CLIMATE & CLOTHING
The average temperature in Adana in April is 18°C (64°F), Normal Max/ High Temperature 24°C (75°F) and Min/ Low Temperature 12°C (54°F)
Clothing: It is recommended to bring a jacket and an umbrella.
Turkey is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and one hour ahead of Central European Time(CET).
CURRENCY & OPENING HOURS
Currency and banks
All official congress prices are indicated in Turkish Lira (TL) or Euros (EUR).
The local currency is Turkish Lira (TL). Foreign currency can be exchanged at the airport, banks, hotels and exchange offices. All major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard) are accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants. Not in taxis.
Bank opening hours are from Monday to Friday, 09:00-17:00. Banks are closed on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays. All banks have almost similar exchange rates. Exchange offices are open seven days a week and approx. 16 hours a day.
ATM / Cash Machine: VISA and MasterCard are accepted.
Normal shopping hours are:
Shops 9.30 – 19.00 h (particular shops could be closed on Sunday)
Shopping Malls 10.00 – 22.00 h (everyday)
VAT Value added tax & Tipping
VAT: The value added tax, called KDV, and in most cases, VAT is 18%. There are different rates of tax of 8% and 1% for goods and services as defined in law. Hotels may combine it with a service charge of 10%, and restaurants may add a 15% service charge. As a rule of thumb, you are expected to tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafés and bars. Hotel staff expect between 5 to 20 Turkish Liras for their services, depending on their duties. When paying by credit card, a cash tip is preferred. Turks don’t tip taxi drivers, but round up cab fares.
EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER: 112
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Please do not leave bags or suitcases unattended at any time, whether inside or outside the session halls. Hotels strongly recommend that you use their safety deposit boxes for your valuables.
PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
Foreigners travelling to Turkey will need a valid passport and, for most countries, a visa to enter Turkey. Detailed and up-to-date information could be obtained from www.mfa.gov.tr.
Information on countries eligible for visa including information on the possibility of e-visa can be found at:www.mfa.gov.tr/visa-information-for-foreigners.en.mfa
To get your e-visa: www.evisa.gov.tr/en/