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Welcome to Turkey

Turkey

Capital: Ankara

Continent: Asia, Europe

Currency: Turkish Lira (TRY)

Driving Side: Right

Dialling Code: +90

Official Language: Turkish

Population: 79,463,663

Time Zone: EET (UTC+2), EEST (UTC+3)

Saddled at the crossroads of Asia and Europe; the Official Republic of Turkey stands apart from other countries in either continents with a mix of western and Asian influences. It is bordered by eight various countries - Syria and Iraq to the south; Iran, Armenia, and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan to the east; Georgia to the northeast; Bulgaria to the northwest; and Greece to the west.

The country is encircled by seas on three sides - Black Sea to the north, Mediterranean Sea to the south, and the Aegean Sea to the west. The official language is Turkish and the capital, Antalya is the second largest city after Istanbul. Although there is no official religion in Turkey, most of the populace are predominantly Muslims.

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

No-matter what you’re after from your trip to Turkey, be it a relaxing beach holiday, a city-break or a journey into the country’s ancient past, some of the well visited tourist attractions include the Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya) and Pamukkale, Basilica of St. John, Grand Bazaar, Galata Tower, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace, Süleymaniye Mosque.

Electricity

230 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style plugs with two round pins are used.

Getting Around

Public transport covers most of Turkey, so it should be fairly easy to get where you need to go. Alternatively, car hire is feasible and can offer great value for money, but roads can be hectic and the Highway Code is often ignored. Trains and buses are available if you’re planning a long distance trip, while the network of dolmus minibuses is popular for getting around towns and resorts. Taxis and Cars for hire are also plentiful.

Language

Turkish is the official language. Kurdish is also spoken by a minority while Zaza, Arabic, Azeri and Laz are some of the other languages. French, German and English are widely spoken in major cities and tourist areas.

Money

Turkish Lira is the official currency. It is also the legal tender for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Passport Visa

A visa is required. It’s recommended that you buy it in advance via the e-Visa website, rather than on arrival. It costs 20USD. Passports need to be valid for at least 6 months from entry. For more information and advice, visit https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/

TURKISH VISA REQUIREMENTS

WHEN APPLYING FOR TURKISH E-VISA MUST MEET WITH THE BELOW CONDITIONS

 

  • Clients must travel for the purposes of tourism or business

 

  • Must hold a valid supporting document e.g., Schengen visa or a valid visa from any of the OECD member countries; or a valid residence permit of a Schengen or Australia visa, Uk visa, Us visa,   visa, Germany etc). E-Visas are not accepted as a supporting document

 

  • Must have a round-trip ticket with Turkish Airlines or Pegasus Airlines

 

  • Must hold a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date clients intend to enter Turkey

 

  • Clients must prove that he/she hold a return ticket, hotel reservation and at least USD50.
     

Time

EET (UTC+2) / EEST (UTC+3)

Tipping

Tipping is not a custom to be strictly followed, however, 10% of the total bill or simply rounding up to the next lira is welcome. Some establishments, taxi drivers and supermarket cahiers tend to round up prices or charge an additional 10% on the bill as service charge; so tipping is not necessary.

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