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Useful addresses

United Kingdom

Turkish Information Office – 4th Floor - 29-30 St. James’s Street - London SW1A 1HB - t 0207 839 7778 - http://gototurkey.co.uk/

Embassy of the Republic of Turkey – 3 Belgrave Square - London SW1X 8PA - 0207 393 0202 - http://londra.be.mfa.gov.tr/.

Republic of Ireland

Turkey does not operate a tourist office in Ireland but travellers can consult its website - http://gototurkey.co.uk/

Embassy of the Republic of Turkey – 11 Clyde’s Road - Ballsbridge - Dublin 4 - t 01 668 5240 - http://dublin.emb.mfa.gov.tr/

When to go

Spring and early autumn are the best seasons to visit Turkey, when the weather is mild and tourists less numerous.

Winter is also very beautiful, when Cappadocia is covered in snow.

In summertime, particularly July, the country is overrun with holidaymakers.

Time difference

The time in Turkey is GMT+2 and daylight saving time is also observed. So, when it is 12noon in London and Dublin, it is 2pm in Ankara.


European Union nationals are required to hold a valid passport for stays of less than three months.

To rent a car and drive in Turkey, you must have an international driving licence.


No vaccinations are compulsory for Turkey and there are no particular illnesses or diseases.

Take painkillers, anti-diarrhoea medication and sun cream (in summer), but Turkish chemists have everything you could require.

Travel insurance is advisable (automatically provided by some bank cards).


The following websites will help you prepare your journey:

Ministry of tourism and culture - www.tourismturkey.org

Official tourism portal of Turkey - www.goturkey.com

Community website for foreigners in Turkey - www.mymerhaba.com

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