Best time to go to Turkey

In Izmir, temperatures hit 20oC by the time April rolls around, and the mercury tops 30°C come summer. Further south, the Bodrum peninsula has cooling sea breezes – particularly welcome in the summer, when the heat tips into the thirties. Spring and autumn temperatures are pretty toasty here, too, averaging around 25 degrees.

Passports and Visas

Your passport will need to be valid for at least 150 days (5 months) from the date you arrive and there should be a full blank page for the entry and exit stamps.

British Citizens travelling to Turkey for tourist purposes can travel without a visa for visits of up to 90 days in any 180-day period.

We recommend you visit the FCDO website for the most up-to-date information -

Don't forget to arrange your travel money and insurance before you go.

Health and safety

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover you while you’re away. For the latest health and safety information, visit

Further Reading

  • Overview
  • Things To Do
  • Key Facts

    • Capital - Ankara
    • Language - Turkish
    • Timezone - GMT +3
    • Population - 72,752,325
    • Currency - TRY:New Turkish Lira
    • Flight Time - 4 hours from Gatwick

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