Medical tourism in Turkey

When you decide to travel to another country for diagnosis or treatment, being informed about details related to the treatment or diagnostic tests, hospitalization period, and prices before your arrival, will make your decision easier. If you send us your medical documents (epic rises, examination results, and so forth) before your arrival, you will have an opportunity to be informed about your estimated treatment process that has been suggested by our physicians or doctors and about the approximate price. Moreover, having a chance to receive a second opinion from other doctors will make you feel more confident during your treatment process.

Medical tourism has been overgrowing in the last 5-10 years. Still, it includes a broader range of methods, treatments, and surgeries that patients go abroad. These days, more and more people are discovering the benefits of medical tourism. Nevertheless, Turkey is one of the first and best in health tourism for various reasons.

Turkey offers a full range of high-quality and affordable medical services.

Our doctors are internationally recognized specialists in their fields. They are continually improving their knowledge, the latest research, studies, accompanying seminars around the world to exchange experiences, along with daily practice to treat thousands of patients with successful results.

The private clinics and hospitals that we offer for your treatment operate by world-class standards. You do not need to worry about hygiene, room comfort, food quality, and so on.

Medical facilities for your treatment are equipped with the latest technologies and standards in each branch of medicine.

When traveling to Turkey for treatment, you will experience a wonderful vacation in a calm atmosphere, by the sea, enjoying the sun and the sea, or exploring the culture of tourism.

Our agency offers your travel services according to your needs. It includes flight, transfer, accommodation, and tours in coordination with your doctor’s recommendations. We will help you step by step in your journey to ensure safety, comfort, and maximum satisfactory treatment results.

You will receive all of the above benefits at a cost savings of 80% compared to European and US prices.


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Before your treatment, we want you to fill out the “Form.” Sending your request to Elcid tour and we will send the Form) filling the form (is enough to get a medical second opinion). You will receive a comprehensive medical opinion report regarding your diagnostic and treatment options as soon as possible. After examining your data, our doctors determine the most appropriate treatment for you. After our consultant’s report approximate price, with your approval, the booking processes made by us. Thus, we introduce you to our doctors before you arrive in Turkey. After this process, you can consult our doctors about any subject. In this way, doctor-patient communication begins before your treatment, and when you arrive for surgery, your doctor can immediately start your treatment period.


Thanks to our methods, your treatment substantially could be determined. If your doctor thinks you need some tests, you will be informed, and you can take these tests either in Turkey or in your own country. The most significant advantage of this method is that you’ll learn your budget required for your treatment before you arrive in Turkey. Thus, there’ll be no surprise additional costs for you.

⇒” 48 Hours in Istanbul itinerary”

Travel to Istanbul for treatment:

We intend to provide you with the most comfortable treatment in more comfortable conditions. Our travel consultants have the experiences and best qualifications to make inside and outside organizations including taking you from home and taking you home if you request. We will make your transportation, accommodation, and hospital reservations before you arrive in Turkey. These reservation vouchers will be mailed to you before you arrive. When you arrive in Turkey, everything you need will be organized by us. Elcid tour offers you and your family travel opportunities.


Travel to Istanbul for treatment:


If you need help selecting a doctor or need advice, just filling the form is enough. This form helps us understand your situation and respond more helpfully. We will forward your inquiry to an appropriate medical professional, and you will receive advice within a few days. You may use the same form to make follow-up inquiries. Sometimes we will schedule a phone conversation with you or your local physician or doctor if it will be needed.

Travel and Accommodation Organization

Before you come to Turkey for treatment, you can get your visa, and there is a “Medical Visa” in Visa options. If you want to get a Medical Visa, please, send your and your attendants’ passport information to our specialist (your country specialist in our hospital) who is in charge of you. Thus, you will be provided with an official letter that will be used during the visa application. Moreover, apart from using this letter in the visa application, you can also use it by presenting it to a fund or a ministry that is going to finance your treatment (if there are any). Besides, if you wish, in this scope, we can prepare and provide you with a separate letter. Typically, European citizens do not need a visa to enter Turkey, but special requests or letters, please inform us in advance.

