Turkey: Travel Health Information

Turkey is well known for its coastal beaches, islands, and ancient cities such as Knidos and Xanthos.


The standards for patient care and medical services in Turkey may differ from your home country. Turkey has a mixed public and private healthcare system. The quality of care has significantly improved in recent years and generally meets international standards in major cities. The private healthcare sector is perceived to provide a higher standard of care than public facilities. Hospitals can be found in most areas of the country.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Turkey typically require upfront payment in cash or credit card, regardless if you have travel health insurance. For complex emergencies, evacuation to Western Europe may be required. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Turkey.

Pharmacies in Turkey are privately owned and prescriptions must be filled by a pharmacist. Medicines such as antibiotics require a prescription from a doctor, but many pharmaceutical products can be purchased over-the-counter. Pharmacists are trained and licensed.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Turkey’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review Turkey’s regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Road conditions in Turkey can vary by region. In cities, roads are generally well maintained, but roads in rural regions may be in poor condition. Seat belts are required for front and rear seat passengers at all times. Helmets must be worn by drivers and passengers of motorcycles at all times.

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Before you go, check the list of vaccines and relevant health risks for Turkey. For personalized advice, check out our Travel Health Planner to get health information that’s tailored to all the destinations on your itinerary:

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Turkey At A Glance

Capital: Ankara

Population: 79.81 million

Official language: Turkish

Time zone: Turkey Time (TRT)

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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