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Can I use the local cash machines?

Cash machines (ATMs) are available throughout Turkey, accepting major European credit and bank cards and instructions are often available in English.

Can I use my credit card?

International credit and debit cards are widely accepted in shops and restaurants throughout Turkey. However it is advisable also to carry cash for the smaller shops and cafes, particularly in more rural areas.

What is the local currency?

The local currency in Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TL) available in the following denominations: banknotes: 5, 10, 20, 50 &100 TL; coins: 10, 25 & 50 kuruş and 1 TL. Cash can usually be exchanged without commission at bureau de changes (döviz), banks and hotels.

What should visitors dress in Turkey?

There are no hard and fast rules but it is best to use common sense when deciding what to wear. When visiting mosques you should take off your shoes at the entrance and ladies should cover their hair; often scarves are provided on the way in. Both sexes should dress modestly with no shorts and arms and shoulders covered during visits to mosques.

Can I drive in Turkey?

You should have your driving licence, your passport and insurance documents of the vehicle with you. All of the major international car rental companies, as well as a number of local ones, have offices at airports and all major centres.

Do I need to know Turkish in order to communicate?

English is Turkey’s second widest spoken language and you will easily find English speakers in the major cities and holiday resorts. Restaurant menus and other information for foreigners are often printed in English.

Will I be able to use my mobile phone in Turkey?

You can use your mobile phone in Turkey if your provider has enabled international roaming. However if you intend to stay for a long time in the country or make several calls, it may be preferable to buy a local prepaid SIM card. Turkey has very wide mobile coverage networks so you shouldn’t have any problems in the main cities and tourist resorts.

What are the opening times for shops and other services?

Museums: 9 AM to 17 PM, Tuesday to Sunday. Pharmacies: 9 AM to 19 PM, Monday to Saturday. 24-Hour duty pharmacies are available on a rota basis that the names and addresses can be found on any pharmacy.) Banks: 9 AM to 17 PM, Monday to Friday. (Some closes for lunch brake.) Post Offices: 9 AM to 17 PM, Monday to Friday. (Extended hours applied on peak periods at major Holiday destinations). Shopping Centres are open seven days a week and stay open until late.

What is the time difference?

Turkey is GMT+2, that is to say two hours ahead of the UK and one hours of the Central Europe.

Can I use traveller’s cheques?

Traveller’s cheques can be exchanged at banks, some large hotels and bureau de changes (döviz).

Is any vaccination required for tourists entering Turkey?

There are no compulsory vaccinations for visitors entering Turkey though it is a good idea to be up-to-date with polio, tetanus, typhoid and if you are travelling to the east of the country.

Do I need a visa to visit Turkey?

Malaysian citizes do not require visa for their trip to Turkey up to 90 days. For more information about visa, please check the link below;