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 Turkey - General Info

Time Zone

UTC +3

From October 2016 there will be no daylight saving during the winter months.

Yachting Essentials

YACHTING ESSENTIALS

Electricity

Voltage: 230 V

Frequency: 50 Hz

LPG

Propane Gaz bottles are available and, with the appropriate fittings, foreign bottles can be re-filled.

Turkish-made bottles are now subject to new regulations which require the gas bottles to be matched with the ID of the purchaser. There is currently no timescale for the application of this new rule and is unlikely to affect foreign yachts with foreign gas/gaz bottles.

Fuel

Diesel is difficult to obtain as tanker lorries can no longer supply small ports. New regulations require tankers to have a specific (and expensive) license to supply yachts, as opposed to gulets. Plan fuelling stops well ahead and carry spare cans.

Fuel is available at most marinas. Duty free fuel is available in larger quantities only (e.g. 3000+ litres) but it is quite difficult and far more expensive to get duty free fuel North of Cesme, or east of Antalya.

Water

Water is available at all marinas - expect to pay for the water. Some marinas may charge you for the night, just to take on water.

If there is a municipality or fishing boat marina nearby, it may be worth trying to take on water there instead as long as you assure them you simply want to take on water and then will leave.

Note: There are marinas with in Turkey and Greece that try to get you to stay overnight if you want any services, including a black water pump out. Legally, all Turkish marinas that have foreign flagged and privately owned yachts' pump out equipment cannot charge you to stay the night. If necessary, get the Turkish Coast Guard involved. The fine for dumping black water if caught is very high. (Note, most municipality marinas cannot pump out a non-commercial vessel.)

Repairs

Technical support and repair and haul-out facilities are not difficult to find in Turkey. Istanbul and Marmaris offer the most extensive technical support, though technical service is available almost everywhere.

 

Last updated February 2017.

Opening Hours

Public offices 7 businesses : 08:00-17:00(Mon-Fri)

Shops : 10:00-20:00 (longer at weekends)

Money

New Turkish Lira (YTL) in use from 2005. It is the equivilent of . 1,000,000 old Turkish lira (TL)

The sub-unit of New Turkish Lira is "New Kuruş" (YKr). One New Turkish Lira = 100 New Kuruş.

Until 2015 the old notes can be exchanged for new at the Turkish Central Bank.

ATMs are widely available and debit and credit cards are accepted in many places.

Communications

International Dialing Code for Turkey is +90.

WiFi is available at many marinas and even small places have internet cafes.

Mini-modems from Turkcell give good coverage on the water - 3G and sometimes even 4G. Approx. 80 Turkish Lira for 10 gigabytes.

July 2016: Holidaymakers coming to Turkey can now use their mobile phones in Turkey for up to 60 days, before it is blocked. (This has been extended from 30 days). After this time you must register your foreign mobile with the telecommunication ministry so that it can work in Turkey. For more details on how to register your mobile phone see http://cruisingtips.net/mbc/?p=1579

Diplomatic Missions

Events

Eastern Mediterranean Yacht Rally: Normally April to July.
www.emyr.org or Tel +90 242 323 66 80.

August - Ramazan- a period of fasting, from the Islamic calendar.
It is followed by a 3 day national holiday called "Şeker Bayram" - on 19th, 20th & 21st August. The first day of Şeker Bayram is known as "Eid al-Fitr", (the breaking of the fast), when Muslims gather to offer a prayer of thanks. You can also expect to see people celebrating at this time. As "şeker" means sugar, this particular holiday is marked by a feast of sweet things - it's especially nice for children.

November - Kurban Bayrami, is when sacrificial animals are slaughtered and the meat is distributed to poorer families.

Banks and other official offices are closed during these festivals.

EMYR (Eastern Mediterranean Yacht Rally)
Marina Alanya , Akhan Mevkii, Kızılpınar Mahallesi , 07400, Alanya, Antalya--Turkiye
Tel:00 90 242 5113400 Fax:00 90 242 512 12 34
Taking the security situation into consideration, the EMYR route will change for 2017 and start in Kaş sailing eastwards as far as Mersin, then N. Cyprus, then back to Turkey. Total distance 1,311 nm, duration 55 days with 36 different marinas/ports/anchorages visited.
Starts 30 April from Kas and finishes 24 June in Istanbul. It is possible to do only part of the Rally. There are British, Dutch and Turkish sailors in the organizing committee.

