GENERAL INFORMATION

PASSPORT VISA

A valid passport is required to enter Turkey. It is strongly recommended that citizens who come from a country that requires a visa to enter Turkey should apply for visa applications in their country at least one month in advance of their planned travel dates. For more information
CONTACT
If your mobile phone does not support this type of feature, it will automatically select the GSM operator. Phone clubs work with coins or cards sold in post offices or in some booths. Some phone clubs have access to AT & T and some other telecommunications networks – please check your operator for the latest information. Fax messages can be sent from large post offices or hotels.
ELECTRICITY
Turkey’s 220 volts / 50 Hz. There is electricity and the socket type is European standard (2 inputs).

TAXIS
It is available at taxi stops or can be called from the street. They are all yellow and have tachymeters.

WORK, BANK & SHOPPING HOURS
Offices and banks are usually open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, from Monday to Friday, from 12:00 am to 13:30 pm.

MONEY UNIT & CREDIT CARDS
Turkey’s currency is the Turkish Lira (TL). Exchange rates are regulated daily by the Central Bank. TL is freely bought and sold in the private offices called the ” exchange office ”, in the banks and in the hotels. Major credit cards, including American Express, Diners, MasterCard and Visa, are accepted in major hotels, car hire companies and major stores. You will need a cash TL to pay taxi, restaurant and cafĂ© fees. Car rental offices will accept credit cards at restaurants, shops, travel agencies, petrol stations over the middle. You can withdraw money from your cash or credit card by using cash machines (ATMs) at bank buildings or in street booths.

SECURITY
Turkey – Istanbul has a well-deserved reputation as a safe country in Europe. The streets’ grille pattern and the bilingual street signs in both Turkish and English make the city dangerous to you. Istanbul was given the highest credit for its safety.
TELEPHONE & FAX
Ready phone cards are suitable for making phone calls from both domestic and international calls. It can be bought for about 10 euros from grocery stores and vending machines. There are four international telephone companies, and their rates vary. Your hotel probably provides a fax service at the reception. Some neighborhood grocery stores also have fax services.
MARKETS
Markets are located in almost every street. In these markets, there are various food, beverages (many of which are alcoholic beverages and cigarettes), toiletries, magazines, instant cameras, stationery and communication tools, etc. for 24 hours. Materials can be purchased.

BADGES, CHARGES & TAX
In places where the service is not available, tip the table you are sitting in. And even where the service is included (as in Europe), the waiters will wait for the service you receive. The basic rule is to tip 10% of the account in restaurants, cafes and bars. But restaurants, cafes and bars are not the only places to tip. They are also tipped to the hotel staff, peddlers, hairdressers and musicians. It is at your discretion how much you tip, but the base is 2 TL per person. Taxi drivers will not be tipped unless they help you with your baggage. Consumption Tax is included in the price of goods and services in Turkey. The prices appearing on the goods are usually tax-inclusive but some retailers add tax, kasada.

Cigarette Policy
Please note that in restaurants and public buildings, smoking is prohibited by law as the Assembly has already stated.