B Buses see Public Transport
C Children • Currency • Customs Regulations
In general, Turks and Turkey have a welcoming, relaxed approach to children and will go out of their way to be accommodating and helpful. As long as you are flexible, you should have no problems.
It is permitted to bring the following items into Turkey as duty free goods:
Wines, Tobacco & Other Luxury Items
For valuable gifts and souvenirs, such as a carpet, proof of purchase is necessary, together with receipts showing that any currency used in its purchase has been legally exchanged.Please note that it is strictly forbidden to export antiques from Turkey. Minerals can only be exported with a special document.
D Disabled travellers • Driving • Drugs • Duty Free See: Customs Regulations
You can drive in Turkey with EU, US or International driving licence. You should have your driving licence, your passport and insurance documents of the vehicle with you in the car at all times, as you will need it if you are involved in an accident. All of the major international car rental companies, as well as a number of local ones, have offices at airports and all major centres.
Driving in Turkey is on the right, as in continental Europe. Turkish road signs conform to the International Protocol on Road Signs and archaeological and historic sites are indicated by brown signs. Turkey has a good network of well-maintained roads. There is a 50 km per hour speed limit within urban centres (meskun mahal) and 90 km outside urban centres (120 km on Motorways). Petrol stations are fairly easy to find and on main highways, they are often open 24hrs and have restaurants and other facilities attached. Unleaded (kurşunsuz) petrol is easily available. Garages for repairs are often concentrated on certain streets within a town (sanayi) or can be found on highways.If you are planning on driving to Turkey, as well as your passport, you will need to take your international driving licence, car registration documents and international green card (insurance card) with the TR sign clearly visible (NB: This can be purchased on arrival at the border). You can bring your own car into the country for up to six months. If you wish to keep you car in Turkey for more than six months, you are liable to pay import tax.
E Electricity • Emergencies, Police, Medical Treatment see Useful Numbers, • Exports see Customs Regulations
F Ferry Services •Filming in Turkey
The other ferry services and routes are as follows:
Between Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus:
Between Turkey and the Greek Islands:
Between Turkey and Italy:
Filming in Turkey
Members of the Press do not need filming permission or filming visas to follow news stories in Turkey. They need to inform the Press Office of the Turkish Embassy, which will inform the Press Office at the Prime Minister's Office, prior to going to Turkey.
I Imports see Customs Regulations
H Health see Medical Treatment
Living and/ or working In Turkey
M Medical Treatment • Medication see Drugs • Mobile Phones • Museums
P Phone see Mobile Phones • Police • Post Office Services •Property • Public Holidays •Public Transport
Post Office Services
New Years Day, 1 January
Ramazan Bayramı (Eid)
Kurban Bayramı (Great Eid)
Traditionally, a sheep or cow is sacrificed at this time and the meat distributed to the needy and friends, family and neighbours.
There are good services, between Istanbul and Ankara and the overnight sleeper services are both comfortable and convenient. You can buy tickets and make reservations at local train stations or through travel agents based in Turkey.
Within towns and between local villages, there are local bus services as well as the dolmuş services. These are shared taxis, usually a minibus, and sometimes a large car, which operate along set routes, picking up and dropping off passengers as they go. There is a set fare depending on how far you are travelling and you pay this to the driver. They are an inexpensive way of getting around. The name “dolmuş” literally means 'stuffed' - from the fact that they do not have a set timetable but wait until they are full before setting off.
R Residence see Living & Working
SStudent & Youth Travel
T Taxis • Time Difference • Trains see Public Transport • Turkish see Language
Turkey is GMT+2, that is to say two hours ahead of the UK and one hour ahead of Central Europe.
U Useful Numbers
The visa for UK passport holders currently costs £10 and must be paid for with a Sterling note. The visa fee for USA and Australian passport holders is $20/€15. Canadian passport holders need to pay $60/€45. The visa fee for New Zealand passport holders is gratis. The visa for some EU state-passport holders currently costs € 10 and must be paid for with a Euro note.Visas are multiple entries and are valid for three months. Each passport-holder, including infants, must purchase a visa. With tourist visas, you will not have the right to take up paid or unpaid employment or to reside, or to study (including student exchange program) or to establish yourself a business in Turkey
W Water • Weather
Y Youth Travel see Student & Youth Travel
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