Important Information

General Information

- Capital City: Ankara - Official Language: Turkish - Time Zone: GMT+2 - Currency: Turkish Lira (TRY) - Traffic: Right-hand - Internet TLD: .tr - Telephone Code: +90

Necessary Documentation

Other than passport, patients are advised to bring all medical documents and test results requested by the medical institution/doctor and/or the intermediary organization

Mobile Communication

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.


While planning your trip to Turkey do not forget to check your passport if it is valid for at least 90 days. Depending on your nationality, most probably your stay as a tourist is limited up to 3 months (for one entrance).For tourist visas for many countries, there is no need to apply in advance or to fill in any forms. However, please check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for updated information and information on which passport holders may require a visa before leaving their country. You may also check with the Turkish Embassy in your country for the latest visa updates. The visa for UK passport holders currently costs £10 and must be paid for with a Sterling note. The visa fee for USA and Australian passport holders is $20/€15. Canadian passport holders need to pay $60/€45. The visa fee for New Zealand passport holders is gratis. The visa for some EU state-passport holders currently costs € 10 and must be paid for with a Euro note. Visas are multiple entries and are valid for three months. Each passport-holder, including infants, must purchase a visa. With tourist visas, you will not have the right to take up paid or unpaid employment or to reside, or to study (including student exchange program) or to establish yourself a business in Turkey.

ATMS, Traveler's Cheque And Credit Cards

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. 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. Travelers Cheques can be exchanged at banks, some large hotels and bureau of exchange.

Working Hours

Museums: 9 AM to 5 PM, Tuesday to Sunday. Pharmacies: 9 AM to 7 PM, Monday to Saturday. 24-Hour duty pharmacies are available on a rotation basis; the names and addresses can be found on any pharmacy.) Banks: 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday to Friday. (Some close for lunch break.) Post Offices: 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday to Friday. (Extended hours apply on peak periods at major Holiday destinations). Shopping Centers are open seven days a week and stay open until late.


The main voltage for electricity is 220V and 50Hz. Central European type wall socket (two-pin plugs) is standard in Turkey.