Turkey with Kids

Important facts and information to know when visiting Turkey

Turkey is one of the most unique countries and often challenged as being Middle Eastern given it straddles both the European and Asian continents.  It is a true fusion of east meets west and home to many fascinating cultural, religious and natural landmarks.

Visiting Turkey Important Facts

Official NameTürkiye Cumhuriyeti (Republic of Turkey)
CapitalIstanbul
CurrencyTurkish Lira (TRY) 1 TRY=0.247USD
LanguageTurkish (minority languages include Kumanji, Arabic, Pomak, Zazaki)
ReligionSunni Islam majority
LeadershipParliamentary Republic
Important DatesNational Soverignty & Childrens Day April 23, Victory Day Aug 30 & Islamic Holidays
ClimateMediterranean through to temperate
Electrics220V Type F (European) sockets
VisasE-visa in advance or kiosk at airport
SafetyHightened risk of Terrorism and certain no-go zones (see below)

Turkey safety information

Most international Governments have travel advisories for the following regions of Turkey

  • all travel to within 10 km of the border with Syria and to the city of Diyarbakir
  • the remaining areas of Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Diyarbakir, Kilis and Hatay provinces
  • the provinces of Siirt, Tunceli and Hakkari

In regards to the remainder of the country, it is recommended that you remain vigilant as terrorist attacks have occurred in crowded places in the last 2 years.  Avoid demonstrations and crowds and keep aware of alerts from yGovernmentment.


Turkey visa information

  • eVisa should be applied for 72 hours in advance but there are also kiosks at the airport
  • Fees applying in advance are cheaper than at the airport – current rates can be found here

Click here to find out more about Turkish Visas


We are still finalising the important information, attractions and resources you need for travelling to Turkey with kids. Kindly check back with us in May 2018.

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