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We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to travelling in Turkey. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Turkey.
Currencie(s): Turkish lira
Tipping: Usually optional and not customary in many places. Though not necessary, a tip of 5–10% is appreciated in restaurants, and is usually paid by "leaving the change". Cab drivers usually do not expect to be tipped, though passengers may round up the fare.
Corruption: Turkey has a corruption score of 59/100.
If your itinerary runs through Turkey, watch out for muggers and beware of corrupt police officers. According to Transparency International, Turkey scores average on the list of corrupt nations around the world.
Turkey is concidered to be a VERY dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 3.02 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Tap Water: Do not drink. According the the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - USA, Source), you might want to drink bottled water because travellers' diarrhoea, hepatitis A, typhoid and cholera are among the illnesses that can be transmitted with bad water.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Istanbul is 18.
Age of Consent: 18 years.
At the age of 18, an individual is considered mature enough in Turkey to consent to sex. Sexual relations with someone under the Age of Consent are considered statutory rape.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in Turkey.
Turkey scores a -6/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Please note: Certain cities, tourist areas and resorts can sometimes be LGBTQ+ friendly even when the laws in Turkey are very anti-LGBTQ+. In all cases, do your research, check official government data for up-to-date news and if you feel apprehensive consider travelling to a more LGBTQ+ friendly country.
Driving: Right-hand traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F
Weather: Currently scattered clouds, with a temperature between 28 and 31°C (82.4 and 87.8°F)
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 44.31 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So be carefull when travelling to Turkey. Make sure you are prepared by reading our article about effective strategies for a healthier trip.