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FAQ About Turkey

Please give some information about passport and visa formalities to Turkey.

All U.S. and Canadian citizens must have a passport valid for six months after the date of arrival. Turkey requires visa for citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia and many European countries which can be obtained at the airport upon your entry. Make sure you get your visa before you proceed to the passport control. (Set aside U.S. $ 20 per person for your Turkish visa fee, we recommend you to have a crisp $20 bill ready on arrival. You cannot use credit cards or checks)
All visas purchased in Turkey by American citizens are multiple entry visas.  Multiple entry visas are valid for a period of up to three months from the issuance date. During this time, the person may enter and exit the country on more than one occasion, as long as the combined visits fall within the dates specified on the visa and do not exceed the designated three months.
The citizens of some countries do not need visa for entry to Turkey. For some countries, visa issues need to be settled before departing the home country. Therefore please be sure to check the details with your travel agent before you leave your home country. For more information, please visit Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website.
http://www.mfa.gov.tr/default.en.mfa  

What is the area and population of Turkey?

Area
312,000 square miles

Population
74 million

 

What is the official language and local currency in Turkey?

Language
Turkey’s official language is Turkish. Latin alphabet was introduced in 1928 by Ataturk. Turkish is spoken and written in Latin letters.

Local Currency
Turkish Lira

When is the best time to go to Turkey?

Depending on the season and which region you plan to visit, you can expect to find varying temperatures in Turkey. Our country can be divided into the following regions with reference to temperature:

Marmara coasts - (Istanbul): Hot summers and mild winters.
Aegean coasts - (Izmir): Hot summers and mild winters.
Mediterranean coasts - (Antalya): Hot summers and mild winters.
Black Sea coast - (Trabzon): Temperate climate, warm summers, mild winters and relatively high rainfall.
Central Anatolia - (Ankara): Steppe climate with hot, dry summers; cold winters.
Eastern Anatolia - (Erzurum): Long snowy, cold winters and mild summers.
Southeast Anatolia - (Diyarbakir): Hot summer, mild and rainy winters.

Mainly the months of May-June, September-October are considered to be the best periods of the year to travel to Turkey as the summer months are very hot.

Please give some information about average temperatures in Turkey.

The average  temperatures in Turkey are as follows:

*Istanbul (Marmara region) ==> April 54 Fahrenheit / May 61 Fahrenheit / June 70 Fahrenheit / July 73 Fahrenheit / August 73 Fahrenheit / September 68 Fahrenheit / October 61 Fahrenheit
*Izmir (Aegean region) ==> April 61 Fahrenheit / May 68 Fahrenheit / June 77 Fahrenheit / July 82 Fahrenheit / August 81 Fahrenheit / September 73 Fahrenheit / October 64 Fahrenheit
*Antalya (Mediterranean region) ==> April 61 Fahrenheit / May 68 Fahrenheit / June 77 Fahrenheit / July 82 Fahrenheit / August 82 Fahrenheit / September 77 Fahrenheit / October 68 Fahrenheit
*Ankara (Central Anatolia) ==> April 52 Fahrenheit / May 61 Fahrenheit / June 68 Fahrenheit / July 73 Fahrenheit / August 73 Fahrenheit / September 64 Fahrenheit / October 55 Fahrenheit


Please give information as to the weight, measure and electric system in Turkey.

Weights & Measure
Turkey uses the metric system.

Electricity
220 Volt.
European style adaptors/transformers are needed in Turkey to plug & use your electric appliances/chargers.

What would be the tipping guideline?

Tipping
Tipping is a very personal matter and the decision to tip and how much to give would entirely be yours. This would totally depend on how pleased and satisfied you will be with the services you receive from your guide(s). Therefore, we prefer to leave the decision to our guests' discretion.
Normally, gratuities for the guide and the driver are not included in tour prices.
Although it is customary to tip the people who give services to you, there is no limit or obligation for this.
-Tipping in restaurants (approximately 10% of the total bill) is customary in this part of the world.
(When tipping in restaurants in Turkey, it would be fine to tip a small amount such as 5-10% in inexpensive eateries. In fact, tipping at these locations is not mandatory.
However, if you are having meal in a higher-scale establishment, it fits tipping customs in Turkey to tip around 10-15%. This is an appropriate range for a tip at a luxury restaurant and is expected at such places in Turkey.)
-It can be suggested that you leave around $1.50 - $2.00 per bag for porters at hotels and airports.
Internet
Most of the hotels offer wireless connection, especially in public areas free of charge. There are internet cafes in towns and cities.

What are the office hours in Turkey? Are major credit cards accepted?

Office hours
Offices are open from Monday to Friday from 09:00 am to 05:00 pm (17:00).
 
Shopping Hours
Shops are open from 09:00 am to 07:00 pm (19:00) and most of the shops are closed on Sunday including the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market. Western shopping malls are open for 7 days from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm (22:00)

Credit Cards
All major cards are accepted in Turkey.

Is the tab water drinkable?


Although the tap water is chlorinated, bottled water is highly recommended. (It is inexpensive to purchase)

Please give information about time differences and dialing codes.

Time Differences

Turkey: + 2 hrs GMT; + 7 hrs EST
Daylight saving from late March / early April to end of October (dates change annually)

Dialling Codes

Turkey's country code is 90
To Turkey from: UK, Ireland, New Zealand 00
To Turkey from: USA, Canada 011
To Turkey from Australia: 0011
Then 90 has to be dialed followed by the number without the initial zero.

 

 

 

When are the national holidays in Turkey?

National Holidays
New Year’s Day (January 1)
National Sovereignty and Children’s Day (April 23)
Youth and Sports’ Day and Commemoration of Atatürk (May 19)
Victory Day (August 30)
Republic Day (October 29)

What is the tax rate in Turkey?

Value-added tax (VAT) of 8 to 18 % is already added to everything that is purchased in Turkey, but you can get a refund at the airport or by mail. Some of the stores are able to offer tax-free shopping.