Travelling To Türkiye – General Information

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Entry in to Türkiye: If you are travelling on a British passport you no longer need a visa. However, please be aware that you are only permitted to stay in the country for 90 days out of 180.

Money: The national currency of Türkiye is the Turkish Lira. If you decide to change money in Türkiye then money exchanges (Doviz), as well as banks, are common in towns and cities in Türkiye. Cash points of various Turkish banks are widely available throughout Türkiye, all accept major debit and credit cards are accepted and have language translations as part of their service

General Items: Bottled water can be purchased in shops, bars, and restaurants, it is advisable to ask if the tap water is OK to drink in your accommodation. Many rural houses are on clean spring water but it is worth checking. Food and clothes are generally cheaper than most western countries, local weekly markets or ‘Pazars‘ are popular in Türkiye where many “genuine fake” brands can be purchased as well as local farm producers offering fresh, cheap vegetables, seasonal fruit and dairy produce. A local Pazar is well worth the visit!

Food: Türkiye, quite rightly, is widely recognised as having one of the world’s top five cuisines. Fresh vegetables are used in most meals. The traditional breakfasts (Kahvalti) in Türkiye will consist of fresh bread, eggs, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, slices of white cheese, seasonal fruit jam and local honey. Turkish tea (Çay)is served without milk in small glass cups, Turkish coffee (kahve) is black and strong, served in small cups, usually with a glass of water and is similar to expresso.

Some Useful Phrases: When travelling to Türkiye, most Turkish people in tourist areas, speak some English, however a few phrases go a long way to impressing the locals. Here are a few examples:

Hi: Merhaba 

My name is: Ismim …….

Yes: Evet

No: Hayir
Please: Lutfen

Excuse me: Bakar misiniz

Nice to meet you: Memnun oldum

Do you speak English: Inglizce konusuyor musunuz? (een-gee-leez-je ko-noo-shore moo-soo-nooz)

Good morning: Gunaydin

Have a nice day: Iyi gunler

Bye: Gule gule

Sorry: Afedersiniz

Slowly: Yavas

Water: Su

I understand very little Turkish: Ben Turkce biraz

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