Travel advice for Turkey.

Here you will find important tips and useful information for Turkey.

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in euro (EUR)

  • For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination

Local currency / ISO Code

New Turkish lira TRY

Currency exchange rate

TRY 100 = ~ CHF 5.23 ; CHF 1 = ~ TRY 19.07 (09/2022)

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  • Customary credit cards are accepted in most places. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.

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Practical Information:

Time difference with Switzerland

+ 1h

Driving
  • Swiss driver's license and vehicle registration accepted.

  • Minimum age for car rentals: 21 to 25 (varies by company).

  • Carta verde internazionale raccomandata con indicazione 'Turchia' obbligatoria.

  • Blood alcohol limit: 0.5 ‰.

National language

Official language

Turkish

Language capabilities

English, German and French

Capital

Ankara

Country code for calling Switzerland

00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Health situation
  • Mosquito protection advised.

  • Minimal risk of malaria in the Cukurova and Amikova plain as well as in the Southeast of Anatolia, outside of the touristic areas.

  • Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.

Voltage

220 volt; 2-pronged round plug / adapter required for 3-pronged plug

Travel documents for Swiss citizens
  • ID card or Passport still valid 6 months or more after arrival for stays up to 3 months.

  • Travelers are advised to carry with them their passport or a photocopy thereof.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Ankara, Atatürk Bulvari 247, P.K. 25, 06 692 Kavaklidere
Tel. +90 312 457 31 00

Opening hours

Banks

8.30 - 12.00 h and 13.30 - 17.00 h (Mon - Fri)

Stores

9.30 - 19.00 h (Mon - Sat)

Other information

This country is in an active earthquake zone.

Security

  • Consult the media about the current situation before and during the journey and stay in contact with your tour operator.

  • Malgrado l'aumento delle misure di sicurezza esiste sempre il rischio di attacchi terroristici.

  • Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.

Special legal regulations

  • Photographing military installations and public buildings (airports, bridges etc.) is prohibited.

  • Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs.

Cultural characteristics
  • Turkey is a predominantly Moslem country.
    Please observe local customs for dress code and conduct.

  • Ramadan 2019: 05.05. - 04.06.

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