When you decide to come to the hospital, our expert logistics team provides services for the visa process, transportation and reservations, hotel reservation providing competitive prices via our contracted hotels (welcome and farewell services are free of charge).

For assistance after your arrival, you should share with us the information below;

  • Name-surname and passport information (including your attendants)
  • Flight booking or ticket information
  • Information about accommodation
  • Preferred day and time you would like to have a consultation with your doctor

Assistance during the hospital stay period

Please make sure that you bring your passport and all medical documents with you before you come to Turkey and the hospital. This will help to speed up the treatment process and provide an opportunity for a more detailed examination. You can demand any help and support from your country specialist, who speaks in your mother tongue, before and after you come to the hospital. Moreover, you can also demand any help and support from an interpreter who assists you. Furthermore, you can/must ask any health-related questions to your doctor. If you have a language barrier, our interpreters will help you establish successful communication.

Assistance during/after discharge period

We offer you any support during/after the discharge period. The reports of your whole treatment process are kept in your archive file, the English translation of which will be provided to you during the discharge period. Therefore, do not forget to request the English translation of your medical documents from your country specialist or interpreter. According to your wish, the translated medical records can be provided directly to you or via your e-mail address. Moreover, after you are discharged from the hospital, you can demand any help and support from our specialists who are ready to assist you via e-mail or telephone.

Translation & Interpreting

We offer translation & interpreting services at our hospital in Istanbul. Our professional translators and interpreters use their mother/foreign language skills to provide invaluable services to patients, their families, and medical practitioners alike. Therefore, when you decide to travel to Turkey for diagnosis or treatment, do not worry about the communication barrier you may encounter on your arrival to Turkey. You have an opportunity to request an interpreter before you come to the hospital easily. Moreover, if you wish, all reports of your whole diagnosis & treatment process can be translated into any European language.


Comparison of medical expenses in Turkey with Britain

From the table above (according to, it can be concluded that medical tourists can save 50 to 60% on Turkish treatment compared to other Western countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Europe, etc.


Table of uk and turkey medical tourism price comparison



What are the pros and cons of medical tourism in Turkey?


Revenue: Turkey currently earns $ 4 billion annually from the health tourism industry. According to a survey, the number of medical tourists will increase to 2 million patients by 2023 and its revenue to $ 20 billion.

  • Reputable International Hospitals: Turkey has the largest number of reputable JCI (International Joint Commission) hospitals. The hospital has 50 prestigious JCI hospitals located in Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya, Izmir, Bursa, Kocaeli, and Adana. These hospitals provide treatment centers following international standards equivalent to EU countries. Some hospitals are also affiliated with top institutions such as the Johns Hopkins Institute, Harvard Medical Center, and so on.
  • Shorter waiting times: The average waiting time for complex surgical procedures in Western countries is longer than in the European Union and the United States. For example, suppose the average waiting time for knee surgery in the European Union and the United States is 18 months. In that case, surgical treatment in Turkey takes only two weeks.

According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the number of foreign tourists has increased by 30% during the past decade. This has made Turkey one of the top 10 medical destinations in 2018.


  • Medical Vacation: Turkey, at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, offers many sightseeing destinations, including the Bosphorus cruise, Topkapi Palace, Galata Tower, and many more. Hence, it makes people discover Turkey with their surgical treatment.


  • Competitive prices: As previously discussed, the average cost of treatment is 50-60% lower than in other Western countries such as the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, Italy, Austria, Ireland, etc.


  • Turkish culture and hospitality: Turkey has been a gateway between East and West. The hospitality of the Turkish people is quite famous.


  • Turkish Airlines: Turkey is an easily accessible country due to all airlines operating from Turkey. After all, Turkish airlines operate mainly in Turkey. There are more than 300 daily flights to Turkey’s five major international airports.


