VISITING TURKEY (for the Seven Churches of Revelation and Paul’s Missionary Journeys)
The Seven Churches of Revelation were all located in Turkey, and Paul visited many places there too, so we think it’s important for you to know what to expect when you visit.
Turkey’s climate varies regionally and seasonally. For the areas of Biblical significance, we’d recommend Spring and Autumn as the most comfortable times to visit. However, if you crave lots of Summer sunshine, we would certainly recommend Summer too.
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Do I need a visa?
Yes, you’ll need a visa to enter Turkey, and your passport must be valid for at least 60 days after the end of your visa expiry date. You can apply in advance for an e-Visa online at www.evisa.gov.tr/en. This must be done at least 48 hours before departure. At the moment, you also have the option of buying a visa on arrival at your Turkish airport, but please be aware this will be more expensive and it’s likely that this option will soon be phased out. We’d advise applying for your visa in advance.
Is it safe to travel to Turkey?
We advise you to check with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for any security warnings, and to use your own discretion.
Customs and etiquette
We thoroughly recommend taking a little time to look at this website on etiquette whilst in Turkey.
Currency and shopping
The currency in Turkey is the New Turkish Lira. A good indication of the exchange rate can be found here. Visa and Mastercard are the most popular credit cards in Turkey. Travellers’ Cheques can only be exchanged in banks (and you must show your passport), therefore credit cards may be more convenient.
Gratuities tend to be modest in Turkey. Tip in cash in any currency, but give banknotes rather than coins in a foreign currency. Try to hand the tip directly to the person who has served you.
Taxi drivers don’t expect a tip, but it’s good practice to round the fare upwards. For example if the fare comes to 14.50, round it up to 15.00 Liras.
In hotels, porters can be given 2 to 4 Liras per bag, whilst housekeeping staff would be happy with 5 to 7 Liras per day. In inexpensive restaurants, tips of 5% are appreciated and in luxury establishments 10% to 15% is more appropriate.
For guided tours, gratuities for the guide and driver are at your discretion.
What should I wear?
Take plenty of layers (cotton is best) and a hat for sun protection. Remember to bring sensible shoes for walking.
In Turkey the electric current is 230 volts AC, 50 hertz. European plugs with two round pins are used.
Phoning the UK
You can call home by dialing 00 44 followed by your local area code (minus the 0 at the start) and the phone number, e.g. 00 44 1234 567890.
Is the water safe to drink?
We’d advise you to drink bottled mineral water, widely available in Turkey.
Can I bring my medication with me?
Turkey has a list of medicines they won’t allow into the country. We advise you to contact the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey at 43 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PA, on 020 7393 0202 or firstname.lastname@example.org for full details.
Do I need any vaccinations?
It is advisable to have vaccinations for Hepatitis A and Tetanus. It may also be wise to consider vaccinations for Hepatitis B and Rabies. We strongly recommend you consult your doctor for current advice.