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General advices 

General advices

 GENERAL ADVICES:

 

Arrange your flight time :
Unfortunately we experience frequently that guests miss their flights. Please be at the airport at least 2 hours before your flight and get in line to check in as soon as they open the counter. After you check in, you may want to spend your time shopping at the Duty-Free Zone or drinking a cup of coffee.


3 most important thing you should not forget: 
The three most important thing for each traveler: MONEY - PASSPORT - FLIGHT TICKET.
You must keep your money at a safe place. We recommend you a purse which you can hang around your neck and hide under your clothes. Wallets that are carried in hip pockets are very attractive to thieves in the whole world. A further suggestion is dividing your money in smaller quantities and carrying in different pockets. If some of it is lost, the rest may help you out.

Flight ticket and passport: 
-Please get your flight tickets confirmed at the airport to avoid surprises like delays and cancellations. flight. It is recommended that you book and buy intermediate flights from the same agency, likewise thereby you have direct partners. This is important for any incidents which could happen if there is a partner there.

Loosing passport is a very unpleasant experience. Please do not panic or despair. Inform your tour guide as soon as possible and get in contact with the consulate of your country. You will be guided to the next step.

Packing: 
- Keep sudden weather changes in mind. Have a raincoat in your luggage.
- A roll suit-case is recommendable as hand baggage. 
- Listing what you are going to take in advance may be really helpful. It is possible to forget important things while packing.

Travelling with children: 
- If your child can read and write, take some books for them, Comics etc..
- For infants we recommend to take toys with you. 
- You should not give too much candies to your children before travelling
- Give your children the chance of carrying some of the stuff they want in their own bags. They may feel excited and 
- Carry a photo of your child in case of extreme emergencies, e.g losing your child
- You may want to write your or hotel’s phone number and address on a piece of paper and put it in your child's pocket.

For women who travel alone:
- In some countries a ring on the finger deters unnecessary annoyances.
- Please do not forget to behave adaptive and dressing respectfully to different cultures in foreign countries. This may show your respect to people’s culture. As an example, women can not wear shorts in India.
- It is prohibited for pregnant women to take a flight before seeing a doctor.

Pieces of advice for the flight and for the airport: 


- To avoid the dry air in the plane, drink as much liquid as you can.
- To avoid being bored in the plane, carry a book or some crossword puzzles with you
- To avoid feeling pressure in your ears, you may chew a 
- Some airports are very large and consist of 2 terminals. These terminals may be far away from each other. Know exactly which one you need to go.
- Tax is paid at many airports. It is recommended that you know exactly how much you are going to pay. 
- Many airlines offer special meal menus to their passengers,e.g vegetarian. Please ask your travel agency if you need a special menu.

General pieces of advice for your vacation: 


- If you would like to have further information about the country you are visiting contact your country’s consulate or the tourist board.
- Have some personal data in your purse, e.g name, address, phone number, blood type... This may save your life.
- Know the emergency phone numbers of the country you are visiting
- Travel by a local travel agency. They can take care of your problems.
- If you are thinking about renting a car, it is recommended to find a local ageny. If you rent it from your country it is going to be more expensive.. However, you should be aware of your rights and the terms of insurance.
- Do not keep all your money at one place. You should have a little money somewhere else to use in case of emergencies.
- Get information from your hotel’s help-desk if you are visiting a country where English is not a common language.
- You may want to have some change to tip the bellboys.
- Take a dictionary of the country’s language that you are going to visit. Who knows, you may learn another language on your vacation.
- Living is cheaper in eastern countries. You can take advantage of that.
- If you are a student, get an internationally recognized student ID. This will get you a discount while visiting museums and ancient places.

 

Driving
You can drive in Turkey with EU, US or International driving licence. You should have your driving licence, your passport and insurance documents of the vehicle with you in the car at all times, as you will need it if you are involved in an accident. All of the major international car rental companies, as well as a number of local ones, have offices at airports and all major centres.

Driving in Turkey is on the right, as in continental Europe. Turkish road signs conform to the International Protocol on Road Signs and archaeological and historic sites are indi¬cated by yellow signs. Turkey has a good network of well-maintained roads. There is a 50 km per hour speed limit within urban centres and 90 km outside urban centres (120 km on Motorways). Petrol stations are fairly easy to find and on main highways, they are often open 24hrs and have restaurants and other facilities attached. Unleaded (kurşunsuz) petrol is easily available. Garages for repairs are often concentrated on certain streets within a town or can be found on highways.

If you are planning on driving to Turkey, as well as your passport, you will need to take your international driving licence, car registration documents and international green card (insurance card) with the TR sign clearly visible (NB: This can be purchased on arrival at the border). You can bring your own car into the country for up to six months. If you wish to keep you car in Turkey for more than six months, you are liable to pay import tax.

 

Mobile Phones

The major GSM operators in Turkey are Turkcell, Vodafone and Avea. 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. Take your mobile phone and passport to a Turkish mobile phone shop where your new SIM will be registered along with your handset's IMEI number and your personal information. (Unregistered phones will be blocked and unable to receive or make calls.) Turkey has very wide mobile coverage networks so you shouldn't have any problems in the main cities and tourist resorts.

 

Time Difference 

 

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

 

Public Holidays 

There are two types of public holiday in Turkey: those which are decided by the government and which fall on the same day each year; and the religious festivals which change according to the lunar calendar and, therefore, fall on different dates each year.On public holidays, banks and government offices are closed. In general, life in seaside resorts is not affected as these are the times when Turkish people also go on holiday. Shops and businesses away from tourist areas may close, however, so you should bear this in mind when travelling inland or to city areas. 

 

ReligiousFestivals 

Şeker Bayramı (Eid)This is the festival which falls at the end of Ramazan, a period of fasting. Traditionally, sweets are exchanged as gifts. In more rural and conservative areas, you may find it more difficult to eat or drink in public during Ramazan period. 
Kurban Bayramı (Great Eid) Traditionally, a sheep or cow is sacrificed at this time and the meat distributed to the needy and friends, family and neighbours.

Public Holidays 

New Years Day, 1 January
National Sovereignty and Children's Day, 23 April
Ataturk Commemoration and Youth Sports Day, 19 May
Victory Day, 30 August
Republic Day, 28 (half day) 29 October

 

 

Currency


Turkish Lira is available in the following denominations:


Banknotes: 5, 10, 20, 50,100 and 200 TL Coins: 5, 10, 25 & 50 Kuruş and 1 TL
You can obtain currency before travelling to Turkey or on arrival. Exchange rates are usually slightly better in Turkey and all international airports have exchange facilities. Usually, cash can be exchanged without charging commission in exchange offices, banks or hotels. Please note that Scottish notes are not accepted in Turkey. Travellers' cheques can be exchanged in banks only. Cash point machines (ATM) are available in most areas, which accept major UK credit and debit cards and give instructions in English. It may be a good idea to inform your bank in advance that you are travelling to Turkey as some will automatically put a stop on cards after the first usage in an attempt to combat fraud. Exchange rates are published daily in Turkish newspapers. If you are planning to exchange currency back from TL before leaving the country, or are making a major purchase, which may need to be declared to customs, you will need to keep your transaction receipts in order to show that the currency has been legally exchanged.

 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.

 Cash machines (ATMs) are available throughout Turkey, accepting major European credit and bank cards and instructions are often available in English. It is advisable to inform your bank in advance that you are travelling to Turkey as some will automatically put a stop on cards after the first use in an attempt to combat fraud.