Turkey essentials

A list of essential information about Turkey, including language, currency, visa requirements, time zone, dialling code and emergency numbers.

Language: Turkish
Currency:  Turkish lira ₺ (TRY) – check latest exchange rates on xe.com
Visas: For stays of up to 90 days, most Western nationalities either don’t require visas or can purchase one in advance from evisa.gov.tr (fees vary country to country).
Time zone: GMT +2
Dialling code: +90
Emergency codes: Police 155, Medical 112, Fire 110
Capital city: Ankara
Population: 79,814,871
Tipping: 5-10% in restaurants, cafés and bars
Electricity: 230V/50hz. Turkey uses the below AC power plug and socket. We recommend the OREI travel adaptor. It works in over 150 countries and includes a USB charger.

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