GCHSE 2014 Conference Venue



August 5-8, 2014
Istanbul, Turkey

General Information


The official language is Turkish. English is widely spoken in major cities.


Turkish currency is the Turkish Lira, TL. Exchange rates are set daily by the Central Bank. TL is freely sold and bought in hotels, banks and special exchange offices called "döviz bürosu". Major credit cards including American Express, Diners, MasterCard, and Visa are accepted in large hotels, car rental companies and major stores. You will need cash (TL) to pay for taxi fares, restaurants and coffee shops. Car rental offices, hotels, above average restaurants, shops, travel agencies, gas stations will accept your credit cards. You can get cash with your credit card or cash card by using cash machines (ATM's) in bank buildings or street booths.
You can check currence rates from www.oanda.com

Time Zone

GMT+2; CET +1; and EST (US -East) +7

Business Hours

The workweek in Turkey runs from Monday to Friday. Banks, government offices and majority of corporate offices open at 9 AM and close at 5 PM.

Passport & Visas

A valid passport is required for entry to Turkey. Citizens of a country which requires a visa for entry to Turkey are strongly advised to make their application in their home country at least one month before the intended date of travel.

Visa Information

Turkey is a non EU Member. A valid passport shall be required from the citizens of European Countries as well as from the citizens of other countries to enter the country.

Visa application requirements for entry into Turkey will be posted on our website. The procedure is not difficult for European Countries.

Upon request, official invitation letters will be prepared by Local Organizing Commitee.

For official visa procedure visitors could also visit the official webpage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Visa web page:




Turkey has 220 volts/50 Hz. electricity and socket type is European standard. (2-pin plug).

Health Services

Cities and major touristic towns have a selection of private inter­national and public hospitals with good standards.


As with many Mediterranean nations Turkish food is very healthy, fresh and enjoyable.


Tap water is chlorinated and, therefore, safe to drink. However, it is recommended that you consume bottled water, which is readily and cheaply available.


If your mobile phone does support such feature, your mobile phone shall automatically select the GSM operator. Public telephones operate with tokens or cards, sold at post offices or some booths. Through some of the public phones, there is access to AT&T and some other telecommunication networks - please check with your operator for the latest information. Fax messages can be sent from major post offices, or from the hotel.

Turkey has three GSM operators, all of them offering 3G services and almost 95% coverage over the country. Internet service is available all around the country.

Prepaid telephone cards are a convenient way to make domestic and international telephone calls from public phones. They can be purchased at convenience stores and from vending machines for approximately 10 Euro. There are four international phone companies and their rates vary. Your hotel probably provides fax service at the front desk. Some convenience stores have fax services too.

Turkey's International Dial Code is +90

Average Weather Conditions

Month Average Sunlight (hours) Temperature °C Discomfort from heat and humidity Relative humidity Average Precipitation (mm) Wet Days (+0.25 mm)
Average Record
Min Max Min Max am pm
Jan 3 3 8 -8 19 - 82 75 109 18
Feb 4 2 9 -8 22 - 82 72 92 14
March 4 3 11 -6 28 - 81 67 72 14
April 6 7 16 -1 30 - 81 62 46 9
May 9 12 21 3 35 - 82 61 38 8
June 11 16 25 8 37 Moderate 79 58 34 6
July 12 18 28 9 38 Medium 79 56 34 4
Aug 11 19 28 11 41 Medium 79 55 30 4
Sept 8 16 24 6 38 Moderate 81 59 58 7
Oct 6 13 20 1 33 - 83 64 81 11
Nov 4 9 15 -4 27 - 82 71 103 14
Dec 3 5 11 -9 23 - 82 74 119 18


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