Like any other country, Turkish medical tourism has its drawbacks, and they are:


  • Lack of language: Because English is the international language spoken, medical staff in Turkish hospitals do not have English speaking skills.


  • Medical records: Some hospitals do not keep documented files issued to medical tourists.



Prons and cons of medical tourism in Turkey



What health preparations should be made before entering Turkey?


This section can be used by people who are moving to Turkey or planning a vacation in Turkey. However, if you plan to visit Turkey for medical treatment, you must bring the following documents:

Get a copy of your medical records from your doctor and translate it into Turkish.

Ask your medical consultant to make a list of prescribed medications with the appropriate medication name. If your doctor does not do this, it is the private doctors who will help you.

If you stay in Turkey, take all your prescribed medications for at least three to six months. If you are planning a vacation in Turkey, take the appropriate.

Cover your health insurance, whether you are traveling or staying as a tourist.

A valid passport and visa are required to enter Turkey. Depending on the destination country, visa requirements may vary, which can also be obtained from Turkish consulates in the origin country. For example, holders of Spanish passports must obtain an e-visa to enter Turkey. At the same time, South American countries do not require a visa to enter Turkey for up to 90 days.


What is a Medical visa for Turkey?


When you decide to have a treat in Turkey, your documents, which show your medical procedures in Turkey, will be sent to you by our healthcare providers.

After preparing all the country’s documents to apply for a visa, and if the visa is not banned abroad, you will receive your medical visa for Turkey without any problems.

Apply for a Turkish visa

Your passport must be valid for at least 90 days before the trip.

Depending on the country you are from, you can usually stay in Turkey for up to 90 days as a tourist once you arrive.

Turkey does not need to apply for a preliminary visa from many countries’ citizens. Still, it is possible to obtain a visa at the border.

Visa procedures are different for each country, so please visit ​​and read the visa requirements for your country for detailed information. For more details, you can contact the Turkish Embassy in your country.


How much is the Visa Fee for Turkey?


  • For UK citizens, ten €
  • For citizens of the United States and Australia; $ 20 / € 15
  • For Canadian citizens; $ 60 / € 45
  • For some EU citizens, 10 euros
  • For New Zealand citizens; Free
  • Visas are multi-entry and are valid for two months. Every passport holder, including children, must obtain a permit.


List of countries that can enter Turkey without a visa:

Germany, Andorra, Argentina, Honduras, Iran, Israel, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Morocco, Finland, France, Greece, Guatemala, Belarus, Belize, Albania, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Switzerland, Italy, Iceland, Japan, Montenegro, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Colombia, South Korea, Kosovo, Costa Rica, Latvia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Moldova, Monaco, Nicaragua, Uzbekistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Christopher Nevis, St. Marino, Seychelles, Serbia, Singapore,

Slovakia, Slovenia, Chile, Tajikistan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uruguay, Jordan, Vatican, Venezuela, New Zealand

Frequently Asked Questions about the Medical Tourism Turkey 


  • What is Medical Tourism?
  • What are the types of medical procedures that tourists usually seek in Turkey?
  • What are the cost savings compared to the costs in my country?
  • Are these cost savings due to lower standards of medicine in Turkey?
  • Why should I choose Turkey over other destinations?
  • Are the hospitals in Turkey well equipped and up to international standards?
  • Can I speak to the doctor in Turkey before going on my trip?
  • After reaching Turkey, how do I go about my trip?
  • Can I travel as soon as my medical treatment is over?

What is Medical Tourism? 

Medical Tourism is a new concept used to represent obtaining medical or surgical services while traveling or vacationing in another country.

What are the types of medical procedures that tourists usually seek in Turkey? 


There are a lot of different medical/surgical options for medical tourists. Primarily, medical tourists get elective procedures such as cosmetic surgery, hip and knee replacements, dental procedures, infertility treatments, any procedure that is usually not covered by insurance or has a long waiting time in their home country.

