Travel Tips for Turkey

Travel Tips for Turkey

Where is Turkey and what is it like ?

%3 of the country is in Europe and %97 is in Asia . Turkey is a bridge between Asia and Europe. It is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, Aegean Sea, Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Turkey is a democratic, secular, unitary, constitutional republic  with a diverse cultural heritage. Turkey has become increasingly integrated with the West through membership in organisations such as the Council of Europe , NATO , OECD , OSCE  and the G-20 major economies .

What is the time zone in Turkey ?

Turkey’s time zone is Eastern European Time ( +3 GMT )

Do I need a visa to travel to Turkey?

Some countries do not require a visa at all. This includes passport holders from New Zealand, Argentina, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland for stays up to three months. We recommend all nationalities check with their local consulate or embassy as this information can change.

Entry Requirements – Passport Validity:
Foreigners entering Turkey must carry a passport with at least 60 days validity beyond the expiry date of their visa.


What is the weather going to be like ?

Turkey can be visited year-round  depending on your itinerary . Spring and fall are the most comfortable seasons to travel due to mild temperatures and less rainfall . Summer temperatures are high and season is ideal for cruising the Aegean and hanging out on the beach . If you are visiting Turkey in summer time (particularly July and August), you may need a sun hat and sun blocks to protect yourself against sun burning, also people with sensitive skin should have something to cover their shoulders for the same reason. If you are visiting Turkey in winter time ( Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar), you will need your warm clothes as the temperature may drop down as low as -15 C ( 5 F ) especially in the central eastern parts of Turkey. Also, have your umbrellas and raincoats.

What are the business hours ?

Unlike the rest of the Middle East, Turkey s weekend falls on Saturday and Sunday. There may be a few hours on Friday afternoons when a few shops are closed for Friday prayer , but generally everything varries on as normal, especially in big cities . Almost all government offices and Banks are open between 8:30 a.m to 5 p.m , and are closed on Sundays. Shopping malls have long hours from 9 a.m to 10 p.m .

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before travelling to Turkey?

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

Is my hairdryer/laptop/shaver going to work in Turkey ?

Electricity in Turkey is 220 volt, 50-60 cycle . If you intend to bring any electrical equipment , an adapter  that  converts  electricity from 220V to 110V is suggested. Two pin plugs are used throughout  Turkey .

How can I keep in touch with those back home ?

The international dialing code for Turkey is +90 . IDD is widely available . The outgoing international code is : 00 .

How is Turkey’s transportation network ?

Turkey has a good long distance bus network with air conditioned buses, reserved seats and generally good service quality . Buses are staffed by good drivers and a number of asistants . During the ride , you will be offered free drinks.

What can I / should I wear ?

In summer, light summer – wear(t-shirts and  shorts) for all coastal regions  will be fine . Don t forget your sun block and hat ! A light sweater is also a good idea for evenings when it can get chilly , especially in Istanbul and Cappadocia. Comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended . For winter time travelers , we recommend regular winter clothing especially for central Turkey where heavy snow and cold  weather can be encountered . For winter time in Istanbul a warm jacket is a must .

Will Ramadan affect my vacation ?

As a tourist you will not be affected by Ramadan , and night life will continue in the city as usual. Although most  people in rural Turkey will be fasting during the day , many people in the cities and tourist areas will not be .

Is Turkey safe ?

Turkey is one of the safest countries in the world to travel, but some rare instances of crime, theft and robbery happen in big cities. Especially, if you would like to walk around the city at night, leave your valuable stuff, money and passport at hotel safety box. Almost every tourist hotel has a safety box service free to hotel customers.

Is tipping customary in Turkey?

While tipping isn’t mandatory, a tip of small change will be appreciated by restaurant staff. It’s also common to tip tour guides and drivers of the tours.

What is internet access like in Turkey?

Internet cafes are quite common in Turkey’s large cities. Expect less internet availability in rural and remote areas.

Can I use my mobile/cell phone while in Turkey?

Mobile phone coverage is good in Turkey, especially in large cities. Coverage may not be available in more remote areas. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your mobile carrier before you leave home if you wish to use your mobile.

Are credit cards accepted widely in Turkey?

Major credit cards are widely accepted in tourist shopping areas and large hotels, but are less commonly accepted by smaller vendors, in remote towns and rural areas. Make sure you carry enough cash for purchases, since credit cards aren’t always an option in Turkey.

What is ATM access like in Turkey?

ATMs are available in large cities but are less common in rural areas and smaller towns. Be prepared for this by having enough cash before travelling out of the city.

Will it be hard to find an alcoholic beverage in a Muslim country ?

The anise-flavored spirit rakı, Turkey’s national drink, is the traditional accompaniment to a meal of mezes and fish. In large citieslike Istanbul and Izmir, and in resort towns along the coast, rakı is consumed quite liberally, as is Efes, the national beer. Because of high taxes, alcoholic drinks, particularly those that are imported, are a fair bit more expensive in Turkey than Europe.

Do I need to cover up ?

No man or woman on the Street is ever forced to wear a head scarf, turban, or veil. In mosques, however, all women-including tourists- are expected to wear head scarves and all visitors must remove their shoes. In Istanbul and in many coastal cities women can dress provocatively and even wear bikinis without fear while in more conservative cities such behaviour is frowned upon.

Are the people friendly ?

Yes! Turks are renowned for their hospitality and any local will gladly tout  this reputation. In Istanbul you might find some cosmopolitan snobbishness, depending on the neighborhood, but just about everywhere else throughout the country Turks are friendly, talkative, passionate and often sport large grins along with a hidden mischievous side. As long as you are polite and avoid insulting the nation, its symbols or its politics, you will do just fine and all probability you will be awed by how kind and friendly Turkish people are.

What if I do not speak Turkish ?

As in any European nation, it benefits salesmen and waiters in tourist hot spots to speak English, and many young professionals and students also make it a priority to learn English. Some schools even have their instruction entirely in English. There is a good chances that the proprietors of your Hotel and the restaurant servers that you meet will all speakperfectly adequate English. Outside of these groups and in more remote locations, your average Turk speaks little to no English but even still you probably won’t have too big problem. Turkish is also an easy language to read as it is written in the Latin alphabet and is entirely phonetic.

Some of the information  here  may change and some of them may become out of date . If you have any questions , please contact us : [email protected]