Turkey Travel Guide

Turkey Travel Guide

USEFUL INFORMATION.
First aid kit.
Before the trip, form and take a first aid kit with you, which will help you with minor ailments, save you time looking for medicines and get rid of the problems of communicating in a foreign language. In addition, many medicines may have different names in different countries.

We recommend taking with you:
– Painkillers and cardiovascular drugs;
– remedies for indigestion;
– choleretic;
– preparations against motion sickness in transport;
– remedies for insect bites;
– dressing material;
– waterproof adhesive plaster;
– barrier contraceptives;
– eye drops;
– Sun protection and skin care after sun exposure. In the first days of rest, we strongly recommend the use of these funds.

VISA.
On April 16, 2011, the visa regime between Russia and Turkey was cancelled. According to the new rules, citizens of the Russian Federation can enter Turkey without a visa for a stay of up to 60 days.

TIME.
Time coincides with Moscow.

MONEY.
The monetary unit of Turkey is the Turkish lira. The exchange rate is unstable, at the moment 1 $ = 6.50 TRY. Money can be imported in US dollars, euros or rubles, they are accepted in almost all exchange offices. You can exchange currency at exchange offices and banks. Bank branches are usually open on weekdays from 8:30 to 17 hours. Break – from 12:00 to 13:30.

THE SHOPS.
There is no hourly work schedule in shops; during the tourist season, many shops are open until late at night.
It is customary to bargain in small shops and markets, you can bargain in large wholesale centers for the sale of leather and jewelry, as well as with taxi drivers.

MEDICAL SERVICE.
All medical care in Turkey is paid, but if you have an insurance policy, the service is free of charge or with subsequent reimbursement of expenses according to the insurance policy (see the memo attached to the insurance policy). In the event of an insured event, you must contact the insurance company by phone numbers indicated in the insurance policy. Only with the direct notification of the insurance company and coordination by it of your actions will free (or with subsequent reimbursement of expenses) service be provided. If you plan to engage in extreme activities in Turkey, then take out a special insurance policy.

MAINS VOLTAGE.
Mains voltage 220 V.

CAR RENTAL.
A car can only be rented if you have a driver’s license. All cars are insured with Casco. The minimum rental period is one day, mileage is not limited. Make sure the car is fully insured, including headlights and glass. Gasoline is bought independently. In the event of an accident, do not move the car until the arrival of the police. The police may not speak Russian or English and you will not be able to explain your version of the event, you must immediately inform the company where the car was rented and the representative of the host company about what happened. Don’t forget to bring your driver’s license, passport and car rental documents with you, as police checks are possible.

RELIGION.
99% of the local population are Muslims.

SOUVENIRS.
The most popular purchases in Turkey are amulets against the evil eye, carpets (carpets are sold at every step, but you should buy only with a specialist – it is difficult to determine the quality yourself), ceramics (all kinds of cups and plates, vases, boxes and even painted cats and dogs), sweets (baklava of all varieties, Turkish delight, rose petal jam, marzipan, dried fruits and nuts), all kinds of spices, tea and tea set (not only black or green, but also apple, orange and berry. These, as well as other tea blends, are sold by weight in the bazaars, where you can choose your favorite flavor (they drink tea from interesting small tulip-shaped cups), jewelry (jewelry in Turkey is cheap and varied. It is worth paying attention to brooches in the form of flowers and birds.

CUSTOMS.

You can take out of Russia without a bank certificate up to $ 10,000 per person. If you are exporting more than USD 10,000 per person, then you must have bank documents with you.
At the Turkish airport, be sure to include all electronic equipment, antiques and jewelry on the declaration (their presence can be checked upon departure). Duty-free import is allowed: 400 cigarettes, or 50 pieces of cigars, or 200 grams of tobacco, 5 (1000 ml each) or 7 (700 ml each) bottles of alcoholic beverages, of which no more than 3 can be of the same variety, cologne – 2 liters in uncorked bottles, perfume – 1 liter in uncorked bottles, gifts worth no more than $ 500, food within the limits of personal needs. The import of drugs, medicines containing a large dose of narcotic substances and weapons is prohibited.

PHONE.
Telephone communication in Turkey is very good and relatively inexpensive. You can call from the hotel, but it is more expensive than from the post office. You can buy a blue phone card for “100 units” and call the CIS from any street machine. It is better to buy cards at the post office or in large supermarkets. Post offices are open from 08:30 to 17:30, telephone call centers – until midnight. Mail identification marks – black on yellow PTT.
Cellular communication works great in Turkey. For calls to local numbers (for example, a guide in the city), it makes sense for mobile phone owners to buy a local SIM card for a few dollars, which justifies itself instantly.
You can contact Russia by +7 code, area code, subscriber’s phone number.
To call Turkey, dial + 10 90, area code.

TRANSPORT.
The bus is the most popular means of communication within Turkey. The average ticket price in the city is 2.5-3 Turkish lira (0.5 US dollars). Taxi – the average cost for 1 km is 1.5 US dollars (payment by taximeter). At night (GECE) – from 24:00 to 6:00 there is a double tariff. Shuttle taxis operate from 06:00 am to 24:00 pm with a fixed fare. In small towns such as Belek, traffic ends at about 20:00 .

TIPS.
The tip system applies to waiters in bars and restaurants, maids in hotels, porters, guides. Tipping is optional, but if the customer is satisfied with the service, tipping is a sign of good taste. Almost always, the average tip is 10% of the bill. However, in expensive restaurants it is customary to leave up to 20%. In hotels, in taxis, they do not give tea, but the meter readings are rounded up.

RECOMMENDATIONS.
for drinking it is recommended to use mineral water, which can be purchased in shops and bars of the hotel;
– we recommend storing jewelry, money and documents in a safe located in the room or in a safe at the reception desk;
– it is recommended to hand over the room key to the hotel reception. If the key is lost, the hotel administration should be notified immediately.

USEFUL PHONES.
If you have any questions during your stay in Turkey, please contact our host, whose phone numbers are indicated in the voucher and information letter Police – 155 Info for tourists – 154 Ambulance – 112

Turkey Travel Guide

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