What are the cost savings compared to the costs in my country? 


The potential cost savings for medical tourists are enormous and, as a result, are one of the more essential factors in seeking treatment in Turkey. It is important to note that the cost for each individual will vary depending on their need and requirements. Usually, an elective procedure such as a knee replacement would cost an average of $30,000 in the US. Whereas getting that same procedure done using similar quality parts in Turkey would require 70 – 80% less than the cost in the US, including the hospital stay, all process, and physicians’ fees and transportation to and from Turkey. The prices compared to the UK are similarly lower by about 75 – 85%. This is mainly possible because of favorable currency exchange rates.

Are these cost savings due to lower standards of medicine in Turkey? 


Absolutely not, the Turkish medical standards match up to the highly prescribed international standards. The lower costs are due to favorable currency conversion rates and lower costs of operating in Turkey.

Why should I choose Turkey over other destinations?

Turkey has some of the most highly qualified and experienced physicians in the world. With a cultural emphasis on education, most of these physicians have gone on to super-specialize in their field, enabling them to become experts in their respective medical specialties. Further, most of the physicians that are in the ITEM network have had extensive hands-on training.

Are the hospitals in Turkey well equipped and up to international standards? 


Turkey has several private hospitals that are designed to provide world-class medical care Turkey. These hospitals utilize some of the best medical equipment that is available worldwide.

Can I speak to the doctor in Turkey before going on my trip? 

ITEM will be happy to arrange a phone consultation with the corresponding physician in Turkey and ensure that all of your questions are answered. We provide this as part of our total package, as we want you to be totally comfortable with your decision to go to Turkey for your medical needs. You can also have your doctor consult with our doctors in Turkey.

After reaching Turkey, how do I go about my trip? 

ITEM Relationship Manager will be with you every step of the way; from meeting you at the airport when you land in Turkey, to the moment, you leave to fly back home. Their sole function is to provide you with any assistance that you may need. They will ensure that transportation is arranged to and from your accommodation to the hospital. In addition, you will also be given a pre-paid cellular phone during your stay, so that you can contact your Relationship Manager or anyone else that you may want.

   Can I travel as soon as my medical treatment is over? 

Your physician in Turkey will make an assessment of your recovery and make a decision as to when it may be possible for you to travel.

HAIR TRANSPLANTATION is a procedure that should be done under the control of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Even though the hair transplantation procedure is performed under local anesthesia, doctor’s checkups and planning for operation are absolutely necessary.

A hair transplant is a straightforward process. The patient can go home or hotel right after the operation.

What is Hair Transplantation? 

  • Hair Transplant
  • FUE Method
  • FUT Method
  • Beard Transplant

After Hair Transplant, all the required medicines that the patient will use are given to him. As long as you use these medications and following the instructions given to you, it is not possible to get any pain, swelling, or infection. The hair washing procedure is shown practically on the 2nd and 3rd day after the operation. What is important here is that on the 10th day onwards, there shouldn’t be any crusts or scabs in the implanted area of the patient.

Newly transplanted hair starts to fall in the 2nd weeks after the operation. Depending on the structure of the patient’s tissue, there may be a hair loss of 40-70%. This hair loss shall continue for up to 06 weeks. After the 04th month, Natural new hair starts to grow up. The average of hair growing up in the 06th month is 60% while in the 08th month it is 80%. New hair growing up continues up to 1st year.

What are the factors affecting a successful transplant? 

  • Hair transplantation’s success rate is 50% of a doctor and the other 50% of your practice. Be sure to follow your doctor’s recommendations after a hair Transplant. 
  • Supportive medications and treatments that you use after hair transplantation help you get better results and make your current hair healthier.
  • Patient’s age, the size of the area to be implanted, the capacity of the donor area, and hair follicle quality influence the success of hair transplantation.
  • The most important thing in hair transplantation is to choose the right Hospital.


