Fast Facts: Turkey

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

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.

What is the weather like?

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.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

There is no risk for malaria in Istanbul. You should check with your doctor about possible vaccinations against typhoid and hepatitis. Take along plenty of insect repellent!

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

The currency in Turkey is the lira. Please review the current exchange rate for the lira.

Are tips & service charges customary?

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.

What items should I shop for?

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.

What are the voltage requirements?

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.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.