In 2017, the Tourist Police appeared in Istanbul – a special detachment that guards tourists and prevents possible crimes aimed at tourists.

The Istanbul Tourist Police is based at three airports, train stations, near the Blue Mosque and near the city’s main attractions, that is, in places most popular with foreigners. Tourists can turn to officers of the tourist police in any case of violation of their rights, deception in shops and taxi, as well as misunderstandings in hotels.

Contacts and where to find Istanbul Tourist Police:

Head office of Tourism Police:

Yerebatan Cad. No:4/6 Sultanahmet
T: +90 212 527 45 03
F: +90 212 636 20 29

Turkish Tourist Information Offices

Sirkeci Tourist Information Office / Sirkeci Turizm Danışma Bürosu

Sirkeci Tren Garı, Sirkeci, Eminönü
T: + 90 212 511 58 88

Sultanahmet Tourist Information Office / Sultanahmet Turizm Danışma Bürosu

At Meydanı, No:3 Sultanahmet, Fatih
T: +90 212 518 18 02

Atatürk Airport Tourist Information Office / Atatürk Havalimanı Turizm Danışma Bürosu

Atatürk Hava Limanı, Dış Hatlar Geliş, Yeşilköy
T: +90 212 465 31 51
Atatürk Hava Limanı, Dış Hatlar Postane yanı, Yeşilköy
T: +90 212 465 35 47

Taksim Tourist Information Office / Taksim Turizm Danışma Bürosu

Mete Cad. Seyran Apt. No: 6,Taksim
T: +90 212 233 05 92

Karaköy Tourist Information Office / Karaköy Turizm Danışma Bürosu

Karaköy Limanı Yolcu Salonu, Karaköy
T: +90 212 249 57 76

Sabiha Gökçen Airport Tourist Information Office / Sabiha Gökçen Havalimanı Turizm Danışma Bürosu

Sabiha Gökçen Havalimanı Terminal Binası, Pendik
T: +90 216 588 87 94

Law enforcement officers from the tourist unit are easily distinguishable from ordinary police officers thanks to their special uniform – the black and orange vests of their uniforms are clearly visible in the crowd, so they can be easily found if necessary. Law enforcement officers move around Istanbul by cars, electric cars, bicycles and segways, and foot patrols are also provided.

The police officers are fluent in several foreign languages, including English and Russian, so they will be able to provide all the necessary assistance to travelers who have language problems. You can also contact the tourist police officers through the official patrol accounts on social networks and in the multilingual call center.

It is expected that in the future, similar units of the tourist police will be created in every major city in Turkey and in all resorts of the country.

Useful links for Istanbul travel