  • Nose Aesthetics
  • Body Aesthetics
  • Breast Aesthetics
  • Facial Aesthetics
  • Ear Aesthetics
  • Genital Aesthetics



Nose remodeling surgery is called Rhinoplasty in the literature. It is a series of operations performed by specialists to shape the nose from the inside to match the shape of the face and to solve respiration problems if any. We suggest the rhinoplasty surgery be performed after the developmental period. The developmental period generally ends for girls between the ages of 16-17 and boys at the ages of 18. One of the signs of the ending of the developmental period is that a person’s height does not increase in the previous 6 months.

Nasal Tip Surgery 

All structures of the nose should be evaluated in nasal aesthetics. During the evaluation of the nose, which is composed of structures such as the bone, cartilage, skin, and mucosa, deformities that impair the integrity can be corrected by performing appropriate interventions on those areas, and thus the problems can be solved. An intervention called ‘‘tip plasty’’ is carried out to correct nasal tip deformities, which is one of such situations that we confront. Tip plasty is applied routinely during the conventional rhinoplasty procedure to change the nasal tip and make it distinctive. However, if there is only a tip deformity in a nose, this procedure can be applied separately as well.

Tip plasty is an intervention that is often performed under local anesthesia and can solve the existing problems in approximately 30 minutes. It by no means requires hospitalization and includes tampon application.  The patient can spend the night at home after the tip plasty procedure. Compared to conventional Rhinoplasty, there aren’t any bruises and swellings that occur only on the nasal tip, but they dissociate rapidly. A bandage application is performed on the nasal tip with small bands for the first week, and this can be removed after 5-7 days.

Sept rhinoplasty

The nose is the essential element of both the respiration system and facial aesthetics. If a nose cannot respire properly, it might cause many problems such as chronic headaches, under-eye dark circles, snoring, dry mouth, and chronic fatigue. Successful nose surgery is not just for good looks. If a nose cannot be helped to respire appropriately, the operation is not considered a success.

For sept rhinoplasty surgeries, which generally take 1,5-2 hours, general anesthesia is performed on patients. If the patient has respiration problems, special silicon packings that help to breathe are applied after the surgery. Necessary precautions are taken to avoid post-surgery black circles around the eyes. However, depending on the tissue structure of the patients, black circles can be seen. These black circles will have declined 5 days after the surgery.  Nearly one week after the surgery, the splint is removed from the nose. In the 1,5 months, a long period after the splint is removed, the nose must be protected from any trauma. As we stated for Rhinoplasty as well, the nose takes the aimed shape in at least 6 months and at most 1 year.

Nose Reconstruction 

There can be partial or complete losses of nasal cartilage due to car accidents, skin cancer, or various other injuries. The re-building of the nose with soft tissues taken from arms, legs, forehead or cheeks is called Nose Reconstruction.  If nose cartilage, which constitutes the foundation of the nose, is damaged, the damaged nose is reconstructed with single implants or cartilage taken from the ribs.



Abdomen Lift 

Particularly women experience stretches marks and excessive skin caused by excessive weight gain and loss after giving birth. Maintaining a thin and healthy waist and stomach area is provided by an abdomen lift (abdominoplasty) surgery.  This surgery is 2,5-3 hours long. It is performed through 2 cuts from both sides of the groin, which is concealed in the bikini area, by narrowing down the abdominals and re-shaping the umbilicus. Performing liposuction after this surgery helps the waist and belly area look better and more sportive.  For the first 3 days post-surgery, stitched areas should feel stretched. Therefore, walking while standing too straight is not allowed. A corset must be worn for 3-4 weeks. During this period, the patient should avoid heavy exercise.



