Turkish Local Laws and Customs

Turkish Local Laws and Customs
15 October 2020

During your time in Turkey either for your long awaited summer holiday or starting a new life in this beautiful country, you must be aware of the rules. Here’s a few to get you started…

It’s illegal not to carry some form of photographic ID whilst in Turkey. You should always make sure you have some form of ID on you at all times as in some busy areas or large cities the Turkish authorities can stop you at any time for random checks. You may also find police check points on main roads across Turkey if travelling from city to city. You should always be co operative with officials conducting these checks.

Smoking is forbidden on all public transport, work vehicles, work places and enclosed spaces such as cinemas and shopping malls across Turkey. You will of course find specific smoking areas outside of these venues clearly marked as a smoking area.

Turkey has very strict laws against the use of or possession of illegal drugs. If you are convicted to any drug offences you can expect to receive a large fine or a prison sentence of anywhere between 4 to 24 years.

If you visit a Mosque or a religious shrine please dress modestly to avoid any offence. Be respectful.

Never take photographs near to a military base or official installations, this is prohibited. Always ask permission before taking pictures of other people.

It is an offence in Turkey to insult its nation, the national flag or to deface the currency. If you are convicted of any of these offences you could face a prison sentence of between 6 months to 3 years.

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