Turkey travel advice

Explore our complete guide to Turkey with the latest travel advice for travellers and holidaymakers including official updates and local travel tips for Turkey.

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey © Mehmet - Adobe Stock Image
The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey © Mehmet - Adobe Stock Image

Turkey travel guide - essential info

Below is a beginner's guide to Turkey with essential travel facts such as dominant language spoken, typical flight time from the UK and the local currency. You can also check whether visas are required and what plug adapter you need to pack.

Turkey - quick facts
Flight time 4 to 6.5 hours
Time difference UK +3 hours
Language(s) Turkish, Kurdish
Currency Turkish Lira
Electricity C + F plug (230V)
Driving side Right

Why visit Turkey?

Considering a holiday to the Turkey? Here are some of the very good reasons it makes such a wonderful holiday destination be it for beaches or culture to ensure you get the most out of your 2024/2025 escape.

  • Beach babes - beaches
  • Culture vultures
  • Nature lovers - nature & wildlife
  • Night owls - nightlife

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✝ = Typical flight time from the UK.

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Turkey weather

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Maximum daytime temperature °C
Hours of sunshine (daily)
Days with some rainfall
Sea temperature °C

The Turkey weather guide shows long term monthly averages for Istanbul.

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Turkey travel advice

Check the latest travel advice on visiting Turkey from official government sources (in english) from around the world including entry requirements and travel restrictions.

Learn more about the current safety and security risks from terrorism, natural disasters and more. Read about the local laws and customs to consider when travelling around Turkey.

Note: UK FCDO - UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

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Turkey travel health

Find out more about staying safe when travelling to Turkey with the latest guidance on required vaccinations and recommended medication to take with you.

Check out the general travel tips for staying safe and healthy in Turkey, risks of preventable diseases and what to pack.

Note: CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Turkey covid live updates

Check the latest live updates on Covid-19 in Turkey with the vaccination requirements, current available statistics and up-to-date travel advice from government agencies.

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Turkey travel features

Do you want to learn more about Turkey? Read our latest features covering travel tips and insider destination guides on where to go and what to do in Turkey.

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Turkey FAQs

Read our frequently asked questions about travelling to Turkey including the current entry restrictions, covid rules, driving side, electrical plugs used and much more.

Are there entry restrictions to Turkey due to Covid-19?

Turkey is open for tourism from the UK. There are no special entry requirements for Turkey.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from Turkey?

You do not need to quarantine on arrival in the UK from Turkey. The UK no longer requires a passenger locator form, Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination.

What is the flight time to Turkey from the UK?

The flight time to Turkey from the UK is typically 4 to 6.5 hours.

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What is the time difference between Turkey and the UK?

The time difference between Turkey and the UK is UK time+3 hours.

What is the main language spoken in Turkey?

The main languages spoken in Turkey are Turkish and Kurdish.

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What is the currency in Turkey?

The currency in Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TRY).

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Which plugs are used in Turkey?

Turkey uses electrical plug type C + F (230 Volts).

Which side of the road do they drive on in Turkey?

They drive on the right side of the road in Turkey.

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