Practical Information

In order to enter Turkey, you must show a valid passport for at least three months to get visa on arrival at the border by paying about 15 euros.
There are no limitations on the import of foreign currency, but you can’t export the equivalent of over five thousand U.S. dollars while checking out.
You have to declare your valuables to avoid disappointment when checking out. Your personal cash, a color TV, video camera, and 5 tapes, a movie camera, a camera and 5-reels, your personal computer, a transistor radio, binoculars, a maximum of three musical instruments, sports equipments, drugs for personal use, a bicycle, 200 cigarettes, 200 grams of tabacco, 1.5 kg coffee, 1 kilo of chocolates, 5 liters of wine, 5 bottles of perfume, five bottles of alcohol of 1 liter are tax-free. The items exceeding 15,000 U.S. dollars must be declared at the time of entrance. Harpoom fishing, pocket knife for camping and other weapons are forbidden. It is advisable to keep receipts for major purchases and currency changes because they can ask you at the time of leaving . Do not attempt to enter or leave drugs, or consume within the country, otherwise it may result an unreasonable penalty.

During the winter, it is quite cool because of the cold air mass coming from the Black Sea, it’s between 10 and 15 ° C and the temperature decreases as night falls, but generally it doesn’t drop below 3 – 4 °

The most rainy season is in December and January, in which it usually rains about 12-13 days but not overly abundant amounts.

The official time in Turkey is more than an hour as to GMT.

The electric current is 220 V. Plugs are continental type with two round pins, like those used in European countries.

The national currency is the Turkish Lira. The foreign exchange earnings has no limit. However, you can not take more than 5,000 U.S. dollars or equivalent foreign currency leaving the country. The euro and U.S. dollar are accepted for your purchases but for little amounts, eg. buying water, in bars, in restaurants etc. This better pay with the local currency. You can make exchanges at banks, hotels (the worst to change) and exchange offices. Especially we recommend the exchange offices. The exchange offices have price screens showing that they get no commission and they always have the best quote.

Most major credit cards are accepted being Visa the most common. In many facilities American Express (at some placer they don’t prefer to have a higher comission), Diners Club, Eurocard, Maestro, etc. are also accepted .

You can draw cash from your account using the turkish automated bank tellers, with credit cards or ATM cards (Master, Visa, Electron etc.). Mostly the currency will be Turkish Liras. Some banks like TEB, HSBC, Citibank offer Euro and dollar machines, and some, such as Garanti bank, have the menu in Castilian.

Shops are usually open every day from 09.00a.m. to 19.00 p.m. except Sunday in general. In Istanbul in modern town the stores remain open until 22.30 p.m. Among the historical market in Grand Bazaar they are closed on Sunday but the Spice Market is open every day. The restaurants are usually open from 09.00a.m. until about 23.30p.m. , but there are special places that remain open until late and then converting to clubs .

Tips are given as in many countries. They are not mandatory but it is customary to leave a 10% total bill, if satisfied with the service received. It is not customary to tip taxi drivers.