Breast reduction 

It is seen that during puberty, combining with the weight gain, breasts grow larger than their standard sizes. Large bosoms do cause not only aesthetic problems but also backaches, posture, and some irreversible spine problems.  Patients who have complaints about the size of their breasts must be examined for hormone levels, breast growth progress (if stopped or not), and possible lumps or infections. If none of these problems are present, after examining the breast fat tissue, breasts’ sizes, mammary glands, and nipples’ positions and noting the age of the patient and if she wants to have children in the future, the doctor decides on the method and technique of the surgery.  Before the surgery, the patient’s laboratory examination results are evaluated. Drawings and measurements are made based on the method of the surgery before the operation. The most commonly applied technique is called vertical mammoplasty, in which a straight cut is made from the bottom of the nipple downwards. Another widely used method is called the reverse T method, in which a horizontal cut is made under the breast.  Breast reduction surgery is generally 2-3 hours long and performed under general anesthesia  If the only problem is lipidosis, liposuction is recommended for breast reduction.

Breast Asymmetry 

Breast Asymmetry is a widespread and disturbing problem for women, but with the help of the latest technological developments, they can be corrected quickly.  Mostly caused by certain diseases or syndromes, occasionally, this problem can occur without any reason.  The smaller breast can be enlarged with implants through an operation, and the larger breast can be reduced, again, through surgery.  Breast Asymmetry, Patient’s age, weight, previous pregnancies, and future possible pregnancies are the factors that determine the method of the surgery.

Breast Enlargement 

Breast Enlargement surgery or breast implant surgery is performed to help breasts, which lose their volume due to breastfeeding or do not have enough volume due to developmental problems, look more attractive and sizable. Breast implants are divided into 2 groups depending on their structure. One group has a saltwater, which is called a saline solution, covered by a thin silicon layer, and the other group is made of cohesive gel silicone covered by, again, a thin silicon layer. Implants also change according to their covers, textured or smooth. After the examination, depending on the fact that the patient has sufficient breast tissue, life conditions, and sports activities, the implant is placed under the muscle or breast tissue. Our doctor decides on the size of the implant and the treatment method according to the requests of the patient. Breast size is measured, including the nipple and the back of the person, and is calculated as 75-80 or 80-85. Breast sizes are calculated by the subtraction of this measurement from another measurement made from the bottom of the breast and are classified as; A cup (10 cm), B cup (16 cm), C cup (23 cm), D cup (29 cm), and over these measurements is called E cup. Implants are divided into two groups based on their shapes; round and anatomical. Breast enlargement surgery takes nearly 1-1,5 hours and is performed through general anesthesia. Patients can start working within 3-5 days after the surgery, but avoiding exercise routines, including arm and breast area for 1-1,5 months, is recommended.


Male Breast Remodelling and Gynecomasty is the same meaning. Gynecomasty is a condition that includes unusual growth of the male breasts, and it is a significant problem for men for both appearance and health. It can be caused by excessive weight gain and loss, hormonal disorders, and certain diseases. Other than these, it also might occur without any reason. If it is a mild gynecomasty, it can be corrected by liposuction. If it is too severe to treat with liposuction, it is performed through a half-moon-shaped cut around the nipple. If an excessive amount of skin is present, excessive skin must be removed, and the nipple must be re-positioned. The breast is bandaged for 2 weeks after the surgery.


Medical tourism or medical treatment abroad is going abroad to receive medical, cosmetic, or dental services. There are many reasons why more and more people choose treatment abroad each year, some of which are:


  • With the constant increase in health care prices in their country, the required treatment costs are unpaid.
  • No special medical services are available in your country.
  • The waiting list for some medical procedures in their country is long, and people are not willing to risk their health by losing the waiting time for treatment.
  • Global improvements in medical care standards and technological equipment make overseas health care safer and sometimes more advanced than their home country.

With the rapid development of international communications, travel abroad is reasonably priced and hassle-free.

Today, medical tourism services are increasing through travel agencies specializing in regulating medical treatment abroad. They treat you abroad with medical treatment, select the right facilities and doctor for your unique needs, and arrange all your trips with a schedule, from flights, appointments, accommodation to recovery, and vacation plans. . .,  And all of them are offered to you at an affordable packaging price.