Turkey Travel Details FAQ

Last Updated on February 25, 2021

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Here are the answers:

ARCHITECTURE: OttomanSeljukcaravanserais

ARTICLES ON TURKEY: Turkish teaHagia Sophia

BOOKS, FILMS & MAGAZINES: Guidesnovels, movies…

BORDER FORMALITIES: tourist visawork visacustoms

CHILDREN: Travel with kidsfood allergiessafety

CLIMATE: RegionsTurkish almanacwhat to wear

COMPLAINTS: Hotel, tour operator, travel agency…


COMMUNICATIONS: Phonesmobile phonesInternet access…

CULTURE & CUSTOMS: Doing things alla Turca...


ELECTRICITY: Plugs & sockets/points, converters…


FLORA & FAUNA: Van cats have one brown eye, one blue…

FOOD & DRINK: AllergiesvegetariansTurkish coffeeteakebapsrakı

GEOGRAPHY: Turkey has 7 geo-regions…

HAMAM: The Turkish bath, how & where to enjoy it…

HANDICAPPED TRAVELERS: Accessibility of hotels, airports, trains, local transport, historic sights, and buildings…

HEALTH & MEDICAL CARE: Okay, and getting better…

HISTORY: HellenicHittiteSeljukOttomanRepublican

ISLAM: Turkish style: modern, friendly and tolerant…

INSURANCE: Autobaggagemedicaltrip cancellation,terrorism

INTERNET ACCESS: Lots of Wifi, but you’ll want a VPN

KIDS: Travel with kidsfood allergiessafety

LANGUAGE: 100 Most Useful Wordspronunciationgrammar

Ottoman Map, Turkey
An Ottoman map of
the Golden HornIstanbul.

LAUNDRY: Ad hoc…

LINKS: Short list of useful links for Turkey travelers…

MAPS OF TURKEY: CountryclimateIstanbulMetro

MARRIAGE: Your weddinglaws & regulationshoneymoon…

MONEY: New Turkish LiraExchange ratescostscredit cardstipscounterfeit notesATMs

NARGILE: Water pipe, hookah, hubble-bubble—fun!

NAZAR BONJUK: What the evil eye means to you…

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO: Digital; PAL for video, not NTSC…

RELIGION: Muslims, Christians, Jews

RESERVATIONS: Flightsrental carstrainshotels

SAFETY: Menwomenstreet crimeterrorismhighwaystrains, earthquakes

SHOPPING: What to buybargainingbeware antiquities

SPECIAL INTEREST TRIPS: beachesyachtingweddings


TIME ZONE: All of Turkey is in one Time Zone, with no spring or autumn time changes. More…

TIPPING: Restaurants, hotels, taxis, the hamam (Turkish bath)…

TOILETS: What’s that li’l pipe for?

TOURIST OFFICES: Foreign and at home…


WEATHER: Climatic regions, what to wear…

WOMEN TRAVELERS: What to wearhow to actWomen in Turkish Society

—by Tom Brosnahan

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