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Currency Turkish Lira is available in the following denominations: Banknotes: 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 &100 TL Coins: 1, 5, 10, 25 & 50 Kuruş and 1 TL

You can obtain currency before travelling to Turkey or on arrival. Exchange rates are usually slightly better in Turkey and all international airports have exchange facilities. Usually, cash can be exchanged without charging commission in exchange offices, banks or hotels.

Please note that Scottish notes are not accepted in Turkey. Travellers' cheques can be exchanged in banks only. Cash point machines (ATM) are available in most areas, which accept major UK credit and debit cards and give instructions in English.

It may be a good idea to inform your bank in advance that you are travelling to Turkey as some will automatically put a stop on cards after the first usage in an attempt to combat fraud.

Exchange rates are published daily in Turkish newspapers. If you are planning to exchange currency back from TL before leaving the country, or are making a major purchase, which may need to be declared to customs, you will need to keep your transaction receipts in order to show that the currency has been legally exchanged.


Dress Code

There are no hard and fast rules but it is best to use common sense when deciding what to wear.

If staying on a beach resort it is fine to dress as you feel comfortable.

For city breaks relaxed clothing is the most suitable with comfortable shoes and casual trousers and/or a dress if you intend to do lots of walking.

When visiting mosques you should take off your shoes at the entrance and ladies should cover their hair; often scarves are provided on the way in. Both sexes should dress modestly with no shorts and arms and shoulders covered during visits to mosques.



You can drive in Turkey with EU, US or International driving licence. You should have your driving licence, your passport and insurance documents of the vehicle with you in the car at all times, as you will need it if you are involved in an accident. All of the major international car rental companies, as well as a number of local ones, have offices at airports and all major centres.

Driving in Turkey is on the right, as in continental Europe. Turkish road signs conform to the International Protocol on Road Signs and archaeological and historic sites are indicated by yellow signs. Turkey has a good network of well-maintained roads. There is a 50 km per hour speed limit within urban centres and 90 km outside urban centres (120 km on Motorways).

Petrol stations are fairly easy to find and on main highways, they are often open 24hrs and have restaurants and other facilities attached. Unleaded (kurşunsuz) petrol is easily available. Garages for repairs are often concentrated on certain streets within a town or can be found on highways.



The mains voltage for electricity is 220V and 50Hz. Central European type wall socket (two-pin plugs) is standard in Turkey.


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The official language is Turkish. English and German are widely spoken in major cities and tourist resorts, and you will find that most Turks welcome the opportunity to practise their language skills and will go out of their way to be helpful. Foreign visitors who attempt to speak even a few words of Turkish, however, will definitely be rewarded with even warmer smiles.


Medical Treatment

You will need to pay for any medical treatment which you receive in Turkey.  For this reason it is advisable to take out medical insurance before travelling.

It is not difficult to find English-speaking doctors in all but the most remote areas.  There are also foreign run hospitals in many of the larger towns and resorts.

There are pharmacies in most places with trained pharmacists who are able to offer advice on minor illnesses.

For further information please visit: www.healthinturkey.org.


Mobile Phones

The major GSM operators in Turkey are Turkcell, Vodafone and Avea.

You can use your mobile phone in Turkey if your provider has enabled international roaming.

However if you intend to stay for a long time in the country or make several calls, it may be preferable to buy a local prepaid SIM card. Take your mobile phone and passport to a Turkish mobile phone shop where your new SIM will be registered along with your handset's IMEI number and your personal information.

Turkey has very wide mobile coverage networks so you shouldn’t have any problems in the main cities and tourist resorts.



In the summer months there can be mosquitoes in some areas so it is advisable to use suitable repellent. However, no Malaria incident is observed in Turkey.


Opening Times

Museums: 9 AM to 17 PM, Tuesday to Sunday.

Pharmacies: 9 AM to 19 PM, Monday to Saturday. 24-Hour duty pharmacies are available on a rota basis that the names and addresses can be found on any pharmacy.

Banks: 9 AM to 17 PM, Monday to Friday (Some closes for lunch break).

Post Offices: 9 AM to 17 PM, Monday to Friday (Extended hours applied on peak periods at major Holiday destinations).

Shopping Centres are open seven days a week and stay open until late.



There are two types of police in Turkey - civil police polis and military police jandarma. In many areas you will find that there is just one or the other, and that both fulfil the same function.  In some places, there are also specialist tourist police.

If you need to report a crime you should go to the nearest police station to where the crime occurred. In tourist areas there will usually be someone available who speaks English or you can request a translator.  You will usually be asked to submit and sign a statement. It is advisable to request a copy of any documents in case you need them at a later stage.


Public Holidays

There are two types of public holiday in Turkey: those which are decided by the government and which fall on the same day each year; and the religious festivals which change according to the lunar calendar and, therefore, fall on different dates each year. On public holidays, banks and government offices are closed. In general, life in seaside resorts is not affected as these are the times when Turkish people also go on holiday. Shops and businesses away from tourist areas may close, however, so you should bear this in mind when travelling inland or to city areas.

Public Holidays

New Years Day, 1 January
National Sovereignty and Children's Day, 23 April
Ataturk Commemoration and Youth Sports Day, 19 May
Victory Day, 30 August Republic Day, 28 (half day) 29 October

Religious Festivals

Şeker Bayramı (Eid).  This is the festival which falls at the end of Ramadan, a period of fasting. Traditionally, sweets are exchanged as gifts. In more rural and conservative areas, you may find it more difficult to eat or drink in public during Ramadan period.

Kurban Bayramı (Great Eid).  Traditionally, a sheep or cow is sacrificed at this time and the meat distributed to the needy and friends, family and neighbours.



Turkey is one of the safest countries in the world with Interpol ranking it as one of the safest holiday destination in Europe.

As is the case when travelling in any country though, do be careful with your personal possessions when out and about and never leave items unattended.  You will find the police helpful and friendly and in many of the tourist resorts there are special tourism police who speak different languages.



Taxis are easy to spot as they are all bright yellow in colour. All have a meter, and you should ensure that this is switched on at the beginning of your journey. There are two tariffs 'gunduz' for journeys which take place during the daytime and 'gece' for those which take place at night, which are charged at a higher rate. If you are travelling outside the city boundaries it is usual to agree a fixed rate in advance.


Time Difference

Turkey is GMT+2, that is to say two hours ahead of the UK and one hour ahead of Central Europe.


Useful Numbers

Emergency - 112
International Operator - 115
Directory Assistance -118
Police - 155
Jandarma (Gendarme) - 156
Fire Department - 110



There are no compulsory vaccinations for visitors entering Turkey though it is a good idea to be up-to-date with polio, tetanus, typhoid.



While planning your trip to Turkey do not forget to check your passport if it is valid for at least 6 months.

For British Passport holders;

As from the 10th April 2014, you can no longer purchase / obtain a visa from your entry point into Turkey.

The system has been replaced by applying online for a Turkish eVisa prior to your arrival in Turkey.

You should apply at least a week in advance, the costs remains $20 (US) per person payable by either Mastercard or Visa.

A separate Visa must be obtained for each person in your party and lasts for 180 days from the day you enter the country.  The visa is multi-entry for a maximum of 90 days within the 180.

For more information and to obtain Turkish Visas, visit www.evisa.gov.tr.

Be aware that there are many websites offering you to apply for Turkish Visas, but they charge you more and how secure are they with your information.



Although tap water is chlorinated and, therefore, safe to drink, bottled water is recommended, which is readily and affordably available.



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