Tourist Information Electricity
Electricity in Turkey operates on 220 volts, 50 Hz, with round-prong European-style
plugs that fit into recessed wall sockets/points. If your device does not accept
230 volts, 50 Hz you will need a voltage converter and if your appliance plug has
a different shape, you will need a plug adapter.
In restaurants, tip 10% to 15%. In hotels, tip 1 - 2 per bag for porters.
You do not need to give tip for the taxis.
You may tip in any currency so long as you give notes/bills (paper money).
Do not give non-Turkish coins, as these cannot be exchanged for Turkish liras.
All of Turkey is on Eastern European time, UTC/GMT +2 hours.
Daylight saving time is 1 hour, and begins on the last Sunday in March, and
ends the last Sunday in October.
Based on data provided by well known statistical institutes worldwide, Antalya,
among other metropolises, is regarded as one of the few cities with a low rate of
Pay phones are available at the conference center as well as in the city. Phone
cards are widely available in shops.
The international dialing code for Turkey is 90, and the code for Antalya is 242
National calls: 0 + city code + telephone number
International calls: 00 + country code + city code + telephone number
The local currency is the Turkish Lira (TL). The exchange rate changes daily. Foreign
currency can be exchanged at the airport, banks, hotels and exchange offices. International
Credit Cards are widely accepted.
Bank services are available at the Airport, throughout the city and there are
several close to the Hotel. Banks are open from 08:30 to 17:00 from Monday to Friday,
with a break between 12:00 to 13:30. They are closed at weekends and on public holidays.
International credit cards are accepted in cash dispensers, hotels, restaurants
and most shops, as well as car rental agencies. The most common credit cards are
VISA, Euro Card, and MasterCard.
Emergency Telephone Numbers
Fire Dept 110
First Aid and Hospital Services
A doctor and a nurse will be available in the first-aid room of the Hotel during
the Congress. In the event of an emergency, transfer to the nearest hospital will
be provided by ambulance.
International Driving Licenses are recognized throughout Turkey. Car rental companies
ask for a valid driving license.
For gourmets, this will be an outstanding opportunity to taste various examples
of Turkish, European, Asian and international cuisine in Antalya.
Most shops in Antalya are generally open from 09:00 to 19:00, Monday to Saturday.
Big shopping centers are open every day of the week, usually from 10:00 to 22:00.
In all shopping centers major credit cards are accepted and tax-free shopping is
Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. At the time you register
for the Congress and book your travel you may wish to take an insurance policy of
your choice. This insurance is to be purchased in your country of origin.
Turkish food is famous throughout the world; the range is enormous, from a number
of soups to an astonishing variety of appetizers, followed by meat and fish dishes,
many famous Turkish sweets, pastries and Turkish coffee. Prices could vary between
20 (modest, traditional restaurant) to 100 (gastronomic upscale restaurant).
Post offices are indicated PTT (Post, Telegraph, and Telephone) throughout the city.
The central Post office is open Monday through Saturday from 08:00 to 21:00, Sunday
from 09:00 to 19:00. Smaller ones are open Monday through Friday between 08:30 and
17:00. Hotel concierges also take the mail.
Available at taxi stands or hailed on the street. All are yellow and have meters.
There are 3 GSM operators in Turkey being as Turkcell, Tόrk Telekom and Vodafone. All of
them are daughters or partners of international companies and have roaming agreements
with network operators of all participating countries. There are two wave bands
for mobile phones in Turkey: 900 and 1800 MHz. Please check with your provider regarding
roaming costs and wave bands. Local GSM operators have prepaid lines, which can
be provided at newspaper booths and groceries. Please check that the prepaid cards
are in accordance with your line. Additionally, there will be renting possibilities
of mobile phones with lines.