Emergencies

Medical Assistance and Ambulance - Dial 112

A free interpretation service is now offered 7 days 24 hours for
foreign persons calling the 112 emergency call  command centre.

Police - Dial 155
Coast Guard - Dial 158 or (+90 (0)232 712 68 10)
Gendarmerie - Dial 156

Fire - Dial 110
Forest Fire - Dial 177

Publications

IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

Mediterranean Almanac 2015/16
By Rod and Lucinda Heikell (9th Edition)
Publisher Imray (December 2014)
2016 supplement available from Imray
ISBN - 9781846235986
Price - £29.50
See this  Noonsite review.

Turkey Cruising Companion: A Yachtsman's Pilot and Cruising Guide to the Ports and Harbours from the Cesme Peninsula to Antalya: Izmir to Anatalya
By Emma Watson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (13 April 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-0470721667

Turkish Waters and Cyprus Pilot
By Rod and Lucinda Heikell
Publisher: Imray (9th Edition 2013)
ISBN: 9781846234132
This guide covers the coast of Turkey from the Bosphorus to the Syrian border and Cyprus. There is also a chapter on the Black Sea coast. Since the last edition in 2009, the Turkish coast has changed more than any other in the Mediterranean and in some places beyond recognition. There has been a steady growth in the number of cruising yachts, many of which are now Turkish-owned and to match this facilities have been improved, harbours extended and new marinas built.

The Western Shores of Turkey
By John Freely
Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks (September 4, 2004)
ISBN-13: 978-1850436188
Available as eBook

The Black Sea
By David Read Barker and Lisa Borre
Publisher: Imray/RCC Pilotage Foundation (1st edn 2012)
ISBN: 9781846234125
Available from www.rccpf.org.uk with May 2015 supplements
The latest and very comprehensive guide to all the countries bordering the Black Sea.

Cruise the Black Sea
By Doreen and Archie Annan
Publisher: Atakoy Marina, Istanbul - pub 2001
Part No: PIL0095

For those who want to follow Events in Turkey, here's an adequate web site to keep you up to date and with history as well - http://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/

Turkey Cruisers Forum

Sailing Information and Directory of marinas

SY Gyatso Log Book - Around the Black Sea
http://www.gyatso.net/the-black-sea/
In 2010, SY Gyatso circumnavigated the Black Sea, visiting five of the six countries beginning in Turkey and continuing in a counterclockwise direction to Georgia, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria before returning to Turkey again.

MY LeeZe - Mediterranean Cruising
http://whereisleeze.blogspot.com
Lee and Zehra cruised Turkey in the summer of 2014. Their blog has some good recommendations and interesting info.

A useful site for sailing information for Turkey
www.jimbsail.info/drupal/mediterranean/turkey

Rod Heikell - Mediterraneo
http://www.mediterraneansailing.info/rodheikell.htm
Information on cruising in Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey and the rest of the Mediterranean.

Marmaris Bay Cruisers
cruisingtips.net/mbc/
Information for cruisers in Turkey

Things you might want to know about life on land in Turkey
http://www.turkeysforlife.com/

Blog by a British couple who have made Fethiye their home for years, but they cover much more of Turkey than just the Fethiye area. Some very useful reading.

Update History

July 2017: Security advice updates from Marmaris Bay Cruisers.
March 2017: Security advice updates from MY LeeZe.
February 2017: Water and fuel update from MY LeeZe.
August 2016: Update to Residence Permit regulations.
March 2016: Security section updated and new paragraph placed in FACTS following US State Department Warning for travel in Turkey.
January 2016: All formalities checked/updated.
November 2015: Residence Permit information updated with new requirement for health insurance to be Turkish.
June 2015: Residence Permit Application information updated with introduction of new e-system online & checked by Finike Yachting Agency.
May 2015: Publications reviewed/revised.
March 2015: Residence Permit information updated using information from Marmaris Bay Cruisers.
January 2015: Blue Card Scheme information updated under Restrictions.
April 2014: Residence Permit new law passed.
February 2014: Clearance and Customs formalities checked.
May 2013: News of the translation services offered for emergency and health services sent by Samet Golgeci of Finike Yachting.
April 2013: New law for residence permits from finikeyachting@yahoogroups.com.
January 2013: Agency recommendation from Peter & Cindy Barker of SY Bowtie Lady.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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