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Turkey

Name

The official name of Turkey is the ‘Republic of Turkey ’.


Capital

Ankara


Government type:

Republican parliamentary democracy


Population

Around 75 million


Language

The official language of Jordan is Turkish , but English is widely spoken – especially in the cities


People

Turkish and Kurdish comprise of the main ethnic groups of Turkey.

Visa

North Americans, Europeans, ocean Asian do not require prior visa clearance it can be stamped on arrival however most of the African and Asian countries do require prior visa clearance It’s advisable to apply to tourist visa or entry visa beforehand to avoid long queues at entry points Please note the passport should be valid for 6 months


Local Time

September – March: GMT + 2 April – October: GMT + 3


Communications

There is good mobile phone coverage in urban areas, and many networks have international roaming agreements. Internet access is limited, but is available in Istanbul. Public Holidays Banks, businesses, government offices and many shops close all day for public holidays. Fixed public holidays include: New Year's Day (1 January) National Sovereignty and Children's Day (23 April) May Day Public Holiday (Istanbul only) (1 May) Commemoration of Atatürk and Youth and Sports Day (19


Public Holidays

There is good mobile phone coverage in urban areas, and many networks have international roaming agreements. Internet access is limited, but is available in Istanbul. Public Holidays Banks, businesses, government offices and many shops close all day for public holidays. Fixed public holidays include: New Year's Day (1 January) National Sovereignty and Children's Day (23 April) May Day Public Holiday (Istanbul only) (1 May) Commemoration of Atatürk and Youth and Sports Day (19 May) Victory Day (30 August) Republic Day (28-29 October) (28th is a half-day) A number of public holidays are not fixed. These include Easter and the following Islamic Holidays, which are based on the lunar calendar


Electricity

Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. with round-prong European-style plugs that fit into recessed wall sockets /points.. Visitors from the US will need a transformer which most hotels can provide


Business Hours

Government offices 8:30 am - 12:30 pm; 1:30 pm-5:30 pm (Closed Saturday and Sundays, open daily in tourist areas) Banks 8:30 am - 12:00 pm; 1:30 pm-5:00 pm (Closed Saturday and Sundays, open daily in tourist areas) Shops 9:30 am - 7:00 pm (In tourist areas, closing times vary, some close around midnight) Covered Bazaar- Istanbul 8:am - 7:pm (Closed Sundays)


Business Type


Tipping

You'll soon note that tipping is part of the culture when you travel in Turkey, though you should also take into consideration that it is not compulsory and should only be given if good service is received


Attire

When your day’s program includes visits to mosques...


Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Istanbul 6.1 5.9 7.1 12.1 16.7 21.5 23.8 23.5 20 15.6 11.2 8.5


Telephone no

Police155 Emergency 112

Visa

North Americans, Europeans, ocean Asian do not require prior visa clearance it can be stamped on arrival however most of the African and Asian countries do require prior visa clearance
It’s advisable to apply to tourist visa or entry visa beforehand to avoid long queues at entry points
Please note the passport should be valid for 6 months


Local Time

September – March: GMT + 2
April – October: GMT + 3


Communications

There is good mobile phone coverage in urban areas, and many networks have international roaming agreements. Internet access is limited, but is available in Istanbul. 
Public Holidays
Banks, businesses, government offices and many shops close all day for public holidays.

Fixed public holidays include:

  • New Year's Day (1 January)
  • National Sovereignty and Children's Day (23 April)
  • May Day Public Holiday (Istanbul only) (1 May)
  • Commemoration of Atatürk and Youth and Sports Day (19 May)
  • Victory Day (30 August)
  • Republic Day (28-29 October) (28th is a half-day)


A number of public holidays are not fixed. These include Easter and the following Islamic Holidays, which are based on the lunar calendar


Electricity

Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. with round-prong European-style plugs that fit into recessed wall sockets /points..  Visitors from the US will need a transformer which most hotels can provide.


Business Hours

Government offices 8:30 am - 12:30 pm; 1:30 pm-5:30 pm (Closed Saturday and Sundays, open daily in tourist areas)
Banks 8:30 am - 12:00 pm; 1:30 pm-5:00 pm (Closed Saturday and Sundays, open daily in tourist areas)
Shops 9:30 am - 7:00 pm (In tourist areas, closing times vary, some close around midnight)
Covered Bazaar- Istanbul 8:am - 7:pm (Closed Sundays)

Tipping

You'll soon note that tipping is part of the culture when you travel in Turkey, though you should also take into consideration that it is not compulsory and should only be given if good service is received


Attire

When your day’s program includes visits to mosques, churches or other sacred sites, modest attire is the most respectful.


Weather

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Istanbul 6.1 5.9 7.1 12.1 16.7 21.5 23.8 23.5 20 15.6 11.2 8.5

Telephone no

Police155
Emergency 112