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·      Formalities before leaving for Turkey

·      How do I open a bank account in Turkey?

·      Paying your bills in Turkey

·      Can I use my current mobile phone in Turkey?

·      Voltage and power plugs in Turkey

·      Post Office:


Formalities before leaving for Turkey


Visa requirements

Travellers may stay in Turkey on the strength of a national passport or identity card.  For stays longer than 3 months, all other nationalities should apply for a visa to the Turkish embassy or consulate of their current place of residence before leaving for Turkey.

More information on the application procedure can be found at 



How do I open a bank account in Turkey?


What is the first step?

To open a current or checking account, you will need proof of identity such as a passport.  Once the account is opened the bank will send you a debit card, probably with the Bancontact/Mister Cash logo.  A PIN number may be sent to you separately.

With a current account you are able to carry out all standard bank transactions in Turkey. 
You can also request a bank card, cheque book and credit card, but some banks may wait a while to check whether you have sufficient deposits coming into your account before issuing you with a cheque book or credit card, to ensure you have sufficient deposits coming into your account.

If you want to open a savings account, the bank can give you advice on the different accounts that they have on offer.  There are a large number of options available, offering varying returns, usually depending on the period of the savings deposit.

Finally, a very useful way to protect yourself against exchange rate risks is to open an account in a foreign currency — US dollars, for example.  Remember, though, that it is not a current account and therefore you will not be able to withdraw funds from such foreign-currency accounts.


How do I convert a travellers cheque into Liras?

You can change travellers chaques into Lira or into currency of cheque in exchange offices, Banks, receptions  in hotels. Widely accepted.


Banking Hours

Bank are open from Mon-Fri 0900-1700.


Some Turkish Bank Include;

T.C. Ziraat Bank

T.C. Vakıflar Bank

T.C. İş Bank

Garanti Bank



Yapıkredi Bank




Paying your bills in Turkey


By cash:
Cash dispensers are anywhere where there is a bank, and take Bancontact cards — issued by your local bank.  But beware, you might have to wander around to find one that takes your Visa or MasterCard or other major credit and debit cards.

This is done by means of a direct transfer or more quickly, by directly using the cash dispenser keypad of the ATM, at your branch.  All you need are the bank details of the payee (you can find all these details on the transfer form usually attached to your bills).  You can also make the transfer by telephone — an ideal formula for those bills, which do not come up regularly.

By cheque:
Cheques, while still available when you open an account, are fading fast.

With your cards:
There are two types of cards used in Turkey: direct debit cards (cash cards) and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard etc).



Can I use my current mobile phone in Turkey?


If you have a GSM purchased in Europe, Australia, or Asia:

Your mobile phone will probably work just fine in Turkey, as long as your mobile can handle GSM 900-1800MHz so do check with your provider before putting it in the suitcase.  However, you will be paying roaming fees for incoming calls and outgoing calls, which could quickly cost you a fortune.
Therefore, you should consider buying a SIM card specific for Turkey.  All GSM phones contain a thumbnail-sized chip called a SIM card.  The SIM card determines your phone number.  If you go to a different country like Turkey and want a new number so that you can make outgoing calls at the local rate, you don't need to buy a new phone.  You can just buy a new SIM card to replace the original one.
Be careful if you do this, however.  Many phone companies "lock" their phones so they will not accept competitors' SIM cards.  If you plan to use a GSM phone in more than one country, ask if the phone is SIM-locked before you buy it (if you don’t already own one).  If it is, ask if they are willing to give you the code to unlock the phone so that you can use different SIM cards in different countries.


Country code; 90. There are numerous public call boxes. Some boxes take coins and some take phonecards.

Internet :

There are internet cafes in city center.




Voltage and power plugs in Turkey


Voltage: Everywhere in Turkey the standard voltage is 210V / 240V. 
Power plugs: The Turkey power plug is the European type, with two round pin-holes. 




Post Office:


 Stamp are available from post Offices and many shops and stores.

APS normally reaches its destination the day after posting and the other mails reach its destination in several days

Post Office hours. Mon-Fri 0900-1700 (Municipality of Kayseri) (Province of Kayseri)