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Visiting Turkey for the first time! Most common questions asked

24th February 2015

For your beach break to Turkey's coastal regions here are a few common questions many holiday makers frequently ask.

So before jetting off into the sun here are some helpful Q&A's….

1. How may days can you stay in Turkey with an e-visa?

The Turkish Tourist Visa or e-Visa is a document that allows the bearer to legally enter Turkey.

Each visa is valid for 180 days and allows the visitor multiple entries of up to 90 days in Turkey.

The e-visa or entry visa can be purchased online or on entry to Turkey. Visitors arriving to Turkey can purchase an entry visa from Turkish airports, either by interactive kiosk placed at arrivals, or directly from border authorities.
More info can be found here

2. Are there any validity requirements for my passport?

As from 1 January 2015 passports should have at least 60 days validity from the date of expiry of a traveller's visa, visa exemption period or residency permit to be able to enter the country.
More info can be found here

3. What is the exchange rate in Turkey? 

The currency exchange rate is very good for the British Pound, US Dollar & Euro. Please see here

4. What's the weather like?

Turkey’s highest temperatures for;

May 70.8F,
June 79.1F,
July 85.1F,
August 85.1F
September 79.2F

5. Is there much to do for kids?

Turkey is an ideal location for a family holiday and all resorts cater for families with children. Many activities including, clubs, tours, shows, are available.

6. Do people speak English?

Yes, most Hotel, restaurant, & tour staff in coastal resorts speak very good English. And in areas such as Alanya, Antalya staff will also speak Russian, German & Dutch.

Learn Turkish Phrases, Check out "Turkish Phrases for Tourists"

7. Do they serve alcohol in Turkey?

Alcohol is not forbidden or band in Turkey.
Alcohol tends to be more expensive in Turkey due to it being highly taxed this is especially so for imported alcoholic beverages.

8. Do they serve 'normal' food?

Most tourist resorts in Turkey cater for foreign tastes and you will find a variety of menus on offer, ranging from your average
'Full English Breakfast' to Burger & Chips, Indian Cuisine & and more Traditional Turkish Cuisines.

Food & Drink, Check out "Top Turkish foods to eat – Leave out the chips"

9. What is the voltage and do I need an adaptor?

The voltage in Turkey is 230 V (50 Hz) For your devices you will need a European two pole plug adaptor.

10. Can I drink the water?

It is considered safe for people to drink tap water in Turkey. Turkey generally has a clean water supply, but in some areas it can have a high mineral or chlorine content. This may upset your stomach, so it is advised to drink bottled. This is very cheap and available everywhere. A lot of the hotels and restaurants only serve bottle water to foreign visitors.


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