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Visit Turkey – Plan Your Trip

Best Time of Year to Visit Turkey

The weather in Turkey is hot and dry in summer.  Rainfall is higher in winter and there can even be light snow.  Spring and fall are likely the best time of year to visit Turkey if you want to see the major attractions.  Those more interested in spending time at the oceanfront on the Turquoise Coast should pick July or August as the best time of year to visit.

Visit Turkey – Visa Requirements

Turkey has complex lists of citizens who are exempt from visa requirements.  For a list of countries requiring a travel visa, visit the Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs web site or check your specific country at VisaHQ.  For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.  If you need a Turkish visa, the Turkish government now provides an online eVisa at a reasonable price.  The visa on arrival system was phased out in 2014.  Ocean cruise lines often handle visa arrangement for their passengers visiting Turkish ports of call, such as Istanbul and Kusadasi.

Turkey – Currency

The currency used in Turkey is the Turkish lira (TRY).  You can often buy small amounts of Turkish lira from money changers who sit outside major tourist attractions.

Electrical Adapters for Turkey

When you Visit Turkey you will need a two prong European electrical adapter.  Type C and Type F electrical adapters will work.  Electrical adapters for Turkey also will work in many European countries, like Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Portugal, Spain and Eastern Europe.

Turkey Background

Turkey became a country in 1923 through the efforts of its founder, Musafa Ataturk.  The country is in the transition area between Europe and Asia along the Bosphorus, which joins the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara and the Aegean.  Turkey shares borders with Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Iran, Iraq and Syria.

Turkey has a population in excess of 70 million and the official language is Turkish.  In the past the region was ruled by the Byzantines, the Romans and the Ottomans.  The transition from Christianity to Muslim is apparent in its architecture.  Most of the population is now Muslim.  The Kurds occupy the border areas with Iraq and have experienced long struggles for independence.

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