On the questions of the sudden, unannounced change in tourist visas, the British Embassy in Ankara has recently posted the following information on its website:
"At a meeting between the Ambassador, and the Foreign Ministry, in early August the Foreign Ministry confirmed that any change to the previous system had been postponed.
Some visitors have been anxious that on arrival in Turkey they have been issued with entry visas stating that they could only stay for 90 days in 180. The Foreign Ministry said that this was due to a lack of 90 day visas. The Foreign Ministry assured the Ambassador that in practice the entry system would operate as in the past until further notice.
The Foreign Ministry and UK officials will hold talks in the autumn on the question of visas and residence permits. The Ministry confirmed that any future change in procedures will be announced in good time before implementation to allow people to make their decisions and arrangements."