Taurus Residence, Side
Is Turkey safe? Turkey is one of the safest countries in the world with Interpol ranking it as one of the safest holiday destination in Europe. As is the case when travelling in any country though, do be careful with your personal possessions when out and about and never leave items unattended. You will find the police helpful and friendly and in many of the tourist resorts there are special tourism police who speak different languages
Language English is Turkey's second widest spoken language and you will easily find English speakers in the major cities and holiday resorts.
What should visitors dress in Turkey? There are no hard and fast rules but it is best to use common sense when deciding what to wear. For city breaks relaxed clothing is the most suitable with comfortable shoes and casual trousers and/or a dress if you intend to do lots of walking. When visiting mosques you should take off your shoes at the entrance and ladies should cover their hair; often scarves are provided on the way in. Both sexes should dress modestly with no shorts and arms and shoulders covered during visits to mosques
Visas PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with the new Law on Foreigners, the practice of obtaining visas upon arrival to points of entry to Turkey will begin to come to an end as of 11 April 2014. However, border authorities will maintain existing procedures for a certain transitional period, to include the 2014 tourism season. For more information please visit www.e-visa.org.uk
Passports please ensure that the expiry date of your passport is a minimum of six months after your arrival date. You may not be permitted to enter Turkey if your passport expires in less than six months after your arrival.
Time differences GMT +2 that is to say two hours ahead of the UK and one hours of the Central Europe .
Water Although tap water is chlorinated and, therefore, safe to drink, bottled water is recommended, which is readily and affordably available
Electricity 220 volts AC, 50Hz. The European two-pin plug is standard.
Money Matters The monetary unit is the New Turkish Lira (YTL) there is no limit on the amount of foreign currency you can bring into Turkey however there is a limit to the amount of Turkish Lira you can take out of the country
Cash machines (ATMs) are available throughout Turkey, accepting major European credit and bank cards and instructions are often available in English. It is advisable to inform your bank in advance that you are travelling to Turkey as some will automatically put a stop on cards after the first use in an attempt to combat fraud. Credit cards International credit and debit cards are widely accepted in shops and restaurants throughout Turkey. However it is advisable also to carry cash for the smaller shops and cafes, particularly in more rural areas Traveller’s cheques can be exchanged at banks, some large hotels and bureau de changes (döviz)
Telephones The cheapest way to make a call is from a PTT (post office). The phones are accessed by phone cards and tokens bought from the post office and are available in three different sizes. Cheap rates within Turkey are between 6pm and 8am. International calls are cheap between midnight and 8am and all day Sunday.
Mobile Phones The major GSM operators in Turkey are Turkcell, Vodafone and Avea. You can use your mobile phone in Turkey if your provider has enabled international roaming. However if you intend to stay for a long time in the country or make several calls, it may be preferable to buy a local prepaid SIM card. Take your mobile phone and passport to a Turkish mobile phone shop where your new SIM will be registered along with your handset's IMEI number and your personal information. (Unregistered phones will be blocked and unable to receive or make calls.) Turkey has very wide mobile coverage networks so you shouldn’t have any problems in the main cities and tourist resorts.
Driving in Turkey is on the right-hand side as in continental Europe and visitors may drive with an international driving licence. You should have your driving licence, your passport and insurance documents of the vehicle with you. All of the major international car rental companies, as well as a number of local ones, have offices at airports and all major centres.
Health Care Accessibility of high quality health care with a least three private hospitals are in the area of Side. There are numerous private dentists and doctors locally, many of whom trained outside Turkey and European.
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