Turkey

Entry allowed but some restrictions may apply. Entry ban for visitors arriving from certain areas. COVID test result is required unless you are either recovered or vaccinated.
Quarantine required for visitors arriving from certain areas. Vaccinated are exempted from quarantine. Find more details on official websites.

Pre-entry clearance formTravelers might be required to fill out the pre-travel clearance form. Fill the form on official website.

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What is the COVID situation in Turkey?

+21,495 New COVID cases in Turkey
+187 New COVID deaths in Turkey
59.51% Fully vaccinated

Data source: Our World In Data / Data updated on December 3, 2021

Data last reviewed on: 27 October 2021

Basic facts about Turkey

Turkey is a large country located in Western Asia. The capital of Turkey is Ankara and the most spoken language is Turkish. The national currency in Turkey is Turkish lira (TRY).

What taxi apps are available in Turkey?

If you are not a local, you may have difficulty making the best use of public transportation. Using a taxi app such as Uber or Bolt is unquestionably a better method to go about cities without getting into too much touch with strangers. There may be also other local taxi apps available in Turkey.

You can use Uber in 2 cities: Ankara, Istanbul. Bolt is not available in Turkey.

See the full list of cities where Uber operate.

Practical information

Turkish lira (TRY)Official currency
1 EUR~15.5 TRY
1 USD~13.7 TRY

Check with your bank to determine if there are any costs for international transactions. When you use a foreign ATM, your home bank will typically charge you a fee. While some banks don't charge a fee, some charge a fixed fees for every withdrawal or provide a limited amount of free withdrawals.

When you spend money abroad with your card, you're unlikely to get the interbank exchange rate. This implies that each time you spend in a foreign currency, you may be paying a significant fee. Varying service providers may charge different markups, but they should not exceed 3% of the transaction value on average.

To reduce the transaction costs, you may choose to consider one of the travel cards offered by the following mobile banks: Wise.com, Revolut, N26 or Monose

Do people speak English in Turkey?

The official language of Turkey is Turkish. Traveling across Turkey if English is your first (and only) language may be difficult due to language barriers. You can go into someone who doesn't comprehend the word that you speak. Learn a few distress phrases, such as aid, emergency, and police, as a precaution, and of course, the most important phrase to know is “Do you speak English?”

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Turkey was ranked 69th out of 100 countries in 2020.

What socket types are used in Turkey?

There are 2 common plug types used in Turkey:

Type C 220 V, 50 Hz  Type F 220 V, 50 Hz

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

What countries need visa to enter Turkey?

Currently, citizens of 90 countries can enter Turkey without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival. Please note that you may be needed to get an electronic visa before arriving.

What are visa requirements to enter Turkey?

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Turkey.

Data last reviewed on: 27 October 2021

Is it safe in Turkey?

The U.S. State Department uses a four-level travel advisory system. The levels show how safe it is to travel throughout the world. The countries with the lowest level (1) are considered safe for visitors, while those with the greatest level (4) should be avoided, at least temporarily.

On August 16, 2021, the risk level for Turkey was changed to Level 4: Do Not Travel.

Emergency phones in Turkey

112 Police
112 Ambulance
112 Fire police

How much tobacco and alcohol can you bring to Turkey?

The products are only for your own use or consumption, or as a present for members of your household. They may not be imported for commercial purposes under any circumstances.

Alcohol

  • 1 (1L) or 2 (0,75L or 0.7L) bottles of wine and/or spirits

Tobacco

  • 200 cigarettes and
  • 50 cigars and
  • 200 gm tobacco and
  • 200 cigarette paper or 200g pipe tobacco or 200g chewing tobacco or 200g tobacco for nargileh or 50g snuff

Data last reviewed on: 27 October 2021

Check travel information also for neighbor countries of Turkey:

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