Do I need a visa to travel to Turkey?
Depending on your nationality, you may not need a visa at all to travel to some countries. For instance, if you have a passport from New Zealand, Argentina, Denmark, Finland, France Germany, Japan Norway Sweden or Switzerland ,you likely won’t need a visa for stays lasting up to three months . Keep in mind that this information can change though so we always recommend checking with your local consulate or embassy beforehand.
What is the weather going to be like?
Depending on what you want to do on your trip, Turkey can be visited year-round. The most bearable temperatures and less rainfall occur during spring and fall, making those the best seasons for travel. If you’re planning a beach vacation or cruise around the Aegean Sea, summer is definitely the time to go; however, beware of high temps and remember to pack sunscreen and a hat if you’re sensitive to sunburns. If you are traveling to Turkey during the winter months (November-March), be sure to pack your warm clothes as temperatures can drop as low as 5 degrees Fahrenheit, especially in central and eastern parts of the country. Also, don’t forget your umbrellas and raincoats!
What are the business hours?
In Turkey, the weekend is on Saturday and Sunday like many other countries. However, there are a few hours on Friday afternoon where some shops close for prayer. But in general, everything runs smoothly–especially in busier cities. Almost always, government offices and banks are open from 8:30am to 5pm; though stores may be closed on Sundays.
Is it necessary to buy travel insurance prior to going to Turkey?
Intrepid requires that all travelers buy travel insurance before their journey. Your tour guide or leader will hold onto yourpolicy information during the first day of your trip. With the cost and availability healthcare varying so much around the world, having travel insurance is key for any trip–no matter how long or where it’s located.
Is my hairdryer/laptop/shaver going to work in Turkey?
The voltage for electricity in Turkey is 220 volts, with a 50-60 cycle. If you’re planning on bringing any electrical equipment from home, we suggest that you bring an adapter to convert the electricity from 220V to 110V. Additionally, two pin plugs are used throughout Turkey, so keep that in mind when packing your bags.
How can I keep in touch with those back home?
The international dialing code for Turkey is +90. The IDD (International Direct Distance Dialing) service is widely available. When making an outgoing call from Turkey, the international code you must dial is 00 .
How is Turkey’s transportation network?
Turkey has a modern, well-developed bus network with air conditioned buses, reserved seats, and decent service quality. Buses are driven by excellent drivers who are assisted by a number of assistants. You will be offered free drinks while on the journey.
What can I/should I wear?
In the summer, light clothing (t-shirts and short pants) will be sufficient for all coastal areas. A light sweatshirt may be nice for evenings when it gets chilly, especially in Istanbul and Cappadocia. Walking shoes are highly recommended. Winter travelers should dress in layers because of the potential for heavy snow and cold temperatures throughout central Turkey.
Will Ramadan affect my vacation?
As a visitor, you will not be affected by Ramadan, and the city’s nightlife will continue as normal. Although the majority of Turks in rural areas will be fasting during the day, many people in cities and tourist destinations will not.
Is Turkey safe?
Although Turkey is one of the safest countries to travel, there are still some instances of crime, theft and robbery that occur in big cities. If you’re planning on walking around at night, we recommend leaving your valuables (money, passport, etc.) in your hotel’s safety deposit box. Almost every tourist hotel offers this service free of charge to its customers.
Is tipping customary in Turkey?
The practice of tipping isn’t required, but a few coins will be appreciated by restaurant employees. It is also common to give tips to tour guides and drivers of the tours.
What is internet access like in Turkey?
In Turkey, it’s easy to find an internet cafe in big cities, but you may have more difficulty finding one if you’re in a rural or remote area.
Is it possible to use my phone/cellphone in Turkey?
Before you leave for your trip, be sure to check with your mobile carrier about global roaming. That way, you can use your phone throughout Turkey–even in more rural areas.
Are credit cards accepted widely in Turkey?
Major credit cards are usually accepted in touristy areas and large hotels, but not as much by smaller vendors, or in more rural parts of Turkey. So that you’re never stuck without cash for purchases, make sure to bring enough money with you.
What is ATM access like in Turkey?
You’ll find ATMs in most major cities, but they’re scarcer in rural areas and smaller towns. Keep this mind when you’re budgeting for your trip and withdraw enough cash before leaving the city.
Will it be difficult to find an alcoholic beverage in a Muslim country?
Raki, Turkey’s national beverage made from anise-flavored alcohol, is typically served with mezes and fish as a mealtime drink. Rakı is commonly consumed in big cities such as Istanbul and Izmir, as well as resort towns along the coast. In Turkey, alcoholic beverages including imported ones are considerably more expensive than in Europe.
Do I need to cover up ?
Though people are not required to wear headscarves, turbans, or veils in public areas, all women–tourists included–are expected to do so in mosques. Additionally, all visitors of mosques must remove their shoes upon entering. In Istanbul and other coastal cities, it is more okay for women to dress provocatively and even wear bikinis; however, such behavior would be looked down upon in more conservative areas.
Are the people friendly ?
Yes, Turks are well-known for their friendliness. Any local will proudly advertise this reputation. In Istanbul, you may encounter some cosmopolitan snobbery, depending on the area, but just about everywhere else in Turkey Turks are pleasant, talkative, passionate, and often have big grins along with a hidden mischievous side. You’ll be fine as long as you are polite and don’t insult the nation’s symbols or politics.
What if I do not speak Turkish ?
In Europe, as in every other country, it is advantageous for salespeople and waiters to speak English, and many young professionals and students make it a priority. Some institutions even offer instruction entirely in English. There’s a good chance that the owners of your hotel and restaurant servers you meet will all speak excellent English. Outside of these groups, and in more rural areas, your average Turk speaks very little English, yet you should have no trouble regardless. Turkish is also a simple language to learn because it is written in the Latin alphabet and is entirely phonetic.