General Information

Turkey
A country of sun and history, Turkey forms a bridge between Europe, Asia and Middle East because of its geographical location and its culture. The mainland Anatolia, has witnessed the mass migration of numerous people, which has shaped the course of its history. The home to countless civilizations, Anatolia has developed a unique synthesis of cultures, each with its own distinct identity, yet each linked to its predecessors through insoluble treads.

Visas
Citizens of some countries are required to obtain visa before arrival and some may obtain it at the airport upon arrival. The most updated visa information can be received from the MFA web-site.

If you will need invitation letter to get visa we can support that letter after confirming your itinerary.

Customs
All personal belongings may be imported freely into the country. Importation, use and trade of narcotics are illegal and subject to severe punishments. Also there are very strict rules on the export of antiquities. We’ll help you if you need invitation letter for your belongings.

Language
The official language is Turkish. In areas frequented by tourists it is easy to find many bilingual citizens.

Time
Turkey is two hours ahead of GMT.

Electricity
The electric current is 220V AC with a frequency of 50 Hertz. European standard plugs with two round pins are used.

Banks and Exchange
Most Turkish Banks change traveller's cheques as well as cash. The best place to change cash is thr rxchange offices around the city. Most of the time they give better exchange rates for cash than banks. Rates of exchange are better in Turkey than outside the country, so it is better to change a minimal amount of money before traveling to Turkey.

The currnecy in Turkey is TL - Turkish Lira. Some of the exchange rates as of June 2016 are as follows;
1,00 EUR (€) = 3,208 TL /  1,00 USD ($) = 2,89 TL  /  1,00 GBP (£) = 3,88 TL
Banking hours are Monday to Friday from 08.30 to 12.00 hrs and 13.30 to 17.00 hrs. Most exchange offices are open from Monday to Saturday from 09.00 - 20.00 hrs. Major credit cards like VISA, American Express, MasterCard are accepted in most of the restaurants and shops.

Communication
Turkish Telecom Inc. is the only telecom service provider. All places have direct dial telephone systems.
Turkey has 3 GSM operators (Turkcell, Vodafone, Avea). Please consult your local GSM operator to find out if they have roaming agreement with Turkish Operators.
Post offices are open for general business between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

Sizes and Measures
Turkey uses continental European sizes for clothes and shoes. Food and drink are sold in metric measures.