General Information

Time Zone


International Dial Codes for Landlines

European Side: +90 212
Asian Side: +90 216


The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. Power plugs and sockets are of type F in Turkey. This socket also works with plug C and plug E.

Currency and Credit Cards

Turkish currency is Turkish Lira, TL.
Banknotes: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 TL
Coins: 5, 10, 25 and 50 Kuruş and 1 TL

Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks during normal business days (09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday) as well as at hotels, at the airport and in exchange offices called "Döviz Bürosu".

Major credit cards including American Express, MasterCard, and Visa are accepted in large hotels, car rental companies, restaurants and shops. Cash (TL) is required to pay for taxi fares and can be obtained using credit/cash card at the cash machines (ATMs).

Climate & Weather

Average temperature range for Istanbul in October is 13-19oC. For general information on the climate and up-to-date weather forecasts please visit

Convenience Stores

Convenience stores can be found on almost every city block. A variety of foods, drinks, toiletries, magazines, stationery, etc. can be purchased in these stores that are usually open till late hours.

Smoking Policy

Please note that smoking is prohibited by law within the convention premises as well as in restaurants and public buildings.