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Tips for Turkey Traveler

Gulet Turkey - Tips for Travelers
  • You have to check your passport if it is valid at least for 3 months because your stay in Turkey as tourist is limited to 3 months maximum.
  • Always keep your passport / ID card handy especially at the any entry port’s.
  • Time zone in Turkey is Eastern European Time ( +3 GMT ).
  • Major Credit Cards and Traveler’s checks are accepted in most cities of Turkey. But we suggest you to carry some cash with you anyway.
  • You need no Passport for domestic flights in Turkey. Your ID card is enough to fly within Turkey territories.
  • You will find in big cities and towns someone who speaks English, but not at an advance level.
  • Visiting mosques in Turkey is possible but you have to leave your shoes at the entrance or carry them in your hands (you can but them in a plastic bag too). Women in most mosques are required to cover their heads with a scarf and naked parts of their legs and shoulders. If you don’t have it, they will give you one at the entrance for free. Silence is also required inside the mosques, it is suggested that you shouldn’t laugh loudly inside as this may offend people praying. Most of the mosques are closed to visits at pray times.
  • Antique pieces are not allowed to be taken out of Turkey at all. This is an serious crime and you have to accept a heavy punishment for this, mostly imprisonment.
  • Use and traffic of any kind of drugs is strictly illegal in Turkey.
  • Smoking is not permitted in flights, public places and all buildings (restaurant, pub’s, night clubs).
  • Although most of the Turkish people are friendly towards the tourist, some people especially Muslim fundamentalists may not be that way.
  • In some of the museums you are not allowed to take pictures or use flash, before you go in just check if there is a sign with a camera crossed over, which means keep you camera in your hand bags, or check them in. Also, as a universal rule you are not permitted to touch any of the artifacts displayed.
  • If you are visiting Turkey in the summer time (particularly July and August), you may need a sun hat and sun blocks cream to protect yourself against sun burning. Also people with sensitive skin should have something to cover their shoulders for the same reason.
  • The currency in Turkey is Turkish Lira. You can change your money in your own country or you can do it here. To see the exchange rates (updated daily) please visit the Central Bank of Turkey .
  • If you are visiting Turkey in winter time ( Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar), you will need warm clothes as the temperature may drop down as low as -15 C ( 5 F ) especially in the central eastern parts of Turkey. You also have to bring your umbrellas and raincoats or you can buy them for less then 30 Turkish Lira.
  • Food matters, although the sanitation is taken seriously and strictly controlled at tourist places by the authorities, some rare instances of diarrhea have occurred, that’s partly because of the hot and spicy meals eaten, or the guests may have a sensitive stomach. So, have some medicine with you against stomach upsets and diarrhea. Those who are vegetarian will be able to find vegetable food or at least omelet which is very popular in Turkey, almost in every town. I would like to remind you that Turkish cuisine comes among the top three along with Chinese and french.
  • If you are eating in a restaurant, waiters expect some tip usually 10% of your bill, and it is not included in your bill, you will have to leave it at the table separately.
  • Most of the restaurants display their food in windows, or waiters can bring the samples if you request it. Also the menu that shows available food can be found at your table and in tourist areas in English as well.
  • Water, although it is safe to drink tap water but it is recommended to buy bottled water for drinking which can be found almost at any store. Because the city water is chlorinated for sanitation reasons of which you mightn’t like the smell. You can safely brush your teeth or wash your face with the tap water.
  • Electricity, those who use 110 V or any other than 220 V at home need a converter as Turkey has 220 V power system. Please check your electric appliances before you use them in your hotel room.
  • All hotels in Turkey does not allowed guests to bring any food and drink into there rooms. but in most cases, this is tolerable. Personally, on my tours, I always arrange social parties in my room.
  • All five star class hotels have pools and others class hotels have one too, you don’t need to take towels from your room to the pool as towels are available at the pool for free to the hotel customers.
  • Before your departure please don’t forget to return your hotel room keys, as this will cost the friendly hotel receptionists a lot.
  • Crossing the streets in big cities you have to beware, make sure that the car or whatever is at a reasonable distance to allow you cross the street safely. Because in Turkey cars have the privilege to use the streets. You can safely walk on the pedestrian walk ways.
  • Some airline companies in Turkey require a final flight confirmation a few days before your departure flight. Please check it with your travel agent or call directly.
  • Although there is no restriction on the sale and use of Alcohol which is available at most stores. But you should avoid drinking in public during the month Ramadan.