Facts for the Visitor
for a 3 month multiple-entry visa that's easily obtained at
the port of entry.
visa required, visitors permitted to stay 3 months.
Language Skills Needed
its possible to get by on English alone at hotels and bus stations,
carrying a Turkish-English phrasebook or dictionary is highly
recommended. The Turkish people are extremely friendly, and we
invariably find ourselves in conversations with Turks who are limited
in English to "What is your name?" and "Where are you from?" The
Lonely Planet Turkish Phrasebook kept us communicating beyond simple
in most cities, towns, and tourist resorts. Most are on the Plus
and Cirrus networks. The usual maximum withdrawal using a
foreign bank card is 200,000,000 TKL.
|US$ 1 =
985,000 Turkish Lira (TKL) on March 21, 2001. US$1 = 1,280,000
TKL on April 13, 2001. US$1 = 1,650,000
TKL on September 12, 2002. The Turkish Lira
devalues drastically several times per year, and inflation can
be as high as 100% per annum.
|220V, 50Hz. Plugs have
2 round pins.
|International Certificates of Vaccination are not required.
is not required in the cheapest restaurants. At the more
expensive restaurants, about 5% is given directly to the waiter,
even if the bill includes a 10% or 15% service charge (which goes
directly to the restaurant owner). Taxi drivers are not tipped,
but the metered fare is normally rounded up. Hairdressers are
tipped about 10% and their assistants about 5%. At a Turkish
bath, a tip of about 20%-30% of the overall price is spread
between everyone who assists you.
in Turkey is primarily hotels and youth hostels. Apartments and
rooms at private houses are difficult to find.
are 2 types of public telephone pre-paid cards: Türk Telekom
and Telekart. There are many more Telekart phones than Türk
Telekom phones around İstanbul. In smaller cities normally only
Telekart phones can be found. Phone cards
of either type for 30, 60, 100, 120, or 180 units can be purchased at
post offices, and some shops and kiosks near public phone booths.
|The Turkish bus network
is the best in the world. Buses are brand new Mercedes, seats have plenty
of leg room, an attendant serves beverages at no extra charge,
and the bus makes regular food / toilet stops at proper facilities.
Bus schedules and fares are published. Often, especially during low
tourist season, fares are discounted with a real or fake international
student card, and sometimes just by asking for a lower price.
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