Frequently Asked Questions
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How Do I get Turkish Visa?
Visitor of Turkey need to have min 6 months left validity in her/his passport while entering the country. You can apply for visa at the airports or border gates of Turkey. But We advise you to apply for e-visa not to have any risk and prevents waiting in long queues at the airport. The process for application is very simple. Head to the official website of Foreign Affairs Ministry we shared below. You will find and application form. After filling this application form, you can pay by Visa or Mastercard. But there are many websites prepared by some unknown people. Please be sure it is the website of Turkey’s Foreign Affairs Ministry. The link: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ All your questions will be answered. Once you applied and have been submitted, you are going to receive your e-visa via email within 48 hours.
Is internet widely available?
The WI-FI internet has been installed in all hotels and restaurants, cafes in Turkey especially in Istanbul. You must ask for password to waiters or reception to use internet. It is extra cost in some hotels. So it is better to ask before using it.
But we advise to purchase a Turkish Simcard when you land to Airport in Istanbul. Turkcell and Vodafone are the 2 best operators. You pay only once with reasonable price and use it until leaving the country.
Is Turkey suitable for disabled people?
It depends on disability. The hearing impaired guest has to be accompanied by a professional sign language translator, when He / She wants to join guided tours. Guests with walking disabilities must check the availability regarding the level of difficulty for the area they would love to visit. There are many hotels in big cities with wheel chair ramps. But unfortunately, city life in Turkey is not really ready to be alone as a disabled person. Please email us about details of disability, then we can advise the most comfortable way for you.
<u>How is the religion life in Turkey?</u>
First of All, Turkey is not a Middle East Country. Turkey lands start at the end of Europe and covers all beginning of Asia. So Middle East starts when Turkey lands end. Second thing is Turkish People do not use Arabic Alphabet and use Turkish Alphabet which is similar with Latin Alphabet. Third thing is Turkish people do not speak Arabic. We speak our own language Turkish which is 3000 years old. Turkey is the most democratic and secular country in the World. 93% of population is Muslim, 5% is Christian and 2% is Jewish in Turkey. But everyone is free how to dress up, perform religion, to go to the mosque etc. No one has to go to the Mosque to pray. During praying times everyone works and weekends are Saturday and Sundays like on the western countries. Also All Restaurants are open during Ramadan Month when Muslims are fasting. If someone wants to drink water or eat something on the street, they are free to do it. When you want to visit some Mosques, you must respect the rules there and cover your head as a woman and wear a bit long shorts for man. But Women can wear the miniskirts, shorts etc. There are many wrong things are written in blogs to defame Turkey.
When you come Turkey to visit, you will be hospitable, comfortable and safe country. You will witness a modern country which is rich in heritage and culture.
Are there any religious events that will affect travel plans?
There are 2 religious Eid in a year for Muslims and their timing changes every year according to the Moon Calendar. Turkey use Sun Calendar which is international one. But Islam follows Moon Calendar. So, Days come 10 days earlier every year.
- Ramadan Eid which takes 3 days after Ramadan Month. Only schools, banks, all official places are closed in these 3 days. But Restaurants Cafes, Bars, sights, museums are all open. Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar are closed during Ramadan Eid in Istanbul.
- Sacrificing Eid is 2 months later after Ramadan Eid which takes 4 days. Only schools, banks, all official places are closed in these 3 days. But Restaurants Cafes, Bars, sights, museums are all open. Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar are closed during Sacrificing Eid in Istanbul.
I have 7 days to spend in Turkey. What do you recommend?
Of course, 7 days is not enough for Turkey. As a Tour Guide I suggest to visit Istanbul well first. And then, Ephesus and Cappadocia. There some historical tours which starts from Istanbul. Please check our tours and do not hesitate to ask any further questions.! Also Private tours with tailor made itinerary can be a good option too! Please Check our Tours!
Public (National) Holidays in Turkey
Turkish people are so proud to celebrate National Holidays. So for the following holidays, banks and offices, schools are closed. But all museums, restaurants, cafes, shops(except Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar) are open.
- 1st January ( New Year’s Day): Most of time all official places are closed as a public Holiday. But sometimes Government may decide to cancel the holiday. It has to be checked before coming to Turkey. But All touristic attractions are open.
- 23rd April: It is National Sovereignty and Children’s Day. Mustafa Kemal ATATURK who is the founder of Turkey had founded Parliament House (TBMM) in Ankara in 23rd April 1920 and then They started to do charity programs for orphan children. After 1926, Ataturk declared that he gave this important date to the whole children in the world. Therefore, Children from all over the world have been invited to Turkey for celebrating this national day together.
- May 1st– International Labor and Solidarity Day: It is an occasion for some people to demand better conditions for skilled laborers and union workers. But also many other people use this public holiday to relax as a leisure day.
