Located in Western Asia, Turkey is the only country with a city that spans two continents. It has it all: history, culture, nature, amazing food, warm locals. It’s one of the top travel destinations in the world, and there is no wonder why.
Why Visit Turkey
Turkey has a long, interesting and tumultuous history. It witnessed many empires and civilizations, leaving a remarkable amount of historical and archaeological sites to explore. From the palaces in Istanbul to the ruins in Ephesus and the underground cities of Cappadocia, there are 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites to visit.
Turkey has a wide range of stunning natural wonders. It boast an exotic coastline with gorgeous beaches, high mountains and interesting rock formations, home to 44 National Parks.
Turkey offers some of the most flavorful gastronomies in the world. There is a wide range of tasteful regional dishes, that have survived over 1,300 years and taken influences from the balkans, middle easterns and asian. It is characterized by its fresh ingredients and many spices. Dishes like the borek are a must try.
Thanks to its rich history, Turkey has been home to people from all over the world, being Istanbul the capital of three successive empires – the Roman, the Byzantine, and the Ottoman. The country is a melting pot of cultures, being a place of trade and of exchanging cultures, with people from different backgrounds, and with different languages and traditions coexisting in harmony in one place.
Turkish are extremely warm and hospitable. They will go out of their way to accommodate you and ensure you have a good time. They are also very funny and will try to make conversation with you even if they don’t speak your language.
What to expect
Turkish is the official language in Turkey, spoken by 90% of the population. English is widely spoken in Istanbul and other big cities. However, locals will really appreciate if you try to learn some basic phrases in their language.
In Turkey the voltage is 220V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor.
The official currency in Turkey is the Turkish Lira. Euros are accepted in some places as well, thanks to its closeness to Europe. Other foreign currencies like dollars might be accepted in some tourist areas and big hotels, but cash in the local currency will be necessary. You could exchange you money at the airport, banks or exchange houses or withdraw it directly from the ATM. Credit cards are widely accepted. ATM’s are widely available. 1 USD equals 6.80 liras (as of 2020).
Turkey has different climate depending on the region. Summers are usually warm, humid and dry, while winters are cold and windy. The temperatures ranges from 38°F (3°C) in winter to 85°F (30°C) in summer, and rarely goes above or below. It could snow on the eastern part of the country, which is the coldest part of the country.
Turkey is a generally safe place to visit. There have been some terrorist attacks in past years but they don’t target tourist but government institutions instead. Violent crime is rare but it could happen, and it is recommended to avoid isolated areas at night, and exercise caution in crowded areas like tourist attractions, markets and public transportation. If you are a female, is recommended to avoid wearing reaviling clothes to avoid unwanted attention.
Citizens of the following countries and territories do not require a visa to visit Turkey for 90 days: All European citizens, Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Georgia, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan , Kosovo , Kuwait , Kyrgyzstan , Lebanon , Liechtenstein , Malaysia , Moldova , Monaco , Montenegro , Morocco , New Zealand, Nicaragua, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Qatar, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea; Switzerland, Tajikistan , Trinidad and Tobago , Tunisia , Ukraine, United Kingdom Of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City and Venezuela
Citizens of the following countries and territories do not require a visa to visit Turkey for 60 days: Russia
Citizens of the following countries and territories do not require a visa to visit Turkey for 30 days: Belarus, Brunei, Costa Rica, Latvia, Macao, Mongolia, Thailand, Turkmenistan.
Holders of passports of the following 29 countries and territories can obtain e-Visas online for a fee prior to arrival: Antigua and Barbuda , Armenia, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Canada, China, Cyprus, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Fiji, Grenada, Haiti, Indonesia, Jamaica, Maldives, MAuritius, Mexico, Oman, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines , Saudi Arabia , South Africa , Suriname , Taiwan , United Arab Emirates , United States .
Citizens of all the other countries will need to apply for a visa in advance through the embassy.
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