İzmir is a metropolitan city on the west coast of Anatolia,
and capital of İzmir Province. It is the third most populous city in
Turkey, after Istanbul and Ankara, and the largest urban
agglomeration on the Aegean Sea. It extends along the outlying
waters of the Gulf of İzmir and inland to the north across the Gediz
River Delta; to the east along an alluvial plain created by several
small streams; and to slightly more rugged terrain in the south.
İzmir has more than 3,000 years of recorded urban history, and up to 8,500 years of history as a human settlement since the Neolithic period. In classical antiquity the city was known as Smyrna – a name which remained in use in English and various other languages until around 1930, when government efforts led the original Greek name to be gradually phased out internationally in favor of its Turkish counterpart İzmir. Until the 1923 population exchange between Greece and Turkey, İzmir had a very large Greek population.
Lying on an advantageous location at the head of a gulf running down in a deep indentation, midway along the western Anatolian coast, İzmir has been one of the principal mercantile cities of the Mediterranean Sea for much of its history. It hosted the Mediterranean Games in 1971 and the World University Games (Universiade) in 2005. The city participated in Climathon in 2019.
The local currency in Turkey is Turkish Lira (TL). Cash can
exchanged easily and without commission.
Turkish banknotes : 5,10,20,50,100,200 TL
Turkish coins: 5,10,25,50 kuruş and 1 TL
İzmir is a transportation hub for western Anatolia. İzmir has an extensive bus system, a developing metro and commuter rail system and a large urban ferry network. The city also has a highway to Çeşme and Aydın as well as a ring around the city. Mass transportation is operated by four separate public agencies all owned by the İzmir Municipality.
The website https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ now serves as a platform for tourists to apply for Turkish e-visa.
Tourist Visa Information
|Single enter only
|180 days (starting from the date of issue)
|Length of Stay
|No more than 30 days
|1 working day
|You need to have a travel document valid for at least 6 months from the date you intend to enter Turkey. Depending on your nationality, there may be additional requirements. You will be informed of these requirements after you select your country of travel document and travel dates.