- May 19th-The Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day: The founder of Turkey , Mustafa Kemal ATATURK had arrived in Samsun by ship on 19th May 1919 for starting uprising against the decision of World War I allies. The decision of allies was dividing many territories of defeated Ottoman Empire. All Turkish people accepts this date as the starting date of Independence Turkish War (1919-1923). Turkish Government declared 19th May to be the Commemoration of Ataturk, Youth and Sports Day as Ataturk’s wish and made it an official public holiday in 1938. It is official public day in Turkey and features state ceremonies and sport events throughout the country each year on 19th All administration buildings, post offices, banks, schools are closed on this day. Also Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar are closed in Istanbul on this day too.
- August 30th-Victory Day: Turkish Republic commemorates Turkish Victory against Greek forces in Dumlupınar Battle (26-30th August 1922).The outcome of battle determined the successful outcome of Independence Turkish War. Although, most of foreign forces had left the country after this war in 1922. So, Turkish people accept 30th August as Turkish troops date overall Victory. It became a national public holiday in 1935.
- 29th October-Republic Day: After the Victory of Turkey in the Independence War of Turkey, New founded Turkish parliament proclaimed the new Turkish state as Turkish Republic. New Parliament adopted new constitution in 29th October 1923 by replacing the constitution of Ottoman Empire. Ataturk became the first president of Turkey at the same day. According to Mustafa Kemal ATATURK, Republic Day is the most important day of Turkey and Turkish People.
Are the Bazaars, Restaurants and Shopping places closed in public holidays?
Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar are closed on Sundays, in Public Holidays and Eids. Shopping Malls are all open. Private shops in shopping districts such as in Nisantasi, Taxim are closed. And all restaurants cafes are all open.
What are the weekend Days in Turkey?
Weekend Days are Saturday and Sunday in Turkey. Everywhere is open as a working day on Friday
Are Restaurants, Cafes open in Ramadan Month and is it free to eat and drink outside?
Yes. Every where is open during days of Ramadan? Some restaurants are open all nights too. So People can find Restaurants or cafes to eat and drink in every corner. Also it is free to drink and eat outside. No one will shout you, if you drink or eat something. But we become more careful not to eat or drink in front of them just to respect.
What are the fasting rules for Muslims?
Muslims fast 29/30 days of Ramadan month according to Islamic (moon calendar). There are 2 eating time a day: one is early morning called “suhur” before sun rising and second one after sunset called “iftar” to break fasting. Between two eating and drinking time, a fasting Muslim is not allowed to eat, drink anything, smoking, chewing gum, touching opposite sex.
Physically or mentally unwell Muslims are excused fasting such as children, people who have use medicine in day, pregnant women, breast feeding baby mothers, travelers. A muslim does not fast because of reasons above, they can fast later in future days when they feel good or make a donation to poor people.
Are Museums open in Public Holidays and Eid Holidays?
Yes They are all open. City Museums are mostly closed on Mondays. But We list the closed days of famous museums
- Hagia Sophia Museum is closed on Mondays during winter season and 7 days open during high season.
- Topkapı Palace is closed on TUESDAYS.
- Underground cistern is open 7 days a week
- Chora Museum and Pammakaristos Museum are closed on WEDNESDAYS
- Dolmabahçe Palace is closed on MONDAYS and THURSDAYS.
- Beylerbeyi Palace is closed on MONDAYS and THURSDAYS.
- Blue Mosque is not a museum and as a functional Mosque open to visitors except the praying times. And it is free entry.
- Open Air Museums such as Ephesus, Pergamon, Cappadocia are all open 7 days a week.
Is it safe to travel in Turkey?
Most of the people scared to come to Turkey in last 4 years. You can believe us, when you land to Turkey, all your fears will fly away from window. I am a Turkish citizen and have been living alone in biggest city of Europe, Istanbul. I believe that as much as I try to explain it is safe, Everyone is going to think that I am lying. Anyway, as a tour guide who has been guiding more than 27 years and a travel agent; safety of my guests is the most important case for me. Of course I cannot promise for the issues happening in the life. It can be earthquake, flood, disease, car accident, violence etc. All these bed events can occur everywhere. They can occur even outside of your house door. No one can give a guaranty of safety in life. So Turkey is safe as much as your home. There is heavy security controls in Turkey not to have these problems again. Yes It happened 4 years ago. But it is over. Also, I have the tell that to make you sure there is no war in Turkey. Even media says that the cities on the border of Turkey are not safe. We do not have any problems in these places. We organize culture and history tours to these places and walk around safely on the border. Nothing happens there.
Turkish people is very hospitable to guests whoever visits home. We say that “if anyone knocks the door gently, he is the guest of god” and we give cleanest place in our house, share our food. This is Turkish culture. How come it is not going to be safe for westerns. Whoever visits Turkey, These people are our guests and are safe here.