EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN YACHT RALLY
 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS




1 - VISA?
2 - TOURS?
3 - WHAT IS THE TOTAL COST?
4 - WHERE CAN I BUY THE FLAGS FOR THE COUNTRIES?
5 - WHAT IS THE NEAREST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT?
6 - WHAT IS THE BEST CURRENCY?
7 - HOW CAN I APPLY FOR EMYR 2009?
8 - IS AVAILABLE PLACE FOR EMYR 2010?

1 - VISA?

The information concerning visas are changing year by year and even sometimes during the rally.Isn’t that exciting?
As far as we know
Turkey : Visa for European and North Americans means a stamp in to your passport on your entry at the first port in Turkey and the procedure is very easy and fast. There are visa charges depending on the nationalities varying from 10 British Pound to 30 US$. No visa charge for Germans for example. Many of you are already in Turkey and some of you whom will sail from abroad to Turkey, can contact us to find out the visa charges on their entry.
N. Cyprus : No visa for European and N. Americans
Syria : We will be isued a shore pass during our stay 10 US$ per person s it is announced on the EMYR web site.
Lebanon : No visa for European and N. Americans
Egypt : Fixed entry & visa charge for each EMYR Rally member, 29 US$ per person.

2 - TOURS?

Tours in Turkey, N. Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Israel are organised by Tour operators that they are recommended by the marina managements or by our representatives. The committee has some influance to make the tours better and less expensive but the committee accepts no responsibilty and complains. This is the Middle East. They are not all perfectly organised and we can not promise that all the tour guides are fluent in your Languages. Mostly the tour prices are acceptable, tour guides are fine and therev will be English, German and French speaking if there are enoughGerman & French speaking people at the tours, the buses are comfortable and the hotels in Damascus & Cairo are very good. All will be fine at the end of the tours if you can limit yourself testing all the foods and drinks on the open buffet which may upset your stomach for the next few days with high fewer.

3 - WHAT IS THE TOTAL COST?

All the cost for the tours and entry – exit formalities for the visiting countries are announced on the EMYR web site. Some are updated with black coloured letters and some are not updated yet but the new charges would be similar with the red coloured letters on the EMYR web site.You may add your personal and boat expenses during the Rally.

4 - WHERE CAN I BUY THE FLAGS FOR THE COUNTRIES?

You can buy the cod flags to decorate your yacht and the countries flags at every marina yacht chandler. You can order from the marinas which their e-mail addresses are announced on the EMYR web site. Kemer Marina Yacht Chandler has all the countries flags in their stocks all the time. info@collu.com.tr

5 - WHAT IS THE NEAREST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT?

Kemer & Alanya                      Antalya Airport, Turkey
Girne                                         Ercan Airport, N. Cyprus
Mersin & İskenderun               Adana Airport, Turkey
Lattakia                                     Damascus Airport, Syria or Adana Airport, Turkey
Jounieh                                      Beirut Airport, Lebanon
Haifa, Herzliya, Ashkelon         Ben Gurion Airport, Israel
Port Said                                    Cairo Airport

6 - WHAT IS THE BEST CURRENCY?

There are different habits in the countries we visit for the foreign currencies.

Turkey : All the currencies are accepted at every port.

N.Cyprus : All the currencies are accepted at Girne including Turkish Lira.

Syria – Lebanon – Israel – Egypt : US$ is more commonly used but Euro is also an acceptable currency.

We had the foreign currency exchange difficulties at the first year’s rallies but last 4 – 5 years Euro has became more popular than before but US$ is still dominant currency in the Middle East.

7 - HOW CAN I APPLY FOR EMYR 2009?

EMYR2009 Rally will be organized only for past EMYR participants to celebrate 20. anniversary and unfortunately there is no acceptance for the new applications. If you already joined the rally in past 19 years please complete our application form for EMYR 2009.

8 - IS AVAILABLE PLACE FOR EMYR 2010?

We are planning to limit the number as 80 yachts again. We already made 25 temproary registrations. (25.08.2008)