Traveling to Turkey

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Air Travel to Turkey

You are responsible to book your international flights. As you book your flights, we recommend selecting the “Multi City” option, which allows you to fly via Istanbul to Antalya, Turkey (AYT) and then depart from Athens, Greece (ATH) at the end of your program. This will save you time and money.

We also recommend that you purchase travel insurance when booking your flights.



You will want to arrive at the Istanbul airport by mid-afternoon. Upon arrival, you will go through Domestic Passport Control before boarding the flight to Antalya. Since there are two different areas for passport control, make sure that you find your way to the Domestic area, not International. Here you will get your passport stamped and then proceed through security. Be sure to allow around 2 hours for this layover in Istanbul.

We generally recommend flying through IST airport rather and not SAW. Both are Istanbul airports, but they are quite far from each other and may impact your ability to connect to Antalya.


The travel to Antalya is a short, domestic flight, lasting little more than one hour. If you connect through Istanbul, you will arrive in Antalya through the Domestic terminal. When you arrive, you will not need to go through passport control again. You can simply collect your luggage from the baggage claim area. Because your luggage originated overseas, you will not pick it up on the belt for domestic-only passengers but at the far end of the baggage claim designated as International Arrivals. It will be clearly marked behind a glass divider.

If you are not connecting through Istanbul and are flying directly to Antalya, you will arrive at the International terminal and go through passport control in Antalya.


Upon exiting the airport, you will be responsible for traveling to the hotel where your program group will be staying: Hotel La Paloma in the Old City (Kaleichi). You can take a taxi to the hotel, which you will find as you exit the airport on the right. Tell the taxi driver to take you to "La Paloma" hotel in Kaleichi. The address for La Paloma is listed here if your driver needs assistance:

Kılınçarslan, Tabakhane Sk. No:3, 07100 Muratpaşa/Antalya 

Depending on the exchange rate, taxi fare may be approximately $10-20 USD. You may also pay in Turkish Lira. While all program-related tips are covered during your study with JUC, it is traditional to tip 10% when traveling on your own.


At the end of your program, you will depart from the Katerina Hotel in Athens. You will be responsible for acquiring your individual transportation to the airport for your return flight. Both taxi and metro options are available from the hotel.

Should you choose to arrive earlier or stay later than your program dates for personal travel, you may contact your instructor, Linford Stutzman, for travel information and recommended hotels.

Visas for Turkey

A visa for U.S. citizens is required to visit Turkey. This costs around $50 USD and should be purchased online before you travel to Turkey. You may apply for and download your electronic visa at the website of the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Please keep a digital or printed version available for your arrival at the airport.

No visas are required for entry to Greece.


Currently, both proof of a Covid vaccination and negative test documentation (within 72 hours) will be required to fly to Turkey and enter Greece. We will provide further updates as needed.