1 January: New Year's Day
23 April: National Holiday of the Sovereign and his Children
1 May: Labour Day
19 May: Ataturk Commemorations and Youth & Sports Day
30 August: Victory Day
30 September: Seker Bayram (End of Ramadan)
29 October: Republic Day
8 December (it may be changed) : Kurban Bayram (Feast of Sacrifice)
Banks are open weekdays from 8:30 am until noon or 12:30 am, depending on the bank, and from 1:30 am until 5.00 am. However, there are some banks which continue to serve during lunch breaks.
Museums are generally open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 am until 5.00 am or 5:30 pm and closed on Monday. Palaces are open the same hours but are closed on Thursdays.
Shops and bazaars are normally open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 am to 1.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 7.00 pm, and closed all day on Sunday. But most stores in shopping malls and crowded streets are open seven days a week, including lunch breaks.
You can find restaurants or cafes open virtually at any time of the day or night.
Post offices are painted bright yellow and have PTT (Post, Telegraph, and Telephone) signs on the front. The central Post office is open Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 9 pm, Sunday from 9 am to 7am. Smaller ones are open Monday through Friday between 8:30 am and 5.00 pm.
The International Direct Dial (IDD) code for Turkey is 90, İstanbul is 212 ( European Side ) and 216 ( Anatolian Side )
GMT +2 (+3 in summertime).
New Turkish Lira (TL) is the currency. This replaces the old Turkish Lira (with multiple zeros), which went out of circulation in December 2005.
In Turkey travellers' checks are rarely accepted. We recommend that you cash your travellers' checks at the banks.
ATMs can be found in even the smallest Turkish towns. Most accept international credit cards or bank cards (a strip of logos is usually displayed above the ATM). Almost all ATMs have a language key to enable you to read the instructions in English.
Credits cards are widely used in restaurants, cafes, shopping centres, super markets, boutiques, etc. VISA, MASTERCARD and EUROCARD are more widely accepted as compared to AMERICAN EXPRESS and DINERS Card.
You can purchase it at the airport counter on arrival in Turkey. To purchase a visa from the counter at the Istanbul airport, it is important to carry the exact amount in cash (Euro or Americal Dollars only). No credit card or traveller cheques are allowed. The visas cost around 10 euro and allow a maximum stay of 90 days in Turkey
France: İstiklal C 8 Taksim, 0212 334 87 30
Germany: İsmet İnönü Caddesi No:16 Gümüşsuyu, 0212 334 61 00
Italy: Boğazkesen Cad. Tom Tom Kaptan Sok. 15, Galatasaray, 0212 243 10 24-25
Spain: Karanfil Aralığı Cad. No:16 Levent, 0212 270 74 10
Switzerland: Levent Plaza A Blok, K.3 Büyükdere Cad.No:173, 0212 283 12 82
UK: Meşrutiyet Cad. No:34 Tepebaşı-Beyoglu, 0212 334 64 00
USA: İstinye Mahallesi Kaplıcalar Mevkii No.2 İstinye, Sarıyer, 0212 335 90 00
There are no serious health risks associated with travel to Turkey. No vaccinations are required for entry. Tap water is heavily chlorinated. Bottled water, bottled sparkling mineral water or carbonated mineral water are also abundant. In the hospitals mentioned below, you are offered an excellent service and consultation with English speaking doctors.
Acıbadem Hospital 444 55 44
Alman Hospital 0212 293 21 50
Amerikan Hospital 0212 311 20 00
Avrupa Florance Nightingale Hospital 0212 212 88 11
Cosmodent Dental Clinic 0212 291 15 15
Çevre Hospital 0212 274 69 25
Dentistanbul 0212 327 40 20
Dünya Eye Hospital 0212 444 4 469
Florance Nightingale Hospital 0212 224 49 50
İstanbul Cerrahi Hospital 0212 296 94 50
Memorial Health Group 0212 444 7 888
Metropolitan Florance Nightingale Hospital 0212 288 34 00
Vatan Hospital 0212 534 86 00
220V AC, 50 Hz, two-pin round plugs are standard.
Safety & Security
The streets of Istanbul are considerably safer than their counterparts in the United States or Western Europe. Travellers should nevertheless take care of their valuables, as pickpockets, although not as common as in the U.S. or Europe , do operate in the major cities and tourist areas.
Important Service Telephone Numbers
Ambulance: 112 (all over Turkey)
Police: 155 (all over Turkey)
Tourism Police: (0212) 5274503 (Istanbul only)
Gendarme: 156 (all over Turkey)
Coast Guard: 158 (all over Turkey)
Fire: 110 (all over Turkey)
Yellow Pages: 118 (all over Turkey)
Tourism Info: 170 (all over Turkey)
Atatürk Havalimanı Tourism Information Office
Ataturk Airport -Yeşilköy
+90 (212) 573 41 36 / 663 07 98 Fax:- +90 (212) 663 07 98
Beyazıt Tourism Information Office
+90 (212) 522 49 02
Karaköy Tourism Information Office
Karaköy Limanı Yolcu Salonu İçi
+90 (212) 249 57 76
Sirkeci Tourism Information Office
Sirkeci Train Station
+90 (212) 511 58 88
Sultanahmet Tourism Information Office
+90 (212) 518 18 02 / 518 87 54 Fax- +90 (212) 518 18 02
Good morning Günaydin
Have a nice day Iyi günler
Good evening Iyi aksamlar
Good night Iyi geceler
Good-bye (to be said to the person who leaves) Gule Gule
Good-bye (to be said to the person who stays) Allahaismarladik
How are you? Nasilsiniz?
Thank you Tesekkur ederim
How much does this cost? Kaç lira?
Good Appetite Afiyet olsun
Too expensive Pahali
I love you Seni Seviyorum