a visa for day visits.Please check with your cruise line for details of their arrangement.
You may visit Turkey on a day trip from your cruise ship without carrying your passport ashore. You may want to carry a photocopy of your passport with you when your passport is being kept for safekeeping by the cruise lines, however.
U.S. citizens can check visa requirements for other countries by visiting the U.S. State Department’s web site.
Hukuk İşleri Müdürlüğü
Tel: 0-312-311-8816, ext. 151
Valilik Hukuk Isleri
Hukuk İşleri Müdürlüğü
Tel: 0-322-459-2743 or 459-2288
If you have ever been married before, you need to bring your original divorce decree(s).
Depending on where you will get married, please schedule a notarial appointment with Ankara, Istanbul, or Adana. If you are in Izmir, you need to get the affidavit in Ankara.
For questions about how to get your spouse a visa to go to the U.S. with you, please contact our Immigrant Visa Unit.
The following are needed:
1. A Power of Attorney given to a lawyer in Turkey.
2. Original or certified copy of your divorce decree.
Bilkent Laboratory and International School (BLIS) 290-5361/2, www.bups.bilkent.edu.tr
British Embassy School Ankara (BESA) 468-6563, http://www.besaturkey.org/
Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) 287-2532, http://www.anka-ehs.eu.dodea.edu/OASIS International School 285-7524, http://www.oisankara.org/
You can apply 3 months before you turn 62. You can also apply online by visiting this link. There is no Social Security Administration office in Turkey. However, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates can send your application to the Federal Benefits Regional Office in Athens, Greece.
You can apply for your benefits at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, the U.S. Consulates in Adana or Istanbul, or at the U.S. Consular Agency in Izmir by emailing a scanned copy, faxing a copy, or presenting in person a signed statement with the information indicated below (contact Istanbul, Adana, or Izmir. Your application will be forwarded to Federal Benefits Regional Office in Athens, Greece. For more information please click here.
Please also include a copy of your passport. Your signed statement should include:
-Your full name
-Date of birth
-Contact information: address and telephone number
-Answers to the below questions:
-Are you currently working? Yes___ No___
-Are you married? Yes ___ (if yes, your date of marriage _________) No___
-Do you have children who are:
Under age 18____
Between 18 & 19 and still in high school____
Any age, becoming severely disabled before age 22____
None of the above____
-Did you serve in the US military? (active duty)
Yes ____ (From Month/Year ____________ to Month/Year _____________)
If Yes, please show service number:_______
-Are you receiving a foreign pension?
Yes, If yes since what date?_______________
Source _______________ and Amount ________.
If assistance is required, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer can help with filling out the form. The FinCEN 105 can be obtained prior to traveling or when going through CBP.
Please be aware that if a family or group of people traveling together has a total of $10,000 or more, they cannot divide the currency between each other to avoid declaring the currency. For example, if one person is carrying $5,000 and the other has $6,000, they have a total of $11,000 in their possession and must report it on a FinCEN 105. If a person or family fails to declare their monetary instruments in excess of $10,000, their monetary instrument(s) may be subject to forfeiture and could result in civil and criminal penalties.
You can find additional information at U.S. Customs and Border Protection web site.