Turkey: Useful Information
Bridging the East and West
-In Turkey a tourist’s stay is limited to 3 months so make sure your passport is valid for 3 months or more.
–Most big cities accept credit cards and traveler’s cheques. However, while traveling through smaller towns, make sure you are carrying local currency with you.
–Carry a dictionary with you since most of the locals speak only in Turkish, Arabic or Kurdish.
–Drink bottled water only. Although it is safe to drink tap water, be on the safe side and stick to bottled water only.
–In Turkey smoking is not permitted in public places and on public transportation.
–During the holy month of Ramadan, drinking is public is not permitted.
–Consumption and trafficking of drugs of any kind is strictly forbidden in Turkey, and if caught will invite rigorous punishment.
–Tourist visas are obtained on arrival at the airport itself, so there is no need to apply in advance.
–Carry local emergency numbers with you at all times.
–Take out a medical insurance for your holiday to Turkey. Medical treatment can be expensive, so it is advisable to have medical insurance.
–Working hours for banks and other offices are from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday. Weekends are holidays.
–Most museums and palaces, and places of tourist interest are open daily, except Mondays, with a few exceptions.
–Export of antiques and antiquities are strictly forbidden in Turkey.
–Tipping at hotels and restaurants is common (5 to 15%).