Best Time to go: April – May and September – October

Best For: Historical sites, Religious Sites

Capital: Ankara (ESB)

Currency: Turkish Lira (TRY). Euro is widely accepted.

Language: Turkish. French, German and English is widely spoken and understood

Dialling code from SA: +90

Time Zone: UTC / GMT +2 (same time as South Africa)

Daylight Savings Time: From last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October: UTC / GMT +3 (1 hour ahead of South Africa)

Side of the Road: Right

Plugs: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style plugs with two round pins are used.

Drinking Water: Mains water is chlorinated, but bottled water is advised.

Health: There are adequate and well-equipped medical facilities in the main towns, however visitors are required to pay for these services. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended.

Customs: If visiting a mosque, dress should be conservative: men should wear long pants, and women should keep their arms and legs covered and wear a head scarf. Swimwear should be reserved for the beach.

Travel Tips / Warnings: Tourists should carry their ID and passport with them at all time.

Duty Free: The following goods may be imported into Turkey by travellers aged 18 and over without incurring customs duty:
• 400 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars and 250g of tobacco
• 1L of alcohol over 22% volume or 2L of alcohol under 22% volume
• 600ml of perfume and eau de toilette
• 2kg of food products (e.g. tea, coffee or confectionery)
• Souvenirs to the value of €430 (reduced to €150 for children under 15)

Prohibited Imports: Narcotics. Sharp implements (including camping knives) and weapons require a special permit.

Prohibited Exports: The export of souvenirs such as carpets is subject to customs regulations regarding age and value. The export of antiques is strictly forbidden, with harsh penalties for those caught doing so. Minerals may only be exported under licence from the General Directorate of Mining Exploration & Research. You can`t export tea, coffee, grain products or spices.

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