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Calling long distance from Turkey

The phone system in Turkey is very modern. To make a call from a public phone you should have a calling card (advised for calling abroad) or tokens. The best combination is to have one or two tokens and a phone card because some public phones operate with tokens while others with phone card. You should deposit a coin or insert a phone card to access U.S. long distance companies from public phones. There is no charge for 800 numbers. For GSM owners, Turkey might be within your calling area so inquire about it before bringing your GSM to Turkey.

NEW: At some places, public phones that operate with credit cards are being installed.

Phone rates for calling U.S, Australia and Japan from Turkey:

Daytime $1.4/min
Nighttime $1.1/min between 12 Midnight and 10 A.M.(Turkish time)

Phone rates for calling U.K. from Turkey:

Daytime $1/min
Nighttime $0.70/min between 12 Midnight and 10 A.M. (Turkish time)

General Info:


Turkish cuisine is one of the most extensive cuisines on earth with hundreds of recipes including many inherited from the Ottoman Empire. Considering the nations it included for centuries this inheritance also offers many meals with Arabic, Greek and Central Asian influence. A wide selection of fish, vegetables and fruits accompany a very long list of meals.

The food is quite cheap compared to U.S. and European countries. Many restaurants and food outlets have a price list in front. Below I've listed some per person estimates for Istanbul . These figures should be used only as a vague reference point when calculating your food expenses.

Minimum meal costs around $2, there can be no real minimum as you can guess. Meat or cheese in half loaf of bread, a big sandwitch costs $1.

An average meal is around $4-8. Average does not necessarily mean average quality as it can be low or high quality depending on where you eat.

You can find restaurant suggestions at Restaurant Reviews

The higher range starts around $15 and ends (can there be an end?) around $150.


When to visit Turkey (Weather)

Below, "best time " to visit some cities and regions in Turkey is given. The disadvantage for coming between these dates: Hotel rates are higher.

Best time for Istanbul: April-June, September, October.

Best time for Mediterranean: April-October.

Best time for Aegean: May-October.

Best time for Bursa: December-February

Best time for the Black Sea region: July-August


Net access while traveling (Istanbul)

Plenty of wifi spots and internet cafes exist around town, also many hotels offer free wifi.


Emergency Phone Numbers

Medical Emergency : 112
Police : 155
Police (rural areas) : 156
Fire : 156


Passport and Visas:

The following is the information from the travel guide of the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Turkey. The information is subject to change. You should check with your nearest consulate for up-to-date info.

1) Nationals of the following countries can enter Turkey with a valid passport; a visa not required:

a) Up to 3 Months
Germany, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, United Arab Emirates, Denmark, Marocco, Fiji, Finland, France, Granada, South Korea, The Netherlands, Iran, Switzerland, Iceland, Jamaica, Japan, Canada, Qatar, Kenya, Kuwait, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Norway, Oman, St. Lucia, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Chili, Trinidad-Tobago, Tunisia, Vatican City, New Zealand, Greece, Ecuador, Sweden.

b) Up to 2 Months
The Republic of Croatia, The Republic of Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Romania, Macedonia

c) Up to 1 Month
Bolivia, Kazakhistan, Kyrgyzistan, The Republic of South Africa.

2) For the countries mentioned in above Clauses, and Bulgaria, a transit visa is not required.

3) Nationals of the following countries require a visa:
a) USA, Austria, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Israel, and Portugal, can obtain a sticker visa at border gates (Up to 3 Months).

b) Nationals of the Commonwealth of Independent States (except Kazakhistan and Kyrgyzistan) Hungary, Poland, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Georgia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia can obtain a sticker visa at border gates (Up to 1 month)

c) Nationals of Guatemala and Sri Lanka can obtain a visa for up to 15 days at border gates,

  • Nationals of Jordan, up to 30 days.
  • Nationals of Indonesia can enter the country for two months by obtaining a visa at no charge at the border gates.
d) Nationals of all other countries require a visa, which can be obtained from the nearest Turkish embassy or consulate.

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