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Here is a summary of the information you should know before flying off to the country.
Currency is Pound, but they use the word Lira (Türk Liras, TL).
It's better to change once in Turkey. You can do it at the airports, banks and exchange agencies.
Euros are accepted everywhere.
No limitation to foreign currencies entry in Turkey.
In Istanbul, traveller's checks are accepted just in certain banks and exchange offices, paying a commission. Have always your passport because they don't accept identity cards.
Banks open normally from 9 to 12 and from 13.30 to 17, Monday to Friday, but you can't change after 16.30.
In addition to banks, you'll find many exchange offices (Döviz Bürosu), normally open to 19. Avoid changing in hotels, index are not interesting.
Everywhere you must pay a commission for cash and traveller's checks.
In 2007, 1 Euro = 1,90TL
Traders and travel agencies accept dollars and Euros.
Main cards, particularly Visa and MasterCard, are generally accepted. Some banks allow withdrawing Turkish pounds with card.
The index is calculated first in dollars and then in Euros, that corresponds to a commission.
You can easily withdraw cash in ATMs. Withdrawal cost roughly 4,57 Euros.
Except English, UE members can entry with a valid passport if the stay doesn't exceed three months.
No vaccine mandatory, but if you go to southeast, better to vaccine against typhoid and tetanus.
Most annoying is "the tourist", attention to food.
Currency : livre turque
Population : 67500000 Hab
Density : 86 Hab/sqm
Time zone : GMT +2
Head of state : Abdullah Gul