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Climate & Clothing
April in Istanbul is the start of spring, with longer, warmer days. The average temperature for the month is 12 °C, with highs of a very reasonable 16 °C. The temperature does fall significantly overnight and visitors can expect lows of around 8 °C. As days are pleasantly warm, but temperatures may fall a bit at night.
Medium-weight and summer apparel: Light woolies or long sleeved cotton for the evenings are suggested.

Currency and Exchange
The Turkish currency is Turkish Lira (TL ₺). Foreign money can be exchanged at banks on business days (09.00 - 17.00 Monday-Friday) as well as in hotels, at the airport and in bureaux de change. All major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops. Automated bank machines are available at many points throughout the city and at the airport.

The electrical power supply in Turkey is 220 volts. Outlets are standard European.

Restaurants and Turkish Cuisine
There is a wide choice of restaurants in Istanbul offering a broad spectrum ranging from excellent national cuisine to first class international dishes. Traditional Turkish cuisine is famous for its specialties prepared with fresh vegetables. There are numerous quality restaurants as well as fast-food shops in the vicinity of the hotels reserved for this meeting.

One of the most enjoyable parts of a trip to Turkey is shopping for the rich variety of Turkish crafts. Istanbul is a shopping paradise with its Covered Bazaar as well as modern malls. In the Covered Bazaar, bargaining over the sale price with shop traders is expected.

Turkey is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Although service charge is included in most restaurants, leaving a tip at one’s own discretion is appreciated.

Turkey does not apply visa for visitors from many countries or a visa can be obtained easily at the airport. However, visitors from some countries might still need to apply for visa before travelling. Please check for your country.