Practical information on Turkey

Turkey has so much to offer its visitors; with breathtaking natural beauty, unique historical and archaeological sites. As well as a unique variety of culture, art and food. 

Weather

Due to Turkey’s diverse geography, you can experience four different climates in a day. Turkey is surrounded on three sides by three different seas. Its shores are lined with beaches, bays, coves, ports, islands and peninsulas. The summers are long and they last eight months in some areas. Turkey is also blessed with majestic mountains and valleys, lakes, rivers, waterfalls and grottoes, perfect for winter and summer tourism.

Best time to travel to Turkey

Although typically seen as a summer destination, you can visit Turkey all year round depending on where your interests lie. April, May, September and October are pleasantly warm so are typically the best times to visit ancient sites. The summer months from June to September are very hot, with temperatures reaching 30°C on the south coast. November to March can get quite cold, especially in Cappadocia. However, the snowy landscape of Cappadocia is wonderful.

Safety

In general, travellers should be careful during their stay, both in the large cities and in seaside resorts. The vast majority of the country remains safe, including the popular coastal resorts where the majority of tourists go on holiday. If you are in Turkey or planning a holiday there soon, stay aware of local news and follow the advice of local authorities.

Health

No particular vaccine is required. In general, avoid drinking tap water. It’s best to drink bottled water during your stay in Turkey, which is available throughout the country.

Travel insurance

A travel insurance policy covering theft, loss and medical expenses is recommended. Look into whether your regular health insurance and motor insurance will cover you in Turkey.

Clothes

No problem wearing shorts and T-shirts for comfort, except when you visit mosques. Footwear can be shoes or sandals. For visiting mosques, no shorts or sleeveless tops, and wear socks to walk on the carpets.

Visa/Passport

Check the current validity of your passport. All travelers will need a passport valid for at least 90 days following your departure date from Turkey. However, we strongly recommend traveling with 6 months validity on your passport at all times. Please check if you need a visa or stamp to visit Turkey since it depends on your nationality.

Currency

The Turkish lira (TL)

You can exchange currency in foreign exchange offices, banks and hotels all over the country. All international credit cards are accepted. Cash machines are present in all cities and in tourist areas. Some shops also accept euros, but not pounds, in the cities and tourist areas in particular.

Electricity

Voltage: 220 V. Type of electric socket: European socket. Electric plugs are compatible.

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