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passing sercurity

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passing sercurity

Hi there I am flying to South Africa next week and the flight is in 2 parts. I have to spend 3 hours in Istanbul before my connecting flight to SA. I would like to meet a friend in the airport. As far as I know that means going through security. Is this possible though? Can I meet my friend at the airport before my connecting flight?

Many thanks

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1. Re: passing sercurity

You will also have to pass immigration, so you need a visa.

Liverpool, UK
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2. Re: passing sercurity

3 hours is not a lot of time considering the time to get landside and then the time to get airside again as well as the need for a visa.


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3. Re: passing sercurity

It's the use of the words >>in 2 parts<< that is possibly an issue for the OP.

If the flights are indeed 2 separately ticketed flights to get some sort of cheap deal (after all, there are several non stop flights choices between UK and South Africa so routing via IST is hardly logical) and the first flight is late into IST, then the departing flight could be at risk, ignoring whether there's any time to get through all the various immigration and security checks and visa issues to get landside at IST to meet a friend for a few minutes!


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ok yeah I understand. Definitely impossible. Thanks for all the contributions.


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