Balkan Pearls

Turkey

GENERAL INFORMATION

Surface area: 783,562 km2

Time zone: GMT + 2, GMT + 3 (during summer)

Population: Over 77.600.000

Capital: Ankara

Coast line: 7200 km in the Mediterranean, Aegean, Marmara and Black Sea

Climate: A mix of climate; Mediterranean along the coastline, sub-continental inlands and severe continental in the Anatolian plateau in the center of the country

Religions: Predominantly Islam with over 96%

Official language and alphabet: Turkish language

Political system: Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Republic

Monetary unit: Turkish Lira (TRY)

International telephone code: +90

Pets: Allowed, is better to have a vaccination record and veterinary certificate.

Customs formalities: Expensive professional and technical equipment should be declared at the border crossing.

Traveling documents: To enter Turkey you need a valid passport depending on international agreement between the countries.

Visa: If required, please check with the nearest Turkish Consulate or Embassy

Currency: Foreign currency can be changed at Banks, Exchange Offices, Post Offices, Tourist agencies, hotels etc. All major cards (American Express, Visa, Euro/MasterCard, Diners) are accepted for a wide range of services.

Medical services: Medical care for foreigners can be provided at hospitals and clinics in all major cities in Turkey.

Drivers: Valid documents for themselves and for the vehicle, as well as the green insurance card.

Rent-a-Car & Taxi: Cars and Taxi can be rented at the airport, in towns and in all major tourist centers.

Postal services: Postage stamps are sold at post offices, hotel receptions and newspaper stands. FedEx, EMS and DHL air-express carrier services are also available. For international calls, besides using hotel and post office services, phone cards (for sale in all post offices) are used in all public phone booths.