General Information on Turkey, 28.4.2015
1- VISA INFORMATION: Contact Turkish Consulate General in Los Angeles,
6300 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2010 Los Angeles, CA 90048 USA
Tel. (323) 655 -8832 (Ext:14) ; Fax (323) 655-8681
2- VACCINATION: Please check ‘The US Government Centers for Disease Control and Preventions’ web site for update information: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/
3- COUNTRY TRAVEL REPORT: Website for the Department of State: http://www.state.gov/
4- TRAVEL IN
* Informationregarding travel distances can be found on http://www.neredennereye.com/int/
* Information on coach travel can be obtained from http://www.neredennereye.com/int/
Numerous private companies offer frequent day and night service to many Turkish cities. Coaches depart from the bus station (otogar) in large towns and from the center of town in smaller regions.
* Information on train service can be obtained onwww.tcdd.gov.tr/tcddwebenglish/index.html
* Information on
ferry service can be obtained onhttp://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/trans/Ship/index.html
See also: Turkish Maritime Lines Website www.tdi.com.tr * (this website is in Turkish)
*Translation of terms:
Denizyollari Isletmesi – maritime lines operations (services)
Sehir Hatlari Isletmesi – town (short) lines operations (services)
Hizmet Verdigi Hatlarimiz – places that we serve, only under Sehir Hatlari Isletmesi
Araba Vapur Hatlari – lines that take cars, onlyunder Sehir Hatlari Isletmesi
Limanlar – ports; Gunler – days; Varis – arrival; Kalkis – departure
Pazartesi – Monday; Sali – Tuesday; Carsamba – Wednesday; Persembe – Thursday; Cuma – Friday; Cumartesi – Saturday; Pazar – Sunday
Ucret tarifesi – price list; Arac – vehicle; Yatak ucretleri – cabin prices per bed;
Navlun – cargo
is 24 km west of the
Taxis from the airport to Sultanahmet (about 20 minutes away) average about US$10-12. Taxis (yellow in color) are numerous in all Turkish cities. The fare shown on the meter reads according to the distance travelled.
The “Dolmuş” is a collective taxi which follows specific routes and is recognizable by its yellow band. Each passenger pays according to the distance travelled and can get off at specific stops. The “Dolmuş“ provides a service within large cities to suburbs, airports and often to neighbouring towns, and is less expensive than taxis.
DRIVING: Turkish road signs conform to the International Protocol on Road Signs; the highway signs are blue. Signs for toll roads that have beenconstructed in the west of the countryhave a green background; the roads are very good and the feerange isUS$0.50-2.00. Touristsites (archeological and historical) are indicated by yellow signs.
on the right. Driving wouldnot be recommended in
5- TIME: Turkish standard time is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time; one hour ahead of Central European Time and seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
6- LANGUAGE: Turkish is the official language. English, German and some French is spoken by
many hotel & restaurant staff and staff at major sights of interest in the
tourist areas of western
7- VOLTAGE: 220V, 50Hz; the European round two-prong plug is used.
8- WATER: The tap water is chlorinated but it is recommended to drink bottled water.
Currency(TL): Turkish Lira (on 1 January 2005, the old Turkish lira (TRL) was converted to new Turkish lira (TRY) at a rate of 1,000,000 old to 1 new Turkish lira; on 1 January 2009, the Turkish government dropped the word "new" and the currency is now called simply the Turkish Lira)
Currency converter: www.xe.com/ucc/
Bank Notes – Turkish Lira: 5, 10, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1.000
To obtain a better rate than that offered by home country exchange services it
is best to change currency (cash/travellers cheques) into Turkish liras upon
Due to currency
fluctuations, change only enough hard currency to Turkish liras to last you for
the immediate future. Currency exchange
desks and ATMs are located at air, road and sea entry points.
Cash: U.S. dollars are widely used and an easy
currency to change. They are often accepted as payment without being changed. Other
currencies can also be changed to Turkish liras, but it is generally
recommended to carry U.S. dollars. You willusually need to show your
passport when changing cash. The
currency exchange bureaus generally do not charge a commission for changing
currency to Turkish liras.
Credit cards: Major credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are accepted in many shops, hotels and restaurants; it is a good idea to check first. Credit card companies provide the location of ATMs worldwide on their websites. If travelling in remote/rural areas it is advisable to carry some cash as credit card use would not be an option at these locations.
ATMS: Allthe large Turkish banks have ATMs. They are a convenient method for obtaining Turkish liras and are located in cities, towns and resort areas. The banks are affiliated to both the Visa/Plus and MasterCard/Cirrus systems so money can be withdrawn using most foreign cards, including most debit cards(the Plus or Cirrus system symbol should be on the back of your credit card).
Debit (cash) card use: this isa quick andeconomical way of obtaining Turkish liras. Use ATMs that have the Plus or Cirrus system logos shown on the machines. N.B. There will be a fee per transaction, taken directly from your home account.
Credit card (cash advance): the maximum cash advance withdrawal is equal to about US$250 per day. N.B. interest on the cash advance (and afee) will be charged from the day the ATM isused until the date the creditcard statement is paid.
Travelers cheques: It is recommended to change travelers cheques at the large banks, notably Iş Bankasi branches. It is sometimes necessary to politely but firmly urge them to do the transaction. You will need to show your passport. Most banks charge a commission for changing cheques. [In some cases there may be charge.] Obtain a receipt. N.B. The currency exchange bureaus may not change travelers cheques.
The large, main post offices situated inmajor
Retain your currency exchange receipts in order to change your Turkish lira back into foreign currency before you leave the country.
GENERAL INFORMATION ON TURKEY
Location: Southeastern Europe and
Southwestern Asia (that portion of
Area: total: 783,562 sq km( land: 769,632 sq km, water: 13,930 sq km)
Area - comparative:
slightly larger than
Land boundaries: total: 2,648 km border countries: Armenia 268 km, Azerbaijan 9 km, Bulgaria 240 km, Georgia 252 km, Greece 206 km, Iran 499 km, Iraq 352 km, Syria 822 km
Coastline: 7,200 km
Climate: temperate; hot, dry summers with mild, wet winters; harsher in interior
Terrain: high central plateau (
location controlling the
Population: 76,805,524 (July 2009 est.)
Nationality: noun: Turk(s), adjective: Turkish
Religions: Muslim 99.8% (mostly Sunni), other 0.2% (mostly Christians and Jews)
Languages: Turkish (official), English is widely spoken
Country name: conventional long
Government type: republican parliamentary democracy
Telephone system: international: country code – 90
Agriculture - products: tobacco, cotton, grain, olives, sugar beets, hazelnuts, pulse, citrus; livestock
Industries: tourism, textiles, food processing, autos, electronics, mining (coal, chromite, copper, boron), steel, petroleum, construction, lumber, paper
Economy - overview: Turkey's dynamic economy is a complex mix of modern industry and commerce along with a traditional agriculture sector that still accounts for about 30% of employment. It has a strong and rapidly growing private sector, yet the state remains a major participant in basic industry, banking, transport, and communication. The largest industrial sector is textiles and clothing, which accounts for one-third of industrial employment; it faces stiff competition in international markets with the end of the global quota system
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