Money and duty free for Turkey
Currency & Money
New Turkish Lira (TRY; symbol YTL) = 100 New Kurus (Ykr). Notes are in denominations of YTL200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of YTL1 and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 New Kurus.
Visa is the most popular, closely followed by MasterCard. American Express is accepted in top-flight hotels, restaurants and some gift shops. ATMs are widely found in most areas. In all smaller restaurants, bars, guesthouses and shops cash is preferred. Many establishments in resort areas will accept Euros.
ATMs are easily found in most urban areas. As with all transactions be careful with your card, taking care to keep it in sight, and be discreet with cash.
Traveller’s cheques can only be exchanged in banks. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller’s cheques in Pounds Sterling, Euros or US Dollars. Credit cards are far more convenient.
Mon-Fri 0830-1200 and 1330-1700. Some banks in tourist areas and large cities are open daily. Cash can be exchanged in currency exchange offices (döviz bürosu) in all major cities and towns. Banks charge commission.
Cash can usually be exchanged commission free in currency exchange offices (döviz bürosu). Banks usually charge commission. Traveller’s cheques can only be exchanged in banks with a passport. Travellers planning to exchange currency back from Turkish Lira to their own country before leaving Turkey, or those making a major purchase which may need to be declared to customs, must retain transaction receipts to prove that the currency was legally exchanged.
Turkey duty free
The following goods may be imported into Turkey by travellers aged 18 and over without incurring customs duty:
• 600 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars and 250g of tobacco.
• 1L of alcohol over 22% volume or 2L of alcohol under 22% volume.
• 5 bottles (maximum 120ml each) of perfume and eau de toilette.
• 1kg each of tea, coffee, chocolate or confectionery.
• Gifts to the value of €430 (reduced to €150 for children under 15).
Narcotics. Sharp implements (including camping knives) and weapons require a special permit.
The export of souvenirs such as carpets is subject to customs regulations regarding age and value. The export of antiques is strictly forbidden, with harsh penalties for those caught doing so. Minerals may only be exported under licence from the General Directorate of Mining Exploration & Research. You can’t export tea, coffee, grain products or spices.