Fast Facts: Turkey
Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.
U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least eight months after your return date.
U.S. citizens traveling to Turkey by cruise ship may enter Turkey without a visa for a maximum period of 72 hours. Otherwise, U.S. passport holders must have a visa to enter Turkey, obtained prior to arrival. Tourist visas for stays up to 90 days may be obtained through the Turkey e-Visa website and a printed receipt must be presented upon arrival. You may also apply through a fee-based visa service such as our preferred provider, VisaHQ. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.
Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? We will send visa instructions for U.S. passport holders.
If you hold a passport from another country, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements.
More information about passports & visas.
The coast of Turkey is temperate, warm, and humid in the summer. Eastern Turkey has short summers and bitterly cold winters. Central Anatolia is dry and hot in the summer, rainy and snowy in the winter. If you plan to visit beaches, June thru September is the best time to travel. Southeastern Turkey is very dry and extremely hot in the summer.
April-May and September-October are the best months for touring with the least amount of rainfall and the most comfortable temperatures.
Check out the current weather conditions in Turkey.
The currency in Turkey is the lira. Please review the current exchange rate for the lira.
Tip 10% in expensive restaurants even if a service charge has been added. Tip porters $1-$3 U.S. per bag, and tour guides around $5-$10 US.
ATMs are found all over in major cities. Beware of ATMs in secluded areas.
The best items to shop for in Turkey are handwoven rugs and kilims, leather goods, silk, alabaster, copperware and brassware, ceramics, Iznik tiles, brass samovars, and meerschaum pipes. Be cautious of “antiques,” some are fakes. If you do buy an antique, be sure to obtain an official permit to export it.
230 volts. Plugs C & F. You
will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to
use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter
and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.
See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.