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Safety and Security in Turkey

■ Crime

Turkey is not that dangerous but still, it is better to be careful at all times and to avoid certain areas, day or night. There are regularly cases of personal vendettas or murders, but usually it does not involve foreigners. The most common type of crime you might be confronted with is robbery and petty crime. There are many thieves and pickpockets, especially in crowded areas, so you should pay attention to your belongings at all times. Also, don’t always trust people who will be too nice to you. They might be luring you into a scam, or they can pretend to help you and then ask you money for their services.
Also, you should keep your passport or identification papers with you at all times because police controls are rather frequent.

■ Emergency services

112 is a dialed-free and general number for any kind of emergencies. If you want more specific services, you can dial 155 for the police and 110 for firefighters. Note that you might not be in relation with an English speaking staff when calling these numbers. If you need any help or if you want more information, you can go to the Consulate or your Embassy.

■ Political situation

Turkey is a parliamentary representative democratic republic, The Prime Minister is the head of government and the President is the head of state with ceremonial role.

■ Short trip

You can travel by bus and trains to/from major cities at a reasonable price. If you want to drive a car, you’ll need a valid international driving license to drive car for the first 6 months, and then, you need to get Turkish license. Always carry your car registration certificate and proof of a valid car insurance policy. But the roads are very dangerous and the traffic is rather chaotic, so the best option might be to take the bus of the ferry.
There are many things to do while in Turkey: you can visit ancient archaeological sites, go to the beach or take a cruise on the sea.
Travelling agencies recommend the following places: Istanbul, Urgup, Dalyan, Goreme, Antalya, Marmaris, Pamukkale…

■ Mobile phone networks

In Turkey, they use a GSM network for mobile phones. The main operators are Turkcell, Vodafone and Avea. You can either chose to purchase a contract or to buy a prepaid sim card (maybe the cheapest option). If you want to buy a sim card but still want to use your own phone that you bought in your home country, you’ll need to register it to the Turkish Network Operator.

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